Concrete pavers are beautiful, affordable and easy to install on walkways and patios. As with most parts of your home’s exterior, concrete pavers are subject to regular wear and tear. In this blog, home improvement contractor Exterior Source shares care and maintenance tips for concrete pavers.
At Exterior Source, we offer a wide variety of window styles to beautify and improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you need help determining which window style is best, schedule a free consultation with us today! Our team is happy to help you determine which replacement windows will work best for your home.
New window technology has advanced significantly in the past years to the point where a window is no longer just a window. Rather, it’s an energy efficient design choice that can enhance the style of your home considerably.
Replacing your home’s windows can be overwhelming, but it’s a vital part of your home-maintenance routine. Since windows play a critical role in ventilating, insulating and regulating your home’s comfort levels, keep a few things in mind to ensure the success of your window replacement.
As the premier home improvement contractor in our area, Exterior Source can help you maintain a comfortable and energy-efficient home this summer. Our window, door, roof, and siding replacement can help reduce your home’s energy costs and keep you comfortable throughout the season. Learn more about our services here: [Read more…]
Heavy winds and rain can cause significant problems for your home ranging from roof leaks, water infiltration, landscape damage, wood deterioration, and foundation damage. Fortunately, Exterior Source, the replacement windows and home improvement expert, can help. Our home improvement projects can improve your home’s weather resistance. These include:
The temperatures are rising, daylight is lasting longer, and we’re all anxious to get outside more. Spring is just around the corner, which means there’s no better time to start home maintenance chores than right now!
Too often, homeowners wait until a problem can no longer be ignored before addressing it. Unfortunately, with hot weather on the way, many home contractors are already booked by that time. We recommend getting a jump-start on inspecting your home for spring so you can make the necessary changes and repairs now and enjoy your free time later!
Take some time to inspect these aspects of your home this spring:
Your gutters and downspouts work hard during the spring. If they’re clogged with leaves and debris, they can cause rainwater to back up, potentially leading to wood rot and pest infestation. Instead of spending hours cleaning out your gutters this spring, install LeafGuard gutters that come with a debris-shielding hood and never have to be cleaned. At Exterior Source, we custom make each LeafGuard gutter system to fit the look and feel of your home. Not only will your home look better, but also you’ll never have to worry about clogged gutters again!
Termites get busy in the spring! It’s always a good idea to inspect the woodwork around your home for any existing damage or signs of termites at work. By spotting them quickly and having it professionally treated, you’ll save yourself lots of money and headache in the long run.
Winter can have a heavy toll on your roof. As spring approaches, take some time to visually inspect your home’s roof for missing shingles, storm damage, or anything that simply doesn’t look right. If you’d prefer to have a more in-depth inspection done, call a certified roofer to take a closer look.
The start of summer is when many homeowners switch on their air conditioning only to realize there’s a problem. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance in the spring and beat the rush! Once the hot Virginia weather arrives, you’ll be glad you did.
Inspect your siding for any signs of damage or water stains that emerged over the winter. Damaged siding can greatly affect the efficiency of your home and shouldn’t be ignored. The good news is it can easily be fixed through vinyl siding replacement or repair.
The seals around your window are the first line of defense against air infiltration. Check the windows of your home for air leakage and seal damage. You may want to consider vinyl replacement windows to increase your home’s energy efficiency factor.
Nothing says spring like a fresh, new entry or patio door. Spruce up your home’s exterior this spring with stunning replacement doors by ProVia and greet your guests with the finest craftsmanship available. Best of all, ProVia doors are Energy Star compliant and NFRC certified, which means they not only offer security and performance, but they also come with expert installations and lifetime warranties.
The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you’ll save month to month. Sadly, most homeowners are content to pay their energy bills each month without questioning whether it could be lower. The good news is home efficiency can be boosted in several ways, some of which start with the exterior of your home.
To improve the efficiency inside your home, consider investing in these three exterior repairs.
- Stop Ignoring Your Roof. Your roof is one of the most important weather-protectants your home has. When installed properly, it acts as a buffer for all types of weather. When there are leaks and damage, however, it can do very little to keep outside air from coming inside. A new roof can provide excellent insulation from the elements and improve the energy efficiency inside your home. To get a free quote, call us today to schedule an estimate. We are a GAF Master Elite Roofer and can offer several options for your roofing.
- Repair or Replace Damaged Siding. Despite the amount of insulation within the walls of your home, the first line of defense starts with siding. If there are significant tears, holes, or rips, the elements can seep right into your home, making your HVAC system work harder just to keep the interior comfortable. We offer siding options that not only improve your home’s appearance but offer the maximum thermal and moisture protection on the market today.
- Upgrade Your Windows. Old windows are one of the most common culprits for high energy consumption. Broken seals, thin panes, and poor installation can all lead to air leaks and drafts inside your home. Replacement windows are a great way to stop unwelcome air flow and instantly improve your home’s energy efficiency levels. We are certified installers of Soft-Lite Windows, which have some of the highest energy-efficiency ratings in the industry. Bring those high energy bills back down by scheduling a free, no-obligation in-home estimate today.
First impressions are important, whether for a job interview or a first date. They’re just as important when it comes to your home, and it all starts with curb appeal. Try some of these methods to instantly improve the look of your home’s exterior and boost its curb appeal value.
Repair Vinyl Siding
Major rips and cracks are not only an eyesore, but they can seriously degrade the efficiency of your home. Vinyl siding can easily be repaired or replaced by a professional home contractor and comes in a variety of affordable styles to suit any budget.
Enhance Your Entrance
Bold front doors are very much in style right now and for a good reason. A bright, colorful entrance sets a welcoming tone for the rest of your home. When updating your front door, make sure you consider safety and performance along with style. ProVia® entry doors are often preferred by builders and remodelers because they provide homeowners with safety without sacrificing style.
Trim Back Trees and Bushes
Your home should be the centerpiece of your property, not hidden behind overgrown bushes and tree limbs. Untamed landscaping can also cause lots of problems for your siding and gutters. Grab your shears or hire a professional to help manicure your lawn for a gorgeous curb appeal boost.
Let There Be Light
Updating the builder-grade light fixtures on your porch or garage is a quick and easy way to instantly boost curb appeal. From modern to traditional, light fixtures come in a variety of styles that can give your home a classy new look.
Upgrade Your Windows
New windows are a great way to give your home a more updated look and let in more natural light — a huge plus when it comes to resale value! No matter what type of home you own, replacement windows can majorly improve energy efficiency. At Exterior Source, we recommend Soft-Lite® vinyl replacement windows to our clients since they are Energy Star certified, made in America, and come with a lifetime warranty.
If you are in Central Virginia or the Tidewater area and need help with your exterior projects, contact Exterior Source. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping homeowners save time and cost when it comes to gutters, roofing, siding, and doors. Visit our website to get a free quote!
It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin spice lattes have made their grand arrivals, Halloween decorations are appearing in stores, and there’s a subtle hint of cooler weather on the horizon. While most people are thinking about pumpkin patches and scented candles, our thoughts always turn towards our homes this time of year. As a premier Virginia remodeler, we believe your house should be your haven, especially during the cooler months. By properly preparing your home now, you can ensure the upcoming season will be enjoyable and relaxing!
Here are a few things to inspect around your home this fall:
Fall bring colder weather that can seep into window cracks, cooling your house and ruining your energy bill. Most home contractors recommend re-caulking your windows if there are cracks the width of a nickel. If you’re tired of fighting drafty windows and high energy bills, it may be time to consider replacement windows that come with a full Lifetime Warranty. We recommend Elements windows to our customers since they are Energy Star certified, made in America, and have the highest energy efficiency ratings of any window!
It’s easy to put off a heating system inspection, especially when the weather is still warm. However, it’s better to check it out now than be the 200th person in line on the first cold day of the year. A local HVAC technician can inspect your furnace or heat pump to ensure everything is working properly and ready for the cold weather ahead.
They don’t call it “fall” for nothing. Leaves will soon be falling from the trees, which means you and your gutters will be spending some quality time together…. unless, you invest in a LeafGuard gutter system beforehand! LeafGuard gutters are a one-piece aluminum gutter system with a sleek hood that prevents falling debris and leaves from clogging up your gutters. Each LeafGuard gutter system is custom fit to your home and comes with a life-long clog-free guarantee so you can Get it. And forget it.
Inspecting your roof for warning signs and repairing them now can give you peace-of-mind during the upcoming seasons. Look for buckled or missing shingles, cracks, leaks, and/or dark spots that could turn into potential problems down the road. As a GAF Master Elite Roofer for Virginia, we’ve seen our fair share of damaged roofs. Before you pay for a replacement roof, call us for a free in-home consultation. Our trained experts will give you an honest assessment on the condition of your roof, so you can make an informed decision.
Trees and Landscaping
Fall is the best time to trim back trees and bushes around your home now that their summer growth cycle is over. Keeping limbs and branches at least 3 feet away from your home’s exterior will help prevent moisture from dripping onto your home’s roofing or siding, causing ugly stains and potential water damage. It will ensure that falling limbs or trees don’t damage your home’s exterior during the winter months.
One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is by updating its exterior. And what better time to focus on your home than during National Home Improvement Month?! At Exterior Source, we understand the importance of your home’s exterior. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but it also plays a large role in the curb appeal and real estate value of your home. Here are five projects that can improve the exterior look and quality of your home:
Upgrade Your Siding
HGTV ranks new siding as the #1 way to increase a home’s value. Damaged, cracked or peeling boards can be an eye-sore and will greatly reduce the selling points of your home. Replacing your home’s siding with CertainTeed or James Hardie durable siding will improve not just the look of your home, but provide maximum thermal and moisture protection; help save on energy costs; and drastically reduce the amount of maintenance. You can also add personality with beautiful accents like trim, soffits, and window and door surrounds.
Replace Old Gutter Systems
If the gutters and downspouts on your home are old, chances are they’re starting to cause a few problems — like rust spots and leaks. Exterior Source is the exclusive Englert LeafGuard rain gutters dealer in the Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Tidewater areas. We know the costly water damage headaches that come with non-functioning gutters. That’s why we only install the very best — LeafGuard. With LeafGuard you can “Get It. And Forget It” and, while new gutters may not seem like the most glamorous update to your home, it is certainly one that will pay off in the long run! Plus, they are guaranteed not to clog, or we’ll clean them for FREE.
Become Energy Efficient
Energy efficient windows are a great way to improve your home and, according to Money Crashers, you can expect to recoup 60%-90% of your costs back. We offer Energy Star certified Soft-Lite replacement windows, designed to provide superior energy efficiency, beauty, durability, and are easy to maintain. You’ll immediately reap the benefits of upgrading to Energy Star by increasing the value of your home when you’re ready to sell. Learn more about our replacement window services here.
Revamp Your Roof
Roof issues are one of the most expensive parts of homeownership because they can quickly compile into water damage and structure problems. A replacement roof will improve your home’s appearance while extending its value for years to come. At Exterior Source, we specialize in GAF Advanced Protection® asphalt roofing shingles which are rated #1 in quality and protection. Options like architectural and designer shingles will add a level of sophistication to your home, improving the look of your home now and its sale value in the future.
Style Your Front Door
A front door is the focal point of your home’s curb appeal and gives a sneak peek of the style that lies behind it. Our superior line of ProVia® entry doors are customized to work with your style and needs. Your front door should not just look good, but also provide security, insulation and performance. That’s why our ProVia® entry doors all come with expert installation and lifetime warranties.
Ready to start improving your home? Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation on any of our services, including gutters, siding, roofing, windows or doors!