Siding & Window Hail Damage

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

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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

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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

When Hail Damage Leads To A Roof Replacement

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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

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

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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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

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.

Replacement Window Full Disclosure

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

Siding Installation Requires Skill In Madison WI

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Poor Siding Installation can lead to water leaks that show themselves as discolored vinyl flooring

Siding protects your home against the elements. Protection of your home is siding’s primary function. Siding, if installed properly, protects your home as completely as possible from moisture and pests.   

For siding to protect your home property, more than the siding has to be in place. Under your siding should be Tyvek wrap/covering. If it isn’t installed over wood in exterior walls, it makes them susceptible to water, which can cause rotting, leaking and large amounts of property damage.

The next most important function of siding is to set your home apart, giving it curb appeal. However, if it allows moisture to ravage your home, looking good doesn’t do you much good. Continue reading

Selecting Roofing Contractors in Madison WI

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Expect to get any two of these three items when selecting a roofing contractor

If you need one in Madison WI, there are plenty of roofing contractors to choose from.

The problem most homeowners have is finding roofing contractors they can trust. After all, most homeowners do not replace roofs often. In some cases maybe only one purchase in a lifetime. Possibly twice, but the purchase date can be twenty years apart. Not a great situation for gaining knowledge and skill at making a decision. Continue reading