Use Tax Day to Give Your Home a Face-Lift

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Stretch the value of your tax refund by investing in home improvement

While filing income taxes can be viewed as a mundane, dreadful process to some, for others Tax Day is an opportunity for extra money and the chance to engage in important purchases that have been put off. According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 68 percent of Americans will use their tax refund on the same thing – debt repayment. While it’s a good idea to relinquish outstanding dues, there are other smart ways to spend a tax reimbursement.

One way is to invest in home improvements. Home updates and renovations not only increase the appearance and curb appeal of a house, it also increases the value. CertainTeed, a leading provider of innovative and sustainable building products, offers a few home improvement tips:

Clear the air – Did you know the average American spends about 90 percent of time indoors? While most people are aware that outdoor pollution can damage health, many do not know that indoor air pollutants contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can just as damaging. For example, VOCs are often introduced into the home by the off-gassing of new furniture, paint, carpeting and even air fresheners. AirRenew® Essential is a unique drywall that proactively absorbs formaldehyde and converts it into safe, inert compounds. Made from recycled material, AirRenew is good for the environment and home.

Mind the roof over your head – John F. Kennedy said it best; “The time to replace the roof is when the sun is shining.” Avoid running into problems before it’s too late by having your roof inspected by a CertainTeed credentialed roofing contractor. If replacing your roof is in your future, CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System™ is designed to provide optimum roofing performance. Installing a quality roofing system for your house makes for a durable, healthy home.

Batt an insulation home run – Moisture is inevitable in the home, but if it’s not properly managed it can increase susceptibility to mold and mildew growth. SMARTBATT™ insulation with MoistureSense™ Technology is a revolutionary way to manage moisture within a home’s walls and ensure complete indoor comfort. Furthermore, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association says spending $1 on insulation will save $12 in energy costs. Now, that’s an investment that pays for itself.

Buff up your façade – CertainTeed CedarBoards™ custom-insulated vinyl siding contoured foam increases the home’s energy efficiency, providing an extra measure of comfort to interior spaces. With the perfect balance of performance and beauty, a homeowner gets to appreciate the authentic look of natural wood, while also enjoying the benefits of added strength, thermal performance and exterior noise infiltration. You’ll enjoy warmth, quiet, durability and beauty – and the knowledge that you achieved it all with a sustainable product choice.

Surround with beauty – Home renovations expand way beyond the walls of a residence. Bufftech® vinyl fence is nearly maintenance-free, comes in natural woodgrain colors and can withstand the elements. That means more time for enjoyment without the hassle of continuous repair.

Money Magic – Sometimes home improvements can be so rewarding, it might make money already spent, reappear. Often, the IRS offers tax credit opportunities to compensate those who take extra the initiative to make their home or business energy efficient. Check available opportunities for 2015 by visiting http://www.irs.gov.

For more information, visit http://www.certainteed.com.

Images, product samples and industry comments are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Vicky Gallagher of CertainTeed Corporation at Victoria.M.Gallagher(at)Saint-Gobain(dot)com or 610-341-7944.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014. http://www.certainteed.com

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