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Siding


What types of siding are available?

Insulated Energy Star solid core vinyl siding, Fiber Cement (Certainteed Weatherboards siding and Hardiplank siding), specialty siding, wood, aluminum, steel, hardboard, cardboard, and compressed. Each has its own features and benefits; and the advantages and disadvantages vary, as do profiles and prices.

What is Insulated ENERGY STAR Vinyl siding?

It is the most popular siding of choice. It is available as traditional siding and as thermo core insulated vinyl siding. The solid thermo core Energy Star rated product is eligible for Energy Star tax credit, up to a maximum of $500. Typical energy savings are about 20%-30%. Vinyl siding is also usually less expensive than most grades of wood siding. It retains its original look after many years and never requires painting. Today, the vinyl siding is manufactured in a wide variety of light and dark colors. High quality, thick vinyl siding with stiffeners rarely warps or breaks down, and carries a lifetime warranty. In general, the thicker the vinyl siding and the more stiffeners that reinforce it, the fewer problems the siding will develop down the road. Periodic pressure washing returns vinyl to its original appearance.

Is there a difference in siding materials?

Yes. Different materials offer various levels of quality. While higher quality materials look better, hold up better over time and provide better warranties, they are also more expensive. Products are designed by one of two methods: either with the lowest cost in mind or the highest quality and value, but never both.

What is Fiber Cement siding?

Fiber Cement siding is a composite material made of cement, sand, and natural wood fibers and is manufactured to look just like wood. However, it is more durable than wood and resists damage from water and termites. Fiber Cement siding must be primed and painted. It is usually less expensive than brick, but more expensive than vinyl or a pulp wood product such as Masonite or LP. Specialized tools and equipment are required when working with this product.

What is pulp wood siding?

It is a low-quality wood-composite product, such as Masonite or LP. Generally, it is referred to as fake wood siding and is the cheapest siding option. Real wood, such as pine, oak, and redwood, is usually much more expensive. Pulp wood siding is manufactured to resemble real wood. It is a combination of wood chips and glue, some of the wood chips used are large while others are fine grained and overlaid with a thin laminate to give a "real wood" look on the surface. Wood siding is available in lap and panel siding. Lap siding runs horizontally with each board lapping over the other; Ply wood panel siding is a 4x8 or 4x9 sheet of paneling. It was prevalent in the early 1970's.

What is Masonite or LP?

It is a low-cost siding alternative to real wood.

Does the moisture barrier protect my home if it rains during the reside process?

Yes

What is crumbling wood siding?

Many Atlanta homeowners experience major problems with wood-composite siding only a short time after installation. When this siding was introduced in the 1980s, manufacturers predicted it would last much longer than it has.

What is Stripping?

Stripping is the process of tearing off the old siding. It may not be necessary to strip the old siding before installing the new. As long as the old siding is not rotting, new vinyl siding can be put on top of it. In this case, the old siding provides added insulation. If a portion of old siding is rotting, it is often easier and more cost-effective to replace only the rotting portion of the old siding before installing the new siding.

Windows


Are vinyl windows a good investment?

Yes, for a variety of reasons. First, they're the number one material choice for thermal efficiencies, which results in a reduction in your heating and cooling bills. Second, they're virtually maintenance free which eliminates painting costs. Our products offer a Lifetime Warranty. They are fully transferable to subsequent buyers and the warranty adds to the resale value of your home.

What is the difference between custom-sized or stock-sized windows?

You must have you windows custom-sized for the simple reason that they'll fit perfectly in the window opening. This prevents air and water infiltration. Most window openings are NOT square, plumb or level. Stock-sized windows are installed during new construction and are commonly referred to as builder grade windows. Custom-sized windows don't require any alteration to the interior and exterior of the home.

What are the various types of windows?

Several types of window materials are used during new construction: steel, aluminum, wood and builder grade vinyl. Aluminum windows have easily scratched painted surfaces and conduct heat and cold extremely well; in turn, making them extremely poor insulators. Wood windows rot, require constant painting and absorb moisture making them difficult to open and close. Usually, they're painted shut which can cause an emergency escape hazard. Vinyl thermo replacement windows are the material of choice to eliminate these problems. Vinyl is the number one insulating window material. Not only are vinyl windows highly energy efficient (Energy Star compliant), but they're also maintenance free.

What are the different methods of vinyl window construction?

There are two basic types:

  1. Mechanically fastened windows which are screwed, nailed or butted together (low cost design).
  2. Fusion-welded which is done through a heating and joining process (high quality thermo efficient design).

Should I get my windows installed professionally or try to do them myself?

This type of project is NOT something that can be done as a do-it-yourself. It requires special tools and equipment. Your replacement windows must be exact sizes. If they are not installed correctly, you can void the warranty, reduce energy efficiency, and even cause structural damage to your home. A trained, factory professional will help you avoid these problems.

What's the best way to replace my old and drafty windows?

You should first consider our custom-sized windows in order to accommodate your existing window opening. This approach will prevent extensive carpentry work that is very costly and inconvenient.

Are all vinyl window frames and sashes the same?

No. Some window manufacturers use the less expensive techniques making their frames brittle with a dull blue or gray cast (recycled vinyl). The windows we sell and install are made of 100% Poly Vinyl Chloride powder (PVC) with water-cooling techniques, enabling the best frames.

What energy-saving options should I know about?

METRO Home Improvement uses an Energy Efficient Package consisting of: Double Strength Glass, Solar Blocker LowE, Argon gas and low conductance seal. The Solar Blocker LowE glass acts as a barrier against ultraviolet rays which fade your carpet, furniture and window treatments. It improves the energy efficiency of any room. The Argon gas is colorless, odorless, nonflammable and non-toxic. It is a safe inert gas that helps to increase the energy efficiency of your windows, but also makes your home quieter.