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Delays and Price Increases 2021

Posted On: September 10, 2021

DELAYS AND PRICE INCREASES 2021

Delays and price increases plaguing your remodeling project?  Don't worry you are not alone. Did you realize that Lumber is up 200% in just one year?

Milled copper and brass are up 44%.  Just to add fuel to the fire, the Delta Variant of Covid 19 is continuing the already devastating labor shortage.

Throw in natural disaster like the fires out west and the hurricanes reeking havoc on the south and eastern portion of the U.S. and you exacerbate the problems already existent within the supply chain. , All goods coming in from overseas are affected as well as the transcontinental transportion of goods. Diesel alone is up 80%.

 

Lumber by itself now adds $24K to the price of a consumers new home!! So if your contractor say's he's having trouble getting the material needed to complete your job, or complete it on time, you now understand the monumental mountain he and his fellow contractors are trying to navigate. As with ridding ourselves of Covid 19 and its variants, we will all need to exhibit unprecedented patience in these unprecedented times.

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August 2021 Blog

Posted On: August 07, 2021

CoVID 19 Inspired Remodeling Trends???

 

It's mind boggling that the world we live in, or the space we inhabit, is affected by a pandemic. Yet, that is the trend for the last year and a half in the remodeling industry. We have seen a distinct increase in certain products and trends all directly related to the pandemic.

Touchless Faucets and Porcelain Counters:

Touchless faucets are probably the biggest trend coming out of the pandemic. But a less known trend is porcelain counters and floors. Why you ask...because porcelain is one of the safest kitchen and bath materials available for the pandemic. Porcelain only absorbs 0.1% of bacteria. Large porcelain tiles are replacing marble slab counters and ceramic floors industry wide.

        


Skylights, Sliding Glass Doors, Bay Windows Automated Window Blinds and Retractable Awings:

As people are spending so much more time at home, natural lighting has become important. Sky lights, sliding glass doors and bay windows have all seen an increase in distribution and installation for homeowners since the start of the pandemic. Automated window shades block out the glare while you work and retractable awnings keep you cool and your computer screen viewable on the deck while you keep an eye on the kids playing in the yard. Both have seen a staggering increase in sales and installation during the pandemic.

  

 


Pocket Doors, Interior Sliding Track Doors

If you have been home with the better half, the kids, or even the parents,  then that open concept can be a little overwhelming when you need some alone time. Without losing the open concept design, many homeowners have opted for pocket doors or doors that slide along a track but can then be slid back along the wall, opening the space again. They serve as a great place to shut out the commotion of the household when some individual solitude is needed while quarantining with everyone!

                                        

Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor spaces have skyrocketed causing a shortage in lumbar for outdoor projects. People need a place to watch the seasons change, release the kiddos pent up energy, unwind, watch things grow, while getting you out of your home, yet still remaining safe at home.

     

Home Offices and Dedicated Spaces

While many of us are working from home and home schooling, certain areas of our homes have had to be remodeled or changed to accommodate the "new norm"! Play spaces for those not in daycare, work areas, and designated school areas are just a few. This has lead to an increase in custom built organizational and storage unit/spaces in the home. Each designated place can now be organized to the users needs while still remaining a functional part of the home and décor.

Pandemic related or just updating Loebrich Contracting is here for all the latest remodeling trends.


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July 2021 Blog

Posted On: July 02, 2021

Customer Service? Does it still exist?


We Believe It Does!

    and so on....

We believe customer service to be one of the most important elements of our business. If you are not happy with your service from our company then we have failed in some form. And if you are happy with our service it reflects the over all reputation and integrity of our company's success. Happy customers = referrals to friends and family which = more work for our company. If you want a company that has your best interest at heart, look at our social imprint. Loebrich Contracting has a 5* rating and reviews everywhere you look on the internet as well as right here on our website. Our commitment to quality home improvements professionally installed isn't just a tag line its at the heart of Loebrich Contracting and is reflected in our online reputation as well as with our valued customers. If you want a company that will treat your home with respect, and do the job you hired them for, give us a call today. Become one of our most valued customers and repeat customers. #1 in Customer Service!


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JUNE BLOG 2021

Posted On: June 11, 2021

June Blog 2021

To Build or Not To Build....a Deck?!

Well of course you should build a deck...just not right now! Wait, a contractor's blog telling you don't build a deck this year 2021? Yup, that's right your eyes are working fine. The cost of lumber right now is astronomical! Lumber yards facing labor shortages combined with  lack of truck drivers to transport from logging to production to distribution centers equals short supply. This is coupled with a huge increase in lumber demand which in turn is resulting in a huge price increase!

    

What caused this? CoVid. It's impact on the economy has been far and wide. Quarantine from CoVid caused a huge uptick in home remodeling projects. Especially popular were the outdoor plans for decks, sheds, she sheds, and play structures. This uptick was helped along by Stimulus checks. Thus demand exceeded supply capabilities resulting in a price explosion for very limited supplies of lumber.

      

                        

Experts agree by the end of 2023 lumber prices should relatively fall as demand lowers and surplus increases and transportation is once again flowing without hinderance. So maybe hold off a bit on that outdoor wooden project!

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APRIL BLOG 2021

Posted On: April 05, 2021

April 2021 Blog

Molding

Let's talk molding. Did you know there are different types? Pediment, Crown, Wainscoting, Chair Rail, Picture Rail, and Mantel. Some are obvious like Crown which gets placed at the juncture between the wall and ceiling. Another is wainscoting, much more common in older homes and it's a panel that covers the bottom 1/2 or 1/3 of a wall. Also common the chair rail which was used to protect the walls from chairs scraping against them, but nowadays are typically decorative. And Finally the most common molding is the mantle. Obviously it goes above and around a fireplace and includes a shelf for displaying artifacts. So what is Pediment and Picture Rail, two of the less common moldings? Well Pediment is decorative and usually found above doorways and windows. It's usually round or triangular and can be plain or ornate. Picture Rail is like a chair rail except its place higher on the wall and is used to hang pictures and paintings without nails! Whodda thunk? Well now you know about the different moldings out there! Take a look below to see examples of each!

                                           WAINSCOTING

                                      CROWN MOLDING

                   PEDIMENT DOOR

PEDIMENT WINDOW

                     CHAIR RAIL

                                 PICTURE RAIL

                                                  MANTLE

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MARCH MADNESS 2021

Posted On: March 05, 2021

    MARCH MADNESS 2021


March Madness is synonymous with Basketball or is it? In the year 2021 does March Madness hold a different meaning. Is it akin to face masks, quarantines, lockdown, social distancing, working from home, CoVid 19? Many of us will answer yes. It has been a year since the Pandemic hit the US. The “new norm” has lasted longer than many of us have expected and it’s taking its toll on our mental health. If you have been following all the guidelines, you have not traveled, visited with family, shopped in person, or socialized. So a year later March Madness may just mean we are all going a little crazy.

In the past year research has shown we have taken time to improve our home’s condition. Why?  Because home is where the heart is? No, simply because home is where we are. Whether by mandates from state and local governments, by order of employers or out of simple caution, I believe it’s safe to say most American’s have never spent so much time in their homes. As a result of this, various home improvements are being made.

I want to talk to you about a specific home improvement today. Drop shades.

Yes you can buy shutters, window blinds, new windows with blinds built into them. But come on it’s the day and age of technology. Instead of these old outdated shade products for your home, don’t you want to try something more up to date and inline with the year 2021? If the answer is yes then drop shades are perfect for your home. Why? Because they are automated, can be programmed, and can save you money as well as be aesthetically pleasing. But my favorite reason….can you see out your window shade, or blind, or shutters? With our Somfy Powered drop shades, no one can see inside your home,  the sun is blocked, but NOT your view! Yes you will still enjoy your beautiful view even when your shades are lowered...oh it’s raining….well just use the remote and put them back up while you continue to work at your laptop or binge watch that show without getting up! Save on your cooling bill with drop shades and save wear and tear on your furniture from the sun. But have at the touch of a button the convenient ability to lower or put away your drop shade. If this sounds like a home improvement that you would enjoy, contact Loebrich Contracting today. We have all your shade needs covered!

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FEB 2021 BLOG Kick the tires first?

Posted On: February 07, 2021

FEBURARY 2021 BLOG: KICK THE TIRES?

So, a question for you? When you buy a big ticket item like a car do you ask the salesperson how much for a car or do you realize you will start at at base price for a particular model and then change the price according to your personal preferences? We receive a lot of calls saying how much for an retractable awning, to which we reply, "Sorry, we cannot give you a price over the phone." Sometimes this irritates the consumer until we explain it to them in terms of buying a new car. Let's say the base price of a standard car is 10K. But then you decide you want AWD for an additional $3K, and a back up camera for $1,500, GPS for $1250, Blue tooth for$ 300, DVD for 2K, heated seats for $500, Adaptive Cruise Control for $4500 and tinted windows with chrome wheels for a final addition of another 2K. You now have a vehicle that comes to $23,500. Oh yes and you didn't even factor in whether or not you want a Cadillac or a Honda, a sedan or a compact car. Every choice you make as a consumer detailing what you want/need in your new vehicle affects the price you will pay. Makes sense you say? Well the exact same is true when you purchase a retractable awning.

  

  1. How large an awning do you need?
  2. What fabric do you want?
  3. Do you want a crank or motorized awning?
  4. Do you want a wind sensor?
  5. Do you want LED lights?
  6. Do you want an encased closure to which your awning retracts or a simple cover you apply?
  7. Do you want a Sunsetter or a NU Image brand awning?
  8. Do you want a roof mount or regular mount awning?
  9. Do you want a front drop shade?

This is the reason Loebrich Contracting offers Free Quotes for your retractable awning. You have a lot of decisions to make in regard to the purchase of your awning which will invariably affect the price you pay. Your awning is custom designed to your want/needs the same as your new car purchase. Add-on's and additional features come at a price. If you are calling because you want us to throw a price at you and your decision is based solely on price, I would ask you to think about how you purchase a car. Do you call the dealer and ask how much a car costs without stating the make and model you desire or the features you want/need. NO absolutely not. You meet with the dealer and work our exactly what you are looking for in your new car.

The same is true with buying an awning. We meet with you, see where you want your awning to go, inquire about whether or not you live in a windy area, will you use it at night to entertain and many more questions so that we can offer you a awning that fits your own individual needs. In reality, what we sell Joe across the street may have nothing to do with what you want or need in a shade product. Maybe his was $1000 more than what you paid or $1000 less than what you paid. The price difference can be attributed this scenario: You both bought a  2021 Black Honda, but you didn't want the DVD player or the Adaptive Cruise Control, hence, the difference in price. Schedule your free quote from Loebrich Contracting today. Find out what the options are for your shade needs and let us customize it to your individual needs/desires. It's Februrary let us give you your hearts desire for your outdoor living space! <3

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Jan 2021 BLOG

Posted On: January 03, 2021

2020 Won or 2021?

Well I don't suppose there is a one of us who was sad to see 2020 in the rear view mirror! And it is after all a new year! Hopefully one that will bode better for all of us. At least at the start of 2021, something positive has happened for the average US citizen. Another stimulus check has been released!

Last year's stimulus checks were shown to been quite frequently used for home improvements. My own household <mine being the author of this blog NOT the owner of the company> has already this day January 3rd, 2021 used my stimulus money to enhance my kitchen.

So, if you find yourself as I did at the start of this new year, with a little bit of extra cash, and you need or desire to spruce up a kitchen or bath, or are looking ahead to warmer days and want a motorized retractable awning for your deck or patio, Loebrich contracting is here to see to those needs or desires for your home in 2021.

                                      

                                      

                                                        

Loebrich Contracting has all your remodeling needs covered for 2021!

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