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Five Ideas for a Quick Home Facelift

  
  
  
  
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I don’t know one homeowner who doesn’t want their guests to gasp in delight when they first catch a glimpse of their home. There’s nothing wrong with that desire. We spend plenty of money on our home and we want it to look fantastic - inside and out. Here are five great ideas for a quick home facelift to make your home look like new:

 

1. Paint your front door or get a whole new one. Have you ever walked, biked, or driven by a home and had the front door catch your eye? Usually this is because the color pops or it is absolutely gorgeous. Try kicking your own door up a notch. Paint it a risky color like teal, red, lilac, or yellow. If you want to change your door all together, get a new one.


2. Install siding to your home. You can really change your home’s look by adding siding or re-siding your home. There are a ton of options to choose from! Check out our favorite siding types here and here. You don’t have to stick with just one color of siding - matching two or more colors can give your home a whole new feel.describe the image


3. Get a new paint job. Painting your entire home a new color can make it look fresh, clean, and new. For a mix and match approach you could install siding to the base of your home while re-painting the rest. The siding can accent and bring together your home’s new look.


4. Get your yard landscaped. The front yard is the first thing guests (and you) see when approaching your home. Make that space bright and welcoming by ensuring it stays weeded, dead plants and leaves are removed, your plants work well in our Bay Area weather, and your front path is brightly lighted when nighttime comes. Sept 2014 Blog 2 - 2nd Pic.jpg


5. Consider a remodel. If your home simply isn’t working for you anymore in both looks and functionality, it may be time to remodel. You can add a lot of space and change the exterior look of your whole home by doing just a few simple remodeling actions. Check out our article on prepping for a remodel so you can see what you should consider when going ahead with this idea.


Not only are these great ways to make you, your guests, and your neighbors love the look of your home - they are also fantastic tips for increasing its curb appeal. This is valuable if you are trying to sell your San Mateo home.


Why is curb appeal important to you? Do you just like the idea of a new look, are you trying to sell, or…? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Keeping Your Home Healthy

  
  
  
  
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Many new homeowners or new parents hear about “home health.”  While we want to remain healthy and keep our family healthy - it can be a little bit of a mystery on how to keep your house healthy.  

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The idea of home health stems from maintaining a germ-free and mold-free environment.  This can be easier said than done (especially the germ-free part!)  But we can all strive to have a healthier home.  Here are five things you can do to maintain a healthy house:

1. Keep it mold-free.  The two factors that contribute to mold growth in a San Mateo home are trapped moisture and lack of ventilation.  This can be caused by many factors, ranging from a bad ventilation system to a leaky roof to poorly installed, damaged, or old siding.  

These can all be fixed pretty simply.  The best idea is to discover what is trapping moisture and stopping ventilation from your home and get that fixed before there is any mold.  Once mold creeps in, more actions have to be taking to abate the problem.

2. Clean!  We know, cleaning can be no fun.  In fact, it can be downright hard to keep a home clean when you’ve got kids and/or a career.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have a monthly deep clean where you get the kids involved.  Use environmentally and kid friendly cleaning products and assign tasks.  

  • Don’t have time each month for a big project?  Choose one location each week to give a really good scrub down - then do your normal maintenance actions throughout the week.

  • Don’t let dishes pile up.  They get smelly, attract bugs, and can lead to mold growth.

  • Clean out the pantry and give foods you aren’t going to use to a food drive.

  • Have the whole family clean out their closets and their rooms and give to charity.Sept 2014 Blog 2   2nd Pic

3. Open up your space.  This might be easier said than done.  Some homes just need a change of furniture or even a reduction of furniture to make fewer dust-bunny hide outs.  Others may need a remodel to make their space more efficient and healthier.

4.  Make sure areas that can leak - don’t leak.  This means checking out the roof, the gutters, your eaves, siding, the base of your home (where it meets the ground) and your home’s plumbing system.

5. Upgrade to energy efficient.  Some appliances like an ancient refrigerator may just be too old to get that mildewy smell to go away.  If this is the case, it’s time to upgrade to something new and energy efficient.  Think of it as taking a larger hit to your wallet one time in order to prevent huge hits each month in the form of your electricity bill.  Plus, being energy efficient will give you a smaller carbon footprint.  In that case - everybody wins!

What action do you take to keep your home healthy?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Fall? But It Feels Like Summer...

  
  
  
  
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autumn leaves falling down like pieces into placeRecord high heat?  Fire danger/season? Third straight year of drought here in California?  The Golden State is feeling anything but golden, I’d say we’ve been feeling a bit red-hot, overheated and parched…but that does not mean the fall season isn’t right around the corner…Welcome to another SEA/Peninsula Siding Company’s blog article, with this installment focusing on the transition from summer to fall and getting prepared for all that can bring.

 

Its just starting to get darker earlier in the evening, falling leaves and there has been a noticeable cooling of the temperature (if only at night) serve as a reminder us that fall is fast approaching. (Heck, I saw Halloween decorations in Costco in August!)  As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs.  Even though summer is not quite over yet, it’s a good time to do some seasonal home evaluation and/or maintenance to keep you home running smoothly.

While we at SEA/Peninsula Siding Company have hundreds of good ideas for upgrading, remodeling, renovating, expanding and re-siding your home, we like to share information in a manageable way – so we have synthesized these valuable summer to fall transition and preparation tid-bits for protecting your home investment into a two-part article. A bit of attention now at the end of summer will save costly home repairs and homeowner aggravation later.  Here are the first tips…

Interior Maintenance

  1. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors.  If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
  2. Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
  3. Winterize air conditioning. If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.
  4. Programmable thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.
  5. Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
  6. Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Exterior Maintenance

  1. Do a roof check. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
  2. Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  3. Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
  4. Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. To repair them, hire a professional. (Like SEA/Peninsula Siding Company!)
  5. Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself.  Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
  6. Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
  7. Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them.(SEA/Peninsula Siding Company tip: Good to use storm window/storm window coverings on your vacation house windows!) Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
  8. Relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors!
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We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How Has Siding Changed Over Time?

  
  
  
  
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Home design and architecture has made enormous leaps from several thousand years ago - when we lived in caves decorated by paintings on the walls. These changes can be pretty fascinating to research - and there is one set of changes in particular which we at Peninsula Siding Company think is really interesting. These are: changes in siding.

You may not realize it, but the act of decorating our homes with other material that isn’t structural on the outside is older than ancient Rome. The great city can give us a fantastic example of siding, though.

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Have you ever seen the Coliseum or pictures of it? If you haven’t, we’ve got you covered.

Notice that there are big holes in each stone used to build it. Those holes aren’t from stone-eating mice trying to make that massive structure into swiss cheese. They were created by Romans.

Why would Romans laboriously bore holes into giant stone structures? They were adding marble siding to the Coliseum! The marble was later looted, but the structure still stands and we can imagine what it used to look like, the white marble gleaming in that mediterranean sun.

Although beautiful, marble and other stone siding doesn’t always work with a traditional home. Somewhere in the 1700’s, the Japanese started using charred wood in art and for siding their wooden homes. The processed used is called shou sugi ban and is experiencing a resurgence in modern architecture. The idea behind charring the wood is that it seals the material off from invasive insects, rot, and can help the wood resist fire.

Traditional American siding was generally wood until the 1930’s, when vinyl siding began to be produced commercially. Then, in the 1940’s, aluminum siding was born. These types of siding aren’t perfect. They can get damaged by hail, debris flying in the wind, and other natural events that happen outdoors. Additionally, neither aluminum or vinyl siding can capture the charm and beauty of wood siding.describe the image

We are lucky enough to have the advantage in modern times. We’ve learned from the past and from Mother Nature. One of the advantages of modern technology is fiber cement siding, which can hold up against climate changes, our San Mateo rain storms, and the frequent changes in weather that come with living in the Bay area. Also, it looks fantastic.

What do you feel is the most important aspect of siding? Is it the durability? The look? The warranty? We want to know!

(photo credit to:www.Rome.Info)

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: What is Fiber Cement & Who is James Hardie?

  
  
  
  
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James Hardie photo 1903 resized 600...and why should I care?  Welcome to another edition of the SEA/Peninsula Siding Company blog.  The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum to help homeowners and address frequently asked questions.  This article will focus on fiber cement and provide background on James Hardie, and to how that company started.  With each topic, the goal is to help the homeowner help themselves and provide up-to-date information to help you make the most informed decision in regards to remodelling, renovating, upgrading, expanding or re-siding your home.  When we receive a phone call from a customer, who is looking to upgrade their home and or have their home re-sided, we inevitably get asked "What is fiber cement siding" or in other cases "Who is James Hardie"...


As the title refers those two questions, we thought we would address them.  James Hardie Industries Ltd. (SEA/Peninsula Siding Company is a certified “Preferred Remdodeller” for James Hardie Industries)  is the world-leader manufacturer in fiber cement siding.  When this company first started,  it was actually originated in Melbourne, Australia, when Mr. James Hardie and Mr. Scott Andrew Reid became partners in 1895, importing oils and animal hide tanning products as “James Hardie & Co”.In 1903, James Hardie travelled overseas and while on this trip, he arranged to sell a new type of roofing and lining slate product called “fibro-ciment” made by the “Fibro-Ciment Company” of Poissy, France; company folklore has it that a package of samples was gathering dust in the office of the company’s London agents who opportunistically sold it to James Hardie for £100. Initially, the product proved a loss making venture due to breakages but by the Great War, fiber-cement became the firm’s core business; advertisement of the material said “thoroughly fireproof, cool in summer, and comfortable in winter”. In 1911, James Hardie sold his half of the business to Reid and retired; Reid’s family operated until 1995.


In 1980’s, James Hardie Siding pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength and it was when James Hardie Industries came to the US.
 
 
james hardie color plus vs wood shotToday, James Hardie Inc. is purely a fiber-cement business, and offers a variety of fiber cement siding products and styles: 
HardiePlank® (a.k.a hardiplank, hardyplank, hardi board, hardie-board, hardee plank board, hardyplank board, hardi-plank,etc) Styles available on HardiePlank: 

  • Select Cedarmill
  • Smooth Cedarmill
  • Beaded Select Cedarmill
  • Beaded Cedarmill
  • Beaded Smooth
  • Colonial Roughsawn
  • Colonial Smooth
  • Rustic Cedar HardieShingles® (HardiShingle, Cement Shingles)
    Styles available:
    • Staggered-Edge Notched Panel
    • Straight-Edge Notched Panel
     HardiePanel® Vertical Siding 
(HardiPanel, Cement Siding Panel)
Styles available: 
  • Cedarmill
  • Smooth
  • Stucco
  • Sierra B
 
 HardieTrim® Boards (Hardi Trim)
Styles available: 
  • 5/4 Boards Smooth
  • 4/4 Boards Rustic
  • 4/4 Boards Smooth
  • 7/16" Cedarmill
  • 7/16" Smooth
 
 HardieSoffit® Panels - Styles available:  
  • Non-Vented Cedarmill
  • Non-Vented Smooth
  • Vented Cedarmill
  • Vented Smooth
 
 Artisan® Lap Siding 
Styles available: 
  • Smooth
  • Textured
 
 
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Besides the products cited above, James Hardie also has HardieWrap™ Weather Barrier, HardieWrap™ Flashing, HardieWrap™ Seam Tape, HardieZone® for commercial, HardieBacker®. The James Hardie Siding products have the option of ColorPlus® Technology, which offers the customers 20 color choices for New England region. 

Now that you know little more about James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, call us and get a free, no-obligation consultation in your next siding project and get to know the advantages of Fiber Cement Siding, including the value that it can add to your home.  


Folks, can you believe that summer is already almost over?  Neither can we, which of course has us thinking ahead on your behalf.  Tune in next time when we share some “get ready for fall and winter” tips for your home.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Remodel Expansions a Growing Problem?

  
  
  
  
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house shot blue houseAs a follow up to our last article in our blog, on the state of Bay Area real estate, SEA/Peninsula Siding Company wants to investigate the natural, yet multi-faceted affects of such a tight real estate market - and one of those effects is - since homeowners cannot afford to move, moving up or keeping up with the Jones or accomodating a growing family or moving a relative into your home - would all require one thing - expansion.  In a quick drive thru in several neighborhoods here in San Mateo County, one can easily see how this real estate market is affecting current homes and how there is so much expansion going on.

There used to be a formula to buying a house and raising a family. You get married, you buy a small starter house, you start a family. The family gets bigger and you look for a bigger house using the equity you built in the starter house. You might even get a den.

house with calculatorNow, you’re lucky to find any house to start and chances are, once you get it, that’s where you will have to stay unless you can find at least $140,000 for a down payment and outbid every other young family and all-cash investor looking to go around $100,000 or more over asking price for even the most marginal (and that is being gratuitous) of homes.

To put it simply, it’s slim pickings out there even with low interest rates. This is a seller’s market and it doesn’t appear to changing any time soon. Add in the fact that home values have returned to 2006 levels before the Great Recession and even higher and it appears that growing families have limited options.

And that’s where the home renovation and expansion discussion begins. In San Mateo, for instance, there are an increasing number of applications for modest home expansions. Most are 300 square feet and likely represent a single room, more than likely for a growing family. They’re not cheap nor easy, but more palatable than hitting the open houses and being continually disappointed.

A recent expansion application hit the San Mateo City Council when a family sought to add 800 square feet in a second level to their home in the Hillsdale neighborhood. A dispute ensued because a neighbor’s views were blocked and appealed the Planning Commission’s approval. The City Council sided with the commission and allowed for the expansion to continue.

homeowners looking at homeThe situation was painful for all involved because it involved a family wanting to expand its home and another wanting to preserve their views. One component that was oft-pointed to was view equity. As defined by the city’s single-family design guidelines passed 12 years ago, view equity is: “Neighboring views should be maintained to a similar level as that enjoyed by the proposed addition. Balance the private rights to views from all parcels so that no single parcel should enjoy a greater view right than other similar parcels, except for the natural advantages of each site’s topography.” My interpretation is that the new addition should not have greater views than other parcels, and no other parcel shall have a greater view. But when you have a view, you don’t want it taken away.

Could the council’s decision set a precedent? Doesn’t seem so, but there is some concern that anyone can point to the recent situation and say this council is amenable to expansions even if it takes away a neighbor’s view.With more and more residents unable to find a new home for their growing families, there are more and more applications for expansions and remodels. Albeit, most don’t get to the council level.

This one may have been an anomaly among a handful of similar projects on hillsides that block views. For the most part, the guidelines provide a framework for negotiations between neighbors. Most residents with conflicts can solve them through compromise before they reach the council level and providing more rigidity might preclude that back and forth for an agreeable solution.

That’s why they were passed in the first place. However, the trend that kick-started these guidelines 12 years ago was that of home expansions and, while the market has ebbed at points, it is still marching at a steady clip up with little opportunity for growing families to follow the old model of moving to a bigger home. Now the question that remains is - if this will move from what is now considered to be an anomaly into a new status quo?

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This article is meant to take all things into consideration and highlight the affects of our current real estate market and how much the market for remodels, rennovations, upgrades and expansions are a true consideration and direction for todays homeowner.  And, never fear!  SEA/Peninsula Siding Company is here to the rescue.  We are a full scale "design to build" firm that specializes in remodels, rennovations, upgrades and expansions - as well as the siding side of the business.  We've got you covered - all puns intended!

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: The State of Real Estate in Bay Area...

  
  
  
  
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describe the imageIn this installment of the SEA/Peninsula Siding Company blog article, we are going to throw a new topic into the mix here - a topic we are all talking about around the office and from what we hear, all you locals are all talking about it too.  The topic of Bay Area real estate.  More specifically, the state of Bay Area real estate is this - Bay Area real estate is on fire.  But its precarious world from an inventory, buyers, sellers and property value standpoint.  The Bay Area is experiencing some of the lowest inventory ever -  meaning less houses on the market.  We are also experience a glut of too many buyers.  The result? Bay Area houses are going way, way, way over bid/the properties value. This is also affecting the rental market. Rents are the highest anyone has ever seen ($3,500/mo for a one bedroom apt that is not very appealling is the norm in SF).

A recent column that covers the topic of Bay Area real estate was titled (paraphrasing here...) "$1M won't buy you much around here...." To prove that point, here is a snapshot from California Realtors' Association, of current sales conditions here in San Mateo County, CA:

                                   %           July 2014        June 2014             2013

Median Home Price     +2.7%     $1,130,000       $1,100,500          $890,000

Average Sales Price    -2.7%      $1,362,200       $1,400,110       $1,219,130

No. of Homes Sold      -3.5%                 467                  484                  549

Pending Properties      -17.5%               287                  348                  469

Sales vs. List Price       -0.4%             105.7%            106.1%            105.4%

bay area real estate is on fire picIn a recent news article, San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and thinig $1M will buy them their dream home:  Think Again.

In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selloing price for houses and condominimums last month hit seven figures for the first time, the cool million that would fetch a mkantion on a few acres elsewhere in the country will now barely cover the coswt of an 800 square-foot starter home that needs serious work and may or may not include private parking.

Taisch, a veteran broker who is used to managing her clients expectations, has experienced first-hand the heartbreak and hair-pulling inherent to house-hunting in what she considers on the world's "most desireable and fabulous" locales.  She put her professional skills to work this summer on behalf of her adult son and his family, who had outgrown their one-bedroom apartment.  After three unsuccessful offers, they ended up paying $913,000 for a two-bedroom, one-bath house with an outdated kitchen, a yard that can charitably be called overgrown, and a big basement that Taisch counts as its most attractive feature.

"It certainly is a milesonte.  It's like, 'Wow!',", she said of the this locales new million dollar median.  "Everyone thinks San Francisco is all Pacific Heights Victorians, and its not.  Not at all. There are many, many areas of San Francisco and the peninsula that are just normal, single-family homes that are small and not posh at all."

The technology's industry rapid growth coupled with the constraints of space (i.e. the peninsula) and constained supply of housing is a ig part of hte story behind the ascdensioin to a rarified real estate bracket already occupied by New York City, but Sillicon Valley wealth also is stoking the market in the Bay Area, according to Andrew LePage, an analysit with CoreLogic DataQuick, a real estate research firm in Irvine, Calfornia.


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What does all this mean for you the homeowner? How do you protect your home value?  How do you make sure to maintain your home investment?  How do you make sure your home has what it takes to reap the benefits of this trend?  Call us at SEA/Peninsula Siding Company if you need any insights in how to do that - from a simple remodel, to custom designs to re-siding - we're here to help!

Tune in for our next article, which will be a follow on to this one, as we explore how the real estate market is affecting expansion/remodel work and how you the homeowner can capitalize on this as well.  Like I said, we are here to help!

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: How to Pick a Contractor for Your Project

  
  
  
  
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happy homeowners 1We hope you enjoyed the latest series of articles on re-siding, remodelling and renovating all trying to address the different aspects of what to expect, how to prepare, etc. With this installment, we're launching some new topics to compliment those, as part of helping our customers navigate the minefield of misinformation and help make good choices.

One of the steps people often choose as part of their external remodel planning process is to do research.  We understand that when you know what to expect, it gives you confidence and peace of mind.  Whether its talking w/ neighbors, family members, looking thru newspapers or magazines, or using the internet there are many, many ways to gather information and do research.  While utilizing the internet in this research endeavor, one of the things we want to help you do is to avoid is misinformation.

As the title of this article indicates, there are perils (as well as pearls - haha) associated with doing the research as part of the external re-siding process. Obviously one of the most important things you will be doing is picking a contractor. There are several ways to ensure the contractor who does your re-siding will deliver. This article is not meant to instill fear, but to educate on the re-siding process,( i.e. waterproofing, flashings, siding, etc.) and tips on picking a contractor.

homeowner w question marksFirst, when you know what to expect, it gives you confidence and peace of mind.  Your contractor will also appreciate that you are well-informed and the whole project will go alot more smoothly.

Step One

Don't just cover an existing problem! The way to do it right is to remove the old siding entirely!

Step Two

Have your home inspected for moisutre damage, mold, termites or rot.  If its found, repair and/or treatment will be necessary to avoid future structural problems.

Step Three

Your contractor should apply a weather-resistant barrier, such as HardieWrap weather barrier.  In fact, most building codes now require it.

Step Four

Be sure that your new siding is installed according to manufactuers' guidelines - such as James Hardie Best Practices Installation Guide.

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Second, picking the right contractor. There are several ways to ensure the contractor who does your re-siding will deliver a quality installation on time and on budget. 

 

Here are a few tips:

1.  Ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers for referrals.

2.  Be certain the contractor(s) you are considering are licensed and insured.

3.  Inquire about contractors with your local Consumer Affairs Office or Better Business    Bureau.

4.  Make sure your contractor is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

5.  Look for a contractor who specializes in siding, preferrably with certification(s).

6.  Contact and meet with at least three insured and licensed contractors to get written estimates.

7.  Prepare a complete description of the projects and your expectations before these meetings with said contractors.

8.  Share the information with each contractor.

9.  Make sure that each proposal includes everything you requested and the price is based on the complete project.

describe the imageAnd when all that happens? Ahhhh...your on your way to a smoother re-siding process and a beautiful outcome. Peace of mind...its a beautiful thing. 

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: We've Got Your Latest and Greatest Here!

  
  
  
  
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describe the imageNumber Three in the series of pertinent and punctual information for you - the homeowner - on what to expect, how to prepare and what are the latest products. In this article, SEA/Peninsula Siding Company wants to share with you the latest update on James Hardie exterior products for re-siding and revitalizing your home.

Let's face it, as busy homeowners, we don't need more to do, more expenses to incur, more things to worry about....right? From a convenience and maintenance standpoing alone? Vinyl siding requires regular cleaning and washing. Wood needs re-painting every few years.  On the other hand, fiber cement siding is lower maintenance and will save you alot in repairs laters.

The benefits are enormous.  These new siding materials offer weather and moisture barriers, climate appropriate insulation  and offer energy savings/lower monthly utility bills. These new products are greener than ever, as even the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes fiber cement siding for its durability and sustainability, we are proud to say.

As a James Hardie Preferred Remodeller, SEA/Peninsula Siding Company we are excited by the full range of products James Hardie provides - from the exterior, to ColorPlus, to the interior and weather barrier products - as you can see from the above picture, and the list we share below -  James Hardie has you covered!

HardiePlank® Lap Siding

HardiePlank Lap Siding is the most popular brand of siding in America and can be found on over 5.5 million homes. With its strength, beauty and durability, HardiePlank siding enhances and protects homes in all kinds of climates.
 

HardieShingle® Siding

HardieShingle siding has the same warm, authentic look as cedar siding shingles, yet it resists rotting, cracking and splitting. It's beautiful as a primary siding or as a complement to other styles of James Hardie® siding. Our shingle siding panels come in a variety of decorative edges, and expedite installation in larger areas. 

HardiePanel® Vertical Siding

For applications that call for vertical siding, HardiePanel vertical siding is equal to our lap siding in value and long-lasting performance. Because of its structural strength, HardiePanel siding may be used as a shear panel. When combined with HardieTrim boards, it can also help you achieve a board-and-batten look. 

HardieTrim® Boards

Our fiber cement siding trim and fascia add the finishing touch to a beautiful, lasting James Hardie home. They provide unmatched durability in corners, columns, windows, rakes and friezes.
 

HardieSoffit® Panels

James Hardie pre-cut soffit panels eliminate the need for separate box or strip vents and minimize the need for cutting. HardieSoffit panels are available vented or non-vented, in a range of pre-cut sizes.
 

Artisan® Exterior Design

This new architectural grade line from James Hardie features Artisan Lap and Artisan® Accent Trim products. Backed by 15 years of research and development, Artisan Lap delivers. Currently available in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Lake Tahoe, Northern California, Minneapolis, Denver, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

ColorPlus® Technology

Take advantage of the ColorPlus Technology to get the look you want, without the maintenance. Find out which James Hardie Siding products with ColorPlus finish are available in your area.
 

Weather Barrier

As the maker of the #1 brand of exterior siding in America, no company knows more about creating beautiful, durable and weather-resistant homes than James Hardie. We pioneered a superior technology with our fiber-cement siding for the exterior of your home. It's the first layer of defense in weather protection.

And, I know we have said it before, but it bears sharing again - did you know that these are all backed by the strongest warranty yet?  All siding products are covered by a 30-year, non-prorated transferrable, limited warranty.  Yes, that give us all alot less to worry about. Phenomenal!

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Preparing for an External Remodel

  
  
  
  
Just a Quick News Update!

describe the imagePart two of the topics on preparing for what to expect we will to tackle how to prepare for your external remodel - so you know exactly what to consider.  We're going to drill down in this installment of SEA/Peninsula Siding Company’s article series and look at what questions you should  ask yourself as part of the decision making process for an external makeover. 

 

 

As exciting as it is, simply getting started on an exterior makeover can be the hardest part. That’s why we’re sharing these four easy steps to help you define the right criteria necessary to be fully prepared to tackle this project:

1. Define your objectives and budget

2Research and decide what materials will provide you the most ROI (return on inventment)

3. Research the materials that support your inspirations and ideas

4Research the vendors that best fit your criteria

No matter the size of your project, your success will be determined by the information you gather first. So before you hammer your first nail or write your first check, make sure you’re clear on what outcomes you expect, how much it will cost and how you plan to get there.

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In the beginning stages, don’t just think about the nuts and bolts of what will go into your project. You’ll need the right professionals and materials and a carefully planned budget. But first think about the bigger picture—what do you actually hope to accomplish? Do you want to give your home a facelift and add some of your own personal style? Or are you doing some necessary updating? Or just adding as much curb appeal as you can  for a future buyer?

 

Considering putting your home on the market?

 

Try to consider the elements that attract prospective buyers—and maybe the ones that could drive them away. Pay close attention to the details. Updating smaller pieces of your exterior like gutters, trim and soffits as part of at the whole can communicate a well-maintained home to prospective buyers. Minor updates such as new shutters in a color that compliments your new external siding or new, energy efficient windows can make a big difference from the curb.

 

Planning to stay put - at least for a few years?

 

If you’re not planning a move in the next several years - or anytime soon, think about the elements of your exterior that you most want to update. For example, replacing your exterior with fiber cement siding will not only add beauty and curb appeal, but you’ll be able to reap the benefits of low maintenance and the associated dollar savings for years to come. Consider window changes for more natural light and the considerable energy savings. Maybe you’d like to add a patio for cookouts, or a big bay window for the perfect reading nook. Whatever you choose to work on, your home will not only be more valuable, it will be more enjoyable for you!

 

A Color Change?

 

A color change can be just the facelift your home needs to make it more appealing to you, and to any future buyers.  And, if your exterior is worn maybe a total siding replacement is in order.  Your personal taste is a major factor, but there are other things to consider.  Love the idea of a bright, southwestern color scheme, but it would look odd amongst  the Tudor-styled homes on your block?  Or, perhaps you are drawn to the eco-inspired "natural" palettes that are popular today, but your aging Victorian home yearns for something a little more Old World.  For inspiration, look at magazines, on line sources such as Houzz and consider colors that compliment your surroundings as well as your home's architectural style.

 

SEA/PSC Special TIP:  Check with your neighborhood or homeowners associations guidelines, if applicable, as well before you get started!  We would hate for you to fall in love with a color scheme that doesn't fit the guidelines!

 

Now that you have decided to do external siding or re-side - are you ready for the next step?  The next step is to do the research/determination on fiber cement siding products and performance.  SEA/Peninsula Siding Company can help you with that!  

 

With that novella styled cliff hanger, tune in for the next article when we attempt to provide you with all the most up to date information from James Hardie fiber cement products.  We'll discuss product options and performance, benefits, etc.

 

 

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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