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Hail Damaged Siding

During the storm of 7/25/16, Lansdale PA and surrounding areas were hit with hail of 1 inch and larger – click here to read more on this hail storm.  If you live in or near Lansdale PA, be sure to check your siding for any hail damage.

Wind and hail often cause damage to siding.  Hail damage to vinyl siding can be seen as breaks, cracks or holes in the siding.  Hail damage to aluminum siding can be seen as dents throughout the entire elevation of aluminum siding.

If you think that your home siding may have been damaged by hail, then contact Hellers, a Montgomery and Bucks County Building and Remodeling Company, to request a free estimate.  We’ll determine the extent of the damage and provide you with an estimate to fix the hail damage.

 

Can get levitra nhs Choosing the right siding for your home

The exterior of your home acts as a barrier to protect your home from the elements. It is exposed to wind, rain, snow, heat and much more. The siding is a very important layer of defense. It also adds a lot of curb appeal, it is the cover to the book of your home.

Vinyl siding does not have to be painted, but it should be cleaned at least once a year.

The siding can become bowed or buckled in the hot summer days, and freezing temperatures can cause it to become brittle. If it wasn’t properly installed, it can cause the joints to separate. Having a barbecue grill or a fire pit too close can cause heat damage, or melt the panels. It is waterproof and resists water infiltration.

Aluminum and steel siding can oxidize and dent over time, and the color can fade. Aluminum siding wears well on a home, but can be quite noisy. Expansion can cause banging and popping when sunlight warms Additionally, aluminum siding is waterproof, but it should not be a moisture barrier, it wasn’t as common to install an underlayment at the time aluminum siding was in fashion The siding should have small holes along the bottom of each plank. However, if it doesn’t have enough or if the holes are blocked, moisture can trap inside the wall causing mold and unforeseen damage.

Aluminum siding has become pretty outdated and isn’t readably available anymore. it is recommended that clients replace their aluminum siding with a more modern and useful type of siding that can better protect their home.

You should inspect your home’s siding regularly and have a professional inspect it once a year. A siding expert, like those at Heller’s will be able to make any necessary repairs, or advise you when it is time to replace the siding.

When it is time to replace your siding, there are many choices. The most popular are vinyl, wood, and fiber cement. The experts at Heller’s can walk you through the process and help you choose the right siding for your home.

Vinyl siding is great in all weather conditions and easy to maintain. It comes in a wide array of colors and profiles to match any style of home. Simply pressure wash it once a year, to help maintain it’s beauty.

Wood siding can add charm to your home and comes in a variety of stains. However, it is higher maintenance and must be inspected annually to identify and repair any damaged pieces, either by the weather or insects or small animals and birds.

Fiber Cement siding is more durable than wood, but offers the same aesthetics. It is resistant to termites and rot, can be painted and is low maintenance. Coming factory finished in a full spectrum of colors, the finish will last a long time and gives a rich appearance. It resists the oil canning of vinyl in temperature fluctuations, and has a high wind rating. By far, this siding is the most durable and has the longest lifespan.

When you are ready to replace your home’s siding, Heller’s can come to you for a consultation, bringing along samples that meet your needs and preferences. Quality materials and skilled craftsmen will transform your house into a beautiful place to come home to every day.

Whether your home has new siding or the original siding of the home, proper maintenance is always necessary to keep it looking as good as new, and protect your home from the elements. With proper care on your part, and a little help from the professionals, you can keep your home looking wonderful for years to come, and ensure it is properly protected, as well.

Increase Your Living Space with Basement Remodeling

Thinking of all the different rooms in your house, which do you think needs the most work? Many homeowners would probably point to a bathroom or kitchen. These are great places to start and provide a nice investment, but what about your basement?

A basement makes up nearly one third of a home’s available space, but almost always gets brushed over in terms of remodeling projects.

“Many basements are rarely used because they’re unfinished,” says Ed Heller of Hellers in Lansdale. “The laundry room might be down there, but other than that, homeowners really only use them for storage purposes.”

As with any major home project, there are plenty of pro’s and con’s. Remember these positives when considering a basement remodel, as specified by Joe Provey on the Bob Villa website.

  1. No excavating will be needed
  2. The primary utilities are close in proximity, thereby lessening overall cost
  3. Heating and cooling can be managed easily

The same article explains there are a handful of difficulties you will have to come across during the process.

  • Below-grade areas often bring in water and moisture
  • Mold and mildew are common in basements
  • Overhead pipes and ducts may lead to consulting with a plumber

Ed advises that homeowners seriously considering a basement remodel shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the possible amount of work that goes into it.

“Just think of the finished product,” he explains. “We can turn your unfinished basement into a game room, home theater or office. The thought of being able to enjoy your basement the way you’ve always dreamed can be a reality.”

For more information about our basement remodeling services, feel free to visit our website or call the office. Hellers also provides roofing, siding, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, deck building, additions, and stucco remediation services. Hellers is committed to serving residents of Montgomery County and Bucks County.

Autumn the Perfect Time for Home Additions

Within a few weeks, there’s a good chance we’ll be greeted with some cold and snow.
Homeowners may not think that fall is the best season to work on their homes, however, there’s so many projects that you can complete.

“Autumn may actually be the ideal time for many home projects, particularly additions,” explains Ed Heller of Hellers in Lansdale PA. “It’s not freezing cold yet and we’re slowly getting closer to the time where families want to show off their homes for the holiday season.”

The following ideas This Old House Magazine and Heller himself should help you brainstorm your next project.

  1. Add a home office -You might want a nice, quiet place to get some work done at home. Depending on the amount of space you have available, you may be able to build a bookcase, put up wall-mounted shelves or even create custom cabinets for an attractive look.
  2. Create a sun room – One of the specialty additions performed by Heller includes a sun room. It’s no secret that families want to stay warm and cozy during the colder months. Building an environment that allows the sun to come in can be the perfect investment this time of year.
  3. Install a handicapped accessible bathroom – If you have a loved one that could use some more convenience while in the bathroom, we can turn your standard bathroom into one that’s handicapped accessible.

The possibilities don’t stop there, though. The Lansdale addition builders of Hellers can turn your kitchen or bathroom into the most incredible room of your home.

“Our kitchen expansions are very popular right now,” Ed says. “The bathroom additions we do enlarge an average bathroom into a fabulous resort. We stand by the idea that bathrooms should not only be functional, but also beautiful and luxurious.”

For more information about our addition services or kitchen and bathroom remodeling, feel free to visit our website or call the office. Hellers provides a variety of services, including roofing, siding, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, deck building, additions, and stucco remediation. Hellers serves Montgomery County and Bucks County.