Proper Attic Insulation and Ventilation Extends Roofing Life

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The free airflow with proper attic ventilation saves energy, protects your roof and makes your home most comfortable

Proper attic insulation and ventilation extend the life of your roofing. The two working together helps you avoid extreme heat in the summer that literally cooks your shingles from the inside and in the winter will not allow radiant heat from your home to melt snow cover causing ice dams and related problems.

Proper attic insulation and attic ventilation are part of an effective roofing system. Each alone have a positive impact but together protect the longevity of your roof, improving energy efficiency and allowing all of the mechanical systems to work most efficiently. Proper ventilation and attic insulation make your home a more comfortable place. Continue reading

Insulated Vinyl Siding May Be Worth Considering In Madison WI

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Insulated vinyl siding is a great addition to pre 1980’s homes but have less impact on newer homes with better materials and building techniques

Vinyl siding is a durable and affordable way to improve the aesthetics of a home and its function. With fluctuating energy costs and our reliable Madison WI winters, insulated vinyl siding is an extra layer of insulation for your home. Below are a few significant factors to consider when deciding whether insulated foam backed vinyl siding is a good choice for your home.

Foam backed insulated vinyl siding comes in two forms –

  • The first (depending on manufacturer) is fused onto the vinyl siding panel
  • The second form – is the foam backing is conformed to the panel

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Know When To Replace Your Roofing – Just Look

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Stains on interior ceilings and walls or mold and mildew growth are often caused by inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation

Traditionally, a good roof, depending on type of shingles and the craftsmanship in the installation, lasted between twenty to forty years. Now your roof can last a lifetime with the new style GAF shingles.

But the roof most homeowners have on their homes has a much shorter lifetime. Environmental issues can have a significant affect on the performance and longevity of existing roofs. Weather issues in Madison WI such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles, larger trees surrounding your home or unknown issues with the manufacturer of your shingles can all play a role in diminishing shingle function or shortening shingle life. Continue reading

Vinyl Siding Is Easy To Keep Clean

Vinyl Siding | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and RemodelingVinyl siding delivers the great looks and is easy to install. It also has a long life compared to wood siding, without the heavy maintenance. Vinyl siding helps homeowners avoid rotting, splitting and insect damage unlike wood. Or compared with exterior cladding, vinyl siding only requires simple, periodic cleaning with mild soap and a rinse from a garden hose. Continue reading

Roofing Contractor Mistakes To Avoid

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Secure a Lifetime Warranty with an installation by a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor

Roofing can last a lifetime. A good roof has the proper type of shingles, superior craftsmanship and correct and complete installation.

It’s possible to get shingles to last the life of your home if they are installed as part of a well-designed roofing system. In climates such as we have in Madison, WI, the system must be designed for weather issues such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles and even larger trees surrounding a home and so on. These are conditions to be considered if you really expect to protect your home. A complete roofing system for your roof is the best way to battle the elements. Continue reading

Is It Time to Replace Your Siding?

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Vinyl Siding is a favorite choice among siding contractors in Madison WI because of its low cost, easy installation, variety of looks and durability.

Siding is the exterior look of your home. It creates visual appeal and adds value to your home.

In addition to the obvious cosmetic impact, the function of siding is to protect your home from the elements. It also protects your house from insect infestation, fungus, and other potentially harmful things. These are all topics siding contractors in Madison WI should cover with you in detail when discussing home siding

Today’s materials are more durable and longer lasting than ever. However, because siding is exposed to the elements, there will still come a time when replacement is needed. Ignoring this can allow problems to grow and possibly damage your home. Water and insect damage, left undetected over time can cause thousands in not tens of thousands of dollars of damage. Continue reading

Modern Vinyl Siding – Improved Features

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There are now more texture and color options than ever when siding a house – be sure to ask you siding contractor for all of the options.

Using modern vinyl siding to improve the protection for and the looks of your home is now easier than ever. No longer do homeowners have to paint and otherwise invest in maintaining the exterior of their homes like they have in years past.

Siding a house is changing forever with the improved features of vinyl siding. Durability, ease of installation, more texture and color options, and even Eco-friendly materials make the new vinyl siding the siding of choice for most homeowners in Madison WI.

Vinyl Siding Durability

Today’s vinyl siding is more durable than ever. Past vinyl siding construction had only one layer of vinyl. To strengthen the siding, additional materials such as asbestos were added. These materials were proven to be unsafe over time. Vinyl siding is now created with a co-extrusion process. With co-extrusion, two layers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are applied to the surface. The upper layer is strengthened with material such as titanium dioxide. The result is the outer layer breaks down less over time. In short, it greatly improves vinyl siding durability. Continue reading

Your Replacement Windows Contractor – Questions To Ask When Interviewing

 

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When comparing replacement windows contractors on an Apples to Apples basis, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling stands out as a great value in Madison WI

Installing replacement windows can be a big project.

Before you are through with a window replacement project, there will be a lot of holes in your walls. The need to have the replacement windows installed correctly so the new windows will be aesthetically pleasing and weather tight for comfort and protection is huge.

Unless you plan on swinging a hammer on your window replacement project, you have to pick a contractor to do your project.

So, no pressure now – your choice of a replacement windows contractor will determine the success or failure of your project. It can be tough to do – especially if you have not done any construction or building of you own. In other words, you have no frame of reference.

To increase your chances of having a successful window replacement project, we have assembled a set of questions to ask EVERY replacement windows contractor you consider. Conducting interviews to qualify prospective replacement windows contractors is an important step.

In window replacement projects, those removing the old windows and installing the new may be in your home when you are not, so trusting them is a major issue. Following up on references and credentials is important before hiring any contractor. The goal is finding a replacement windows company with high credibility and good feedback from prior clients. Continue reading

Interviewing Window Replacement Contractor’s – Avoiding Scams

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Be sure to avoid replacement windows contractors that don’t have your best interests at heart

A Windows replacement project will bring all types of contractor’s to your door.

We all want to assume the best about people we deal with. However, with replacement windows, the combination of quick turnaround and high dollar value sometimes invites those looking to make a quick profit. The challenge with selecting window replacement companies in this situation is eliminating the two most problematic kind of contractors from your process as soon as possible –

  • The low-ball artist who may or may not be in existence in a year to perform any service work or warranty work needed. They usually have low overhead (a pick-up truck and a hammer) and no real track record. The quality of the workmanship may be questionable as well.
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have window replacement contractors having huge overhead and the expense you find to help pay for that overhead. AND, their prices reflect that reality. Premium pricing no matter what the products.

We believe homeowners deserve great value with their window replacement or any other roofing, siding or remodeling project. Selecting the best, most reliable replacement windows contractor can save you thousands on the front end – and thousands after the project is complete. Avoiding scams and window replacement contractors who just “don’t fit” can be the most important aspect of the process. Continue reading

Replacement Windows Contractor Comparison in Madison WI

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The quality of the installation of your replacement windows will be the deciding factor in the windows performance

Selecting a replacement windows contractor in Madison WI can be a difficult task.

Window replacement in a home is a big project and can have a healthy price tag as well. Selecting the best contractor for purchasing, and more importantly installing your replacement windows is a very important decision.

Many factors come into play with window replacement in Madison. There are a number of contractors that can confuse the issue with “special offers” which are usually not that special.

When you are purchasing windows, keep in mind all premium replacement windows perform very similarly. The structure, insulation and glass coatings will produce similar results. The difference is almost always the quality of the installation and the window replacement contractor doing the work.

Price is a significant factor. Large price differentials for premium replacement windows are usually the result of inflated margin or labor costs. Premium replacement windows will deliver the best results when installed by a contractor offering a honest price, quality installation and great follow-up. Continue reading

Save a REAL 25% Off Labor on Replacement Windows or Siding This Winter

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Get great value with your replacement windows in winter 2015 & Save

For the first time ever – any Window Replacement or Siding project in the Madison WI area done between December 15th 2014 and March 15, 2015 will receive a 25% discount on labor from Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. A real discount.

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We have avoided the “Special Offer” business because we have seen many gimmicks and bait and switch activities for replacement windows and we did not want to be associated with that type of business approach and the companies doing them.

However, because winter is routinely our slowest time of year, we can afford to offer our highest quality installation professionals and products with a REAL 25% discount on labor. It’s a win-win situation. Our pros get to work through the winter and you, the homeowner, gets superior professional workmanship and great products – such as Lindsay Windows, Pella Windows and Anderson Windows installed for a really great price. It’s the BEST Replacement windows VALUE in Madison WI. Continue reading

New Windows Madison WI – Preventing Condensation

Windows can be a key indicator of how much humidity is inside your Madison WI home.

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The new technology gained with window replacement can reduce energy costs and stop condensation

Condensation on windows occurs when water vapor, which is a gas, turns into water droplets as it comes into contact with a cold surface. The point at which this happens is called the “dew point”.  The warmer the indoor air, the more water vapor it can “hold,” and moisture can better remain in the vapor state. When air moves next to a cold window, the temperature drops and it can’t “hold” as much vapor.  That’s when you start to see fogging or condensation forming.

The problem is, over time, excessive condensation on windows will lead to stained woodwork and possibly damaged plaster or wall paper. The reason it is important to be aware of condensation on your windows is it shows excess moisture may be in your home. In addition to condensation on your window, excess moisture may also be freezing in the insulation in your attic where in warmer weather it can melt and damage plaster. Too much moisture in your home can even force its way out of your house through siding causing blisters to exterior paint. Continue reading

Replacement Windows – Picking The Best For Your Needs

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When comparing vinyl and composite replacement windows, be sure to understand how the interior is constructed

Replacement Windows – Picking the best For Your Needs

Window Replacement can be an expensive proposition. The challenge most homeowners face is choosing the right windows for their home. There are scores of options to choose from when you consider the combination of replacement windows manufacturers, window styles and materials used.

Window Replacement – It’s About Energy Efficiency

There are many things to look at when replacement window shopping, but a good place to start is to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the energy efficiency of all types of windows.  Regardless of different components, you need to know two significant ratios: Continue reading

A Deck Can Be More Than Just a Deck

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Taking time to review different ideas can help you get the most from your new deck

An experienced deck builder will tell you a well-conceived and constructed deck is much more than a simple addition to you home. This is because an experienced deck

builder is not limited by lack of vision. They have the ability to create a safe and exciting area your family can enjoy by themselves or with friends and guests.

Whether you enjoy a quiet BBQ or entertaining a group of friends and neighbors, a deck is a great place to simply enjoy your home more than ever.

Today, building options allow a wide variety of amenities, materials and levels making a deck ground zero for outdoor fun in spring, summer and fall. Continue reading

Pricing Practices For Window Replacement Madison WI

Window replacement contractors across the country have to operate in very competitive marketplaces.

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Honest comparison is the best way to get true value in your next window replacement

At Sims Exteriors we have found offering high quality products and services at a fair price has allowed us to grow at a steady pace. This practice has created a great many satisfied customers. We are determined to continue doing just that. 

However, we have also been amazed (and concerned) that many homeowners routinely fall prey to window replacement contractors promoting “Special Deals” and “Unique Pricing”, only to be sold a different deal or product when they meet with homeowners. To put it plainly, we are surprised intelligent consumers are taken in by these window replacement contractors that spend more time fooling their customers than just providing great products and service.

We have more respect for homeowners in the Madison area. We know firsthand homeowners who have responded to special promotions only to end up with inflated values on the products they purchased. We know this because we have quoted projects for thousands of dollars less than the “special offers” with higher quality products than our competition. It’s sad to see the faces of homeowners who realize they have been “taken”. Continue reading