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.

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 and be sure that they aren’t full of dust. Furthermore, ...

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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 to the phone to call your insurance company, inspect the ...

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Can Vinyl Siding be Painted?

Vinyl siding house

One of the highly touted benefits of vinyl siding is that it comes in so many colors that you’re almost guaranteed to find the hue that suits your aesthetic needs. In fact, that’s one of the big selling points of this option – you are saved the expense of having to paint it, perhaps ever.

However, there might come a time when your tastes change and you simply can’t stand the color you chose however long ago and you want to see it change. Rather than removing your old siding and putting up a new color, you can paint ...

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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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