Vinyl vs. Steel vs. Aluminum Gutters

By directing rain and melting snow away from your home, your gutters protect your roof from leaks, your windows from rot, and your foundation from erosion. Not all gutter materials offer the same benefits, though. Low cost and ease of installation have helped vinyl and aluminum gutters gain popularity, but some situations call for the … Continue reading “Vinyl vs. Steel vs. Aluminum Gutters”

How to Cover Exterior Cinder Block Walls

Cinder block walls are practical and budget friendly, but they’re not always the most attractive option nor are they particularly weathertight when left unfinished. Covering a cinder block wall helps it fit the aesthetic of the surrounding buildings and improves its durability. There are several ways to approach the job, depending on the look you … Continue reading “How to Cover Exterior Cinder Block Walls”

How Long Should an Exterior Paint Job Last For?

There is a lot of confusion regarding the lifespan of exterior paint jobs. In some cases, a professional painter may guarantee as little as two years, while some companies boast 100 years or longer. Getting a proper estimate for your own home requires the consideration of numerous variables, many of which you have little or … Continue reading “How Long Should an Exterior Paint Job Last For?”

Aluminum vs. Vinyl Siding

Siding has many functions beyond the obvious aesthetic purpose of keeping the outside of your home attractive in all seasons. The material that clads the outside of your house must protect exterior wall sheathing from deterioration due to moisture, insects and UV exposure. Siding sheds rain and snow effectively and may contribute to the home’s … Continue reading “Aluminum vs. Vinyl Siding”

The Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Siding

The modern version of fiber cement siding dates back to the 1980s when the Australian company, James Hardie Inc., perfected a new process to fabricate fiber cement siding without asbestos commonly used in cement siding of yesteryear. A man-made material composed of a blend of cement, silica and natural cellulose fibers, the mixture is pressed … Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Siding”

Garage Door Spring Repair & Replacement Cost Estimates

Whether your garage is attached or separate, the garage door is an important part of your home’s security. Chances are, if your garage door isn’t functioning properly, you have a broken torsion spring. These springs cannot be repaired and must be replaced. But before you attempt to replace the spring yourself, it is vital to … Continue reading “Garage Door Spring Repair & Replacement Cost Estimates”