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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Aluminum siding has become pretty outdated and isn’t readably available anymore.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.

Is Your House Ready for the Season Change?

Once again, summer came and went in the blink of an eye. Kids are starting to go back to school and we’re starting to notice the loss of daylight in the evening.

Fall is just around the corner whether we like it or not. You may be ready for the season change. But is your house prepped for the temperature drop?

“We’re getting close to the time when homeowners usually think about checking how their heater is working,” says Ed Heller, owner of Heller’s Building. “People forget that they can make their house warmer in a more efficient way. That’s where we come into play.”

Insulated siding and windows are a great investment this time of the year. Once installed, your house can easily keep the cold outside and trap the warmth inside. Plus, you can save money by not having to blast your heater as often.

Don’t think that insulation is the only way to winterize your house. Cement fiber board offers the same aesthetic benefits as wood siding. However, cement fiber board lasts much longer.

“For one, it looks beautiful,” says Heller. “And homeowners love cement fiber board because it’s low maintenance and only needs to be painted maybe once every 10 years. Plus, it’s resistant to rot and termites.”

You can have confidence when you trust your autumn home care to Heller’s. We’re family owned and operated; making sure that your job is done to the highest quality.

For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or call the office. Heller’s Building provides roofing, siding, remodeling and home addition services. They proudly serve the counties of Bucks and Montgomery in Pennsylvania.

Canada levitra online Don’t Get Fooled After a Storm

Hurricane season is once again upon us, and before we know it, the storms of summer will arrive. It’s important to have your house prepared for inclement weather, but it’s just as important to have a plan in place should damage occur. Do you have a trusted roofing contractor who can not only repair any damage that might occur, but who also has experience working with insurance companies?

“There is such a thing as storm chasing contractors,” says Ed Heller, owner of Heller’s Building, which employs Montgomery County roofing and siding contractors. “In areas that have been hit hard by bad weather, these contractors descend on the area, offering their services almost immediately after the storm. While some of these may be reputable companies, it’s important that you choose a company you know you can trust and who has experience working through the logistics that go along with insurance company claims.”

Be wary of anyone who is going door to door immediately after a storm. While reputable building companies will be grateful for the work, they will very rarely knock on doors to seek it. Instead, they know the quality of their work and the trust they’ve built with their clients will send work their way.

“We know that the time immediately following a storm can be chaotic and even a bit traumatic if you’ve experienced severe damage to your home,” says Heller. “While we want to offer you help right away, we know that our reputation speaks for itself and when you are ready to seek quotes, we’ll be at the top of your list. We’ll work hard to get your house safe and secure for you, and ensure you get the most from your insurance company to help with the damages.”

Here are some things to look for when choosing a roofing or siding company.

  • Look for out of state license plates. This can indicate that the contractor might only be in town to seek storm related business. Working with an out of state or out of town contractor can be difficult for you because warranties may not hold up and it can be difficult to track the contractor down in the future should you need their assistance.
  • Always check the contractor’s licensing. There may be different regulations from state to state, so be sure your contractor is licensed locally and has current workman’s compensation and liability insurance. This will protect you should anything occur during the repair process. If the company doesn’t have workman’s comp insurance and a worker falls during the repair, you could be held responsible. Avoid another insurance claim by doing a little bit of research before hiring a company.
  • Be sure the company has current roofing insurance. Insurance is expensive, so some companies may try to cut corners in order to avoid the expense.
  • Check to make sure all the materials the contractor uses are paid for. There have been instances where a company comes into town, repairs houses, and then leaves without paying for the supplies they used, leaving the homeowner to not only pay their bill, but the bill with the supplier, as well.
  • Be sure the company has experience working with insurance companies. Be wary of insurance company approved contractors, as they will have a financial incentive to save the insurance company money. Hire a company that has your best interest at heart and will help you get the maximum value for your claim.
  • When in doubt, do your research. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is reputable.

It’s important to remember that many insurance companies set a time limit on filing insurance claims, so if you think you have damage, even if it seems small at first, hire a reputable contractor who can help you file a claim right away. Often, if you wait until there is water coming in through your ceiling, it might be too late to get the insurance to cover the costs of repair. When the insurance adjuster comes to assess your damage and approve your claim, it can help to have your contractor there. This way, the contractor can be sure the adjuster give your home a fair assessment.

When working with the contractor, be sure that their quote includes all work necessary to complete the project. Any changes to their initial bid should be submitted in writing and approved before they can expect payment on things outside the scope of the initial agreement.

Storms can be difficult enough to deal with – finding someone to help you repair your home doesn’t have to be. With contracts like those at Heller’s Building looking out for your best interest, you don’t have to worry about the quality of the work being done, or having to haggle with your insurance company to get the most out of your claim.

Maintaining the Siding on 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. Ed Heller, owner of Heller’s Building and a building contractor, explains common issues with siding.

There are several common problems that can arise with wood siding. If your home has window flower boxes, rot can form behind them. Plants, ivy and other vines that grow on the home’s siding can cause problems, and if the siding is too close to the ground, it can cause rot. Your siding should be inspected once a year for fading and peeling paint, rot and splitting wood or protruding nails. Cut back any vines growing on your home as they can trap moisture, eventually leading to rot. Peeling paint should be scraped and the repainted to protect the siding from exposure to the elements.

“Vinyl siding has its own set of issues to look for,” says Heller, whose siding contractors can fix your home in no time. “The siding can become bowed or buckled, and freezing temperatures can cause it to become brittle. If it wasn’t properly installed, it can cause the joints to separate.”

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

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 it.

Some contractors may use caulking with aluminum siding. Regularly inspect it to be sure the caulk isn’t tearing off. If it is, it will need to be replaced. Additionally, aluminum siding is waterproof, but it should not be a moisture barrier. 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.

“Aluminum siding has become pretty outdated and isn’t regularly available anymore,” says Heller. “I recommend that my 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 Lansdale siding expert, like those at Heller’s Building, 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, aluminum and cement fiber. The experts at Heller’s Building 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. Simply pressure wash it once a year.

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.

Cement fiber 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.

“I highly recommend cement fiber siding,” says Heller. “It is a wonderful product that lasts a long time. Homeowners love it because it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. It’s also a very rich looking product, leaving the exterior of your home looking great.”

When you are ready to replace your home’s siding, Heller’s Building can come to you for a consultation, bringing along samples that meet your needs and preferences. 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.