Before You DIY Your Vinyl Siding...

We've all shaken ourselves awake after a lazy Sunday bender of HGTV shows and thought "they made that look easy! I can redo the siding on my house myself! I'll save so much money!" 

The TV home improvement experts have to cram in an entire job in a few short minutes. So they do make it look easy, because they don't have time to show you all the work that goes on before, after and during a renovation project. 

The Supplier

You think you found a great deal on some siding on amazon or at a Home Depot sale, but did you know that by working with a trusted contractor who already orders large volumes of products from a supplier, you could get cheaper costs than any consumer could dream of? C.H.I. Roofing works in large volume orders with out siding supplier James Hardie, and those savings are passed on to our customers. By having C.H.I. Roofing purchase the siding for your new installation, you get the benefits of our relationship with our supplier. Also, you can be sure we're certified by that manufacturer to properly install the siding! Did you know manufacturers can have specific methods and suggestions for installation that our employees are trained to handle properly?

 

Right Tools for the Job

Some things you need to install siding onto a home you may have in the garage already: couple different hand and power saws, power drill, tin snips, snap lock punch, etc. You most likely will spend a decent amount of money acquiring the tools to properly install the vinyl siding and then who knows the next time you'll use them! They may end up sitting in the garage collecting dust. The money you thought you saved by getting your own tools easily ends up an investment that lost you money. In the long run having someone like the pros at C.H.I. Roofing install your siding the right way the first time is the best bang for your buck. 

 

Structural Surprises

From the outside, you may think your vinyl installation will be easy: take the old stuff down, put the new stuff on! BUT WAIT! What's that behind your old siding? Do you even know what to look for when deciding if the long out of sight wood and insulation beneath your siding is ok to work with? Many issues that could end up causing you a headache later aren't easy to notice unless you're a seasoned veteran. Another reason the pros at C.H.I. Roofing are the best for the job! 

The Trash

One of the least glamorous things the home improvement TV shows don't shows you is the proper way to dispose of home repair waste. Your local garbage man isn't going to take your mountain of old siding with his regular route. You're going to need to make sure your waste meets local and state waste requirements, frequently needing to get a dumpster to ensure the safest disposal of vinyl siding. 

 

When you'd like to spend the money to make sure the job is done properly the first time, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no-risk quote from C.H.I. Roofing 

 

 

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Choosing the Colors For Your New Home or Remodel

When you're planning of getting new siding on your home, one of the more pressing issues than what kind of siding is what color of siding you'd like it to be! A new color of home siding breathes new life into a home. Before you start planning by heading to Home Depot and bringing every color wheel they have home, realize that there are thousands upon thousands of possible colors available in the world, but the company making your siding needs to stock them. 

Check Out Shingle Sites

It's best to scope out the colors shingle manufacturers go to. This way you can see what colors of shingles are available as options for you. For instance, James Hardie has a home color tool builder on their website. You can use this to try and get an idea for what would specifically fit your home. 

Make sure to Pick Options

You want too have a few colors in mind when you meet with a contractor to install the siding on your home. You never know what options the manufacturer will have in stock. 

Look For Reviews

Check out how your roofing contractor and their preferred shingle manufacturer are viewed by past customers! 

If you're ready to get to updating the siding on your home call 513-731-ROOF 

 

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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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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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