Siding is not just there to make your exterior look pretty. It keeps your home protected against heavy storms and strong windows. Like your roof and drainage system, it essential for preventing costly water damage.
With all the siding materials available today, it can be difficult to choose which one is best for your home. Some of the most preferred options today are fiber cement and vinyl siding. Both are known for their appeal, versatility, durability and low-maintenance features.
Like gutters, vinyl siding also needs regular cleaning even if it’s a low-maintenance material. With proper care, this siding material should last long and remain beautiful for decades. However, when neglected, it can experience damage and debris buildup that can harm your home’s curb appeal.
As the top roofing and siding contractor in the area, Homecraft® Inc. only installs high-quality products that can enhance the home’s beauty, comfort, and energy efficiency. Among the ones we offer is ProVia® CedarMAX™ insulated vinyl siding. Apart from improving your home’s curb appeal, it also provides superior thermal protection. Today, we take a closer look at its many features and benefits.
Better Energy Efficiency
CedarMAX insulated vinyl siding can greatly improve the energy efficiency and appearance of your home. It has sturdy, rigid foam insulation that offers superior thermal protection, blanketing your home to ensure acceptable levels of comfort. When installed, it covers everything, including wall studs. This helps prevent thermal bridging from causing energy to escape.
Improved Weather Resistance
CedarMAX insulated siding is designed to withstand rain, hail, and wind-carried debris. The same rigid foam that resists heat flow also has tremendous impact resistance that’s five times greater than that of hollow siding. Also, during installation, our siding and roof repair pros make sure to properly nail the product for better tear resistance and increased wind performance. The siding also has a patented locking system to enhance its overall rigidity on the wall.
Increased Curb Appeal
When installed, the product’s panels remain longer and straighter because the backing can seamlessly bridge the subtle irregularities that are apparent on the wall surface. Apart from the fact that it comes in a wide range of colors, it is also available in numerous profiles, including single, double, triple, and board and batten. Our experienced pros will assist you in selecting your desired siding color and style, taking your personal preference and your home’s architectural style into account.
At Homecraft® Inc., expect our skilled professionals to deliver a complete package of siding, trim, and accessories that will transform the look of your home. Aside from siding, we also offer roofing services. As GAF-certified roofers, we go out of our way to make the entire process as simple and worry-free as possible.
One of the reasons why vinyl is among the most popular siding materials in the market is because of its low maintenance requirements. Even so, it can still accumulate dirt, grime, and stains over time. As your local siding and roof repair contractor, we recommend making it a part of your cleaning routine this spring. Here are some tips to effectively do so:
1. Wait until everything is fully thawed.
A good wash and some light scrubbing are all it takes to make your vinyl siding look good again. Be sure, however, that there is no frost. Cleaning an incompletely thawed siding may result in slight frost formation on the surface. Also, the runoff from the siding wash may collect and freeze on the ground, damaging your landscaping.
2. Clean the siding using appropriate cleaners.
General household cleaners work their magic in removing tough stains and dirt, but there are other alternative cleaners that you can use to clean your vinyl siding. For light mold and mildew stains, combine 30% white vinegar and 70% water. For a stronger solution, mix one-third cup of powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, and a quart of liquid laundry bleach to a gallon of water.
3. Use the right cleaning material.
Siding and roofing pros like us recommend using a soft cloth or a long-handled, soft bristle brush. Start from the bottom and work your way up before rinsing it with a gentle stream from the water hose. If you are planning to use a power washer, make sure to read the instructions carefully. Punctures and other superficial damage to the siding have occurred because of intense water pressure, so you have to be aware of what not to do when handling the equipment.
4. Repair damaged siding.
After cleaning your siding, examine it to make sure the boards have secured the insulation material underneath. Take note of any signs of wear and tear and have it repaired as soon as possible. Your siding might have endured harsh winter weather, so you might find panels that have pulled away from the walls.
Need help with your exterior home improvement project? Let the roofers and siding installers of Homecraft® Inc. be of service to you. Call us today at (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents of Newark, Middletown, and Bear, DE.
When it comes to siding replacement, not only should you settle for the color you fell in love with. Choosing the right profile is one of the most important things you need to consider for this project. Homecraft® Inc., your local siding and wood window installation contractor, shares these tips to help you:
Vertical or Horizontal Siding?
Your home’s architectural style dictates which type of siding profile to select. Horizontal siding fits well in traditional homes such as Craftsman, Cape Cod, and American Farmhouse. Vertical siding, meanwhile, can grab attention while giving ranch-style homes the illusion of height. Combine it with a neutral color and you have a siding that exudes a grandiose vibe.
Consider the Profile’s Size
The width of your chosen siding material plays an important role in making your home exterior appealing. For instance, wide siding panels can give Colonial and other similar home styles their stately appearance. If you have a ranch or bungalow-style home, a narrower profile would be much better because it casts a shadow that makes the whole property look taller than it is.
Enhance Your Exterior Further
When selecting materials for your siding, consider mixing textures to give your home exterior an interesting look. Polymeric shakes, for instance, can be installed on the gables of your home for added visual dimension. You may also consider replacement windows to round out the design concept you are aiming for.
Take Advantage of Online Tools
Even with these tips on choosing the right siding profile, we also want you to make this process a bit easier. At Homecraft® Inc., we offer the durable, low-maintenance Mastic Ovation™ vinyl siding from Ply Gem. It can stand up against extreme weather with little maintenance and is available in various colors and styles. To help you visualize your dream home exterior using this exceptional product, use the Mastic Visualizer.
Our company specializes in a wide range of home improvement services, from installing vinyl windows and siding to replacing your current roof with a new one. Call us today at (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to request a quote. Our DE service areas include Wilmington, Bear, and surrounding areas.
Replacing your home’s siding is the project to do if you want to increase curb appeal and enjoy better insulation as temperatures change. While you can usually do this project at any time of the year, especially in cases where you really have no choice but to do so, spring has been identified as the best season for such a makeover. Homecraft® Inc., the leading siding and roofing contractors, explains why:[…] Read More