4 things to consider when choosing siding

(BPT) – Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider.

Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and materials with advanced technologies, delivering a product homeowners can love for years to come. Among all the options on the market, vinyl siding — with its various styles, textures and colors — remains the most-used product. In fact, 2016 marked 22 straight years that vinyl siding held the top spot in cladding for new single-family houses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual home report. This material has come a long way since it was introduced in the 1950s, with manufacturers such as Ply Gem Building Products making strides in research and development efforts for design and performance.

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, there are four key considerations every homeowner should account for when determining which siding option will best meet his or her needs: durability, design, maintenance and affordability.

Durability

Siding selection is typically a once-in-a-lifetime decision, making durability a key factor for many. Homeowners should look for a siding option that is resistant to every element, including rain, wind and even the sun. Manufacturers now offer siding products with technologies that resist the damaging impact of the sun, preserving color for the lifetime of the home. Options, like Ply Gem’s Mastic Vinyl Siding SolarDefense Reflective Technology, expand exterior home design with darker, on-trend colors that can make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

Design & color

Today, the most overwhelming decision for many when considering siding options can be style and color — but it doesn’t need to be. There are several primary siding material options available to homeowners — vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood, brick, fiber cement, stucco and stone — and countless color and style options within each material type. To help you determine what might look best, seek the advice of a siding specialist like a contractor, builder or architect for help. They can educate you on color coordination and what would go well with the neighborhood, while still giving personalized options for your home. Also check out online resources like Ply Gem’s home exterior visualizer to experiment with different options and customize your style.

“In recent years, homeowners have been getting more creative and choosing bolder colorful options for their exterior,” said Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, an organization that identifies color trends and educates consumers and manufacturers about those trends. “Whether you’re looking for a certain period-specific color scheme to align with historical significance, for a new palette to freshen up your curb appeal, or for a specific panel texture, such as cedar shake or wood clapboard, my recommendation is to look at vinyl. It provides the homeowner the freedom to add low-maintenance color and definition that will never go out of style or need painting or refinishing.”

In fact, more than 400 vinyl siding colors have been certified for color retention, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI). The variety offers homeowners a virtually endless palette of fade-resistant colors, from pastels to deep hues, combined with trim, accents and accessories. Look to manufacturers like Ply Gem that offer complementary solutions for the entire exterior.

Maintenance

Beyond style and color, homeowners are also seeking siding that is low maintenance, which reduces or eliminates the cost and personal time expended for proper upkeep. Each siding material type has a different level of care and maintenance required. Vinyl typically requires just soap and water for periodic cleaning, and no need to paint, stain or caulk, which means little maintenance over the long term. Wood and fiber cement can require repainting every five to seven years. Stucco will need to be repainted and sealed. Brick and stone require repointing of mortar. The earlier point about durability plays a part here too, ensuring that the option you select is free from potential time-consuming and costly repairs due to storm damage such as wind and moisture.

Affordability

Lastly, establish a financial plan and budget. By doing this homework up front, you can have a more informed consultation with potential contractors and better ensure that estimates are aligned with your budget. Don’t forget that sometimes investing a little more into the project up front may reduce issues and maintenance costs down the road.

As you look to select new exterior siding, be sure to keep in mind these important factors — durability, design, maintenance and affordability — to make the best choice possible for your home and lifestyle. To get started on siding your house,contact Deluxe Windows for a free consultation, as well as home visualizer and color selection tools that help homeowners experiment with different colors and textures before making a decision.

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Two roof areas you can’t afford to overlook this season

BPT) – As summer gives way to changing colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months – especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. Cold weather can aggravate a roof and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest “Cost vs. Value” report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement cost at over $20,000.

So, whether you’ve already noticed signs of wear on your roof or just want more “overhead” peace of mind, pay special attention to two seemingly small aspects of the roof that homeowners often overlook:

Seal it, patch it

Be sure to check for any gaps around gutters, skylights and roofing vents then utilize the correct caulking, patching and sealants. The easy act of sealing these areas can make a big difference in keeping out moisture and reducing heating costs – and many sealants are especially designed to adhere directly onto exterior surfaces. Even the tiniest cracks and gaps can allow moisture to enter, not to mention rodents, squirrels and other unwelcome varmints.

Don’t be a welcome mat for squirrels

Another area to closely inspect are the roof venting pipes. One of the more common roof problems involves cracked rooftop venting pipes made with cheap lead tops as they eventually corrode over time. To make matters worse, squirrels and other critters are known to relentlessly chew their way into a home via these thin pipe flashings as the lead entices these unwelcome varmints to gnaw at them, thus providing interior access for damaging rain, snow and more pests once whittled away.

Squirrel infestation is a very big problem throughout many areas of the United States, especially older homes, This is exactly why you should install lead-free and easy-to-install vent pipe flashing called Pipe Boot that simply slides over the existing vent, nails into place, and then twists securely to form a weather-tight seal. With Pipe Boot, no specialty installation tools are needed as the telescoping sleeve allows for varying pipe sizes and can withstand frigid winter temperatures via a patented design. It comes in four color options, and is paintable to cleverly camouflage the vent pipes, reducing unwanted sight-lines.

Enlist the pros quickly when there’s trouble

Waiting too late to call in a certified professional can lead to much bigger issues. For example, squirrels quickly reproduce and can potentially gnaw on electrical wiring or crawl into difficult-to-reach wall spaces, making extraction a nightmare. It’s a wise move to seek out a reputable roofing specialist, especially when it involves roof damage from weather or critters, or both.

The roof is no place to cut corners, and no matter the season, even seemingly minor roofing issues can put your home and valuables at risk.  Contact the experts a Deluxe Windows Today CALL TODAY (732) 972-1140

 

Get Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

If your home currently has clear, single-pane, or old windows and doors, it may cost more to heat your home in winter and cool it during the summer. Replace these old windows with energy-efficient double-pane glass units with insulation, or install a fiberglass door for year-round.

Signs of Leaky, Drafty Windows

In many cases, the best way to deal with draft windows is to replace them. Below are some of the most typical signs of windows that are beyond repair.

  • Excessive draftiness: When closed, your windows shouldn’t let so much air in that it’s noticeable. Many people simply add more sealant or weatherstripping, but noticeable drafts signify a serious leak.
  • Condensation: If there’s condensation built up in double- or triple-pane windows, it may be worthwhile to replace the entire unit due to seal degradation.
  • Broken windows: This sign is one of the most obvious. If your home’s windows are visibly cracked, broken, or difficult to close and open, you should consider a full replacement.
  • Excessive noise: If the windows are allowing in too much noise, they may be outdated and in need of replacement. New, more energy-efficient windows keep out cold air and heat, and they’re also meant to keep noise out. If your home’s occupants can hear foot traffic and conversations outside the walls, it may be time to upgrade your home’s windows.
  • A rising energy bill: How high was last year’s energy bill? If they seemed out of the norm, it may be because the windows need replacing. Most windows last between 20 and 40 years, and if yours are past that age or getting close, it may make financial sense to replace them.

Do a Smoke Test

An easy way to find a draft in a door or window is to perform a smoke test. This simple step determines which areas of your home may need attention because of tiny air leaks. To do the smoke test, shut all the doors and windows in your home and turn off gas appliances. Turn on kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to create negative pressure inside the home. Light an incense stick and put it near a door or window to determine which areas are drafty.

Hiring the Right Window Contractor

When you follow these tips for seasonal preparation for windows and doors and you determine that it’s time for an upgrade, you’ll want to call a professional to install your replacement windows. You may be tempted to install new windows yourself, but after over 16 years of installing windows in New Jersey And New York, we know that good window and doors products and proper installation are crucial to getting the most durability and energy efficiency during both the hot and cold extremes we can experience here in New Jersey And New York.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Home’s Siding?

Home siding is the exterior look of a home, and it adds both appeal and value to the property. But besides the obvious cosmetic appeal, the siding’s true purpose is to protect from the elements and defend the house from intrusion from insects, fungus, and other infestations seeking to enter the home.

While today’s materials are more durable and longer lasting than ever, there will still come a time when the siding will need to be replaced. Disregarding this can lead to negative results in the upkeep of the home, and in some cases, physical damage that will cost many tens of thousands of dollars to repair. But there is no hard and fast rule for knowing when to replace the siding — because there are a variety of materials that can be used for the siding. One must first delineate the type of siding that is used and then search out its particular characteristics in order to see if damage is occurring — or warning signs are in evident that indicate the siding is ripe for replacement.

Vinyl siding has seen much play due to its relatively low cost and wide assortment of choices in color and design. To the eye, the vinyl can appear to be another material altogether, like wood shingles, while not giving up on the ease of use in positioning the siding on the home. Additionally, vinyl siding is extremely low maintenance, as no painting is required. But vinyl is quite susceptible to changes in the weather; for example, extremely cold weather can cause the vinyl to crack if it is impacted by a heavy object. Also, this cracking can occur if the siding has not been properly installed, with the ends of the siding moving outward from its configured position. All of this can be compounded if the vinyl has been installed over an existing siding, such as wood siding. This is a commonplace use for vinyl siding, but it does increase the risk of an improper installation that can be impacted by the weather and result in the vinyl being damaged. Typically a damaged vinyl siding must be replaced — it cannot be repaired, as the cost of new vinyl siding is significantly less than that of repair work.

A more recent addition to installation siding on the home is that of cement fiber. It is able to duplicate the appearance of wood and installs in a similar manner. Additionally, it comes in a variety of patterns and styles. Similar to vinyl in the low maintenance it requires, cement fiber is made from recycled materials and shows a regard for the planet. As a 50-year warranty is common practice with cement fiber siding, the fact that it will endure over a long time seems obvious. Still, it can be damaged by extreme weather conditions. A close inspection of cement fiber siding should thus be performed on a regular basis even though it will prove futile in most cases, especially when compared to the other siding materials.

Wood clapboard is one of the earliest materials used in siding and is often found in old homes. While the beauty of the wood is undeniable, it is also extremely susceptible to weather conditions. This can result in chipping, warping, and cracking of the wood, a few sure signs that replacement is needed. One shouldn’t expect massive damage to stand out either; searching close-up will show minute cracks and other types of damage that are not easily seen.  Insect infestation is also an indication that replacement is needed, as is discoloration of the paint that is covering the wood.

Aluminum siding has the distinct advantage of being less susceptible to changes in the weather than wood, but it too will need replacement at some point in the life of the home. Telltale signs of damage are dents in the aluminum siding — a negative characteristic of the material — that have occurred from being impacted by objects (be that hail or a wayward baseball, or any number of other possibilities). The finish that is painted onto the aluminum siding, while giving it an esthetically improved look, is no more invulnerable to fading from sun exposure than any other finish on siding material. The aluminum siding can also experience runoff, which can only be seen from close inspection and the joints where one meets the other can have separated outward.

The type of siding that is covering the house is as much a statement about the lifestyle of the person inhabiting it as it is a protective shell. Regular maintenance of the home will keep the need to replace the siding to a minimum, as well as ensuring that other problems that the house might develop are caught early on before they can even become a damaging factor.

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Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process,” he adds.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, “you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. Deluxe offers a wide range of energy-efficient options and can tailor your windows to best suit your climate,  Insulating glass is standard in all Deluxe windows, along with thousands of options that meet the Energy Star Most Efficient designation, the highest standard for efficiency for the program.”

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 1

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Viny Guida, Senior  Manager  at Deluxe Windows. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.

How To Know if Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing

if you experience a leak in your roof that trickles into your attic and ceiling, you probably need new shingles. You may need a unnamednew roof. The average asphalt shingle roof last from 20 to 25 years. Shingles that curl up along the edge, buckle, or appear to be detached from the roof should be replaced immediately. Look at the slope of the roof from a distance. Try to spot missing shingles, especially in the valley area of the roof where water runs off into rain gutters.

Homeowners are never encouraged to climb onto their roof. This is dangerous work for anyone who does not have the proper safety equipment.

Storm Damage to Roof Shingles

You may have granules from the roofing material falling into your rain gutters after a heavy storm. This is an indication that your roof shingles should be inspected by professional roofing technicians. You may need several shingles in one area replaced while the rest of the roof is in good condition.

Branches from trees that land on your roof can also damage shingles. This may be a small job in an isolated area of the roof, but it should also be repaired immediately. It is a far more serious problem when a tree or several branches fall on the roof. Don’t try to remove branches or debris from the roof yourself. This is a job for professionals.

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