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Puzzled by construction? Choose Malcarne – we take care of our customers!

Many are tempted by the charms of a tag sale. The “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” mantra blares in our ears, along with the draw of paying a fraction of the retail price. But there’s also the other side of the coin: There’s a reason why that tempting 2,000-piece puzzle is going for 25 cents.

Unlike the yard-sale puzzle, you’ll never find yourself searching for missing pieces when you call Malcarne for any construction job, whether it’s fixing a leaky patch of roof or building a new home from scratch. Our mantra’s not only simple, but it’s also one we can deliver on every time: From start to finish, we take care of our customers – every time.

We’ve got all the pieces…

If you dump out the 2,000 pieces of a puzzle, whether you’re missing a couple or not, the task at hand can be daunting. Simply sorting out the seven shades of blue sky can make you give up and just frame the box cover instead.

And whether it’s a simple roofing job or a new construction, knowing who to call – and how to coordinate them with your family’s schedule – can make any job intimidating in and of itself. That’s where Malcarne Contracting comes in: We’re not just there to open the box and wish you luck.

We’ll be there to sort through the professionals – the trusted Hudson Valley talent we’ve built solid relationships with for more than 21 years. Collectively, all of our employees’ individual pieces add up to more than 100 years’ worth of experience in the trade – and that’s more than just a pretty picture.

We can see how they all fit together…

Not only do we have all the pieces at our fingertips – the background of professionals working in everything from remodeling to solar energy to new construction – but we know, from start to finish, what to expect.

Never built a new deck before? Unsure of how long you’ll be eating takeout while your kitchen’s being redone? How much can you really save with solar? What does HVAC even stand for?! Part of our job is to walk you through the project, making sure you know what’s coming next.

Because we value you, our customers, our number one priority is to keep you in the know, to make sure you’re comfortable with what’s happening in your home, and to give you confidence in our work. Whatever your issues or concerns, we welcome them and will help you find the solutions so you, too, can see that big picture.

We’re with you each step…

The easiest part of a puzzle may be the first – deciding what picturesque image to piece together – but if you’re not committed to it, it’s easy to give up when those seemingly identical sections just won’t fit.

At Malcarne, we’re with you for the long haul, from deciding on the best route to take with your project to stepping back in admiration. We’re your contractor: Yes, we’ve got the experience and skill to get the job done, but our passion truly lies in taking care of our customers.

And, for us as a company, that’s what really makes all the pieces fall into place.

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Check your list twice – and put home comfort and energy-efficiency at the top!

Whether your Christmas list is longer than the five-year-olds who recite their inventory of wants on Santa’s lap, or you’re looking to simplify and pare down in 2017, there’s one thing almost every homeowner has in common: This year, you can make your house a little more joyful by upping the comfort factor in each and every room.

While the word “cozy” calls to mind fleece blankets and a roaring blaze in the fireplace, no one wants to spend all winter wearing every article of clothing the closet has to offer just to keep the chill off. Now that winter’s grasp is firmly on the Hudson Valley for the season, it’s time to take a good look at what your house could use for Christmas this year.

If a complete renovation during the holidays makes you cringe more than a slice of month-old fruitcake, fear not: Basic, small changes can make a huge difference in the energy-efficiency of your home – and keep you cozy, whether it’s a blizzard or balmy outdoors.

Here’s a list of tried-and-true tactics Malcarne Contracting uses every time we make a home better-functioning and more comfortable for our customers:

  • By sealing up gaps, cracks and holes in an attic and basement, we can dramatically increase your home’s warmth factor.
  • Old heating systems don’t work as well and cost more in monthly bills than energy-efficient models: Malcarne can let you know what’s out there in terms of available systems – including newer ductless heating systems – what’s reliable, and what makes the most sense for your home.
  • Energy efficiency doesn’t mean just changing a larger item like a heating system: You can cut costs on energy bills by upgrading smaller things, from light bulbs to appliances.
  • So much comes down to one word: insulation. Simply having the right insulation – like that cozy fleece blankie – means your heat stays in and the cold winter winds stay out.
  • Santa doesn’t leave one-size-fits-all presents under the tree, and we couldn’t agree more when it comes to houses! Malcarne Contracting visits and evaluates each home as a separate entity, making sure you get what your home really needs to fix its weak spots and truly make it more snug and energy-efficient.

So make a list of your cold rooms and your high energy bills, and don’t check it twice: Instead, call Malcarne Contracting. By making your home run more efficiently and feel more comfortable, you’ll receive a gift that gives all year long.

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Worn-out roof? Now’s the time to replace it – for less!

You’ve bought extra charcoal, mowed the lawn, and are currently waiting for that garden to finally grow to fruition. It’s officially summer: Time to plan those vacations, and, this year, you may not even cringe as much as you fill up your car’s tank to prepare for a much-needed getaway.

But that good old gas tank may also provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on one of the most important pieces of your house: the roof.

Like that annual summer retreat is to our mental health, current lower-than-average gas prices have given our wallets a much-needed respite, and that’s means great news for anyone in the market for a new roof. Simply put, since roof shingles are mostly composed of asphalt, a petroleum product, they’re currently less expensive – making now the perfect time to upgrade. As oil prices shift, so do the cost of those all-important shingles.

The good news? Summer and its sunny, long days are finally here – and oil prices are down just in time to plan for a new roof, a project that’s a painless two- to three-day task, done right the first time by Malcarne professionals. The bad news? Yes, oil prices are down – but they’re also rising again: Just use your next few car fill-ups as your barometer. But that means there’s no better time than now to cross this project off your list, and to save that spending money for your next long weekend away.

Curious as to how much time you have left with what’s currently overhead? Three-tab shingles are rated for 15 to 25 years, while architectural shingles last about 30-50 years. If you’ve got 10 years or less left on either, now’s the perfect time to call in Malcarne’s experts. And while a leaky roof is a definite sign to trade old shingles for new ones, kick the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage to the curb: The ideal time to replace a roof is when it’s not broken – not when you have a puddle in your living room.

While there, Malcarne professionals can also make your home more energy-efficient, adding insulation, sealing out the weather, and keeping your heat or air conditioning from escaping your home year-round. Plus, it’s easy to add style and design with shingles’ array of shades and colors – it’s an automatic curb-appeal facelift for your home.

Whether your roof is currently leaking, drafty or needing some love, or you’ve got a decade left on its 30-year lifetime, there’s no better time than now to take the plunge on this all-important project. It’s a guarantee that oil – and shingle – prices will rise in the next several years, meaning, like perfect summer weather, low costs for roofing materials will also be taking a vacation before we know it.

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