Aluminum vs. Vinyl Siding, do you know why people are changing? Aluminum siding has an interesting history thanks to Jerome Kaufman. “After seeing how paint bonds to aluminum fuselages on World War II planes, Jerome Kaufman, owner of one of the largest retail home improvement dealers in the U.S., invents the first residential baked enamel aluminum siding.”*
While the history is interesting, many homeowners are choosing to replace their aluminum siding with vinyl siding for a few different reasons.
Paint can oxidize
Paint can scratch (similar to a vehicle)
Less desirable and may lead to a devaluation of home
This home in Warrenton was replaced with CertainTeed Double ” Dutchlap Siding. The Granite Grey color is accented nicely with the white PVC wrap. Both materials allow for a low maintenance, up to date look. The cupola on the top of the garage was included in the vinyl transition and PVC wrapping. Bringing all of the home’s character in with this new look, creates a modern home with great curb appeal.
As recent as yesterday evening, Bealeton was hit with yet another hail storm. High winds, heavy rain and hail brought down trees, power lines and damaged property. Hail damage may not be obvious at first and can cause extensive damage to a roof and siding. Have your home inspected if you suspect damage either by a professional or by contacting your insurance company. Should you have questions, we are here to help!
Let’s face it, moving takes a LOT of work! Most of us have seen the shows on TV that help disagreeing spouses with the decision to move or remodel. Many times the remodels are extreme and cost tens of thousands of dollars. While the remodels are fantastic, you can do a few things to the outside of your home to get a new look without the work of moving.
Replacing the siding refaces your home. There are so many options with vinyl siding, you really can get many diverse looks.
Replacing the roof can add a new flare as well! Shingles come in many different colors and include a max definition option.
Resurfacing your existing deck can create the appeal of a new deck without the total cost. Trex can be installed instead of pressure treated wood for a better, long term solution.
Fascia board and rake can be wrapped with aluminum caping for a fresh, no maintenance appearance.
Windows can be replaced which helps the look and the electric bill!
For design ideas, check out our portfolio and let us help you get started on your home project!
We recently finished up a bathroom remodel unlike any other. The homeowner wanted to add a bit of technology in addition to a sleek design. Traditional showers are equipped with a single action lever diverter that controls the flow and temperature of the water flowing from the shower head. Not this shower. Wiring was installed prior to the tile installation to accommodate a remote controlled diverter. This diverter can be pre-set for two different temperatures, allowing two people to have a customized, programmed shower to enjoy. The homeowner can use the remote control to start the shower and step into a shower at the exact temperature they prefer. The diverter has the ability to operate two different shower heads withing the same shower, allowing for additional water sources.
The drain in the bottom of the shower is also unique. This 4 foot trough drain is concealed nicely along the edge of the shower wall. The vessel sink was purchased from California and provides a great look to finish off this bathroom.
We continue to see roof damage from the recent storms. If you are unsure about possible damage, we are completing storm damage inspections. After walking your roof and marking the damage, photos will be taken to show you the results. Many times, insurance companies will pay to repair or replace your damaged roof.
In addition to the shingles on your roof, siding can be damaged by wind and hail. Damage is not just a cosmetic concern as it can cause long term problems. If you don’t address the damage now, future damage may not be covered by your insurance.
So here we are, a few days post storm. High winds, tornados and hail have all impacted our area in a pretty short amount of time. Now that everyone is safe, the trees are cleared, the roads are unblocked and your power is back on, it is time to assess the damage to your home.
It usually goes in this order:
You analyze the damage to the roof, siding and gutters.
You make a call (or use the app) to your insurance company and they start a claim.
The insurance adjuster comes out (in storms like these, they may not be a local adjuster due to the volume of claims).
You receive information in the following days about what they will repair.
A contractor is notified by the adjuster and you are set up for your repairs.
However, many homeowners don’t realize that they have a choicewhen it comes to selecting the contractor to complete their work. Why is this important?
Your local contractor will be accessible well beyond the storm in the event you have a question for them.
After storms like this, many roofing companies come from other states to repair as many roofs as possible. Once the repairs are done, they are no longer local.
Your local contractor is working on your behalf, not the insurance company’s. This means that additional damage discovered from the storm that the adjuster may have missed, is pointed out and turned in as part of the claim.
In some cases, contractors that work with insurance companies use all sub-contracted companies to complete the actual repairs. Your local contract generally has employees of the local company completing the work.
Understand your options and don’t hesitate to let the adjuster and your agent know who you would prefer to complete your repairs.
A backyard is an ideal space for making memories, and is made even better by the addition of a deck that is safe, secure and long lasting. A deck is the perfect backdrop for laid-back summer barbecues and sets the stage for quality bonding time with family, neighbors and friends. In the United States, approximately 40 million homes have decks attached, which are no doubt filled with loved ones in the warmer months.
Unfortunately, about half of those decks are in need of repairs—or even a complete replacement. Your deck’s shelf life falls somewhere between 10 and 15 years, and after that it starts to show signs of wear and tear that might spell danger. As an extension of your home, it’s extremely important to make sure your deck is structurally sound and can safely support your family and belongings. Luckily, understanding your deck’s construction and performing regular maintenance is easy—and can prevent a potential collapse.
When evaluating your deck for potential maintenance or safety issues, here’s what to look for:
CORROSION. Mother Nature can be pretty brutal. Over the years, the metal connectors and fasteners that join beams, railings, stairs and posts can experience deterioration from exposure to the elements. Wobbly railings and rickety stairs are signs of loose connection points, and corrosion may be to blame. Most dangerous are loose ledger boards, or the part of your deck that connects to the house. If you notice corroded metal connectors, this issue should be addressed immediately.
ROT. Wood is even more vulnerable to the elements than metal. Without the proper weatherproof sealant and regular maintenance, wood can soften and rot over time, making it more susceptible to termite infestations. If beams or boards within the deck structure seem to be sagging, don’t let anyone stand on them until they’re replaced.
CRACKS. Large cracks or splits in wood weaken connections and jeopardize the structural integrity of your deck. Cracks also make wood more prone to rot, so if you spot a crack, especially in one of the structural beams, know it’s a sign of trouble down the road. Having a cracked board or beam replaced isn’t too big a burden, and the sooner you act, the less worrying you’ll do later.
Just as important as knowing the danger signs when evaluating your deck is knowing what a safe deck looks like. So what does a safe deck have?
PROPER LEDGER CONNECTION. A deck shouldn’t be held together by nails alone—especially at the ledger attachment where your deck connects your house. You should see metal fasteners, bolts and structural screws that secure your deck ledger board to your home, preferably in stainless steel or protected by a special galvanized coating to prevent corrosion.
CONTINUOUS LOAD PATH. When a deck is built by professionals, they use a method of construction that creates a series of solid connection points. These connection points transfer the load of your deck through its frame to the ground and to your home, keeping your family and belongings safe from weakening forces like earthquakes, heavy winds and snow.
SEALED BOARDS. To avoid the corrosion and rotting issues discussed earlier, wooden boards should have a protective sealant that defends against moisture and sun damage. For advice about your particular situation (you may be applying sealant to a brand new deck or maybe you’re resealing old boards), consult a professional.
DEBRIS-FREE. A safe deck is free of dirt and debris. Throughout the year, leaves and dirt that make their way between boards can collect moisture, which leads to mold and mildew issues (see: ROT). Sweep your deck regularly to remove debris.
Though you can take action to maintain a safe, sound deck, even the most talented DIYer should let a professional handle any type of major construction project. Licensed contractors are well versed in how to obtain the required building permits and materials, and are familiar with the safety standards to ensure you’re left with a deck that provides safety, security—and of course, many years of fun memories.
With the warm front headed this way, now is a great time to think about enjoying yourself outside on your new deck! Before you build it, there are a few things to decide. Your new space can be anything from basic to fully customized.