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.

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

Durable siding installation

Just when you thought you already had too many decisions to make when it comes to residing your house, we’re going to add another – vertical or horizontal siding?

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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

First off, the best time of year to install new siding depends on what type of material you’re using. Vinyl is an exceedingly popular choice of material for home siding, but it expands in the heat of the summer and contracts in the cold winter months. For this reason, the moderate temperatures of fall are ideal for installing vinyl.

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Five Things you Need to Know Before Hiring a Siding Contractor

 Licensed local siding contractor

With all the horror stories about construction projects that go wrong because something the contractor did, it’s no wonder that homeowners become so stressed out when it comes time to bring in a contractor to do the job right, on time and for a fair price.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof & Siding (and how much does it cost)

Siding and roofing contractors after hail damage

Midwesterners know all too well the dangers that come with a supercell thunderstorm. High winds, large hail and strong tornadoes are all born out of these massive storms. Once the sirens stop and the storm passes, it’s time to take stock of what’s been damaged. Most homeowners think about their cars first, then turn their attention to the mess that’s left in the yard from trees and shrubs that have been eviscerated by the wind, heavy rain and hail.

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Choosing the Best Siding For Your Home

High quality fiber cement siding project

Siding is among the most important features on a home’s exterior in terms of aesthetics and protection. However, there are a number of siding materials from which to choose, including vinyl, fiber cement and cedar. Which is best for your home? Let’s run through each of these siding types and find out what makes them unique.

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The Advantages of Installing New Vinyl Siding

House after new vinyl siding installation services

Replacing siding is one of the most impactful home improvement projects a homeowner can undertake. However, with so many choices of siding on the marketing today, and from so many vendors, the project can be intimidating and difficult to plan. However, a smart place to start is vinyl siding. It is among the most used siding materials, and there are many reason for that.

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