Remodeling Advice & Planning
Let Cen-Tex Roof Systems help you plan your next project, big or small, with our helpful advice and professional construction crews. A home remodel can completely transform your home visually, structurally, and functionally. Whether you’re gutting a home or simply making a few updates, you’ll want to know how to complete your job right. Remodeling projects can involve plenty of planning, choosing and measuring materials, working with professionals, and lots of hands-on tasks. Good communication will help you get the results you want. While remodeling is a lot of work, improving your home is a worthwhile investment of your time and money, and the results are worth it, whether you’re gutting a bath or kitchen, installing new mechanical systems, updating trim work, completing an addition, or reworking your home’s layout.
Windows are an important part of your home. They let in natural light and fresh air but also need to keep the weather elements, such as extreme cold or heat, rain, and snow, out of your home. Replacing your windows can be a good investment since there are new advancements in window technologies that make windows stronger, more energy-efficient, and longer lasting. With our guides, you’ll learn how to choose new windows and repair and replace windows and window screens. Replacing and repairing windows might be a big job. Windows can add character and a decorative element to your home. Discover different window styles and options for giving your rooms a unique look.
- Wood clapboard is often imitated using vinyl siding or uPVC weatherboarding. It is usually produced in units twice as high as clapboard. Plastic imitations of wood shingle and wood shakes also exist.
- Since plastic siding is a manufactured product, it may come in unlimited color choices. Historically vinyl sidings would fade, crack and buckle over time, requiring the siding to be replaced. However, newer vinyl options have improved and resist damage and wear better. Vinyl siding is sensitive to direct heat from grills, barbecues or other sources. Unlike wood, vinyl siding does not provide additional insulation for the building, unless an insulation material (e.g., foam) has been added to the product. It has also been criticized by some fire safety experts for its heat sensitivity. This sensitivity makes it easier for a house fire to jump to neighboring houses in comparison to materials such as brick, metal or masonry.
- An environmental cost of vinyl siding is that it is difficult to dispose of responsibly. It cannot be burned (due to toxic dioxin gases that would be released) and currently it is not recycled.
- Vinyl siding is also considered one of the more unattractive siding choices by many. Although some newer styles eliminate this complaint, more widespread varieties often have visible seam lines between panels and generally do not have the quality appearance of wood, brick, or masonry. The fading and cracking of older types of plastic siding compound this issue. In many areas of newer housing development, particularly in North America, entire neighbourhoods are often built with all houses clad in vinyl siding, given an unappealing uniformity. Some cities now campaign for house developers to incorporate varied types of siding during construction.
If your wood siding is swelling, cracking, or constantly needs repainting, then you may want to look into Masonite siding. Masonite boards are synthetically constructed from a mixture of wood fibers, wax, and other resins. As they are manufactured, these elements are bound together through a process of heat and pressure, fusing these components into a smooth, strong hardboard that is equally dense from every angle. It is remarkable how much this product resembles traditional lumber in terms of its look, yet avoids the flaws of conventional wood due to its strength.
The main reason many homeowners choose Masonite siding is because it looks like wood but doesn’t come with the same troubles. Because of its strength, there is no swelling, shrinking, or blistering. It still retains that traditional, classic look of wood, but is cheaper than lumber to cut down on siding cost. Also, since the material is partially synthetic, it creates a gentler impact on the environment since it uses fewer trees in its initial production. And due to its artificial nature, there is also less risk of insect infestation.
Masonite boards are pre-manufactured, which means that they can come in a variety of states: pre-stained, pre-primed, and pre-painted. If you want to completely avoid painting, you can select from an assortment of colors so when the contractor arrives they’ll simply have to nail up the pre-painted board. This manufactured material is known for being a strong paint support, so if you have a specific color pallet in mind, then you may want to buy it pre-primed in order to do the job yourself. It also comes in a range of textures that match the look of wood, but unlike lumber, the paint won’t crack or chip as easily. This is not to say that it won’t ever have to be re-painted, but you may only have to hire a painter every 8-10 years.
Hardiplank / Composite:
Various composite materials are also used for siding: asphalt, asbestos, fiber cement, aluminium (ACM) etc. They may be in the form of shingles or boards, in which case they are sometimes called clapboard.
Composite sidings are available in many styles and can mimic the other siding options. Composite materials are ideal for achieving a certain style or ‘look’ that may not be suited to the local environment (e.g., corrugated aluminium siding in an area prone to severe storms; steel in coastal climates; wood siding in termite-infested regions). These products are normally cheaper than Stucco and Stone/Brick but has similar life spans.
Costs of composites tend to be lower than wood or masonry options, but vary widely as do installation, maintenance and repair requirements. Not surprisingly, the durability and environmental impact of composite sidings depends on the specific materials used in the manufacturing process.
Fiber cement siding is a class of composite siding that is usually made from a combination of cement, cellulose (wood), sand, and water. They are either coated or painted in the factory or installed and then painted after installation. Fiber cement is popular for its realistic look, durability, and fire resistance. Composite siding products containing cellulose (wood fibers) have been shown to have problems with deterioration, delamination, or loss of coating adhesion in certain climates or under certain environmental conditions.
A younger class of non-wood synthetic siding has sprouted in the past 15 years. These products are usually made from a combination of non-wood materials such as polymeric resins, fiberglass, stone, sand, and fly ash and are chosen for their durability, curb appeal, and ease of maintenance. Given the newness of such technologies, product lifespan can only be estimated, varieties are limited, and distribution is sporadic.
- Resists damage from moisture
- Resists cracking, splitting, rotting and swelling
- Superior performance in high wind and hurricane areas
Choosing the right siding color and materials for your home is an important first step toward increasing its curb appeal and value. Finding the perfect siding to complement your home and personal style is easy when you use our helpful tricks and expert tips. Our sales team will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about siding styles, color, materials, and more. We’ve even gathered ideas for three of the most popular options on the market today…manufactured siding from wood to vinyl — to offer you inspiration you can use on your home’s next exterior.
Decks & Patios
Outdoor decks and patios can benefit nearly every home. Whether they are used as a retreat or for entertaining, they are multifunctional outdoor living spaces. Our sales force will help you find ideas in nearly every size and shape, as well as clever solutions to problems such as slope, multiple levels, and privacy needs. Backyard decks and patios are a great way to entertain and add some special to your home.
Paint can transform any room in your home or outside your home. It’s an easy way to give a space a quick yet impactful decorating makeover. Painting is more than just picking the right colors. A successful paint job also involves using the right tools and techniques, along with using a professional painter. Choose Cen-Tex Roof Systems professional painters to get your job done!