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317-787-3250
CHANGING THE WAY YOU LIVE
901 Southview Drive,Indianapolis, IN 46227
Email: don@donharrishomeimprovement.com
​Don Harris Home Improvement has performed home improvement projects and remodeling in Indianapolis, IN on over 10,000 homes. We have performed a variety of projects, including roof remodeling projects, gutter replacement, whole-house remodeling and siding in Indianapolis. We have performed repairs from 12 hail storms in the area. We offer free written estimates, complete with photos. Whether you need a room addition or just a simple project performed around the house, no job is too big or too small for Don Harris Home Improvement. 

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​work to ensure that you are happy with the project. If you have an idea of what you would like in a remodeling project or room addition, we will work with you to flesh out the idea. We will design the project and the build it for you with high quality materials and excellent workmanship. 

We offer past customers a special promotion. Sign up for a $250 coupon by entering your email address for our free newsletter. If you have questions about your project, or if you would like a written estimate for the job, please call us at 317-787-3250 or send us an email at don@donharrishomeimprovement.com 

Call our roofing contractors in Indianapolis today at 317-787-3250 or email us at don@donharrishomeimprovement.com to discuss your project. We look forward to working with you.Thanks Donnie Harold Harris
with Don's Father deciding to move from new home construction to installing installation and then eventually tear off and re-roofing of a local housing project where his own family lived. At the time, Don was 13 years old and he traded in his paper route to help his father with roofing. 
​include: Siding, Roofing, Room, Additions, Shed Building, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Whole-House Remodeling, Garage Conversions Workshops, Hail Damage Repair, Storm Repair. We will work with you to bring your home improvement dream to fruition.


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Gutter covers after 47 years....

by donnie harold harris on 04/02/14

Gutter Covers After 47 years I Say.....

March 8, 2013 at 11:37am

I have been in the siding and soffit and guttering business for 47 years. I recall as a young siding sub talking to my grandpa about this subject. I told him we removed them from remodeling jobs.But rarely did we put new ones up.I was sure it was a money maker and did very little for the home owner.My older brother was a gutter contractor and had talked grandpa into new screens with the guttering system. Grandpa asked me what i though of them. I told him we removed them a lot but rarely did the home owner replace them for reasons of heavy maintenance. Mostly embedded leaves pine needles and the such. He let my brother go head with them. Over the years i would have hundreds of like type conversations.You had to clean the clearer if you will. There was also for a while the screen things that looked like light bulbs that actually fit into the drop tube . These things cause lots of damage as did screens to home .These light bulb screens was the first product i refused to install on homes after a kindly older person insisted that it was my fault for ice storm damage caused because the guttering did not drain because of built up leaves around it. As a courtesy i would put these up if they where there while we we working on there home. and asked by home owner to do so..That stopped. I started to resell gutter screening when i found out the Unusually high price home owners were being charged for gutter ------.22 a foot while we we getting 5 a foot for 6 inch continuous guttering.There product came in a box.Where we had a truck and 10,000.00 machine.We where  making great profit, with out the sting.So i started to re-look at this line of products.I tried several before i came across a Indiana product called Diamond Back Gutter Covers.Does a 99% job. The down side is that the home owner can get on the internet and buy them there self and think 6 a foot is to high yet the other product i referred to is upper 20's now.Water created the grand canyon and it can cause lots of damage to your home.I think i would like to try the gutter spouts into the barrels system.See how they work. I only believe in 6 inch Guttering.WWW.donharrishomeimprovement.com

 
   Call we can do that for you.don

 

I had Great service ...

by donnie harold harris on 04/02/14

So I wanted to pass it on....Thanks .The Meridian Veterinary Clinic & Hospital   I wanted to get down on my knees and say Great work Great attitude and Great group of people at this business.They don't mess around .They take care of you.An they do a great job on the pets as well. I give them a 6 out of 5 because they do have a special formula with their compassion and help.donnie harold harris

I had Great service ...

by donnie harold harris on 04/02/14

So I wanted to pass it on....Thanks .The Meridian Veterinary Clinic & Hospital   I wanted to get down on my knees and say Great work Great attitude and Great group of people at this business.They don't mess around .They take care of you.An they do a great job on the pets as well. I give them a 6 out of 5 because they do have a special formula with their compassion and help.donnie harold harris

The snow oh the snow.

by donnie harold harris on 02/04/14

There is lots of snow this winter .Be sure to call if anything come down. This am save you lots of repair work later. Remember we alway will come out and look things over for No fee. 

Why are my windows fogging up?

by donnie harold harris on 03/28/13

 5 Ways to reduce indoor condensation on your windows

So then why do we sometimes see more condensation on the inside of our windows after they’ve been replaced?

Easy.   They are working.

Energy efficient windows might fog up if your humidity is high.

Before when you had those old drafty windows the normal moisture in your home  (from showering, cooking, breathing, etc)  could escape right outside.   Your new, custom sized energy efficient windows are just keeping everything inside.  They are blocking air movement between the inside and outside of your home.  This is good.   They are also lowering your heating and cooling costs,  and keeping you more comfortable in your home.

More importantly, as the temperatures outside get colder and the humidity inside your home increases, you might notice more condensation building up on your windows.    Obviously we can’t control the outside temperatures but we can control the humidity levels in our homes.   So if you have some indoor condensation or you want to make sure you don’t get any, keep reading.

5 Tips for Reducing Indoor Humidity

  1. Turn off your indoor humidifier.
  2. Ventilate your home regularly.  Open it up for a few minutes each day.
  3. Run your exhaust fans more often, and for longer.
  4. Add a basement dehumidifier.
  5. Make sure your clothes dryers are adequately vented.

Remember, if you’re seeing condensation build up between the panes of glass that means your window has failed and it’s time to start thinking about a replacement windows. When this happens call don harris  home improvement for a free, no obligation estimate.   We offer Polarus,  Alside  Brands of replacement window .  We carry low cost / Highly effect  Replacement windows .With the full energy package. Custom designed for any style opening, for every home and our factory direct pricing will save you money. Free inspection and written estimates will be provided. Thganks don

Seal the house.

by donnie harold harris on 03/25/13

Build with Grace Weather Protection Systems

Called on the Carpet:

by donnie harold harris on 03/25/13

 NyloDeck Decking

 

Dubbed the “non-composite composite decking,” NyloDeck uses recycled carpet fibers in its composition rather than wood or PVC. Designed to be eco-friendly, the material offers a wood-grain look in five colors, and is impervious to water, mold, mildew, and termites. NyloDeck will not rot or swell, and is stain-resistant and UV-protected, the maker says. Strength and rigidity allow the material to span joists up to 24 inches-on-center. Also available in sheets. NyloBoard | 877.695.6909 |nyloboard.com

Sudden Rise in Home Demand

by donnie harold harris on 03/25/13

Takes Builders by Surprise

Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Gerraldo Zambrano working last week on a new home in a Folsom, Calif., development.

SACRAMENTO — After six years of waiting on the sidelines, newly eager home buyers across the country are discovering that there are not enough houses for sale to accommodate the recent flush of demand.

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Carrie Miskawi of Folsom, Calif., and her family are searching for a bigger house.

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“In my 27 years I’ve never seen inventories this low,” said Kurt K. Colgan, a broker withLyon Real Estate in the Sacramento metropolitan area, where the share of homes on the market has plummeted by one of the largest amounts in the nation. “I’ve also never seen a market turn so quickly.”

The housing turnaround seems to have caught almost everyone in the business by surprise. As desirable as the long-awaited improvement may be, the unusually low level of homes for sale is creating widespread problems for buyers and sellers alike, leading to bidding wars and bubblelike price jumps in places that not long ago were suffering from major declines. In the Sacramento area, where the housing bust took an especially heavy toll, the median sales price has surged 15 percent over the last year, according to Zillow.

Nationwide, sales prices rose 7.3 percent over the course of 2012, according to the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shillerindex, ranging from a slight decline in New York to a surge of 23 percent in Phoenix. Tracking more closely with the national trend were cities like Dallas, up 6.5 percent; Tampa, which rose 7.2 percent; and Denver, which gained 8.5 percent.

In many areas, builders are scrambling to ramp up production but face delays because of the difficulty of finding construction workers and in obtaining permits from suddenly overwhelmed local authorities. At the same time, homeowners — many of them lifted above water for the first time in years — often remain reluctant to sell, either because they want to wait and see how much further prices will climb or because they are afraid of being displaced in the sudden buying frenzy.

“You see a home go for sale and within a couple days there are three, four, six offers,” said Carrie Miskawi, a mother of three young children who has been looking for a new home for the last six months with Mr. Colgan’s help. She and her husband have decided not to put their current home on the market because they fear it will be snatched up before they have a chance to bid successfully on a new one.

“It’s kind of a Catch-22,” Mr. Colgan said. As long as large numbers of people are hesitant to put their own homes on the market because so few other homes are available, he said, there won’t be many homes available.

Across the country, the raw number of homes for sale is at its lowest level since 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors. In the Sacramento metro area, home listings were down 60 percent in January from a year earlier, compared with 23 percent for the country over all, according to Zillow.

Inventories have been whittled down largely because new construction ground to a standstill for several years. Investors large and small have also scooped up most of the backlog of foreclosures and short sales; about 40 percent of all homes bought in Sacramento County over the last year were purchased by owners who currently live at a different address, according to county records and title data provided by the Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

But steady job growth has put more people back to work, and families that put off moving because they couldn’t afford it are finally ready to do so. “Distressed” sales are down and conventional sales are up.

Extraordinarily low mortgage rates don’t hurt, either.

“The recovery is real,” said John Burns, chief executive ofJohn Burns Real Estate Consulting. “But the pace of the recovery has an artificial component to it.”

Some real estate agents in Sacramento, like Tom Phillips, have resorted to knocking on doors in desirable neighborhoods to see if the owners might, if asked nicely and promised a healthy gain, sell to one of his clients. One couple he represents, Darcey and Jason Schmelzer, just moved into a yearlong rental with their two boys because they sold before they could find a new place. They received four offers on the first day they put their home on the market, with the winning bid about $10,000 above asking price.

For the builders who survived the collapse, the tight market is a signal to get back to work.

Monthly permits for single-family homes in the Sacramento area more than doubled from January 2012 to January 2013, though they are still only a quarter of the level they reached during the bubble. Nationally, the construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February, the biggest increase since 2007.

The housing upturn looks set to continue, finally adding a crucial element of support to the slowly improving economy. The government reported Tuesday that housing permits, while far below their peak, surged in February to their highest level since June 2008, an increase of nearly 34 percent from a year earlier. But it will still be many months before new homes now going through the approval process will be ready to move in.

Color options by CertainTeed

by donnie harold harris on 03/25/13


download press release »03/08/2013

CertainTeed Offers Multiple Cladding and Color Options with New “No Place Like Home” Brochure

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Homeowners looking to update their home’s exterior and expand their outdoor living spaces will find plenty of inspiration in the new "No Place like Home" brochure from CertainTeed. The brochure guides homeowners through the decision-making process of mixing and matching CertainTeed’s many exterior siding materials, styles and colors in addition to a broad selection of trim, railing, decking, fence, and roofing options.  

With countless ideas and tips to achieve a well-coordinated design that blends styles, textures, sustainable materials and the broadest color palette on the market, the brochure gives homeowners industry-leading advice to find the right look for their home.  

“We truly believe there is no place like home and we want to provide as many tools and resources as possible to help homeowners easily maximize their home’s potential,” says Xavier LeBlanc, director of product marketing for CertainTeed Siding. “With the largest selection of materials, styles, textures and colors on the market today, CertainTeed is proud to offer homeowners endless design possibilities.”

The “No Place Like Home” brochure also provides the latest trends from the experts – including strong colors, mixing-and-matching of materials, dark trim, roof colors and the use of two or more exterior wall colors to ensure a home leaves a lasting impression. CertainTeed offers user-friendly visualization and design tools to give homeowners confidence when selecting the right colors, styles and textures.

For more information or to request a copy of the “No Place Like Home” brochure, call (800) 782-8777.

CertainTeed offers unsurpassed Freedom of Choice™ through its industry-leading portfolio of long-lasting polymer, fiber cement, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl, fiber cement siding and trim product lines. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/freedomofchoice.

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 100 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, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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Mix & Match: Siding and Exterior Trim

by donnie harold harris on 03/25/13

 

Launch Slideshow

Mix & Match: Siding & Exterior Trim

Stylish siding design ideas are sure to boost curb appeal.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Homeowners are increasingly investing in ways to make their existing home designs work better for them since many owners are deciding to stay put rather than move.

But good design doesn't stop at the kitchen, the bathroom, the clever under-stairs storage, or the creative shifting of room functions. Exteriors must also work hard.More than offering safety from the elements, siding boost curb appeal and, when done well, wraps the house like a gift that homeowners get to open every time they pull into the driveway.

Siding programs such as Ply Gem's Designed Exterior (designedexterior.com) and Exterior Portfolio by Crane (exteriorportfolio.com) have had great success in giving contractors and remodelers easy access to siding design ideas and the products to bring those ideas to life.

Building on this mix-and-match concept, the collection of products in the slideshow at left represents a range of products currently available. Choose one siding item, one stone accent, and one trim design and you're on your way to a new stylish exterior design. -Lauren Hunter

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