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Roofing and Siding Updates Can Help Defend Against Nature’s Elements and High Utility Bills

As spring approaches, you’re probably planning to clear-out dust bunnies and let in some fresh air. But homeowners who set their sights a little higher are likely to find themselves saving money on utility bills while preserving the structural integrity of their home.

According to Bucks County siding and roofing expert Ed Heller, there are several improvements you can make to your home without undergoing a custom home remodeling or tacking-on building additions.

“Although they may be out-of-site, your home’s roofing and siding should be top of mind as warmer days approach,” Heller said. “Your roof is your first line of defense against many of nature’s elements, so it’s a good idea to have an expert inspect it annually.”

Heller, owner of Heller Building and Remodeling, has overseen building additions and remodeling in Montgomery County for more than 25 years. It takes his team of roofers only a day to update the average roof with quality materials, he said, and two to four days to replace siding. The payoff for the homeowner can be huge, reducing a home’s energy consumption by up to 30 percent with updates such as insulated siding and a housewrap or roof vents and solar-powered exhaust fans.

“A home’s exterior will sustain an amount of natural weathering over the years, and sometimes extreme elements like hail and strong wind cause damage that requires immediate attention,” Heller said. “Beyond that, there are some basic, affordable updates we recommend to reduce heat build-up and lower utility bills.” With the help of Heller’s team everyone home owner can build additions.

Heller’s top recommendations for money-saving exterior improvements are:

  •  Ridge vents – A ridge vent can be added running the entire length of the roof peak which will allow the roof to breathe naturally, prolonging its life. Ridge vents blend into the roofline for a more attractive home and have consistently proven to be very efficient.
  •  Skylights – The addition of energy-saving solar operational skylights to your home bring a variety of benefits and they are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit on materials and labor. Skylights brighten your home and are rapidly growing as a favorite, natural and efficient alternative to interior lighting powered by electricity. They also make rooms appear larger and provide outstanding levels of daytime light with vibrant color. Vinyl-framed skylights transfer very little heat and cold virtually eliminating condensation and are therefore the top choice for many homeowners.
  •  Exhaust Fans – Solar roof exhaust fans are powered entirely by the sun so they run at no charge to you during the day. They’re so energy efficient that models installed on residential homes qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit. Beyond that, attic venting can reduce the load on your AC system saving money on your utility bills during the hottest months of the year.
  •  Siding and Housewraps – Replacing standard siding with insulated vinyl siding is an easy way to regulate temperatures in your home. Installing a housewrap beneath siding provides added benefit, keeping outside water from entering the walls and sealing in your home to keep outside air outside.

All homes require updates and improvements during their lifespan, so it’s important to know your options and choose environmentally-friendly products and materials when possible. Doing so allows you to reap the benefits of lower utility bills and applicable tax credits while saving the planet in the process.

Stucco Remediation – What You Should Know

Every home, no matter when it was built or when you purchased it, can fall prey to stucco failure, mold and moisture contamination. Even the tiniest of cracks in the façade of your home can result in moisture coming in, which can then cause major problems. If that happens, it can threaten the very structure of your home as well as the health of your family. If it isn’t treated properly, mold can cause extensive and costly damage.

“There are several things homeowners should look for to determine if they may need repairs to the exterior of their home,” says Montgomery County siding expert Ed Heller. “Signs that you need repairs include cracking or breaking in the façade of your home, or brown streaks below your windows or at intersection of the wall and roof. Inside, you’ll notice leaks in doors or windows, the bottoms of your windows may be discolored, your base trim can become warped and there may be wet carpet or a moldy smell in your home.”I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore movie streaming

But did you know your stucco doesn’t even have to be cracked to have problems? Heller explains that it wasn’t until fairly recently that proper weep screens and break points in the stucco were required. That means walls may not breathe properly, which can allow moisture to build up and then be trapped.

That’s just one of the many reasons it is important to call your building contractor to inspect your home for damage. The contractor may be able to find problems that you never even knew existed and stop a problem before it becomes too big and costly.

The process of repairing the stucco is referred to as stucco remediation. Your first instinct may be to simply call a stucco company to repair the façade of your home, but that might not be the right thing to do.

“Companies that are stucco only will have the know-how to remove and replace the existing façade of your home,” says Heller, owner of Heller LLC, a building contractor company. “While this is important, it may simply cover up the effects caused by the moisture. The structural integrity of your home and the health of your family can still be in jeopardy if the underlying problems still exist.”

Simply put, a stucco repair company could lack the knowledge and ability to identify and repair the problems that result from the water damage. And if they aren’t properly corrected, that can lead to even more damage and expense in the future.

However, qualified building contractors like those at Heller Building have all the know-how to properly remediate your home, providing a complete solution for you.

Moisture intrusion most often affects stucco-clad homes, but can also affect homes made of brick, stone, wood or composite siding, and typically affects homes built between 1985 and 2003. Having the right person inspect your home for damage is crucial to find and repair problems to the home’s wood structure that aren’t visible to the eye. Rot and mold within the wall cavity can cause serious damage, but the experienced contractors at Heller LLC have the knowledge, tools and ability to locate and repair any damage before it worsens and threatens the structure of your home.

If you think your home may have fallen prey to moisture intrusion, and have noticed any of the signs listed here, now is the time to call Heller LLC to test your home and inspect for damage. Don’t let the problem worsen, causing more harm to both your home and your family.