Handy Exterior Remodeling Blog

Val Slajus
Owner / Author
Val Slajus

I founded VIS Exterior because I believed that my knowledge of the home improvement craft could help others transform their houses into the beautiful homes they deserve, and I work hard every day to make it happen. In this blog I want to share some of my knowledge with you, so that you could make informed decisions when planning your next exterior renovation.

Should you Repair your Roof in Winter?

Thick snow on the shingle roof

Are you among those who believe a roof can’t be repaired or replaced in the winter months? Count yourself among the many. However, instead of throwing a tarp over the roof until spring rolls around, consider the alternative – hiring a team to do the job.

While roof work is certainly associated with the warmer months, it can be accomplished during the winter. Here are a few issues you might see during the winter that are concerns:/

1) Ice dams

Ice dams are among the most common issues you’ll see, and this gathering ...

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How do I Know if I Need New Siding? Five Things to Consider

Family house photo after LP Diamond Kote siding replacement and gutters installation in Naperville

Keeping your siding in tip-top shape is important as it’s the barrier between the harsh elements and everything you hold dear within your home. There are times when the siding shows now outward signs of damage, but moisture is getting in, causing rot, mold, and a host of other issues that will soon become quite apparent in your home. So, how do you know when you need new siding?

Noticing the rot

Rot is often quite visible. However, the extent of the damage can be deceiving. For example, you could notice ...

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What to Expect When you are Installing New Gutters

New gutters installation on roof

If only things would last forever… It’s a sentiment that is often brought up when it comes to exterior home repair projects. Harsh weather causes gradual yet extensive damage, even to something as basic as a gutter system.

Letting your defective gutter system remain in that condition is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the water, instead of being directed away from the home, will run down the side of you house, ruining an otherwise perfect paintjob or wearing down your siding. This means ...

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Create the Home you’ve Always Wanted with James Hardie Products

 House exterior photo with james hardie siding in Northbrook

We’ve all got our ideas about what a “perfect” home is. Even people who are seemingly cut from the same clothe will have wildly different designs for their new home or a home remodel. Fortunately, James Hardie products come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns, giving homeowners the ability to bring quality products into their designs.

What siding is best for me?

Bringing new siding into your design will offer a number of advantages, from heating and cooling savings to giving your home a brand new look and appeal.

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