Before-Vinyl-Installation

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.

Vinyl Siding Before Installation

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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Keep Mulch a Foot below Home Siding

As spring approaches and gardeners break out their trowels and pruners, many homeowners will start their annual mulching campaigns. The benefits of mulching are innumerable: It helps the soil retain moisture, keeps the soil cool, and provides the soil with essential nutrients. Proper mulching, like a proper gutter system, will also help prevent soil erosion.

Unfortunately, the benefits of mulching are also desirable by termites. These subterranean insects love cool, damp places, where the mulch serves not only as a canopy for their nests, but also as a food source.

Fortunately, following these two simple steps will help mitigate the potential risk of termites while also helping you monitor for termites in the future.

Two Important Steps to Prevent Termite Damage

Step 1: Remove old mulch. This can lead to buildups and it’s bad for the soil. Applying new mulch (or “fluffing” old mulch and combining with new) is more effective at stopping weed growth and it adds fresh nutrients to the soil.

Step 2: Leave mulch 12-16 inches below your home siding. You do not want to create a stairway to termite heaven. Exposing your home’s concrete foundation not only creates a significant gap for the termites to traverse, but it also allows you to notice any “mud tubes” created by termites.

Synthetic Mulch is Not the Answer

Don’t think you’re safe from termites by using synthetic mulch either. Termites love cool, damp places. They may not feed on the mulch, but they’ll still feed on your exterior walls while nesting in the soil beneath the mulch.

Overall, mulch is a great tool for maintaining healthy soil and shouldn’t be avoided because of the termite threat. When you take the necessary precautions, you’re limiting the chance of termite damage while still reaping all the benefits of mulching.