Wise Replacement Window Selection Increases Impact of Any Sunroom Design

Sunroom Design | Replacement Window Selection | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

You don’t need to add a room to have a sunroom. The right choice of replacement windows can create the same impact with a wall of windows.

In a sunroom design, an architect or designer make a distinction between a sunroom and a sunny room, but thoughtful window replacement selection blurs the lines. More and more homeowners in Madison WI are looking to the addition of new, larger windows to gain the benefits of a sunroom without a major addition to the property.

Older homes, traditionally, have smaller windows than recently built structures. A sunroom design that simply includes adding more, larger windows to a selected room makes sense. The benefit of a true sunroom or solarium can be had by a much less costly remodeling project. Opening up a corner room with large windows wrapping two sides transforms the space. Continue reading

Schedule Roof Repair and Window Replacements After Fall Inspections

Roof Repair | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Correct small issues before winter comes

Winter’s extremes are guaranteed to stress roofs and windows in Madison WI. Before the weather gets worse, an autumn inspection will highlight the need of roof repair and window replacements. Reliable shingles and weather-tight windows protect your home from the elements and put a dent in your annual energy bills, too. Continue reading

Rain Gutter and Downspout Care Prevents Roof Damage

Gutter | Downspout | Roof Repair | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors

A costly roof repair just waiting to happen – all this debris, rain troughs separating from the building with snow and ice adding to the mix. All this potential damage can be headed off with advanced planning and proper guards.

A building’s rain gutter and downspout network are its first line of defense when it comes to limiting roof repair from ice dams and unexpected water backing up as a result of Madison WI summer downpours. A clear, free flowing downspout delivers torrents away from susceptible shingles. A rain gutter free from debris prevents damage to interior ceilings, walls and floors, too.

Rain Gutter – Downspout Maintenance Checklist

Every rain collection system requires regular maintenance. Much of which should be left to professionals – insurance company reports indicate falls from ladders are among the most frequent and most dangerous household risks. Each year more than 300 people die from falling off a ladder. Thousands more break bones and suffer additional injuries – many as a result of attempting to clean and inspect the edges of their own roofs. Here’s a checklist of what should be reviewed: Continue reading

Consider Insulated Vinyl Siding to Boost a Home’s Energy Efficiency

Insulated Vinyl Siding | New Siding Installation |Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Modern manufacturing enables foam insulation to be bonded directly to vinyl siding in a wide selection of colors, textures and styles

Jumping from the chill of a Madison WI winter to the heat and humidity of a typical summer tests the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Replacing existing siding with insulated vinyl siding can improve the performance all year.

Insulated vinyl siding has been an option for new siding installation for decades, and with each year improvements in materials and techniques make is cost-effective choice.

Today’s standard vinyl siding is available in an array of colors and textures. The latest insulated options have caught up to offer an assortment of styles. The addition of modern vinyl siding not only boosts a home’s energy efficiency, it adds to curb appeal. Continue reading

A Dozen Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor Before the New Window Installation

Replacement Windows Contractor | new window installation |Madison WI

Consider your search for a replacement windows contractor like hiring an employee. The questions you ask up-front determine if they get hired.

Selecting the right replacement windows contractor is the best way to ensure a new window installation goes smoothly. Correct installation not only boosts energy efficiency but improves the aesthetics of your home. Poor installation can let the Madison WI seasons influence your life indoors as well as out. Working with a professional who provides the experience, training and proper tools represents money well-spent. But, how do you find the right professional? In spite of the advertising, not every window company has the expertise to do the job right the first time. Choosing the correct replacement windows contractor is the first step to insure your project is a long-term success.

Direct Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor

Here are a dozen pointed questions to ask every potential replacement window contractors you interview. It is wise to get details from more than one before a window installation project, too. Trusting your contractor is a significant part of the contract. You are putting your home in their hands. Check references and credentials. During your first sit-down meeting, ask: Continue reading

Roof Insulation Plus Attic Ventilation Extends Roof Life

Roof Insulation | Attic Ventilation | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

The reliable, even flow of air through insulation is critical to a comfortable, efficient home.

Proper roof insulation plus sufficient attic ventilation is the formula to extend the life of your roof and avoid a costly roof repair. Adequate attic insulation and ventilation work together to lessen the impact of the extreme heat and cold characteristic of Madison WI.

The primary job of your roof is to protect what’s beneath it. The job of the roof insulation and ventilation is to help protect the roof. Consistent airflow through the house is critical to keep the summer heat from “cooking” shingles from the inside and keep radiant heat from melting winter snow – reducing the risk of ice dams. Continue reading

Wintertime Window Replacement In Madison WI

Window Replacement |Replacement Windows | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors & Remodeling

Window replacement can be done year round except in the most extreme cold conditions in Madison WI

Window replacement in wintertime is often thought to be taboo by homeowners.

In reality, replacement windows can be installed at nearly anytime during the year. The windows will perform effectively and efficiently in all but the most extreme circumstances. In fact, it is more likely the installation crew will be held back so as not to be exposed to extremely cold weather.

When Needed Window Replacement Becomes More Noticeable

Winter is a time you can more often notice your old windows are failing. You can feel drafts, notice heat loss and the harsh conditions highlight signs of aging or rot.

If you notice problems with drafty windows or feel you are paying too much for the heat in your home to let it escape through your windows, don’t wait to get replacement windows. Continue reading

Rain Gutter Covers – Designed With Your Safety In Mind

Rain Gutters | Rain Gutter Protection | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Rain gutter covers help you gutters protect your home’s foundation – and you – click to enlarge

One of the most important pieces of equipment designed to protect your home is the rain gutter.

In concept, the task is very simple. Rain Gutters help direct roof runoff away from the foundation of your house. Any water pooling at your home’s foundation can lead to soil erosion, rotted siding, create a breeding ground for mold and insects, and lead to water in your basement.

In order for gutters to work properly, you have to keep them clean. Debris such as leaves, pine needles, twigs, bird’s nests, hornet’s nests and a wide array of other materials can limit your gutter’s effectiveness. Continue reading

When Hail Damage Leads To A Roof Replacement

Hail Damage | Roof Replacement | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors & Remodeling

Bruising and mat breakage sometimes occur simultaneously

Hail damage extensive enough to require a roof replacement can happen in a blink of an eye. And, it can happen on one side of the street and not the other.

The most pressing question most homeowners have after a hail storm is ‘‘How do tell if I have hail damage on my roof?”.

Our answer is simple – we have to inspect your roof. Just as importantly, you have to have your insurance company claims adjuster inspect the roof too. After all, the insurance company wants to be sure there is legitimate hail damage before paying off insurance claim. Below are guidelines to help you assess if you may have hail damage and need a roof replacement. Continue reading

New Window Buying Insights

New Window | Replacement Windows | Madison WI | Sims Exterior and Remodeling

The Sims Window Buyers’ Guide is an effective guide to get the best window for your home

Buying new windows for your home is a challenging task. A wide array of materials, styles, manufacturers and local replacement window contractors can create a difficult mix to navigate.

When homeowners receive replacement window quotes, the biggest challenge is usually understanding how to break down the quotes and know what specifically charges are for.

To help homeowners grapple with unraveling the replacement windows riddle, Sims Exteriors and Remodeling created the New Window Buyers Guide. The guide provides –

  • A detailed comparison of window types and materials
  • A review of the hardware enabling window function
  • Energy efficiency explanations and labeling details
  • The real, ongoing and shameful cost of bargain basement replacement windows
  • A guide to vetting and selecting a great replacement window contractor
  • Details on how to avoid scams and shady window replacement contractors
  • An “Apples to Apples” contractor comparison worksheet to help you identify the best new window contractor for your home

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Siding Contractors Hall Of Shame – Installation Without Proper Prep & Skill

Siding Contractors | Siding | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Siding Contractors will be looking for leaks when they see discolored paint on walls or ceilings in Madison WI

Experienced siding contractors know the protection for your home should be more than skin deep.

Your siding protects against the elements and if it’s doing its job, makes your home look great and gives it appeal. However, professional siding contractors know to protect your home as completely as possible from moisture and pests, more than siding has to be in place.

Under your home’s siding should be Tyvek type wrap or covering. If it isn’t installed over wood in exterior walls, it makes them more susceptible to water, which can cause rotting, leaking and large amounts of property damage. Do not hesitate to ask the siding contractors you are dealing with about this. Continue reading

The Positive Environmental Impact Of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding | Siding | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Vinyl Siding is available in many textures and can give any Madison WI home a touch of class.

Vinyl siding is the most popular siding choice among homeowners. Affordability and ease of maintenance are the primary reasons it is such a popular choice.

According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, the durability of vinyl siding continually improves over time. Color retention is a major area of improvement. The result is less need for painting especially compared to wood and other types of siding. Less painting can mean less lead and other additives from paint which can contaminate the environment.

The life span for vinyl has been increasing as well. Because of it’s durability coupled with color retention, there is less turnover of siding materials. No replacement means less manufacturing of replacement siding and less energy expended. Continue reading

Spring Is the Perfect Time For Window Replacement

Window Replacement | Replacement Windows | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeing

Don’t let warmer temperatures let you forget about your window replacement plan – the cold drafts of winter will return

If window replacement has been on your mind over the past few months or longer, now that the temperatures are getting warmer it may be time to pull the trigger.

An important thing is to not let the warmer temperatures put your window replacement on hold again. Remember, the cold drafts from this past winter will return as will condensation on the panes of glass. The moisture from failing windows may even be causing water damage you cannot see.

The reality is if you have had to think about window replacement, your replacement windows are probably long overdue. To help decide on whether a window replacement is right for you this season, consider some of the factors below. Continue reading

Vinyl Siding Gives Homeowners Peace Of Mind

Vinyl Siding | Siding | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

New vinyl siding can make any home look great for a long time to come. Click to enlarge

Vinyl Siding is manufactured to be tougher than ever.

Today’s vinyl siding can withstand the elements, hold color and look great while doing it. And, it does all of these things while being a very cost effective siding solution for homeowners.

Vinyl siding and other polymeric siding, including insulated siding, are each certified and independently verified to meet or exceed demanding quality standards and performance characteristics. This is your assurance the siding you choose will help protect your home. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Replacement Window

Replacement Window | Window | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Knowing the components of a replacement window will help you choose the best option for your home in Madison WI. CLICK TO ENLARGE

When shopping for a replacement window there are several options. Variations in styles, materials and budget all influence your window replacement decision in Madison WI.

The process of purchasing a replacement window is easier if you understand the general structure of a window. With added perspective, the options offered and overall efficiency of a replacement window will be easier to match to your needs. Continue reading