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NexGen Exterior Home Remodeling: Proud Sponsor of Youth Athletics

NexGen Exterior Home Remodeling is proud to support youth athletics. Not only are youth athletics a lot of fun for kids and can create a lifetime of memories and friendships, but we’re also big believers in the social benefits of youth sports.

Working together with the Ardsley-North Hills Athletic Association (ANHAA), we sponsor a local tee-ball team to help young kids not only develop their athletic skills, but also develop their social skills and other fundamental life-skills—like working together as a team for a common goal.

The program is for children, ages 4-6, living in Ardsley, North Hills and the surrounding communities. The season is from April to June with games played on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays on the fields between Tennis and Penn Avenues in North Hills.

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Home Remodeling: Giving a Home a Facelift

We’re proud of this recent project by NexGen Exterior Home Remodeling in Ambler, PA. At first glance, you might think the home was rundown and in bad shape. But the problems with the home weren’t structural—the home was still in good condition. The problems were largely cosmetic and easily fixable. All it needed was a little TLC.

Assessing the job, we were quick to notice that the roof, although dirty and mildewed, was still in good condition—a huge relief to the homeowner. A quick, soft pressure wash solved this problem. But the other problems weren’t solved as easily.

The home’s aluminum siding, for example, was very old, mangled, and falling off part of the garage. The home’s soffit and fascia were worn-out and needed replacing, as well as the old, porous gutters, and the outdated, inefficient exterior doors. Basically, the home needed a complete makeover. But that’s the fun part!

Stone Veneer Installation

Preparing the home for new vinyl siding, we tore down the old, mangled aluminum siding, replaced the rotted plywood sheeting, and wrapped the home in waterproof, Typar Home Wrap®.

After the prep work, we installed brand new CertainTeed® Monogram® light maple vinyl siding, and accentuated it with cream colored cedar impression vinyl siding around the gable ends.

We also installed new vinyl soffit, as well as new light maple heavy gauge aluminum fascia around all the doors and windows. Around the front of the home, we also removed the old brick siding and replaced it with Ledgestone Bucks County Gray stone veneer.

The old gutters were in horrendous condition. Matching the vinyl siding and home’s fascia and soffit, we replaced them with light maple, K-style seamless gutters.

The end result is a home to be proud of!

Home Remodeling Project (After)

If you have a home that’s in similar circumstances—or even just a single job, like a new roof—check out our service pages, reviews, and portfolio. We’d love to work with you to give your home the facelift it deserves!

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Roofing Contractors: What to Look for in a Roofing Company

Before hiring a roofing contractor, you should ask yourself these three important questions. While everyone will know the first one, the others are also extremely important and often neglected. These tips aren’t just relevant for hiring roofing contractors either, so after reading this you’ll make a much wiser decision when hiring any contractor.

1. Are they licensed and insured? This is an obvious question you should always ask about any contractor. However, this is an even more important question for roofers than for other contractors, as a faulty roof can lead to massive problems to your home.

If they mess up and your roof leaks, it’s not just your roof that will need replacing. But all the problems caused by water damage throughout your home—mold, mildew, and replacing drywall and interior walls. The cost can be astronomical and guess who’s stuck with the bill?

You can find our credentials here.

2. What types of materials will they be using? A low quote doesn’t mean a good deal. Not every roofing contractor is going to quote for the same materials. For example, are they using 15-pound felt tarpaper or a synthetic underlayment? Using tarpaper may make for a lower quote, but the quality of the roof is significantly reduced.

You should also consider shingles. Architectural shingles should always be preferred. Three-tab shingles are a cheap way out, but should be avoided. They’re not very durable or long-lasting. While they’re cheaper initially, they’ll cost you more money in the long-run.

Rather than just selecting the lowest quote (which is usually a poor decision), you should consider exactly what types of materials they’re using and make your decision based on value and need. Not just the lowest price.

We list the products we use on our roofing page.

3. Are they manufacturer certified? Both CertainTeed® and GAF® provide certification programs for roofers. Not only do these programs guarantee that the contractor installs the products according to manufacturer guidelines, but these programs also offer benefits for roofing contractors.

For example, as CertainTeed® SELECT ShingleMasters™, NexGen is able to provide a 4-Star Warranty, which includes materials, labor, tear-off, and disposal. We take it even further by guaranteeing workmanship—for life!

There’s no excuse for not being certified.

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Metal Roofs: What are the Benefits?

As their electric bills continue to raise higher and higher, many homeowners are turning toward energy efficient remodeling. Besides installing energy efficient windows, or vinyl siding, another excellent option is a metal roof.

Metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays, decreasing the need for your air conditioner to run, and can even help make your home more temperate without air conditioning at all. Not only do metal roofs decrease your electric bill, but they’re also a green alternative—they’ll help decrease greenhouse emissions and lower your carbon footprint.

But there are other advantages to a metal roof as well.

Reduced cost if you can afford the investment. While metal roofs are initially more expensive than asphalt roofs, they’re much more durable and have a much longer shelf-life than asphalt-shingle roofs. You can reasonably expect your metal roof to last 50-60 years.

Metal roofs come in many aesthetic variations. Vertical panels are the most common style, but metal roofing panels can also resemble wooden shakes, asphalt shingles, and even Spanish tile. They’re also available in a multitude of colors—with lighter colors being the most energy efficient (of course).

Overall, metal roofs are an excellent investment for any homeowner. They’re extremely durable, energy efficient, and can resemble the aesthetic qualities of any other roofing material. The only potential problem with a metal roof is their increased initial cost.