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Eco-Friendly Exteriors

  
  
  
  
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Celebrating Earth Day in the month of April is a great way to make your exterior more eco-friendly and to help prepare your home for the summer months ahead.

 

Open Your Home Up to the Outdoors

Exterior eco-friendly remodel

By creating a direct line of sight from your interior to your exterior is a great way to bring more light into your home while also creating an outdoor space that is an extension of your living area. Large windows or window walls are the perfect way to broaden your living atmosphere from inside to out. Eco-friendly remodeling begins with improving your indoor to outdoor relationship.

 

Replace Your Old Lighting

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When creating an outdoor kitchen, eating or lounging area, choose the eco-friendly option. Electing for more environmentally friendly light bulbs or fixtures will help to brighten your outdoor area as well as create a longer lasting lighting option. Choose to replace your fixtures in walkways, house lights, and outdoor entertainment areas to create a brighter, longer lasting, and more environmentally friendly home exterior.

 

DIY

Home exterior diy

Home exterior remodels are a perfect place for repurposed DIY projects. Turn old kitchen chairs into a sitting area for your outside table or transform your older home decorations into new pieces for your outdoor area. Repurposing your old materials and furniture will create a unique feel for your exterior while holding true to your original design plans. DIY recycles your materials and saves you money.

 

Plant

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Adding more foliage to your yard can serve many purposes. Adding trees or large shrubs can create a barrier between your space and a neighbor’s while also combating Mother Nature’s impact. Choose to plant a larger tree where the wind blows too strongly or large shrubs where the sun casts a non-pleasant ray. Adding a home garden also serves a multi-purpose role. A garden generates healthy meal options for your family while also creating an aesthetic piece for your yard. Flowers promote wildlife and natural plant cycles while developing color and beauty for your home exterior update.

 

Choose Low-Maintenance Siding

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Once applied, fiber cement siding is virtually effortless. Fiber cement siding only needs to be repainted every 15-25 years, as opposed to the average three to five year range for traditional wood siding. Also, fiber cement siding is low maintenance for cleaning, only requiring to be sprayed by a lawn hose or pressure washed at the owner’s discretion. Overall, the siding provides a longer lasting material that will require less physical maintenance over time.


To plan your next exterior project, contact us.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Getting Your Home Ready For Summer

  
  
  
  
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Summer is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the months to come. Committing a small amount of time now will help to keep your home cool and functioning efficiently in the hot summer heat.

 Plant a Tree

Home Exteriors

Planting a tree next to your outside air conditioning unit is an easy way to provide shade to ensure that your unit is working to its fullest capabilities. Not only is it a beneficial addition, but it also adds aesthetic quality to your yard.

 

Clean or Replace Your Screen Doors

 Screen doors create a nice evening breeze and a direct line of sight from inside to outside during the warmer summer months. Take the time in the upcoming months to clean your screens to improve on the appearance, or replace the screens that have become worn over time. Your home aesthetics will improve with a cleaner and updated line of sight.

 

Fix Up Your Windows

Window Updates for Homes

Along with replacing screens, now is the time to replace windows. A window replacement will help to keep the cool air in on those warm days. If your windows don’t need replacing, choose to add new curtains or roller shades. The addition can add to your interior design while fulfilling a functional role in your home.

 

Clean Out the Garage

Summer is full of outdoor activities. Don’t waste any time this summer  fumbling around a cluttered garage to find your bike helmet or sand toys. Cleaning out your garage will make the summer months a more carefree time, and you also may find some inspiration as you organize all of your summer-month toys.

 

Get Your Outdoor Patio in Shape

Summer tips for homes

All of those updates you’ve wanted to make to your yard and patio: now is the time. Remodeling your back patio and updating your yard will inspire you to spend more time outdoors this summer. Take the chance to update your grill and barbeque to make sure they are in working condition. Buy new patio furniture or update the kids’ play area to move your family from the couch to the yard in the months to come.

 

While the heat is nothing new, the summer months make the kids anxious to get outside. Take the steps now to make sure your home is heat ready, and enjoy the most of summer 2015.


Let us help you get your exterior ready for summer. Contact us and we will begin your new plan.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How Long Does Siding Last?

  
  
  
  
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Before making a commitment to adding new siding to a house, customers have many questions. The one that we are asked most frequently, and we agree is the most important, is: How long does fiber cement siding last?

How long does siding last?

Peninsula Siding Company is proud to use James Hardie materials. James Hardie is one of the most well known names in the siding industry, and all of the James Hardie materials come with a 30 Year Warranty! We choose to align our business and products with the best of the best, and James Hardie fiber cement siding fulfills those requirements.

Fiber cement siding is completely resistant to anything that Mother Nature throws at it. The siding is made with no materials that will attract insects or other animals. It is sealed to ensure that it lasts through any type of weather, and it is resistant to UV Rays to keep the color quality at its highest.

The siding is finished with baked on paint to ensure a long lasting and high quality color appearance. Rather than worrying about chipped paint or other environmental influences taking its toll on your home’s appearance, the color quality of the fiber cement siding is guaranteed long lasting. Average conventional wood siding requires repainting and touch ups every three to five years, while fiber cement siding on average lasts 15-25 years without requiring any maintenance.


How long does siding last?

 

When maintenance is required, it is minimal. The siding can be cleaned with a yard hose or a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime that has been built up over time. If repainting is desired, the time it takes to complete the process is drastically shorter than conventional wood due to the careful preparation undergone when the siding is initially prepared for application.

 Fiber cement siding is a quality that saves time, money, and worry over the years. Investing in fiber cement siding ensures a warranty of 30 years and creates a beautiful appearance with little to no upkeep.

To start planning your siding replacement, contact us.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

The Utilitarian Part of Siding

  
  
  
  
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Home siding upgradesThere are many parts of your home which are added for beauty, but do not necessarily benefit the overall structure. Siding is one item which, when added to the home’s exterior structure, benefits the structure of your home.

Energy Efficiency

Siding adds additional energy efficiency to your home because it is an excellent insulator. Not only does the siding itself insulate, but a professional will insure that the siding is installed in such a way as to help the home breath and reduce problems like mold or water damage.

We all want a reason to keep those heating and air conditioning bills down. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency does more than save you money. It helps save the environment by reducing the amount of fuel needed to power your home. Every little bit counts!

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Choosing the right siding material can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some siding material like natural stone have a higher carbon footprint. They are not renewable resources. However, locally quarried stone doesn’t have to go so far to get to your door, so if you want natural stone siding, this would be your best option.

Carbon footprint

Other materials like vinyl can often be recycled or be created from recycled materials. This, again, will reduce your carbon footprint. However, vinyl siding is susceptible to dents and heat damage, which means it will need regular maintenance, replacement, or repair.

Materials like fiber cement siding are our favorite because they come in at the intersection of durability and low carbon footprint. Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and natural fibers as well as a small amount of chemical ingredients like paint. This creates a very hardy and durable product that lasts for a long period of time and is very weather resistant. Because the coloration is actually in the material itself, you do not need to paint it. Also, while there are not current recycling programs for fiber cement, it is created from inert materials that will break down in the landfill in a way which does not harm the environment.

Increase in Home Value

According to the National Association of Realtors, adding siding to a home does increase its value later on when the homeowner decides to sell.

Another source, Remodeling Magazine, states that a fiber-cement siding remodel will increase your home’s value by 87% of the project’s cost.

These numbers add up to one thing: not only does siding installation add value to your home on the short term in reduced energy and environmental costs, it increases the value of your home in the long term.

Contact us today and let us know how we can help you increase the beauty and value of your home with siding. 

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How to Clean and Maintain your Siding

  
  
  
  
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Siding maintenance resized 600There are a number of siding types, all of which require different cleaning and maintenance actions. With spring coming up in just a few days, we thought we’d provide some maintenance tips for your siding, so you can get your spring cleaning started out right.

Fiber Cement Siding

There are different types of fiber cement siding, based on brand and where in the U.S. they will be installed. These tips are from James Hardie and are for HZ10 siding. This is the type of siding installed here in Northern California, Southern California and throughout the Southern states.

  • Wash the exterior surfaces of your home every 6-12 months with a garden hose or low pressure washer. This should be done from the top down as you don’t want to constantly wash dirt down onto what you have already cleaned and you do not want to spray water behind the siding.

  • For stubborn dirt, scrub with a mild detergent like dishwashing soap and soft cloth or paint brush.

  • If paint has been applied to the siding, be sure to keep your paint manufacturer information on hand, so you can refer to their cleaning policies.

These are the simple and easy washing procedures for James Hardie fiber cement.Spraying water and cleaning

Vinyl Siding

Depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations, vinyl siding is relatively easy to clean.

  • Wash siding down with a garden hose, or - if the manufacturer allows - a pressure washer. Again, try to keep the water level with your face or pointing down. This helps prevent water getting behind the siding and into your home’s envelope.

  • Use a soft cloth or soft bristle brush along with a mild cleaning solution to remove stains. Rinse the cleaning solution completely off after you scrub the dirt or stain.

  • Be careful of using very hot water on vinyl siding. The material can melt.

Wood Siding

Often wood siding is treated or painted, so be sure to look at any manufacturer's information that is applicable to your wood siding.

  • Wood siding that is not sealed or painted can be cleaned with a pressure washer on a very low setting. Otherwise it is best to use a mild detergent with a stiff bristle brush. Gently scrub down the siding and then rinse with a hose.

  • There is advice out there to mix bleach and water and pressure wash your wood siding. This is good advice if you plan to strip the wood of your home of paint so you can re-paint. If just want to do a good, thorough cleaning, read the manufacturer’s recommendations for the paint or sealant used on your wood siding.

Stone or Brick Siding

There are all types of cleaners with specific instructions which can be used on brick or stone. However, if you have synthetic stone siding, you should not use these cleaners. Synthetic siding can be cleaned with water, vinegar/dish soap, and a soft bristle brush.

There are a ton of different siding types. All are pretty simple to clean. Let us know if the advice above helped you with your spring cleaning this year!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Ten Mistakes to Avoid During a Remodel

  
  
  
  
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Exterior and interior remodels can be stressful. It always seems like there is something to do, a decision to be made, or a question that needs answering. Both we and our sister company, S.E.A. Construction, work hard to make our client’s remodeling projects as easy as possible by anticipating questions and planning ahead. In the spirit of helping you avoid any remodeling pitfalls, here are ten things to keep in mind - and avoid - during your remodeling project:Siding contrast

#1. Going for what is cheap rather than what you want. Any kind of home improvement project should use long-lasting materials. You often get what you pay for when it comes to material, so judge items not by their price but by their durability, desirability, and overall cohesion with the style you are working toward in your home.

#2. Tackling a giant “DIY” project. Sometimes a homeowner really needs to call in the professionals to complete a project. That’s completely okay. As fun as it is to “do it yourself,” some projects need too much professional skill or are simply too time consuming for a homeowner to do on his or her own.

#3. Not communicating. No matter the size of the project or the stage it is at, it is always vitally important to communicate questions, concerns, or desires. Worried that a project won’t start on time? Communicate. Wondering if you really want your siding to be fuschia? Communicate. It’s always better to talk about your concerns and get your questions answered as soon as possible, instead of delaying and finding out that you hate something after it is already installed.

#4. Starting the project out before the remodelers get in. Gutting your kitchen or ripping the existing siding off of your house may be perfectly fine - or it could cause damage that would then need repair before the remodel can really begin.

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#5. Thinking with the overall look of the home. It’s easy to feel caught up in all the details of a remodel. A good way to avoid this is to take a step back and get a look at the whole vision. If that seems wrong, it’s time to let us know so we can go back to the drawing board.

#6. Trying to match trends. Trends are fun, they can be playful, and they may even turn out to be classic. However, it’s better to go trendy with smaller, easily changeable items instead of larger, long lasting items like your home’s siding. Instead of picking a “trendy” siding style or a “seasonal” color, go back to that overall look you want for your home and consider that.

#7. Verbally saying what you want. Change orders as well as new contracts should always be in writing. If you have a contractor that only accepts what you verbally state you want and doesn’t follow up with something in writing, beware.

#8. Not finding out the green options for a project. There are often tax discounts, savings in energy costs, and other financial incentives to go green. Don’t miss out!

#9. Planting right up against the house. We love greenery, but it’s hard to maintain the exterior of your home if you plant right up against it. Instead, give your home a little bit of breathing room. This will make maintenance easier and will make any exterior upgrades that much smoother.Contractor

#10. Not getting references or recommendations. Hiring a remodeling or construction company on the spur of the moment may be fantastic, or it may be a mistake. Stay on the safe side and get references and read the recommendations for the company. Also, interview the company and ask for an estimate before you hire them.

No matter what, you should feel comfortable and able to communicate with your construction professional. 

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How to Bring your Home Up-to-Date with Siding

  
  
  
  
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Siding is considered “on trend” right now in the building world. There are several reasons for this.

  1. Siding comes in a huge variety of colors.

  2. It is often used as a “green” upgrade to a home.

  3. We can obtain many different siding materials, which give a home a completely different look than other siding materials.

  4. We can match cheaper, longer lasting, or green materials with siding that might harm the environment or create a big dent in your wallet.

  5. A report from Industry Edge magazine says that siding replacement has a solid return on investment - allowing homeowners to recoup more than 70% of replacement costs at resale.

All of these factors mean that choosing siding for your home can only modernize the structure. Also, adding siding doesn’t mean you’ll be blending in with your neighbors, because there is such a wide variety of materials and colors to choose from.

While we never recommend going with a design or building trend just because it looks nice right now, the environmentally friendly outlook in building appears to be here to stay. That’s where siding comes in. Fiber cement, engineered wood, synthetic stone, and natural wood are all great insulators and each have a relatively small carbon footprint.

“Trendy” Siding Choices

The trendiest of choices tends to hang around the intersection of what is affordable, durable, and green. This most commonly narrows down to:

  • Fiber cement

  • Stone or synthetic stone

  • Brick

Traditionally, brick and stone are the great insulators, which makes them very energy efficient. However, these siding materials are more commonly used to accent a modern structure instead of taking up the entirety of a home.

Fiber cement is our main choice because of its durability and small carbon footprint. This siding type comes with a longer lasting warranty and has a cleaner appearance than vinyl.

Why Siding Adds Beauty to a Structure

There are two choices when it comes to adding siding to your home.

1st: Add siding to the entirety of your home, creating a completely different appearance.

2nd: Install siding as an accent piece to your home.

Both are great ideas and both can add value and beauty to your home. While we can explain why this is all day long, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here are some comparison pictures in which you will see how siding changes the look and feel of a home.

Siding was used in this case to modernize the home and give it a unique feel.

          Siding was used in this case to modernize the home and give it a unique feel.

Stone siding was used to accent this home and set it apart from its neighbors.

          Stone siding was used to accent this home and set it apart from its neighbors.

The siding on this home helps it feel at one with the natural surroundings.

            The siding on this home helps it feel at one with the natural surroundings.

Stone siding was used here to create a statement entryway.

                 Stone siding was used here to create a statement entryway.

As you can see, there are a number of ways to use siding materials to create a beautiful, unique home. Contact us today to find out how you can add beauty to your home, using siding. 

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How to Protect your Yard During an Exterior Remodel

  
  
  
  
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While an exterior remodel isn’t actually within your home (phew!) it can be a little tough on the yard. We have been doing siding for many years and have a lot of experience in protecting a client’s yard while the work is in progress. Here are a few things we have learned over the years:Communicate with your siding company

When in doubt, communicate. Always let the company you are working with know in advance if something specific needs to be protected. Communication is the key here, as we don’t know if that bare patch of earth is just an unplanted bed or is filled with newly planted tulip bulbs.

Designate a staging area. Some homes have very little outdoor space, so it can be difficult to work without the possibility of trampling some grass. However, a minimum of grass can be squashed if we know we can use your garage space or driveway to stage any equipment we need on hand.

Try to move any potted plants and yard decorations out of the yard. You may need to temporarily relocate the gnome village hiding in your lawn or move some of the pots you have against your home during the construction. This way no one trips over any unseen obstruction.

Cover plants with light-weight plastic sheeting or tarps. Although we do our best to contain it, construction often comes with some dust. You can keep this out of your home by closing windows while your siding project is in progress, however it might be harder to keep the dust off of your delicate plants. Be sure to cover anything that can’t stand up to a good rinse with a hose. Yard

If you have particularly delicate or worrisome plants, you may want to ask professional advice. An arborist or even a specialist at your garden store may have some excellent ideas for protecting that great California Oak in your yard or your patch of violets.

In the end, communication is key in any construction situation. Not only is it important for you to communicate any questions or concerns about the project, but you have to communicate any and all needs as far in advance as possible. One of the best ways we have discovered to make sure your communication is understood and acted upon is to keep as much of it in writing as possible. That way, we can go back and refer to your needs and you can double check your sent emails or your contract to be sure you said everything necessary.

We want you to have the best siding experience possible. Contact us today and let us know what we can do to make your home even more beautiful.


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S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Five Tips for the Perfect Pet Friendly Yard

  
  
  
  
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We all love our furry friends whether they are a dog, cat, goat or horse. Your pet has a huge impact on where you live, how you arrange the yard, and even on your home exterior choices.Pet Friendly Remodel

All of us at Peninsula Siding and our sister company SEA Construction know that creating the perfect human and pet friendly yard and home can be a great challenge. So, we wanted to pitch in together and give you five tips to create a fantastic yard for you and the fuzzball.

1. Designate space for your pet - away from the house. Lets face it, our pets love to dig and even relieve themselves all around the yard. Sometimes, this can harm the foundation of your home or leave you constantly cleaning up the “territory” they have marked (also known as, your siding.)  Instead of fighting against natural instinct, embrace it.

You can set up a “marking post” at your property line and coax your pets to mark there. Your pet may want to patrol the property - set up a path for her to do so. Designate a “digging” area and bury treats or a toy in there. Once your pet gets the hang of using their spots, they are less likely to do their deeds in locations you don’t want them.

2. Think like your pet. If you have a dog, he may want to check the yard for squirrels every time you let him out - so don’t plant a garden under your trees. Your cat may appreciate a sunning spot just for her. Your goat will probably eat everything she has access to - so don’t let her out around your prize bougainvillea.


Landscaping for pets

3. Safety first! I once met a dog so flexible she could squeeze through the tiny holes in cement blocks and make her escape that way. Her poor owner let her out and five minutes later was calling up and down the street for her. Fortunately, the curious girl had not gone too far, but this brings up a good point. What can you do to make your yard safe for your pet?

Fences and walls are always good deterrents to many pets. Cats can be a little tougher to keep from roaming. If you live in an area that is dangerous for cats - like in the city or in a location with a high coyote population - you may need to get a little creative. Some ideas include:

  • Keeping your cat indoors

  • Creating enclosed spaces outdoors using chicken-wire or other cage like materials

  • Extremely high walls

  • Training your cat

Honestly, out of all pets, cats are the most independent. If you don’t want them leaving the yard, it’s best to just keep them indoors.

4. Make sure you don’t plant anything poisonous. Here is a short list of toxic plants. You can find a much longer one here:

  • Autumn crocus

  • Atropa belladonna

  • Wisteria

  • Rhubarb

  • Rhododendron

  • Delphinium (Larkspur)

  • Narcissus bulbs

  • Yew

  • Sorghum

  • Velvet grass

  • Bird of Paradise

  • Cowslip


Pet friendly water feature

Again, these are just a few. The full list linked above is provided by the Humane Society.

5. Give them plenty of drinkable water. This really goes for all animals - even those that are not your pets. If you want birds to visit your home, having water out and available is always a smart move. Depending on your pet’s size and flexibility, you could add a fountain, pond, bird bath, or just plain drinking trough somewhere in your yard so they have a good place to stop and get a sip.

Both your pet and your home are precious. Help protect them both by giving your pet the yard he or she needs to live a healthy, happy life.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

DIY Inspection Checklist of your Home’s Exterior

  
  
  
  
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Every year it’s important to take a look at your home and make sure it is in top condition. This allows you to locate problem areas before those problems become too serious, and creates a better place for you and your family to live.Siding inspection

Here is a quick DIY home inspection checklist you can use to take a thorough look at your home’s exterior:

__ Check foundation, mortar, siding, and window frames for any cracks or holes. This can seriously affect your home’s energy efficiency.

__ Probe any wooden window frames that appear to be cracked. This may indicate a termite or a rot problem.

__ Check the driveway, sidewalk and paths for any cracks, holes or other tripping hazards.

__ Make sure there are no spots of standing water - especially spots that pool near your foundation.

__ Look for dents along your siding. Also,check to be sure any vines or climbing plants are not growing up the side of your home. The roots of these plants can seriously damage your siding and roof.

__ Examine your siding and soffits for any staining that may indicate a leak.

Siding damage

__ Check your roof for cracked, broken, missing or curled shingles. Also check any flashing for rust or curling.

__ Ensure gutters are clean and attached securely to your home.

__ Examine porches and decks for sagging ceilings, loose boards or rails, and check for stability.

__ See if there are any signs of insects or bird nests in your eaves or soffits.

__ If you have a chimney, make sure it is straight up and down and not leaning.

__ Take a look at the foundation and make sure there are no cracks or bulges. This may be a sign of water damage.

__ Examine any fences or walls you have around your landscaping to make sure they have remained firm and there is no rot.

As you examine your home, this may be a good opportunity to move any brush away from the side of your house and generally clean up the yard. Spring is just around the corner and your yard may be ready to bloom!

Also, if your inspection shows a need for a siding upgrade, be sure to contact us. We are here to help!

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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