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.

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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Important Home Maintenance Tips to Keep your Home in Good Shape

Shingle roofing contractor in Carol Stream

Keeping a home in good shape requires a lot of time and effort. Most of us who have shopped for a home will think first about the price of acquiring it. However, we also have to remember our homes require regular maintenance, some more than others. What should be on your list to help you keep track of all the small and large things?

Monthly items

First, think of the stuff that should be addressed on a monthly basis. The air quality of your home is important, so check your HVAC filters ...

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You’ve Experienced a Hail Storm, Now What?

Roofing contractor inspecting roof after hail damage

Hail frequently rips through the Midwest during the summer months as large storm systems unleash their fury. The first thing you’ll notice following a storm is probably the leaves that have been beaten down and now litter your yard. Maybe you’ll check on your car(s) to make sure the hail hasn’t made dents. At some point your attention is going to turn to your roof. What should you look for, and if you find damage, do you immediately call your insurance provider?

Spotting the signs of shingle damage

Before you go running ...

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