Handy Exterior Remodeling Blog

Val Slajus
Owner / Author
Val Slajus

My journey began with a passion for home improvement, and I established VIS Exterior because I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful home. With years of experience in the roofing and siding craft, I'm dedicated to helping you enhance the protection and aesthetics of your home. Through this blog, I'm excited to share my knowledge and insights, empowering you to make informed decisions when planning your next exterior renovation project.

What are the Best Rated Siding Brands on the Market? (Top Manufacturers by Siding Type)

complete siding roof replacement hinsdale

Siding significantly impacts a home's aesthetic and functional aspects, and choosing the right type is crucial for its durability and insulation. Different siding materials cater to varied environmental needs, with some offering superior insulation for colder climates and others boasting enhanced durability for areas prone to harsh weather conditions like hail.

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How to Choose the Best Type of Siding for Your House

Siding on a home plays a huge role, as it can enhance or detract from the overall appearance of the house, but it also protects the home, its occupants and possessions. When the time comes to have your siding replaced, you are sure to have many questions that need to be answered so you know how to choose the best siding for your house.

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Choosing Between Vertical and Horizontal Siding Installation: Which is Right for You?

Vertical siding house versus horizontal siding house

Argh – the decisions that have to be made when taking on a residing project! What material should it be made of – vinyl, wood or fiber cement? What size and shape should it be? And most important of all – what siding color do you choose? Now there is one more question to ask – do you choose vertical or horizontal siding?

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How to Choose the Best Color for Siding Replacement?

One of the first things homeowners think of when it comes time to replace their siding is color. There are definitely other aspects of a siding replacement project that are important, such as the type of siding and finding the right contractor to install it, but for homeowners looking for a specific aesthetic or to blend in with the surrounding homes or to stand out, color is the focal point.

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James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide: Which Is The Best Siding For Your House?

small hail damage repair project

At VIS Exterior, we get a lot of questions from customers about which type of siding they should have installed on their homes. The answer from us is always James Hardie or LP SmartSide siding. Why, you might ask?

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Top 8 Causes of Siding Problems and How to Avoid Them

Algae on vinyl siding

Siding serves as a critical shield for your home, safeguarding it against the elements and maintaining its structural integrity. As the initial defense against sun, snow, and harsh weather, siding plays a pivotal role in preserving your residence. The deterioration of siding can significantly impact your roof's functionality and even curtail its longevity. Repairing or replacing the siding of your house stands as a fundamental aspect of roof restoration, contributing substantially to the overall robustness of the roofing structure.

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What’s the Best Time of Year for a Siding Installation?

House siding with purple flower vine in blue window shutter

Homeowners spend a pretty penny on the interior of their homes. From redecorating to renovating entire rooms, much thought is put into what goes on inside our homes. What about the exterior? Is it time for a facelift to gain more curb appeal? And if so, when is the best time of year for installing new siding?

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Can Vinyl Siding Be Painted? (Pros & Cons of Painting vs. Replacing the Siding)

Vinyl siding house

As proud homeowners, we do everything we can to keep our property as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Unfortunately, our vinyl siding will fade after years of exposure to the elements. At this point we’re faced with a situation: do we replace the siding or should we paint it?

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How to Choose the Best Local Siding Contractor for Your Home Siding Installation Project

Vinyl siding house

From the very onset of a siding installation project, the most important question to ponder is, “how to choose the best siding contractor?” Where you need to look first is to a local siding company, as a nearby contractor is more accountable for their work, will show up if you run into problems and they are likely staffed by people who live in the same community.

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

Cedar lap siding installation and cleaning

As the seasons take their toll, subjecting your siding to the scorching heat of summer and the battering winds of debris-filled storms, the need for periodic cleaning becomes inevitable. Whether your siding is crafted from resilient materials like vinyl, cedar, wood, or fiber cement, the accumulated effects of exposure to the elements can lead to a dingy appearance over time. To restore the luster of your home's exterior, regular cleaning is key.

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How to Spot Hail & Wind Damage on Your Roof and Siding (How Much Does a Repair Cost)

Roof replacement project installation in Naperville

As a Midwesterner, you have seen your share of hailstorms, and so has your roof and siding. You might also have an idea of how to spot hail damage. Unfortunately, not all damage can be seen from the ground, or even on the roof if you don’t know what to look for. At VIS Exterior, we know how to spot hail damage on a roof and on siding, because it’s something we’ve been doing for two decades.

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