Written by Mark Jenkins

What’s your siding style?

Are you looking for a new look to the outside of your home? Many of our Genesis Home Improvement clients have a need to replace the siding on their home. However, the thought of putting up boring vinyl siding doesn’t seem exciting.  The good news is, vinyl siding isn’t boring anymore! There are many brands, colors and styles to choose from.  Vertical siding creates a contemporary look while beaded siding allows for an elegant appeal.  Additionally, vinyl siding may look like freshly painted wood or cedar shake for a low maintenance natural look .  This homeowner removed their beige siding and is replacing it with autumn red to bring out the red hues in the existing stone work.  Check out this design guide to customize the options on your home and schedule your consultation with our siding expert today.After red siding side 2before-red-siding-side

Written by Mark Jenkins

How long will your bathroom remodel last your needs?

Picture this. You’re in your 40’s, loving life and loving your home, but your bathroom could use a remodel. You’re asked “would you like to remodel the bathroom to accommodate you for now and for in the future as you age?” The thought never crossed your mind, but now you’re starting to wonder what kind of accommodations you may need down the road. This is especially true if you’re planning on staying in your home and aging there. Besides, it’s better to do it now while you’re currently remodeling then to have to remodel it all over again in about 15 years.

 
So what type of remodeling could be done to make things easier for you as you age? Several things! The first of which being a wider door frame, to allow for wheelchair access and ease of entry. Sure, you may not need it currently, but think about down the road when getting around the house becomes more of a challenge. Wider doors allow for much easier entry when someone is aging and needing to use a wheelchair or a walker. Think of getting wider doors as doing something good for your future self! You’ll be able to get in and out without any issue, and you’ll be thankful that you don’t have to redo your bathroom all over again in a couple of years.

 
Another important thing to think about while remodeling your bathroom is the benefit of a raised toilet seat, which increases comfortability as you age. The thought may not even cross your mind at this point in your life, but as you age, the height of a toilet seat really becomes a matter of safety. With a raised toilet seat, the risk of falling is much less and the ease of use, safety, and reliability increases.

 
Aging in place bathroom remodels are becoming more and more popular, and for good reasons! Not only will the newly remodeled bathroom provide ease of access, increased safety, and reliability in your own home, but the remodel is done in a trendy and stylish way, keeping your bathroom still looking young! So when it comes time for your next bathroom remodel, really sit and think about what you’ll need as you age in your home. There are so many additional options and with a Genesis Home Improvement bathroom design consultation, we will be more than happy to help you plan.

Soaker tub and custom steps

                                 This soaker tub has steps built in front of it for easier access.

 

Written by Mark Jenkins

Exterior Home Winterizing Inspections

Spring and Summer weather can cause a lot of stress on the exterior of your home.  The hot weather can cause caulking to crack while the wind, rain and debris can cause loosen shingles and siding.  

The pictures show damage to a gutter from a large branch falling on this home.  Additionally, the debris on the roof can water to back up under the shingles.  The key to keeping the exterior of your home performing well is maintenance.  

Genesis Home Improvement offers an EXTERIOR WINTERIZING INSPECTION.  

The inspection is $250 and includes:

Roof Inspection: Looks for loose or missing shingles, cracked seals around pipe collars, loose flashing around chimney.

Gutter Inspection: Looks for clogged, loose, unsecured or falling gutters and downspouts.

Window Inspection:  Looks for missing caulking around exterior windows and doors.

Siding Inspection: Looks for missing, cracked or loose siding.

Contact us today for more details and to schedule your inspection!

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Written by Mark Jenkins

The truth about your deck build.

If you have decided to add a deck on to your home, there are many things to consider.

  • Pressure treated vs. Composite
  • Vinyl rails vs. Metal or Wood
  • Design of the stairs
  • Position of the decking boards

You can prepare by researching the variations of decks to create the look you desire. If you are located in or around Fauquier, Culpeper or Manassas, you may contact us for a tour of our past projects.

In addition to the design decisions, there are logistics to consider as well.

  • Where are my exterior drains in relation to the desired deck location?
  • Will the builder regrade or haul away the extra dirt that was dug for the footers?
  • Will the builder use wide band board that will cover the frame of the deck?
  • Does the neighborhood require HOA approval?
  • How long will the yard be a “construction area?”

Keep in mind that once all of the points above are addressed and the project is ready to begin, there will be different phases of your deck project.

  1. Permits will be pulled with the county.  This can take a few days depending on your location.
  2. Footers will be marked out and dug.
  3. An inspection will be completed on the footers.
  4. The deck is framed out and another inspection is called in.
  5. Once approved, the decking boards are completed along with the rails.
  6. A final inspection is completed and once approved, the footers can be filled back in with the excess dirt.

When a deck is being built, the contractor should keep the work zone neat.  However, there may be debris and dirt that should be resolved upon completion.  Grass can be impacted depending on the location of the deck.  When the decking material is in your yard, this may cause grass to turn.  Be sure to specify ahead of time where you would like your material placed if you are concerned about your grass being impacted.

Lastly, remember to keep an open mind and stay in communication with the builder to ensure everyone’s expectations are reasonably met.

Written by Mark Jenkins

Do I need new windows?

I recently encountered a customer who inquired about new windows.  The two bay windows were no longer opening and she wanted to replace them.  After I inspected the windows, it was discovered that the windows needed to be jacked up and supported.  This was a less expensive solution to the problem and was completed successfully. Typically there are a few signs to look for that warrant a window replacement.

  • Air leakage into the house from outside
  • Moisture in between the glass panes
  • Rotten window jams and seals

Remember, hire a trusted contractor to inspect your windows.  This will give you peace of mind before you make the investment of replacing your windows.

Written by Mark Jenkins

Have questions about your home?

At Genesis Home Improvement, we are committed to providing quality work AND a great experience.  Our goal is to educate each customer so they are comfortable with their investment.  As an added service, we are starting a series called “Ask GHI.”  This is an open dialogue where you can submit your questions to us through our contact form and we will respond.  Whether you have a noise in the wall or a slow leak in your ceiling, submit your questions and we will provide you with expert advice.  

 

Written by Mark Jenkins

Tips to protect your roof and gutters from significant snowfall.

The Northern Virginia region just endured the Blizzard of 2016. While it may not be the fanciest of names, the snowfall totaled up to 40″ in some areas.  The amount of snow can not only be treacherous on the roads but can wreak havoc on your home.  Below are a few tips on what to look for to ensure your roof and gutters are working as they should.

  • Ensure that your gutters are clear from debris so the melting snow can drain properly from your roof.
  • Clean your roof off to the best of your ability or call a professional to remove the snow.
  • If you notice water on your interior ceilings, contact us immediately, it may be a leak in the roof or a simple ice dam needing to be cleared.

Exterior home inspections can save your home from future damages.  Schedule one with us today.

 

Written by Mark Jenkins

What I found on the roof wasn’t what the homeower or I expected.

 

A Customer called the office telling me that his roof was leaking . He said that water was leaking through the drywall onto his living room ceiling and down the walls on his exterior wall. I expected that the 30 year old home may have a worn area, causing the stated damage to the roof. When I arrived to the customer’s home, I noticed that water was overflowing his gutter. I took the ladder off my truck and climbed up on the roof. What I found was not the roof leaking, instead the gutter was full of leaves and the downspouts were clogged up with leaves.  This blockage was not letting the water drain out of the gutter. That caused the water to overflow the gutter and run into the soffitt, coming inside of the house.  This water caused damage to the drywall on the ceiling, walls and hardwood floor. We cleaned the gutters and downspouts out and installed gutter guard to keep this from happening again. We had to repair drywall damage, paint the walls, ceiling, and repair the hardwood floor.

All of this could have been avoided with an annual gutter cleaning and installation of gutter guards.  Gutter guards are an inexpensive investment for your home. Having them installed will save you time and money as you will no longer need an annual gutter cleaning and your gutters will stay clear to drain water as they were designed to do.

Call Genesis Home Improvement for your free estimate (540) 439-5947

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