New Window Buying Insights

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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