Home makeover winners choosing Certainteed exterior products (video)

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The Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, is remodeling their 100-year-old home after winning the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest from CertainTeed.

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Remodeling a home is a great opportunity to "go green". Whether you're a homeowner or a professional remodeler, check out this Research Center for green remodeling ideas and tips.