Affordable Home Exteriors makes it easy for you to raise your home’s curb appeal with fresh ideas, innovative designs and vibrant colors from Alcoa and Mastic Building Products. We use all name-brand vinyl siding materials that carry a lifetime warranty. We want you to have a new house at the same address!
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Vinyl siding is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic resin that is heated until molten and then extruded into sheets. The sheets are then embossed with a brushed or wood-grain pattern that provides textural interest and dulls PVC’s inherently shiny and synthetic-looking surface. While still hot, the sheets are formed into siding panel profiles. Manufacturers use additives to improve impact resistance, and to prevent ultraviolet damage and color fading. Color pigments are mixed with the vinyl resin before the plastic is extruded, so vinyl color is full depth, or nearly so. We install .048-inch and .045-inch thick vinyl siding because thickness creates a heavy-gauge exterior that retains strength, stability, and good looks year after year.
Be cautious of contractors who subcontract. Look for an experienced, on-the-job installer who is eager to show you past work - the best promise of quality is a history of quality. Keep in mind that properly installed vinyl siding has a generally loose appearance. Signs of poor work are bulges, warps and separations in the siding, sags in vinyl soffit and ripples in aluminum fascia. Vinyl Siding in Texas: Dallas, Lancaster, Mesquite, Garland, Cedar Hill, De Soto, Plano, Richardson, Arlington and Fort Worth.
SOFFIT and FASCIA
Fascia and soffits add a finished look to your roof and promote a healthy roof system. A well-ventilated fascia/soffit system prevents moisture from building up under the roof and in the attic. A secure system keeps pests, like birds and bats, from nesting in the eaves. That’s why it is better to use vinyl soffit for your overhangs instead of wood or fiber cement. Vinyl soffit also comes ventilated, so you could go over existing vents - if doing new construction, you could install vents wherever needed. For fascia, it is better to use aluminum PVC trim coil. The company installing your vinyl soffit and fascia must have a metal brake. A metal brake is used to custom bend aluminum to match all trim and fascia your home has.
Aluminum trim for fascia comes in all colors to match your home's design and the color of your walls or brick. After your home has vinyl soffit and fascia installed you will never paint again. Most people think that because they have a brick house they don’t need vinyl siding, however, every house has wooden overhangs that must be painted every three to five years.
Shutters come in many types and styles. Interior shutters are usually intended to keep light out and enjoy privacy. Traditionally, exterior shutters were used to cover open windows and doors with delicate horizontal slats, letting in light and breeze. Today, exterior shutters are a great way to spruce up the exterior of your home. Decorative vinyl shutters are a great alternative to wood shutters because they are easy to install, won’t rot or warp, and are maintenance free. There are many types of shutters, louvered, raised panel and board-n-batten. Shutters also come in all the popular vinyl siding colors.
Gable vents come in many different shapes and types. The function of any gable vent is to release the hot, humid air that is trapped in attic spaces. The oldest type of gable vent is the wooden gable vent. The wooden gable vent looks good at first, but after some years will need scraping and painting and eventually will have to be replaced. Metal gable vents are more durable than wooden gable vents, but will also need scraping and painting. The best choice for a gable vent is vinyl gable vents. The vinyl gable vent is an excellent addition to homes finished in vinyl, but also compliments homes finished in other materials, such as aluminum, wood shingles, and brick. The vinyl gable vent resists cracking, decay, staining, and it never needs painting. If your home does not have any gable vent ant you are thinking of having vinyl siding installed on your home, it is a good idea to add larger or additional gable vents if necessary.
WINDOW and DOOR TRIM
Window and door trim is very important, especially when installing new windows or doors. Most every door and window has trim on the inside and outside, unless you have a brick home. Brick homes will only have trim on the inside. After windows or doors are installed, we will insulate open areas with foam spray so it is ready to trim. On the outside, if you have wooden siding, you may want wooden trim, but if you have vinyl siding it is better to wrap the trim with aluminum PVC trim coil. After installing your trim we will caulk all edges and seams to protect and seal.
DECORATIVE CORNER POSTS
Decorative corner posts are generally located on the corners of homes and chimneys, unless it is a brick home. If you have a home with wooden siding or fiber cement siding, you already have corner posts with a 1-inch by 4-inch or 1-inch by 6-inch trim. If you are having vinyl siding installed to your home, then vinyl outside corner posts are the best choice because they come in matching siding colors and trims.
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Replacement windows and doors can add value to your home, save on your utility bills and can add to its curb appeal. Replacement window frames come in different types of material. Vinyl replacement windows are the best choice for replacement windows because they are very low maintenance and don’t build up condensation. Replacement windows will save you a lot of energy if you choose double glass thermo insulated low-e glass. Replacement vinyl windows come in white and beige color.
When replacing your windows or having vinyl siding installed, you should have your exterior doors replaced, also. Painting your doors might not seem so hard to do every three years or so, but if you replace your doors from wood to metal you could avoid painting.
The purpose of guttering systems is to collect rain water from the roofing area and disperse the water away from your home. Rain gutters come in many different gutter materials, including steel, aluminum, vinyl and copper. Many types of gutters (steel and vinyl in particular) are sold in 10-foot lengths and require dozens of seams fastened with slip fittings, each one is a weak spot and a potential leak site. Another alternative well worth considering is the installation of seamless aluminum gutters, which must be fabricated on-site by a professional contractor. Continuous Rain Guttering (also known as seamless guttering) is nationally recognized as the most popular form of guttering. Seventy-five percent of all guttering installed throughout the nation is continuous. Its popularity is easily understood because, seamless gutters eliminates unsightly seams, reduces the possibility of leaks, protects the beauty of your home and landscaping and there are many colors to choose from.
When having vinyl siding installed to your home, you may want to consider its ventilation system. There are many ventilation systems to choose from: gable vents, soffit vents and dryer vents. Gable and soffit vents work very good for removing heat from the attic, and the dryer vent is what gets the heat from the dryer to the outside. Some new construction projects install vented soffit all the way through entire house, depending on where your home is located will determine how much ventilation you need.
INSULATION and WEATHERPROOF SYSTEMS
When building a new home, the best way to insulate your home is by adding it in your walls. When improving your home, the only way to add insulation is by sheet insulation. Green Guard insulation board is a high density, closed cell extruded polystyrene rigid foam insulation board that is distinguished by its green color. It is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses. If a contractor is doing your work, he can decide what thickness is better for your home. When having vinyl siding installed it is important that you have the sheet insulation installed first, ask your siding contractor to show you the thickness of the insulation available.
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Most every home will need some exterior wood replaced from time to time. Rotting and pests are the most common cause of wood needing to be replaced. When replacing wood siding, you must first determine what type you would like. You may want to consider vinyl siding to prevent replacing wood siding again in years to come.
Every home has some type of carpentry improvement to be done eventually, even if it is a brick home. Brick homes have soffit, gables and fascia that are wooden. The only way to prevent (most) carpentry work on the exterior of your home is by installing vinyl siding to your home. Some people prefer the wood look, but vinyl and aluminum siding has a wood grain to keep that wood look. Carpentry around doors and windows can also be eliminated by wrapping trim with aluminum PVC trim. Another way to prevent carpentry work on the exterior of your home is cement siding, but you still have to paint. To prevent hiring carpenters every four years, nothing beats vinyl siding.
There are several types of privacy fencing materials available to a homeowner in today’s market. We can help you determine what is the best option to use in your yard; vinyl or wood fencing.
Identifying and repairing the problems associated with a leaking roof quickly can prevent future and more costly problems in the future. You need to work with a reputable contractor who works with quality products to insure that you have a good replacement project. The roof over you and your family's heads is one of the most important things in your home. Make sure it is structurally sound. We offer Roofing in Dallas, Lancaster, Mesquite, Garland, Cedar Hill, De Soto, Plano, Richardson, Arlington and Fort Worth.