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Roofing and Siding

Roofing and Siding

Most of our siding customers also ask about their roofs. It’s a natural progression to ask about a roofing company if you are getting your siding redone. We venture to say that about half of roofing companies also do siding, but that less than half of siding companies do roofing. That may be a bit confusing, but you get the drift.

Since we have been working with siding, roofing, and window companies, we wanted to get some expert advice about what our readers should look for in a great roofing company. We contacted this Fort Collins Roofing company to find out more. Should you be in need of a great roofing contractor, ask us about who we recommend – we will be able to point you in the right direction.

Every roofing company should be able to:

  1. Offer three different kinds of shingles. Asphalt, Metal, and Tile. If they only offer asphalt, make sure that they are reputable, and they know what they are doing. When we encounter roofing companies that either don’t have workers that don’t install metal or tile shingles, we want to know if they are true experts in their field.
  2. All shingle manufacturers now offer lifetime warranties for their shingles, but does the roofing company you are going to hire actually have warranties for their work. Shingle manufacturers won’t cover water damage if a shingle is not the cause of it. For example, if a roofer does not place flashing on the right part of the fascia, this can lead to leaking into your boards. Also, if your gutters are not replaced the right way, this can cause water to leak in. Make sure that the roofer you are hiring has a warranty, and they are going to honor it.
  3. Speak with your insurance company. Most of the time, roof replacements will go through an insurance company because replacing a roof without any insurance can be very expensive.
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Brick Veneer Siding

Brick Veneer Siding

We’re very partial to brick veneer siding, because of the great look that it gives to homes. Before you read the rest of this article, here’s a great cost calculator for a project with this material. If you are currently looking at your home, and you think it would look great with brick overlays, you can get a quick feel for it by installing a couple bricks and seeing if you like it. Most of the time, your answer is going to be yes, and you will be very pleased with the results .

Brick veneer siding is great because it can accent the windows that you have installed in your home very well. Most brick veneer siding will be the natural red brick color, but you have the ability to change colors depending on your preferences. When we drive around and look at siding, we marvel at how cheaply some of the brick siding looks to have been done, or the way that window installers have ruined brick veneers when they install new windows on certain homes. Take for instance the two pictures below. This is from a home just down the block from us, and as you can see, the workmanship on these bricks was pretty poor. What’s our point with this? Make sure you hire a certified professional to do your siding, and not just some run of the mill handyman to fix the issues that a window company gave you.

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Brick veneer is a premium material, and for most homes, will not be needed all over the home. Most brick veneer jobs are simply adding an accent to a home, giving it a more unique look, or sprucing up the already bland T1-11 siding that has been adorning your house.… Read More

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Wood Siding

Wood Siding

Textured Wood Siding

Wood Siding can be difficult for homeowners to pick out, because there are so many different types to choose from! Just like when you are picking Window Replacements, there can be different varieties, styles, colors, and of course you have to fit everything into a budget. Siding is really no different than anything else that you would add to your home. You want to get a few estimates to not only ‘interview’ the right companies, but you want to compare prices to see if companies are offering the same exact product for different prices. When it comes to finding a great siding company, remember to always think about not only the product that you are putting on your home or property, but if you like the person who is going to do it for you.

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Picking your Windows to go along with your Siding

Picking your Windows to go along with your Siding

We discussed in one of our previous posts located here that most siding companies don’t just offer siding. In fact, most siding companies start different business entities all together – tied to their main company – to service other areas of home improvement. The one area we are going to look at today is window replacement. We have done work on windows for a number of homeowners and business owners, and it’s always great to help out with such a huge need. Windows are very expensive to install, and if you are trying to get whole house window replacements, you can be looking at anywhere from $5-15 thousand depending on the make, style and size of your windows. We reached out to a couple window companies, and found www.ftcollinswindows.com to give us a helping hand with some information to share with our readers. We asked a few questions, which were deemed very important for homeowners to ask a company before hiring them to install windows.

  1. Are you insured? If they answer ‘no’, run the other way. A window company should be insured to make sure they have the ability to cover any damage to your home in case any of their work is not done correctly.
  2. Do they offer different types of windows. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood are the three most important windows that any company can offer. Some will also offer strictly plastic windows, but as a homeowner, make sure you are not paying for the special ‘189’ installed window, which is a big scam in the industry right now.
  3. Ask any window company what the cost of the window plus installation is. Basically, you want to make sure that you get the total cost of each window so you aren’t paying any hidden fees.
  4. Ask about a warranty. Warranties are very important in every single industry, and none more so than your home windows.
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T1-11 Siding

T1-11 Siding

T1-11 siding is one of the most popular types of siding that is being added to homes, and in some cases, commercial buildings. T1-111 has become very popular in recent years because of it’s durability, and because it is easy to install. The price, like all other types of siding, is not cheap, but properly installed will last over 25 years on your home, maybe even longer.

Some advantages to T1-11 siding:

  1. Performance. T1-11 holds up very well against just about any weather, including wind, rain, hail or snow. It will protect your home (if properly installed) from any water leaking into your walls.
  2. Durability. Pretty much the same as performance. The durability of T1-11 has been tested over and over again, and has held up in all weather conditions.
  3. Longevity. Most T1-11 siding will last about 30 years on your home, and in some cases longer. Homes that are freshly painted once every ten years will see their T1-11 last much longer than it normally would if not painted.
  4. Ease of Personalization. Paint will always add personalization to any home, but T1-11 can be custom make most times to fit any home, depending on the shape of your wals.
  5. Cost. While no siding is cheap, T1-11 is basically the cheapest wood siding that you can get. Adding custom wood siding to your home will be very expensive if you go with cedar, oak, or any kind of wood that has to be cut into individual pieces.

T1-11 siding is a cut above the rest when it comes to price, personalization, customization, and durability. To learn more about T1-11 siding, contact us today.

Different types of siding

Different types of siding

Do you know all the different types of siding? Most people don’t, so we’re going to cover those in detail in this post. For those of you who are looking to get new siding on your home, this will be a very important post for you, so pay attention!

Wood Siding

  1. Vinyl Siding. This is the most popular choice for people looking to put inexpensive siding on their home. Most of the time, vinyl siding is much cheaper than any other type of siding, and it offers many benefits, including durability, various colors, and longevity. Vinyl is great siding for starter homes, and is very easy and quick to install.
  2. Wood Siding. Just like the picture on the right, wood siding is one of the most popular choices for siding because of the ability to match so many different patterns and types of wood siding to homes. Wood siding is even more durable than vinyl siding, and will stand up to the elements if treated with the right stain or paint.
  3. Brick Siding. Brick always is a great choice because it creates a classic look on any home. Brick can be combined very easily with wood to provide a good contrast on each other for any home or business. Brick siding can also be cost efficient depending on if you install the siding yourself or if you have a professional installer (recommended) do it. Most DIY’ers will stay away from installing brick siding because of the higher level of skill needed to do so.
  4. Stucco siding. Stucco is becoming one of the more popular siding choices to put on homes because of the longevity and durability, and the ease of working with stucco is relatively easy. Stucco traditionally is resistant to the elements, and as a result does not decay. Stucco has been proven to last well over 50 years in some cases if added and installed correctly on buildings.
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Siding companies don’t just offer siding!

Siding companies don’t just offer siding!

Most of the time, the company that you got your siding from will also offer a bevy of other services. Traditionally, siding companies offer other exterior services so those companies can be a one stop shop for updating homes or businesses.

A few words of wisdom. When you are going to spend thousands of dollars on home improvements, you want to make sure that you know a little about the company before giving them a big check to work on your home. Check reviews, ask people on Facebook about what their experience with that specific company has been. Get multiple bids on the service or product that you are giving someone money for. This may seem like an obvious thing for most, but there are some people who will not research at all or get any more than one bid before hiring a home contractor.

Like we said, there are services that go hand in hand with siding, and that most home exterior companies offer. These services can be:

  1. Window Replacements. Siding goes hand in hand with windows because of the way it makes the exterior of the home look. We have found multiple companies that offer siding and windows together, and the ticket price is normally very high for both of them.
  2. Roofing services. Roofing is another service for the exterior of homes or businesses that siding companies will offer. Generally, roofing companies will also offer siding, so siding is not the first service that is advertised. If you own a roofing company, you have undoubtedly received multiple calls for siding, even if you do not provide that specific service.
  3. Again, another exterior product that is associated with siding is gutters. There are some gutter companies that don’t offer siding, but instead offer fascia repair, and other things that center around gutters.
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Picking Home Siding Improvements Well

Picking Home Siding Improvements Well

Choose well. Impress your guests by applying wall improvements and other choices all throughout the Colors Of Vinyl Sidinghouse. This also increases your levels of enjoyment and comfort.

The ease, flexibility and simple upkeep of vinyl siding have helped it turned into the most mainstream siding decision in the United States. While some experts and property holders are killed by the “plastic look” of some vinyl siding items, the assortment of hues and styles make this a popular choice.

This innovation has changed significantly in the most recent years. Every one of the makers are contending to offer the best siding item.


Rich and Sturdy Look

Generally utilized for home, wood siding offers a rich look and is sturdy if looked after well. On the off chance that you are pulled in to this look remember that it requires occasional support (chalking and painting or recoloring to counteract climate harm) and is helpless to bug or rat assaults. If upkeep is done, your rich wood siding can last from 10 to even a 100 years.

Wood siding comes in clapboard (otherwise called lap or slope siding) and additionally shakes and shingles. Clapboard siding utilizes boards of wood introduced on a level plane with an upper piece that covers the lower piece. Western red cedar and redwood, woods known for being appealing and solid, are viewed as the best decisions.

Produced using fired clay, real block comes in various sizes and surfaces. Block is usually found on Colonial, Tudor and English cabin outsides, giving a wonderful look that has been utilized for many years and has stood the test of time. Nowadays block siding is normally a finish developed outside of a home’s wood outline structure, with mortar used to hold the blocks together.


Layer Of Protection

IA_Vinyl_Aluminium_Article_365Since water can enter block polishes, a layer introduced between the block lacquer and house can secure the structure.… Read More