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.

Why is Roof Ventilation So Important?

House photo after roof replacement and proper ventilation

The typical home is built with a wood frame and the roof is a steep slope, covered by asphalt shingles, though a minority of homeowners will choose cedar or other materials. The rafter and attic spaces are typically closed off, which means they could be prone to moisture problems. One of the most common ways to fight moisture buildup is to provide proper ventilation.

The moisture factor

In an improperly vented roof, moisture is allowed to rise up and condense in the attic. This will damage insulation and studs and any other material that has prolonged contact with the ...

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Green Home Improvements for Earth Day

Young plant in the morning light on nature background

Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, is a movement that began in 1970 and has continued to be an important calendar date going on five decades. Though the subject of climate change and “going green” has proven politically divisive, most homeowners can agree that Earth Day is an excellent excuse to take a little time to make environmental improvement in and around the home. The upside, apart from doing something great for the environment, is that you can also improve your living situation.

Going green can be as simple as replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent ...

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How To Clean Your Siding: Vinyl, Cedar, Wood, and Fiber Cement

Cedar lap siding installation and cleaning

Thinking about renting a power washer and blasting the side of your house in an effort to clean your siding? Think again.

While a power washer might be appropriate in some applications, the way you approach cleaning your siding depends on what it’s made of. Vinyl, cedar, wood and fiber cement materials deserve customized cleaning solutions, so let’s look at a few options.

Vinyl

Vinyl siding is hugely popular for a number of reasons. It’s cost effective, comes in many colors, shapes and sizes, and is fairly easy to maintain. However, if your vinyl siding is beginning to ...

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Which Home Improvement Projects Have the Greatest Return on Investment?

James Hardie house after exterior remodeling

When most people think of home improvement projects, they focus on upgrades like granite countertops, updated bathrooms with walk-in showers and fancy tile, and improved living rooms with top-notch electronics. However, do these projects offer a really great return on investment? While these might catch the eye of potential buyers, the real value is in projects involving roofing, siding, gutters, windows and doors.

Increase your home’s value with a new roof and guttering system

Few things can be more compromising to your home’s value than a leaking roof. According to ISoldMyHouse.com, replacing a bad roof brings a 75 ...

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