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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.


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

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.


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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


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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.

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

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.

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__ 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!

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

Is this Siding Worth the Price?

  
  
  
  
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Siding comes in all colors and types. There is vinyl siding, wood siding, fiber cement siding, and even stone or brick used as siding. Where there is variety in any product, there is the question “is this item worth the cost - and why?”Contrasting Siding

Fortunately, we specialize in siding installation, so we are uniquely suited to taking an in-depth look at siding products and answering the above questions. Here are the various factors to look at when considering siding which will help you decide which product will give you the best bang for your buck:

Durability

The last thing you want to do is get siding that will become damaged as soon as it is installed. Luckily, high quality fiber cement or vinyl siding are often created with the chosen color throughout the material. This insures that nicks and scratches don’t show as time wears on.  Additionally, these two materials can last for decades. In the case of fiber cement, a 30 year materials warranty can be expected.

Wood siding easily degrades if not properly finished and maintained. However, if old-growth timber is used and the material is preserved properly, clapboard and other wood siding can last for generations.

Engineered wood siding is created from wood fibers and exterior-grade resin. This leaves one with a tough, long-lasting siding product. They can come ready-to-paint or in a factory finish. Some engineered wood siding brands provide a 50 year materials warranty. Cultured stone siding

Stone or brick are both very long-lasting options. Additionally, there is now engineered stone siding available that are often used to accent homes. Some manufactures offer up to a 75 year warranty for their synthetic stone.

Beauty

Fiber cement gets the jump on vinyl when it comes to loveliness. Because it is made with a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand, it can be created to mimic wooden clapboard. This gives it a distinct look from the obvious seams created by vinyl. Wood and engineered wood siding have the same advantages.

There are many, many color varieties available in vinyl, wood, engineered wood, and fiber cement. This means a homeowner can create a long-lasting look for their home.

Stone, brick, and synthetic stone can add a lot of beauty to a home. Often, stone isn’t used to cover the entire home but instead to accent a patio, lower floor of the house, or the chimney. No matter how they are used, these products can create a gorgeous look.

Energy Efficiency

Siding can make a home more energy efficient and either be recycled or have the ability to degrade in the landfills within a reasonable period of time. Here is each type of siding with a look at how “green” it is:Wood siding

Vinyl, when installed, can help insulate a home and lower heating and air conditioning costs. On the downside, it is created of PVC, which lasts for decades or longer in landfills and is toxic to produce. While it can be recycled, vinyl siding rarely is recycled.

Fiber cement is also a great insulator and is created from natural products. This makes it both energy efficient and a sustainable product.

Engineered wood, like any other siding, is good for insulation. Additionally, wood scraps and entire trees can be used in the manufacturing of engineered wood, making that process a low-waste one.

Wood itself is a renewable resource which breaks down in landfills. It’s also a great insulator. However, the best grades of wood are made from old-growth timber and chemicals are used every two to five years to preserve your wood siding. This can all add up. To make sure you get the most sustainable wood, ask for wood siding that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Synthetic stone is more renewable than regular stone because it doesn’t strip quarries. Additionally, just like real stone, synthetic stone is an excellent insulator. All in all, this is a sustainable material.

When deciding on a siding type, there is more to think of than the price per square foot. There is how much money the siding will be able to save you as insulation for your home. Additionally, there is the environmental factor to think about. Siding can help you lower your carbon footprint, creating a better world for all of us.

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

Can the 2015 Home Exterior Color Trends Brighten your Mood?

  
  
  
  
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Various companies around the internet are attempting to predict the hot new colors of 2015 for home interiors and exteriors. While interiors seem to be going bolder with bright white, metallic hues, bright orange, navy and even black, exteriors seem to be lightening. The outside of our homes appear to be enjoying creams, light grey, dusty mint, periwinkle, and some pastels.  

Another exterior aspect that is coming up in 2015 is the use of contrast. We are seeing plenty of accented window treatments, brick or stone siding, and other bright changes to the overall exterior.

Playing with color and contrast is fun, but it can also help us set the mood for those who enter your cozy home. Here are some thoughts on various colors and how they will affect those that you welcome to your home.

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Beige = Warmth

This is traditionally one of the more popular home colors. We all want our houses to feel warm and inviting. We want the space to say “welcome” before we have a chance to step inside. That’s why so many people across the nation pick beige.

Blue = Soothing

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Shades of blue are thought to make people feel calm and soothed. A blue accent or blue exterior may create a soothing, calming atmosphere for those entering your home.

Red = Energy

Sometimes it can be hard to get up the energy to play with your kids or run around doing after-work activities. Updating your home to a stimulating red can help change that. According to a British study, in evenly matched athletes wearing red and blue, the red athletes won more often than the blue ones.

Green = Relaxation

Seeing the color green can evoke the same relaxation one feels when strolling through the park. We associate the color with the natural environment. If you don’t have a lot of green landscaping or your Bay Area home has no real yard space, painting it green may help you feel as calm and relaxed as if you had a yard.

Yellow = Happiness
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Yellow can be a complicated color to use on any home exterior or interior. There are many shades and a bright, neon yellow may feel way too glaring while an extremely pale yellow could make your home look a bit sickly. However, picking the right, buttery color can add an extra spring in your step and make your heart lift every time you see your home.

Pink = Love and Acceptance

This is another tough one to pull off. You have to pick just the right shade of pink to create a really warm and lovely home. That said, we have seen enough warm, welcoming pink homes to know that the color can set just the right tone.

Purple = Confidence

We don’t often see a purple house - and when we do it certainly stands out. Using purple as an accent may work better for you if you feel like the whole house going purple will be too much.

2015 home trends are only as useful as they are aesthetically pleasing to your eye. If you want to make a change this new year, contact us and let us help you find just the right color siding for you.

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

Go Green with Siding

  
  
  
  
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There are degrees of green improvements you can make to your home. You don’t have to create a living wall or allow plants to take over your home exterior to make your house a bit more green. One of the ways you can go green without compromising the look of your home is to get the right siding.

Fiber-Cement

There are a number of reasons why fiber-cement siding is considered a green alternative to vinyl siding. The siding product we work with is from the JamesHardie brand and it is warrantied for 30 years. This is compared to around a 5 year warranty on vinyl siding. In the end, the longer warranty means about 6 times less waste from siding products filling our landfills every year.

Fiber-cement is made of four basic, organic properties. That is: wood pulp, fly ash, Portland cement, and water. There are some variations, but the materials that make up fiber cement siding are mainly green materials.

You don’t need special cleaning products for fiber-cement siding. Just spray it thoroughly with your garden hose every six months or so and keep foundation plants pruned back from the side of your home to allow your siding to stay dry and relatively dirt-free. This means no cleaning fluids get added into the drains and water of San Mateo when you clean your home exterior.

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Wood

The traditional siding is made of wood have gives your home a clapboard look. Fiber-cement can duplicate this look, but some people want to stick with old standbys.

The type of wood siding most commonly looked for is cedar siding. This is because it is more durable than many other wood siding types. While cedar can last up to 50 years, it does need more maintenance than synthetic siding types and generally has to be refinished every two years or so. Additionally, the type of wood that works best for siding purposes is often from old-growth forests. This means it is a limited resource.

A benefit of wood siding is that it can be recycled and it degrades well in landfills. It’s just unfortunate that it is such a limited resource.

Brick/Stone

Brick or stone siding is incredibly durable and can make a home look really lovely. These siding types are natural insulators and can last for a very long time. Try to go for locally quarried stone or locally produced brick to reduce your carbon footprint further. 

While you may not want your entire home wrapped in brick or stone, it can make a really beautiful accent and create some great contrast that contributes to the overall look.

The main drawback to using stone is that it is a non-renewable resource. It can also be expensive to find a masonry professional for the installation. There are siding types that can imitate brick or stone without the cost.

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Most siding types help increase the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of a home. Siding creates an excellent thermal layer than can help reduce heating and cooling bills - and therefore make your home that much more “off the grid.”

However, some siding types are more eco friendly than others. Contact us today and we can help you find the right type of siding 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

How your Home Exterior Affects Overall House Health

  
  
  
  
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The health of your home and your family is likely one of your top priorities. There is an unfortunate tendency for many homeowners to think that the only way to improve the health of a home is to improve internal systems or to clean it internally. This isn’t the only way to increase the health of your home. Improvements to your house’s exterior can greatly affect its overall health.

The way your bay area home is built creates an “envelope” around you. This envelope includes the foundation and floor systems, exterior and interior walls as well as the roof system. If any part of this envelope is infiltrated by water, termites, mold or anything else, it compromises the health of your home.

Your home envelope consists of layers. Each layer is used to protect you and your family from weather, mold, dry rot, and more. These layers are:

Roof

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The most obvious part of your roof are the visible shingles on its exterior. Less obvious are the roof vents which help circulate the air of your home and keep moisture from building up.

Also below your shingles is an underlayment to add additional water protection. Beneath that is another wooden underlayment, then your roof’s structural beams. Your attic is actually part of the roof system, providing more ventilation as well as insulation.

This entire system works to help increase the health of those living in the home and to keep the space as energy efficient as possible.

Exterior-facing Walls

There are two obvious sides of the walls which hold up your home. That is the drywall on the interior and the siding or stucco on the exterior. There is quite a bit of area in between which allows your walls to breath and prevents moisture build up. PSC Jan Blog2 3 resized 600

From the exterior to the interior, a wall can consist of:

  • Siding
  • A barrier called a sheathing membrane
  • Insulation
  • Metal wall studs with more insulation between the studs
  • Another barrier
  • Finally, your drywall

Wall insulation is created to help keep internal temperatures the way you would like them - but it is also there to stop any moisture penetration. When it comes to your walls, your first defense against the weather is your siding.

Floors/Foundation

Your foundation is often below ground, which means it rests in damp soil and has to contend with water always trying to seep in. The way the foundation is set up really depends on the type of ground your home is resting on. However, there is generally some type of insulation, a solid footing, more protective membrane, and a foundation wall or other support that lifts the floor away from direct contact with soil. This air pocket prevents groundwater, rain, and other moisture from flooding your home directly.

The entire home envelope is there to help keep your home temperature controlled and free of moisture build up. It is important that each part of this envelope is checked regularly and repaired or replaced as needed. Your siding is not just a beautiful accent to your home - it is an essential part of your home’s overall health.

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

Eight Home Update Resolutions

  
  
  
  
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We want to update our homes for many reasons. Some homeowners are looking to sell while others are settling in to live in their homes for years to come. No matter which type of homeowner you are, the following eight home updates will increase curb appeal, add value to your home, and make it more you.

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Resolution: Update your home’s exterior.

How to make it happen:

  1. Use this tool to give your home a virtual makeover.
  2. Once you decide on colors you like, be sure to also request the physical swatches and to examine them in every type of outdoor light.
  3. Get a free estimate on your home’s new look.
  4. Give your home the fresh face it deserves!

    According to www.FrontDoor.com, the type of siding we most recommend - fiber-cement - provides a return of 103.6% the investment you put into the siding project. So, you will not only recoup your expenses when you sell your home, you would also make money.

    Resolution: Add more natural light to your home.

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    How to make it happen: There are a number of ways to give your home more natural light. The easiest is probably installing skylights or sun tunnels. These both provide ambient lighting without the necessity of changing the structure or exterior look of your home with windows.

    Resolution: Expand your floor plan.

    How to make it happen: Older homes tend to have well-defined rooms separated by walls, hallways, and other barriers. Decide which rooms should be open and get the walls separating them knocked out - if at all possible.

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    Additionally, consider adding a kitchen island as well as built-in storage areas. These provide extra space without compromising your open floor plan.

    Resolution:Change up your flooring.

    How to make it happen: Old vinyl floors or tile floors from the 1970’s may have held up well over the years, but they don’t add a lot of beauty to your home. You can update your entire home’s look by simply changing the flooring for something more modern - or restoring the original look. Additionally, updated floors will add to the light and open feel of your home.

    Resolution: Modernize your bathroom.

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    How to make it happen: We aren’t necessarily suggesting that you install ultra-modern talking toilets - although you can if you’d like. But what we are saying is updating the hardware (faucets, cabinet hinges, door knobs and the like) or replacing that 70’s carpeting with modern tile will really spruce up your bathroom and add some value to your home.

    Resolution: Repaint your home interior.

    How to make it happen: Chipped paint or peeling wallpaper will make the interior of your home feel dingy. Fortunately, repainting is an easy fix. Just be sure to work with a balance of colors or go for an all-neutral color.

    If you like your walls, but want to give your home a little extra life, try painting interior doors. Often, real estate agents concentrate on updating the front door of your home, but you can use each door inside your home to show your personality and give the space a little extra color.PSC Jan Blog1 6 resized 600

    Resolution: Brighten up your landscape.

    How to make it happen: One of the wonderful things about living in San Mateo is that we can often create a yard which looks amazing all year long. Before you get started on picking out your favorite plants, take a look at how your landscape is organized. Is there a way to make it compliment your home even better? Do you have a few pops of color or a focal point to draw the eye? There are a lot of things you can do with landscape to make your home exterior look even more gorgeous.

    Resolution: Convert the kitchen.

    How to make it happen: A kitchen remodel is the type of change that can add value to your home as well as create a more comfortable environment for you and your family. The first step is to open up your kitchen space. This may require a big change like a wall removal.

    Next, update the walls, backsplash, cabinets, and appliances to fit your needs and wants. If you need more counter and cupboard space, consider adding a kitchen island. Finally, be sure to give the floor some attention. You don’t want a completely modern kitchen with old flooring.

    Changing the exterior and interior look of your home can add value and life for years to come. Contact us today. We can help you with any of your siding needs and our sister company, S.E.A. Construction can help you through the design and build of your home improvement

    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 to Evaluate Reviews when Searching for a Siding Company

      
      
      
      
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    There are about a million review websites on the internet these days. We have Google, Yelp!, Houzz, Angie’s List, and many, many  others. This flood of information can make it extremely hard to get an accurate pictures of a company and know which one to choose for your siding project.

    Unfortunately, not every online review is from a reliable source. Additionally, not every company has reviews posted regarding the work it has done. We are here to give you tools so you can check out reviews and know what you are getting into when hiring a new company for siding, landscaping, remodeling, or any other type of work here in San Mateo.

    Get Personal

    The best review you can get is one from someone you actually know. Get recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.

    See the Sights

    When you can visually see that a company has done a great job, that’s a review in itself. You can do this in a few ways:

    1. Look at the company website, Facebook page, Houzz and other sources to see pictures of their completed work.
    2. Ask the company if they have any clients whose homes you can view to see their work.
    3. See if any users of various websites like Google, Yelp, or Houzz have posted pictures of that company’s completed work.

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      Just the Facts

      Check the company out with the Better Business Bureau. In some cases (like with Peninsula Siding) you will need to look under their parent company (in our case, S.E.A. Construction Inc). Click over the customer complaints. If the profile says 0 complaints - that’s always a good sign.

      You can also check on any accreditations, endorsements, certifications, or memberships listed on the company website. Many membership organizations in the construction world require that a company follow a very specific code of conduct, stay up to date with continuing education, and more to qualify for membership.  

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      Finally, you are the best judge of who will be right for you. See if you can get an estimate from the company you are considering. Discussing your issue over the phone, meeting face to face, or even talking over email will give you a sense of the company’s level of professionalism and care.

      The best construction, remodeling, or siding company for you is the one which makes you feel comfortable, gives you options, and does the work as written in your contract.

      Contact us today and tell us about your project. We would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

      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

      Five Ways to Keep your Neighbors Happy During an Exterior Remodel

        
        
        
        
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      Any type of construction can disturb you and your neighbors. There are some renovations that are less disturbing than others, but from installing new siding to landscaping to a full remodel, there will be a certain amount of dust and noise. When that construction is done to your home, you have the opportunity to be the best neighbor ever by following these simple tips:12 Blog 3 Pic 1 resized 600

      Tip #1: Warn your neighbors about the upcoming construction. This may not be feasible to do in person, but you can certainly pop a polite note on your neighbor’s mat, warning them of the construction. Try a note like this one:

      “Dear Neighbor,                           

      “Hi! I’m Jane Doe over on 123 Mockingbird Lane. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I’m going to have some siding work done on my home. The construction date is Jan 5th, 2015 and they estimate the work will take three days - from Monday, Jan 5th through Weds, Jan 8th. The company, Peninsula Siding, will work from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.”

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      “I’m sorry for the inconvenience!  Thanks so much being a great neighbor!”

      Your simple and polite heads up will go a long way.

      Tip #2: Try and set aside some space on the street for the construction company to park their vehicles. If you live on a cramped street, it may be a good idea to set aside a parking spot or two in advance that works for you and your neighbors. This can also help the company get the work set up and cleaned up more rapidly.

      Tip #3: Be clear with the construction company about any restrictions specific to your street or neighbors. Any special requests about your neighborhood should be put in writing so the manager can go over everything with his or her workers before your project begins. 12 Blog 3 Pic 3 resized 600

      Tip #4: Extend an olive branch to your neighbors at the end of the construction. This could be in the form of a “Thank you” note, a batch of cookies, or a house party. Let them know that you appreciate their patience with the project and be sure they know you will extend them the same courtesy.

      Tip #5: Remember, in the end, there are some people who get upset no matter what we do to insure everyone’s comfort and convenience. You may have a neighbor who was ill and was disturbed during his recuperation or some such circumstance. There is rarely a perfect solution for every person, but notifying all in advance and taking as much care as you can to be as mindful as possible will go a long way in keeping your neighbors happy.

      At Peninsula Siding Company, we work hard to make sure each and every customer is perfectly happy with the quality of work done, our timeliness, and with those employees who do the installation. Contact us today to see how you can improve the looks of your home and your neighborhood with siding. 

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      S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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