Tips To Maintain the Exterior of Your House This Winter

Here are a few simple tasks you can do to help maintain and extend the overall life and look of your house. Some want that quick fix, to hang up Christmas lights and call it good. You don’t just want your house to look pretty with lights at night but be proud of your home in the daylight too. Owning a home is a big investment that you want to keep in good condition year after year.

Keep up regular maintenance on your Wichita, Kansas home this winter

Owning a home is a big responsibility and investment, and you want to keep it looking nice. If you perform regular maintenance on your home, not only will it look better but investing in maintenance now, will avoid larger expensive repairs in the future. The last thing you want is for an issue to go unnoticed and have it snowball into a major expense.

Stay ahead of the winter storms this year by preparing your home for the chilly season. Ice, sleet, snow, wind, moister, etc. can cause significant damage to your home. Follow these tips to keep your home looking good and staying warm during and after this holiday season.

Keep your siding clean

Take the time to go around the outside of your house and inspect your siding and how it’s holding up. Look for cracks, swelling, rot, mold or separations in your siding. If you see any of those listed, call or contact All States to get a free consultation.

If you have recently installed vinyl siding or James Hardie Fiber Cement siding then you’re in luck. Both sidings require minimal monthly maintenance. If dirt or debris begins to build upon its surface, all it takes is a hose and a damp cloth and your vinyl siding will look factory fresh once again.

Check that your windows are working efficiently

Open your windows, clean, and wipe down the cracks and crevasses. This can make sure your windows fully close to keep the cold air out and the warm heat in. This is also a good time to make sure all your window seals are still in place and functioning correctly. Close and lock your windows to make sure they are secure for the winter. If you are experiencing a draft or moisture in the window, it’s probably time to invest in new windows.

Double-check that the area around your window and windowsill is clear. This will prevent from any outside moister latching on to anything inside your home that could cause internal damage.

Is your roof in good shape?

Who are we kidding, December isn’t a time to prepare for inclement weather, it’s to prepare for the guy in the big red suit to come down your chimney. But take a little time to look at your roof, while hanging those lights, or schedule an inspection to look for rust, missing, broken, or curling shingles. If you believe your roof is damaged contact us for a free consultation.

You should be checking your roof and gutters every few months. Once the leaves are off the trees, that’s a good indicator to check your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Granules in the downspouts can be a sign your roof needs repair. Clear out any leaves and debris to prepare for the heavy winter storms so everything can drain properly. Gutters that are backed up cause overflowing that then leads to water draining down your home – eventually leading to the deterioration of your home’s exterior. It can also lead to deterioration of your foundation, water infiltration in the basement, and settling on your porches, patio, and walkways.  

Get your house ready for the cold

Prepare your home for winter, hanging Christmas lights, or even Kris Kringle. Whatever suits you, follow these steps to get your home ready for what this winter season shall bring! Let our family at All States Home Improvement help make your family home more beautiful, comfortable, and valuable.

All States is the highest-rated home improvement company in the Wichita area with over 20,000 happy homeowners. Contact us with questions or to schedule a time with a project consultant.

 

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New siding can make a world of difference

Take your home from zero to hero with new siding! Siding covers almost all of the exterior of your home so replacing it will make your home look brand spankin’ new. New siding also helps keep your family safe and healthy from outside elements, mold and mildew. Another major plus is it saves you money in the long run by cutting the costs of your energy bills, since your home will stay at the temperature you set it at.

See for yourself and check out some of our before and after siding projects we’ve done:

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Vinyl siding for your Wichita, Kansas area home

Choose vinyl siding from All States Home Improvement and you can lower your monthly maintenance and raise the value of your home. Vinyl siding is durable, affordable, and energy-efficient, without sacrificing a vibrant appearance. It’s less likely to crack or rot over time. Once installed, vinyl siding will provide your home with a high strength protective layer.

Vinyl siding requires very little monthly maintenance. If dirt or debris begin to build upon its surface, all it takes is a hose and a damp cloth and your vinyl siding will look factory fresh once again. And unlike wood, which requires constant scraping and painting, vinyl siding features a blended on the color that will not fade or chip through the years. The same vibrant color that you see on the day of installation will be there for years to come.

When installing vinyl siding, precision is key. Any gaps or leaks and the siding won’t function at peak capacity. Here at All States Home Improvement, we’ve been installing vinyl siding on Wichita area homes since we began our work over 25 years ago. Each member of our installation crew has undergone countless hours of training and is deeply experienced in the proper installation of our vinyl siding. To learn more about our siding give us a call or stop by one of our local showroom to see it in action!

A cement option for your new siding

We always consciously choose the best products and installation techniques. That’s why we only install the best fiber cement siding for our customers – James Hardie. James Hardie siding is truly one of the best options available to homeowners, offering numerous appealing benefits.

Benefits of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

Here are some of the ways that James Hardie siding stands out among other lines of home siding:

  • It is exceptionally durable, resisting damage from hailstorms and other inclement weather.
  • It doesn’t crack, rot, grow mold or mildew, or expand or contract during fluctuating temperatures.
  • It is virtually maintenance free and will never need to be scraped or sanded.

James Hardie siding is an overwhelmingly popular choice for homeowners who want a long-lasting siding that will increase their homes’ curb appeal, we can even add decorative trim and accent pieces to your new siding. Essentially, when it comes to siding that offers durability, attractiveness, and minimal maintenance, James Hardie® is the clear choice.

Fiber cement siding provides the look of wood siding, but at a lower cost and without the maintenance that is required to keep wood siding looking great. Fiber cement siding is made from cement, sand, and a cellulose fiber to provide the superior stability and strength that makes this siding so popular. It is an especially good choice for homeowners in Wichita, KS for its ability to withstand the elements, including rain, wind, snow, and ice.

If you are looking for professional contractors in Wichita, KS, or the surrounding areas, please browse our website to learn more about All States Home Improvement and contact us to discover how we can help increase the warmth, safety, and value of your home. Give us a call today for a free estimate.

Why Choose All States Home Improvement

Even the best siding in the world won’t perform if installed improperly, so you’ll want a trained and certified James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor to complete your installation. In the Wichita KS, area, the company to trust is All States Home Improvement. As a James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, we display exemplary knowledge and skills regarding the proper installation of James Hardie® fiber cement siding. When you partner with us, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your new siding will be installed properly by industry experts the very first time.

To learn more about our windowssidingbathroom and roofing services, call us at (316) 444-1220 in Wichita. View our special pricing and fill out the convenient request estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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A Buyer’s Guide to Exterior Siding

All States Home Improvement can wrap your home in beautiful, durable vinyl or fiber cement James Hardie siding, increasing the value of your home and helping to lower your monthly energy costs. For 30 years we’ve been working with local homeowners to choose a siding color and style that best suits their home and then installing that siding with the precision only a factory-trained expert can achieve. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of the factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time.

Choosing between the different siding options can be a stressful process. It’s a big investment into your home and you want to evaluate each option to determine what is best for you. To help you along your home improvement process we have laid out the different siding options and their pros and cons. To find the best option for your needs, weigh the benefits of each to your unique expectations.

Vinyl siding for your home

With Vinyl siding you’ll choose from a wide selection of vibrant colors, colors that won’t fade over time and do not require scraping and repainting. The low maintenance of vinyl siding is just part of what sets it apart from metal or wooden siding. Vinyl siding is far more energy-efficient and durable than either wood or metal. It is also easier to install, which makes for quick and easy projects. Vinyl is a budget friendly option that is low in both material and installation cost. Vinyl or composite siding is the most popular option in America today. It lasts an average of 30 years depending on the elements and it’s easy to clean. All States recommends their composite siding with contour foam that holds up better in our Kansas weather than traditional vinyl siding.

Fiber cement siding for Wichita, Kansas area houses

We install top of the line James Hardie® Siding in Wichita and the surrounding areas. James Hardie® is the nation’s leading producer of quality fiber cement siding . Their commitment to innovation in both manufacturing and installation has made them the fastest growing choice for siding in America, covering more than 6 million homes throughout the country.

It is exceptionally durable, resisting damage from hailstorms and other inclement weather. It doesn’t crack, rot, grow mold or mildew, or expand or contract during fluctuating temperatures. It is virtually maintenance free and holds paint beautifully. Fiber cement siding typically lasts up to 50 years if it is properly installed. James Hardie fiber cement siding is the highest quality brand of siding available.

For a natural look for your home consider wood siding

Wood siding is a good option if you want that natural wood finish on your home, cabin, or barn. Keep in mind that the installation and material costs are relatively high. Wood siding has a decently involved installation process – it is not a quick project. The cost may vary depending on the type of wood you select for your home. Wood must be regularly maintained or else you could experience insect or water damage quickly after getting it installed.

Metal siding is a good option for industrial-style buildings

If you’re wanting an industrial look for your home – metal siding could be for you. It’s very low maintenance, you’re less likely to experience mold or fungus growth, and it repels insects. Metal siding generally is on the more expensive end when shopping for siding options. It’s also more prone to dents and damage from hail or severe weather and replacing a damaged panel can be very tricky and expensive.

Hopefully this buyer’s guide can help you in the right direction for finding the best siding for your unique preferences. Our team of experts are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (316) 444-1220 for an in-home consultation to discuss the best siding options for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions: Siding

You have questions; we have answers! Read on to find the answers to some of our customers’ most common questions about new siding.

How often should I replace my siding?

The answer to this question varies drastically depending on your siding material. Vinyl or Composite siding is made to last 30 years or longer, while Fiber Cement siding can last up to 50 years or longer.

How do I know if I need new siding?

Here’s what to look for when determining whether you’re due for replacement siding:

  • Rot, even if it’s minimal. Don’t wait to replace your siding at the first sign of decay! The damage will only get worse if it goes untreated.
  • Warped panels, leaving your home exposed to the elements. Warping could be the result of shoddy installation, or it may naturally appear over time. Either way, warped panels can lead to water damage, so they should be addressed immediately.
  • Discoloration due to sun-fading. If your siding requires regular painting, now is a great time to upgrade to vinyl siding! Because the color is baked into each panel, you will never have to paint vinyl siding, requiring minimal maintenance.
  • Cracks or chips on multiple panels. While minor damage on a single panel can be repaired, it comes time to replace your siding when it appears across your entire home’s facade.
  • Homes built in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were often built with Masonite wood or hardboard siding – which is susceptible to rot, termites, and water damage. Masonite siding was phased out in March of 2001 as the result of a lawsuit.  Homes with Masonite siding are strongly encouraged to opt for replacement siding of composite, vinyl, or fiber cement options.

What siding material is best?

There are pros and cons to all siding materials. To find the best option for your needs, weigh the benefits of each to your unique expectations.

Benefits of Vinyl or Composite Siding Include:

  • Most popular option in America today
  • Affordable and low maintenance
  • Does not require painting
  • Vinyl Siding lasts an average of 30 years depending on the elements.
  • Simple cleanup with a garden hose
  • All States recommends their composite siding with contour foam that holds up better in our Kansas weather than traditional vinyl siding.

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding Include:

  • Resists cracks and warping
  • Equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice
  • Fiber cement siding typically lasts up to 50 years if it is properly installed.
  • James Hardie fiber cement siding is the highest quality brand of siding available. It will not rot, crack, warp, or swell, and is hail & fire resistant – so you may even get a discount on your homeowners’ insurance.

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How much will new siding cost?

As with many home improvement projects, the price will vary greatly depending on the size of the job and the type of materials used. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will evaluate your homes’ needs, go over siding options and offer solutions to fit your budget. We also offer financing options with payments starting at $98/month.

What color siding should I choose?

The color of your siding will have a significant impact on the personality of your home. Whether you live in a highly regulated community with strict HOA guidelines or a quirky neighborhood with colorful houses, our design experts can help you select the perfect hue to match your preferred aesthetic.  If you choose a composite or vinyl siding, you have a variety of colors to choose from with the color baked into the material.  If fiber cement siding is your choice, you will have endless color choices as you choose the paint for your new siding.

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What should I do to prepare for new siding?

The most important thing to do before installation specialists arrive is to remove any non-permanent items from the perimeter of your home. Security cameras will need to be removed and any ‘live’ cables attached to the home, will need to be marked. If possible, trim any bushes or trees near your home and move potted plants and lawn ornaments. To prepare the interior of your home, remove any valuable items from the walls to prevent them from being damaged or broken.

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How long will installation take?

Your installation timeline will depend on the size of your home and the siding material of choice. However, our skilled team often finishes siding installation in 2 to 5 days.

Call All States Home Improvement for a FREE Estimate on Siding

We have been installing composite and fiber cement siding in Kansas for nearly 30 years, and we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Which is Best for You?

Your siding is the first thing people notice when looking at your home. It’s like clothes for your house. In an instant, it communicates personality and style. From the color you choose to the material it’s made from, the possibilities are endless. The process of selecting your new siding can be overwhelming, and that’s where we come in! We have been installing vinyl and fiber cement siding in Kansas for more than 25 years, and we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic.

At All States Home Improvement, we wrap Kansas homes in vinyl or James Hardie fiber cement siding. Both options have their own unique set of benefits and price points. Before deciding which option is best for your individual circumstances, let’s first go over the similarities and differences between vinyl and fiber cement siding.

Vinyl Siding

Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, vinyl siding is the most popular option used to adorn homes in America today. Its affordable price point and low maintenance level make it highly accessible for any homeowner. 

A primary advantage of vinyl siding is its color longevity. Unlike other siding options that are painted, the color in vinyl siding is baked in. This means the color runs through the entire piece of siding and cannot be scratched off. Therefore, vinyl siding does not have to be painted.

Affordability is another leading benefit of vinyl siding. Product costs alone make vinyl the least expensive siding option. Additionally, labor costs are lower because vinyl is quick to install.

Durability and simple upkeep round out the list of pros for vinyl. Because PVC plastic is relatively flexible, it resists cracks and chips where other, more rigid options might fall short. And since the vinyl siding surface is slick and smooth, virtually any dirt or grime buildup can be cleaned away with a simple garden hose.

The most important factor when considering vinyl siding is ensuring proper installation. Inexperienced contractors will diminish your vinyl siding’s longevity if they attach it too tightly, resulting in cracks and bulges. Our siding experts have trained for years to guarantee quality installation. All States also offers composite siding with contour foam for an insulated vinyl siding option.

Fiber Cement Siding

Manufactured with a mix of cellulose fiber, cement, and sand, fiber cement siding resists cracks and warping, and it is equipped to resist damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice. While fiber cement products and installation come with a higher price tag, they are built to last around 50 years. Fiber cement siding is impervious to insects and rot, and while requiring painting, most homes can make it 20 years before needing a new paint job.

There are many benefits to fiber cement siding. One reason to choose fiber cement over vinyl is its appearance. Because fiber cement siding is more than five times thicker than vinyl, it has deeper grooves, which gives it a more authentic wood-grain look. Therefore, if you have an older, traditional home with unique details, fiber cement siding would better match your chosen aesthetic. Additionally, fiber cement siding is more flame resistant than vinyl. Because vinyl is essentially plastic, it will melt in a fire, while fiber cement siding is non-combustible and ultimately better at withstanding damage.

We install the highest quality fiber cement siding available: James Hardie siding. James Hardie engineers products for different climates across the country. This innovative technology is called The HardieZone System. Why is it ideal to have siding designed for the Kansas climate? HardieZone means your home will be equipped with HZ5 siding that withstands freezing temperatures and extreme seasonal temperature variations, which we know sums Kansas weather up to a tee! Additionally, HZ5 siding has a unique surface that guarantees superior paint adhesion and improved water management. And James Hardie comes with a 30 year NON prorated warranty!

So which siding option is best for you?

Well, as you might have guessed, that’s ultimately dependent on your preferences and budget. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our design consultants. We will sit down with you and go over your individual circumstances and help you assess the options that match your budget. Stop by our local showroom to see our siding in action!

Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Siding Installation

For over 25 years, we’ve been working with Kansas homeowners to choose a siding color and style that best suits their home. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure that we get the job done right- the first time.

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