How to Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking New

After you spend the money to properly install your brand new roofing, you want your home to look just as good years later. With a small amount of upkeep you can make sure the siding on your home stays the bright beautiful color you originally chose! 

 

Our partners at James Hardie Siding produce an exceptional product with the Home & Garden Lifetime Warranty. They've provided the following suggestions for maintaining a clean siding on your home year round:

 

Yearly Cleanings

Every 6 to 12 months (depending on how much dirt and debris your home comes in contact with) it's suggested that you spray down your siding with a garden hose or low pressure water sprayer. You don't want to use a high power pressure sprayer for the water, as that can be too strong for what you need. You end up damaging the siding more than you need to. Most stains should come off with the water but tougher stains should go away with a mild detergent and a soft brush. 

Gutters Matter

It's also important to make sure your gutters and drains aren't clogged or blocking the flow of water and debris from off of your roof and back into nature. The more clogs you have in your gutters the less places the water and debris that can damage your roof and siding have to go! 

Caulking Re-Application

Simple re-caulks in places that joint pieces of your siding is an easy way to keep moisture from getting into the backside of your siding. On first sight of a crack or slip in your caulking, reapply a "permanently flexible" caulk to your siding and you'll have no issues. 

Trim the Bushes

It's also important to make sure you keep any vegetation or trees away from your siding. Wind can blow brush, leaves, mud, dirt and any number of other debris onto your siding and make it very dirty. Keeping a distance from nature and your siding can mean you're siding will stay brighter longer. 

If you're ready to get the kind of siding that will last the lifetime call 513-731 ROOF to get a no risk free consultation! 

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New Siding in Winter: Pros & Cons

Winter isn't the first time you think when it comes to home repairs. But for various reasons, it can be the prime time to work on your home's siding! 

There's a couple of reasons you should think about getting siding repaired in the winter instead of summer:

Summer Heat:

In the summer vinyl siding can expand. If it gets nailed a little too tight, it could buckle if the temperature gets too hot and expands larger than the nails will accommodate. 

Easy Scheduling

In general, contractors are less busy in the winter months and the time from initial outreach to finishing the job will most likely be a lot shorter than if you got in touch in July. 

CONS

Cold Weather

In the same way that heat can effect the installation of new siding, cold can also be tough to handle. The colder it gets, the easier the vinyl siding could crack. 

Potentially Issues Due to Weather

While your contractor could be easier to get in touch with and schedule during the winter, an intense winter storm could delay the project. Unforeseen low temperatures or high powered snow storms could mean your project has unexpected delays!

Whenever you decide to get you siding replaced, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk evaluation from C.H.I. Roofing! 

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Proud Past Projects: Home on Brownsboro Pl, Cincinnati

One of the many beautiful homes we roofed on Brownsboro Place in a neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati. 

 

There is a row of homes in this east side neighborhood that were almost all roofed by C.H.I. Roofing. You can see the care and attention to detail even years after we've finished the work 

This home picked the perfect shade of GAF shingles to match the siding in their home. 

The curb appeal of these homes improved immensely once we roofed these homes. 

 

If you're ready to install a new roof in your home, call 513-731-ROOF for a free estimate and consultation! 

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Signs You Need New Siding

It's important to replace the siding on your home when it is necessary. But how do you know when that is? The harsh truth is that the same factors that your siding is supposed to fight against, cold temperatures and harsh wind and excessive heat can also put your siding out of business. Here are some signs you need to get new siding! 

Rotten Siding

If your siding has begun to rot or crumble, it can't protect your home from anything. Any outward signs of rot should be big signs your siding needs to be redone.

 

Cracks & Gaps

While holes and cracks don't look great, that's not the only adverse part to a siding of a home with cracks and gaps. They're also causing some structural integrity loss. These cracks and holes can lead to water getting into your home's foundation, which is no good. 

Utility Bills Going Up

If you have higher than usual spikes in your utility costs, your siding's failing may be the culprit. If you can feel drafts near walls or windows there's a good chance that additional insulation and new siding would make a huge difference in cutting out any and all of those issues. 

If you're ready to get new siding on your home, call 513-731-ROOF for a free estimate! 

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The Beautiful Siding of James Hardie

One of our favorite suppliers is James Hardie Siding. They have beautiful products that can make your home look beautiful and new. 

James Hardie makes beautiful siding that will improve not just the aesthetic quality of your home, but the energy efficiency as well.

 

 

Beautiful shot of siding from their website

 

Next to roofs, siding is the next biggest thing someone sees when they first come upon your home. With James Hardie siding installed by the experts at C.H.I Roofing you can ensure your home will look the best it's ever been. 

 

James Hardie Siding also comes with the coveted Good Housekeeping seal of limited lifetime warranty. You can trust the investment in James Hardie siding will last the life of your home. 

 

 

When you're ready to improve the life, efficiency, and look of your home, call C.H.I Roofing at 513-731-ROOF 

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The Trusted Siding from James Hardie

One of our favorite siding companies to work with is James Hardie Siding. They're vinyl siding is so versatile that any kind of weather elements won't be able to damage the siding long term. 

For instance, the HZ5 line of products are engineered for our climate. They resist shrinking, cracking, and swelling even after years of high and low temperatures.  

 

The James Hardie siding is made at a microscopic level to create a fiber cement composite which has superior stability and resilience. It protects against any shrinking or splitting. 

James Hardie also stands by their products with a clear warranty timeframe: 

If you're looking for new siding this winter you can call 513-731-ROOF for a no risk consultation! 

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Top Questions to Ask Before You Hire A Siding Contractor

There are new home improvement contractors turning up everyday in Cincinnati. If you end up needing new siding on your home, there's a few questions you need to ask before you hire someone to redo the siding on your home. 

1-How Many Years Has This Company Been in Business?

There are lots of construction companies opening and closing every year. You don't want to be stuck calling back a contractor a few months after they complete a job only to find them dissolved. Sure, everyone needs to start somewhere but try and keep them from trying on your home! 

2-Do They Specialize in Siding?

Is this company one of those "do it all" type of places? Is that because they can do everything just good enough and not specialize in any one type of construction? Make sure they have a history of doing this kind of work and they can show you proof. 

3-Are They Certified?

You want a contractor that has gone out of their way to make sure they're educated in the best ways to install the siding you purchase. 

4-Are They Licensed and Insured?

While it's always a positive to support, small, local businesses, you also cannot trust a makeshift crew with no insurance or licensure!  

5-Are They Local?

Local businesses are best for keeping money in your local economy and also the fact that they are local means there will be faster turn around with meetings, and finishing the job. 

6-Have They Completed Similar Projects to Yours?

If they don't have much experience with the kind of job you are looking to get finished, find someone who does!

7-Are They Able to Provide References? 

Any good business should have a stable of positive references they can help you get access to. If not, there's probably a reason why!

C.H.I. Roofing's Answers:

1- C.H.I. Roofing has been serving the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area for ten years!

2- C.H.I. Roofing specializes in siding and uses James Hardie siding, the best in the biz!

3-We are up to date on all the preferred methods for installing James Hardie siding so that it lasts as long as it can. 

4- We are completely licensed and insured. Nothing to worry about!

5-We've been local to the Cincinnati area all of our lives and in business for the last ten!

6-We've done many projects of all shapes and sizes. One look at the photos on our blog or Facebook page will show you our past work!

7- We have any number of past projects you could ask about. Take a look at any of the "past proud projects" on our blog!

When you're ready for C.H.I. Roofing give us a call at 513-731-ROOF

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