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Home Siding Project: Vinyl Siding over Old Stucco | Oreland, PA

As home remodeling experts we’re always intrigued by unique jobs that make use of our extensive knowledge and skills. Take this vinyl siding job for a homeowner in Oreland, PA, for example.

This was a unique job that allowed us to showcase our unique skills. Vinyl siding is traditionally used when covering wood, and stucco is traditionally found in drier, southern climates, so this was a unique situation that required expert knowledge. With our extended experience, we were the perfect contractor for the job.

Vinyl Siding over Stucco (Before 2)

The first problem we encountered was not wanting to remove the stucco. By not removing the stucco—not only did we save the homeowner money—but it also served as an extra water barrier and increased insulation for the home. This created a minor problem, but nothing we weren’t equipped to handle.

For example, one of the most important parts of installing vinyl siding is nail depth. You can’t “send the nails home” because it creates dimples and dents. Instead, you leave the head of the nail out an eighth of an inch. Vinyl siding installation requires precision—the kind of precision you can only achieve by hand nailing.

This is a major obstacle if you want to install vinyl siding over stucco, which is difficult to hand nail into and requires a nail gun (or sore arms and bloody fingers!)

Vinyl Siding over Stucco (After 2)

By attaching furring strips directly to the stucco with a nail gun, however, we gave ourselves a nailer that allowed us to hand nail into. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. We didn’t just install vinyl siding over the old stucco. We also took extra steps to ensure a quality installation.

The first step, after attaching the furring strips, was covering the home with insulation board and then wrapping it with Typar® HomeWrap®, giving the home even more protection from water and increasing the home’s insulation.

Once the home was water tight and prepped, we began installing CertainTeed® Monogram® Herringbone-colored vinyl siding, while also capping all the windows and doors with white heavy gauge aluminum casing.

If you’re looking for a home remodeling contractor, make sure you check us out. It doesn’t matter if there are any extra, or difficult circumstances—like installing vinyl siding over old stucco—that isn’t a problem for us.

Send us an email and get in touch for a free estimate!

Vinyl Siding over Stucco (After 1)

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Vinyl Siding, Energy Efficient Windows, and Seamless Gutters | Chalfont, PA

Here’s a look at a recent large-scale project for a homeowner in Chalfont, PA. We’re proud of the job we did for the homeowner. Replacing the old asbestos siding, inefficient windows, rotted fascia, and outdated gutter system—in short, we gave a solid, but old home the facelift it desperately needed.

The results speak for themselves. (See Below.)

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As far as remodeling jobs go, this job was pretty unique because of the old asbestos siding. While asbestos is a fantastic insulator and extremely durable, it also comes with significant health risks (if it breaks apart).

But we’re highly experienced and understand the necessary precautions we needed to take and by keeping the asbestos wet, we were able to eliminate asbestos dust from spreading through the air, eliminating the health risk, and resulting in a successful removal.

After we removed the asbestos siding, we finished the demo work by replacing the old, energy inefficient windows with premium, argon gas-filled, double-paned windows from Harvey Building Products®.

These windows are exceptional at insulating your home, while also protecting your family from harmful UV-rays.

We followed that by wrapping all the windows and doors with heavy gauge aluminum casing. By wrapping the windows and doors, we protected the home from leaks in the most vulnerable areas. We also checked the entire home’s fascia for any rotted wood and replaced a few trouble spots—particularly around the garage door.

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The next step was installing the vinyl siding. We began by wrapping the home in Typar® HouseWrap®—a breathable, water permeable material that let’s water vapor escape, but also helps protect the home from water damage.

After finishing the prep work, we installed CertainTeed® Monogram®, Pacific Blue-colored vinyl siding with white trim, which meshes nicely with the home’s stone veneer.

We highly recommend CertainTeed’s Monogram vinyl siding to all our customers. It’s the perfect siding solution for most homeowners: durable, good insulator, very attractive, and also very cost efficient.

Lastly, we installed 5-inch K-style seamless gutters with hidden fasteners—ensuring a sleek, clean look, while also protecting the home’s foundation from soil erosion.

If you’re interested in a similar home makeover, you can contact us here, or take a look at our home page for a complete list of our home remodeling services and get in touch.

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Home Remodeling Project: Siding and Fascia Replacement

Another quality energy efficient makeover for a homeowner in Abington, PA. The homeowner liked the color of the old aluminum siding, but wanted to replace the old, banged-up aluminum siding with brand new CertainTeed® Monogram™ vinyl siding.

Besides the dings and dents that come with old aluminum siding, the seams were also really starting show. Not only are gaps at the seams unattractive, but they’re also wasting energy. You really want a tight seal to further insulate the home, which is not only important in the winter—but the summer as well!

A major benefit of installing new vinyl siding—besides the improved look—is the increased energy efficiency. To really take advantage of that, we provided a solid foundation by spraying foam insulation around all the windows and doors, replacing old rotten plywood sheeting, and wrapping the home in a breathable, waterproof membrane—Typar® Homewrap™.

After we prepared the home, we installed CertainTeed® Monogram™ Oxford Blue-colored vinyl siding, while replacing the home’s old fascia with a nice clean, white vinyl—the perfect accent for light blue vinyl siding.

If you’d like a similar energy efficient home remodeling makeover, make sure you check out our home siding installation page (and our energy efficient window page, too!)

Vinyl Siding Installation (After)

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Home Remodeling: Vinyl Siding, Gutters, and More!

As we began the project, we removed the home’s old, dingy siding, rundown soffit, beat-up fascia, and damaged gutters. After we removed and disposed of the old materials, we started the prep work by replacing the plywood sheeting of the exterior walls and wrapped them in a breathable, waterproof membrane—Typar® Homewrap™.

When we replaced the plywood and completed the prep work, we began replacing the home’s old siding with CertainTeed’s® Carolina Beaded™ granite gray-colored vinyl siding. Designed to emulate freshly painted wood, this premium vinyl siding is as durable as it is beautiful.

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With this quality vinyl siding, the family can look forward to lower monthly utility bills and, best of all, the homeowner will never have to paint their home ever again!

While replacing the old siding was the major project, we also took the opportunity to replace the home’s soffit and fascia:

We added heavy-gauge aluminum fascia around the home’s windows and doors—wrapping them with superior protection and ensuring there’s no leaks!

We also replaced the old soffit underneath the roof’s overhang with premium CertainTeed® vinyl soffit.

Lastly, we overhauled the entire home’s water management system by adding K-style, seamless gutters (with hidden fasteners) and also installed downspouts angled out away from the home. By installing the gutters and downspouts we streamlined the drainage process to help protect the home’s foundation from water damage and soil erosion.

Make sure to contact us if you’re looking for a similar home remodeling project!

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Roof Replacement: Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim

Dealing with insurance companies is a frustrating experience. This is a universal truth. Insurance companies don’t like handing out claims and they’ll do whatever they can to deny them. But if you follow this guide, you’ll have a much easier claims process and should have a much smoother transition in getting your life back to normal.

An optional—and definitely optimal—first step is to call a roofing contractor. At NexGen, we’re A+ rated from the BBB and we’ll guide you through the insurance claim process, including essential steps like mitigating damages.

Step One: File Your Claim Immediately!

Before you can file a claim, you’ll need to gather all the necessary paperwork. This is important: make sure you have all the necessary documents when you file a claim. Don’t give them an excuse to deny your claim. Insurance companies have a vested interest in denying or limiting your claim. Don’t let them.

After you gather those documents: Do not wait! The insurance company will tell you that you have up to 1 year to file a claim. While legally true, it’s also a deceptive business practice that allows them to more easily contest your claim.

Step Two: Take Photos of the Damage

Before you do anything else, document the damage caused by the storm with photographs. This is direct visual evidence. By documenting the damage caused by the storm, you’re building an open and shut case against any attempts to deny your claim. Otherwise the insurance company may try to claim that the damage wasn’t caused by the storm, but instead caused by the homeowner for not properly mitigating the damages.

Another tip for homeowners building up a case for an insurance claim is using online resources. For example, while major storms like hurricanes are the biggest cause of roof damage, a hail storm can still cause massive damage to your roof. Sometimes the damage isn’t even visible, like denting and bruising the underlayment and weakening the foundation of the roof itself.

Another major problem with hail damage is that sometimes, although damaged, the roof won’t start leaking right away. If this is the case, you can use a free website like, stormersite.com, which has “hail report” printouts for the past decade, showing particular hail storms at your address (with a date), and providing direct evidence to the insurance company of a hail storm.

Step Three: Mitigate the Damage

You need to mitigate the damage. While the insurance company may have to replace your roof, the onus is on you to “stop the bleeding” and prevent further damage. You can call a roofing contractor to do this for you and the insurance company will reimburse you.

By following these three important steps you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.

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Roof Maintenance: What, Why, and How

When it comes to properly maintaining a roof, very few homeowners understand what to do, how to do it, or even why they should. It’s not as clear-cut as re-staining a deck, or getting an oil change for your car. But proper roof maintenance is vital to maintain your home’s beauty and, in some cases, it’s essential for its longevity.

Roofing contractors are partly responsible for this. Very rarely will a roofing company explain how to properly maintain the roof they just installed. So let NexGen break this troubling trend and explain two of the most essential forms of roof maintenance.

Remove Those Ugly Algae Stains!

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When most homeowners decide to give their home a facelift, they’ll consider options like a new coat of paint, vinyl siding, or some landscaping work. But one of the easiest, least expensive, and cost-effective projects is to remove the algae stains from their roofs.

Algae stains—the black streaks and discoloration that appear on older roofs—are a major eyesore for homeowners. Take a look at your roof and the roofs around your neighborhood. You’ll notice all the black stains on all of the older roofs. The primary cause of discoloration is algae stains, which are an especially prominent problem along the Eastern seaboard.

While many premium shingles are designed to prevent that from happening (for example, NexGen uses Certainteed® Landmark® shingles, which come with a 10-year StreakFighter® algae-resistant warranty), a quality roof lasts much longer than that. This will cause a perfectly good roof to look really old and dingy.

While algae aren’t harmful to the roof itself—they’re a major eyesore. To fix this, you can clean your roof with either Chlorine Bleach (simply spray your roof with bleach and wash it away after 15 minutes), or you can use a non-bleach cleaner solution (like, “Wet & Forget”).

Prevent Leaks by Removing Ice Dams!

During the winter it’s essential for homeowners to be on the lookout for ice dams. While icicles may look pretty and picturesque forming along your roof’s edge—they can cause major problems for your roof.

Icicles, by creating an icy buildup, will prevent water from flowing off your roof. When the snow melts and flows down your roof, the water becomes trapped, “dammed” behind them, pools up, and leaks through the shingles (which are designed to protect against water flowing down them—not as a repellent against stagnate water).

Gutter guards can exacerbate the problem. While effective at keeping leaves and other debris from out of your gutters, they’re also prime causes of ice dams. Ice will form on the guards themselves and makes the potential for ice damns much worse.

By following these simple tips for roof maintenance, you can keep your home looking beautiful and also protect yourself from expensive roof repairs.

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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!

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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.