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The McKinney, TX Homeowner’s Guide to Hail Roof Damage

Hail Storm McKinney

What is Hail Damage?

Any roof damage caused by impact from hail precipitation can be categorized as hail roof damage. The visual proof of the damage will vary by roofing material but can include impact marks, loss of granules, and shingle splits.

Hail is an almost ever-present threat here in McKinney, TX. In fact, in 2019 there were 38 separate reports of hail making landfall in McKinney, TX. We have experienced numerous severe weather warnings due to potential hail conditions in the past 12 months alone and the surrounding areas aren’t safe either. To put it mildly; hail is a part of normal life in McKinney, TX and the nearby cities. And that is precisely the reason we offer professional hail roof damage repair here at Nimbus Roofing. 

You can count on us for hail roof damage repair no matter how extensive the damage may be or what kind of roofing material you have installed. Hopefully, you won’t ever have to call us out for roof hail damage repair. And to that end we have composed this helpful guide to hail roof damage. We will be going over the warning signs of hail roof damage, what you can do about it and how to prepare your roof for impending hail storms. Read on for some helpful hail roof damage tips or give us a call any time to learn more about our services and how we can help fortify your roof.

Preparing for a Hail Storm

First and foremost, you have to understand that hail storms can be very dangerous. As recently as 2018, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was pummeled by a severe hail storm that produced stones that were 3 inches in diameter and caused 625 million dollars in damages. Hail stones of this size can easily cause great bodily injury and even fatality. So in a hail storm, you must first take shelter and make sure that your family is also protected.

Hail storms don’t just cause damage to the roof. Hail stones can be hurled through your windows at high speeds as well. So if you are taking shelter indoors where windows or glass doors are present it is a good idea to stay away from them. Don’t stand near windows, under skylights or near glass doors.

In order to protect your windows and other glass surfaces, you may want to board them up before a storm hits. You can procure plywood for a fairly cheap price and nail them to the framing of your window to protect them and avoid injury. Storm shutters are also a popular choice in McKinney and the nearby areas specifically for hail storms. They can be rolled up and down quickly in case of an oncoming hail storm, and they offer solid protection from damage. 

And of course, you are going to want to park your cars inside your garage, under an awning or in a car port if possible. Hail stones can easily dent your car’s body, chip the paint and break through the windshield and windows. 

Proactivity is always helpful for preventing hail storm damage. Before the winter months, take some time to look at your roof. Are there missing shingles? Do the shingles look like they are hanging on by a thread? Are they cracked or chipped? Do they look worn out? Are your roofing tiles cracked or crooked? All of these types of damages seemingly minor problems can result in thousands of dollars in roof repair costs so a little proactivity could save you a ton of money. 

Inspecting your roof yourself may not be enough. If you are ever in doubt as to the condition of your shingles and whether they will hold up in a hail storm you should call a professional. Have your roof professionally inspected and make any necessary repairs. It may seem costly at first but you could be spending 3 or 4 times more after a hail storm has pushed through.

Brushing up on the details of your insurance policy is a good way to prepare for hail roof damage too. Take a look at your policy to see how much coverage you have. Most insurance policies do cover damage caused by hail and wind but you should still double check. Also, see what deductible plan you have chosen and check to see if you will need more coverage. 

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, it’s time to check out your roof. There are certain signs of hail roof damage that you should keep an eye out for. These signs include:

  • Damage to Metal Components – Almost all roofs have one sort of metal component or another. These can include vents, flashing and metal seams or valleys that run along the seams of roofing materials. It is pretty easy to see hail damage on these metal surfaces. Check for dents of varying size on any existing metal surfaces of your roof. If you do see multiple dents, further damage may have been done to other areas of your roof.
  • Missing Asphalt – If you have asphalt shingles on your roof (and millions of Texans do), take a close look at them after a hail storm. If you are seeing that some asphalt granules seem to have been stripped away, you may need to repair or replace them. You can check on the ground near the eaves of your roof as well. In hail storms, asphalt granules can be stripped from your shingles and washed onto the ground below. Also, if you can see the black substrate of the shingle, that means the granules have been washed off and the shingle needs to be replaced.
  • Dimples in the Shingles – You should use your sense of touch when checking for hail roof damage. Run your hands slowly over some shingles. If you feel dimples or dents in them, they may need to be replaced. Some shingle materials like wood may also become split and cracked due to hail stone impact. If you can’t see any cracks or splits, carefully run your fingers over them just to be sure.
  • Ridge Cap Damage – The ridge cap of your roof is also an easy indicator of hail roof damage because of its flat orientation. Ridge caps tend to take a considerable pounding (trust us, we have seen it time and time again as roofing contractors) in hail storms. Ridge cap damage usually manifests as dents.

One of the most important things to do after a hail storm is to have your roof professionally inspected. There may be things you can’t see with a cursory inspection that only a seasoned professional will know to look for. A professional will be able to not only identify obscure damage; but see where damage may occur after the fact. For example, ice dams are a serious threat to the structural integrity of your roof. Once hail stones melt on your roof, they can form ice dams on colder areas of the roof and destroy shingles. And once they have melted for good, they could cause water damage beginning days after a storm has passed. A professional will know to look for these and other dangers. 

Getting in touch with your insurance provider and filing an insurance claim as soon as possible should also be a priority after a hail storm. Roofing insurance claims often take a long time to process because of all the paperwork and inspections. Not to mention the time for repairs so getting a jump on insurance claims as soon as possible is always the right thing to do.

Steps you Can Take

Once you have done your due diligence after a hail storm you can prepare yourself for the road ahead. One of the steps we often recommend homeowners to take is to get in touch with a roofing contractor. Give them a call and see if they provide free estimates. It is good to get multiple estimates so that you can compare them and even use them as leverage in price negotiations. 

You must insist on licenses and bonding from any roofing contractor you work with. Doing so will give you your best shot at passing insurance inspections and getting on with your life. You should also opt for a roofing contractor that has multiple references to offer. Talk to past customers and see what kind of work they are capable of. 

Of course, if you know that your hail roof damage is limited to a couple damaged or missing shingles, you can tackle the repairs yourself. Replacing shingles is a relatively simple and affordable process for DIYers. But it can be dangerous getting and working on your roof. If you have any doubts in your mind whether you can complete the job safely, it is better to hire a professional. And if the damage goes beyond replacing a few shingles, you need to contact a certified roofing contractor.

We hope our guide has been helpful and that you are better equipped to prepare yourself for, safely ride out and manage the effects of a hail storm. We are always on your side so if you ever need help with your roof, call us here at Nimbus Roofing.

The Essential Guide to Fascia Repair

Fascia Repair Guide

What is Fascia?

The portion of your home’s exterior where the gutters are attached is known as the fascias. Generally speaking, we put a heavy burden on those fascia boards. And while their location makes them vulnerable, they need to look good and be able to last for a long time.

If you choose the right board from a species of wood that is resistant to decay, they will last. Roofers and carpenters use general best practices in order to properly install them. This is to make sure that they last a good, long time.

Far too often, homeowners will buy a new roof and yet see rotten wood around the eaves in short order. Those roofing eaves are made up of the fascia and the soffit, which is the portion that of your overhang where things like floodlights are generally installed.

When people think about roof repair they hardly ever think about their fascia. All too often, homeowners adopt the errant notion that fascia are simply cosmetic aspects of their roofing system. But this kind of thinking can get you into trouble. The fact is that roof fascia plays a vital part to keeping the entire system in check. Oftentimes, it is responsible for bearing the weight of the lowest row of shingles or tiles. 

Since we know firsthand how important fascia is to a roofing system we thought we’d comprise and share this definitive guide to fascia repair including why it so important, some signs that your fascia is in need of repair and steps that you can take to correct the problem. Let’s start with the basics.

Why Your Fascia Should be Repaired

It may be very tempting to overlook cracked or chip fascia boards as cosmetic issues and therefore non-essential. But knowing why you should have your fascia repaired will make it easier to be proactive the next time you notice something wrong with yours. If you are ever unsure about the condition of your fascia, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Nimbus Roofing for more information and an estimate.

First of all, fascia acts as the finishing edge or trim to your roof. It protects your interior walls from water damage. When there is a gap in your fascia or it has become cracked, water can get behind it and leak into the interior spaces of your home. And just in case you don’t have a reference for how much residential water damage repair can cost, the average invoice for this kind of work hovers around $2,879. That is a whole lot of money – especially when compared to the average cost of fascia repair and replacement which is around $15-$30 per linear foot with installation. So right off the bat, you have ane economic reason to repair or replace your fascia.

Health is another factor to consider with fascia repair. Where there is moisture build-up and organic materials like wood, mold can grow. When your fascia board is compromised, moisture may spawn mold growth in the interior areas of your roof and home that are very difficult to see. Not only does mold pose a health hazard to you and your family – especially if you are already prone to allergic symptoms and respiratory issues – it can severely damage your house. Mold eats away at organic materials and it can rot your roof trusses, framing and other important structural features.

A house in need of fascia repair will also be less valuable. Fascia is an integral part of your roofing system so if it is compromised, your entire roof is compromised. If your roof is compromised, your property value takes a nosedive. 

Then of course there are the aesthetic reasons to have your fascia repaired. Aside from functionality, fascia is meant to decorate your home, accent your roof line and contribute to the overall curbside appeal of your property. When your fascia is cracked, peeling or hanging off your roof line like broken tree branch, your home is not looking its best.

When is it Time to Replace your Fascia?

So now that you know how important fascia repair is, you should know the tell-tale signs of fascia damage. You should take a good look at your fascia at least once a year when you clean your gutters. But it’s a good idea to keep a vigilant eye on your fascia as much as possible throughout the year. 

One of the most common and easy to spot signs that your fascia is in need of repair is discoloration. While discoloration may not always warrant fascia repair, it is important that you take a closer look when you notice it. Discoloration can occur when your fascia board has become water logged. The water soaks into the board and distorts the paint or the vinyl finish. If your fascia board has indeed become waterlogged, it will eventually rot out and become useless.

Another obvious sign is chipped paint. If you are seeing chipped or flaking paint on your fascia board it may be time to get it inspected. Chipping and flaking paint may seem like a strictly cosmetic problem but the paint actually acts as a moderate shield against moisture. When the paint begins to peel or deteriorate, your fascia board is that much more susceptible to water damage.

Keep a close eye on your gutters. If they are starting to droop in some areas or have started to leak, the problem could be your fascia. Fascia also acts as a support for your gutter system. So if you are seeing that your gutters are starting to droop or leak, it may be time for fascia repair

Taking a peek into your attic every once in a while is another good way to spot potential fascia damage. When your fascia is broken, rodents and other pests may burrow into your home through this break in the roof line. Carefully inspect your attic, keeping an eye out for rodent droppings and signs of nesting. Rodents and pests in the interior areas of your home may have gotten in through broken fascia. You should also listen for abnormal sounds in your house. Strange sounds coming from your attic or in the walls may be coming from rodents.

If you have recently had an ice dam removed from your roof, you should keep a close eye on your fascia. Ice dams are notorious for wrecking shingles but they can also damage your gutters and fascia very easily. Ice dams usually form near the lower rows of your shingles as ice melts, the water runs downward and reforms into ice near the lower roof line – right where your gutters and fascia are. Fascia damage is typical when an ice dam has formed, whether it was professionally removed or not.

How to Repair Fascia

The first thing you will need to do is remove your old damaged fascia. Start by unscrewing your gutters from the board and removing the brackets. Then carefully lift the gutter off and away from the fascia board.

Using a saws-all, you can then make cuts into the fascia board every 3 feet. Make sure the cuts go in between the rafters. 

Then, use a hammer to bang the board off your house with hammer swings directed away from the front of your house. 

You will then need to measure and cut board to be your new fascia. You can use a circular saw to cut the new board along measurement lines that you made with a pencil and according to the length you will need.

You will need to nail your new board into the rafters so mark your new board with a pencil where the rafters will line up with it. 

Holding the board up to the rafters with your non-dominant hand, you can then nail the fascia board along the rafter lines that you made in the previous step. You should use 1-2 nails per rafter line to secure the board.

In order to secure the seams made by the new fascia board you should use a body filler. You can get body filler at your local hardware store and apply it with a putty or drywall knife. Run the body filler over the seams and over the nails with your knife a few times or until the seams have been thoroughly sealed. You will need to wait a day for the filler to set and dry before the next step.

Lastly, you will need to prime and paint the new fascia board to guard it against moisture damage. Use a high quality outdoor primer and apply 1-2 coats of it to the board. Once the primer has thoroughly dried, you can then paint the board your color of choice.

Advice and Tips

When replacing your fascia board, you should start with a naturally decay-resistant wood. Some good woods to consider include California redwood, black locust and cypress. This is the best way to ensure that your repair efforts go the distance.

You can also opt for a synthetic material for your soffit board. Materials like vinyl and UPVC are becoming very popular because of their longevity, good-looks and water-proofing performance.

Another option for fascia longevity is installing a drip edge. A drip edge essentially protects your fascia board from water damage by channeling water off of it. It is a metal attachment that gets nailed into the roof deck and runs in between the lower layer of roof shingles or tiles and the fascia board itself.

You should also be mindful of bee, hornet and wasp nests that may be present on your soffits or fascia. These nests can be damaging to the fascia board and should be removed by a professional.

Of course, if you need any type of fascia repair service or just some help, we would be glad to help here at Nimbus Roofing. Give us a call today

How to repair chimney leak

damaged chimney

Should unused chimneys be capped?

Well, folks, we have survived another winter! Well, some parts of the country are still in winter mode, but for the most part, it is over, and summer is barreling down on us like a rodeo bull. So why are we talking about chimney repair?

Who uses their chimney during the spring or summer? Probably nobody, and that makes it a good time to do things like chimney repair and cleaning. Only after you have done chimney repair and inspection though should you worry about cleaning it.

There are benefits to be had by capping an unused chimney:

  • It keeps water from coming into the house every time it rains. Besides having a fireplace full of rain, the moisture that gets inside your house and attic isn’t good for the ceilings, floors, walls, and if anyone has breathing issues, that moisture makes it hard.  When the chimney gets too moist too often, the structure gets weak and then you need chimney repair service by a professional.
  • Without a cap on the chimney, you’ll experience downdrafts that will fill your house with smoke.
  • On a windy day, or in areas that are windy most of the time, a capped chimney cap helps with energy efficiency by keeping those cold blasts of air out.
  • Chimney caps with netting prevent animals and critters from getting in the chimney and into your house. Or worse, getting stuck in your chimney and dying, then you have an odor to deal with. Another time that you must call a professional chimney repair service to come to retrieve the dead animal and attempt to remove the odor.
  • The wire mesh that comes with chimney caps will keep sparks from flying out when you’re burning your fireplace.

Does a capped chimney need to be vented?

Yes, you need to vent your capped chimney so it can breathe, even if you aren’t planning to use the fireplace anymore. Moisture is a big problem with chimneys that aren’t maintained properly.  They get moisture trapped in them which causes them to deteriorate the structure of the chimney, then you need professional chimney repair service. That moisture also gets into the house, creating mildew, mold, and more problems. 

Seal your chimney either at the bottom or the top, but not both.  Air needs to pass through to keep that moisture to a minimum. Installation does well in sealing a chimney or a hydrophobic mineral wool insulation, a trading name is Roxul, used by almost all professional chimney repair contractors, which dries out should it get wet, as regular insulation will not.

How do you seal a chimney?

A chimney may be one of the most neglected parts of a home. Most homeowners won’t even think about maintenance and upkeep until they have a problem, then they are in a rush to find a chimney repair contractor. Like your roof, the chimney is exposed to the climate and elements 24/7. From rain to snow to sunshine, then back to ice. So, it is important to make sure it has a good sealant to keep it stable and strong. 

You can purchase the sealant materials and do the job yourself. Keep in mind, the chimney is higher than the roofline, so if heights are not your thing, sealing the chimney may not be.  This penetrating sealer is an excellent protector for chimneys from severe weather like rain, snow and hot sun rays. It also provides some protection from moisture. 

This siloxane-based sealer also creates a protective barrier around the chimney surface to prevent moisture without changing the chimney’s appearance. A bonus, it prevents mildew and mold from forming in the chimney too.

How do you repair a chimney mortar?

Mortar is the material that holds the bricks of your chimney together, and when it is fresh and new, it is smooth and solid. As time goes by, the mortar takes a beating and starts crumbling. A professional chimney repair contractor can fix this for you, or you can attempt to do the job yourself. Remember, the chimney is taller than the roof! 

We refer this chimney repair service as repointing and comprises scraping the crumbling mortar out then placing a new mortar in its place. These are the basic steps:

  1. With a joint raker, scrape out all the loose mortar.
  2. For difficult crumbling mortar, use a chisel and hammer and gently tap till it comes out.
  3. Using a wire brush, clear out any remaining bits and pieces of mortar.
  4. Spray the chimney with the garden hose, then wait 30 minutes.
  5. Mix a batch of mortar until you have a stiff peanut butter type of consistency.
  6. Using a pointing trowel, press the mortar you made into areas where you removed the old mortar, making effort to get to match the existing mortar.
  7. With the tuck-pointing tools, smooth the joints.
chimney in great condition

Can crumbling bricks be repaired?

To fix chimney repair for a brick chimney, you want to determine what caused it to crumble and if it was moisture, fix that before you do anything else. Using the same steps that we described above for replacing mortar, do the same around the crumbling bricks. 

After you have all the old mortar cleaned out and removed all the crumbling bricks, spread a layer of mortar where the bricks came out, then a layer on one side of a brick and put in place. Continue this process, staying in the same pattern as the existing bricks until done. 

A chimney can be a great feature for a home’s exterior, but if it is cracked and crumbling, it can be an eyesore.  Unfortunately, most chimney repair jobs are at the homeowner’s expense.  If there is damage caused by storms and winds, and there is proof the chimney was in good condition, then chimney repair home insurance will probably cover the repairs. For your chimney repair needs in McKinney, TX, call (214) 612-6696 today.

Architectural Shingles Installation

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Choosing architectural shingles for your home

The shingles on your home’s roof provide a waterproof barrier that protects your home’s structural integrity and your family and belongings. There are multiple types of roofing shingles available and which one your home has will depend on the style of your house, where you live, and if there are local restrictions. Architectural shingles are common in higher-end homes.

Architectural shingles are made of high-quality material and are dimensional or laminated shingles. They add beauty to your home to give it individuality while still matching the surrounding homes. Manufacturing of architectural shingles begins with a fiberglass mat base with minerals that are ceramic coated and embedded in water-resistant asphalt.

If they blend in with historic districts and used on homes of a certain age and style, then Who makes architectural shingles today? There are many manufacturers, some are well-known brands and others that are just as good quality, but not as well known.

The more popular Architectural shingles brands are: 

  • Atlas Roofing
  • Building Products of Canada
  • Certainteed
  • GAF
  • GCP Applied Technologies
  • Interlock
  • Malarkey Roofing Products
  • Owens Corning

Architectural shingles installation 

Architectural shingles, also referred to as designer shingles, have a three-dimensional design and construction. There are several thicknesses to these shingles that create a shadow line, giving the appearance of slate shingles or wood shake shingles. This three-dimensional design enhances the appearance of a roof and provides extra protection. 

 While this can be a DIY project for any homeowner that has construction, craftsman abilities, we always recommend them professionally installed. The reason being, by having a professional roofing contractor install your architectural shingles, you’ll have a guarantee and warranty on the workmanship. They have the proper equipment, supplies, and tools to do the job correctly, including the experience of working on rooftops. 

Architectural shingles colors

The roof of your home should match the style of your home, which extends your own personality. The color of the architectural shingles that you choose will be the welcoming you want to extend to visitors.

It can create a statement that is bold and dramatic. Or perhaps your home is of traditional elegance, ultra-contemporary, or urban chic. Whatever your home’s design is, the color of your architectural shingles should blend, contrast, or match accordingly.

A large part of achieving these looks is choosing the right color. A new architectural shingles roof is a large investment, which can bring a high ROI. It is also something that you’ll see every day for the 20 to 30 years, and so will your neighbors. It is important to choose a color that is you and yet matches the surrounding houses.

Color recommendations for a red house would be black, dark brown, green, or grey architectural shingles. A light grey house would be accented nicely with black, blue, green, grey, or white shingles and a house with white as the primary color would be set perfect with any color of architectural shingles.

Architectural shingles cost

When you have electrical work done, like extending wiring to a garage, or plumbing work is done, like sewer line repairs, you get several estimates.  You should do the same when shopping for a roofing contractor to install your architectural shingles.

The cost for purchasing and having architectural shingles installed on your home will have several factors including:

  • Size of your house
  • The height, slope, and pitch of the roof
  • The brand of shingles 

On average, for a single-story home, architectural shingles on a roof can range from $14,000 to $22,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof. For a multi-story home or a home with various rooflines, the cost to base your budget starts around $2.00 per square foot and goes up to $200 per square foot. These prices are based on basic asphalt shingles.

For 50-year architectural shingles, the cost is significantly more, ranging from $500 per square foot to $785 per square foot. However, real estate experts confirm that architectural shingles will give the homeowner a 6% ROI and will have a longer lifespan than the traditional shingles.

Architectural shingles warranty

Architectural shingles come with a warranty of 30-year, a 40-year, 50 years or lifetime. Some manufacturers of architectural shingles have changed their warranties. Among them are Atlas, CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning, and Tamko. Check each of their websites for more details or ask the roofing contractor that you choose to go with.

Can you use architectural shingles for the ridge?

Quality architectural shingles and quality installation are the only way to get a high-quality roof. With this style of roofing shingles growing in popularity, more roofers are accepting jobs to install them, but they aren’t all experienced and trained with architectural shingles, thus, they install them as they do asphalt shingles.

Thicker shingles are not meant to be used for ridge caps because they don’t lay flat, and when forced to fit ridge caps, they break or crack. For a roof with architectural shingles, using 3-tab shingles for the ridge that matches the architectural shingles.

Architectural shingles on mobile home

Roofing for a mobile home differs from for a site-built home, primarily because of the weight.  A mobile home is designed to be moved, thus the roofing, siding, and other components of the home need to be lightweight. With that in mind, we do not recommend architectural shingles for a mobile home because they do weigh more than traditional shingles. The other options besides traditional asphalt shingles are aluminum or TPO.

You can find architectural shingles for sale at any big box home improvement store or from roofing contractors that sell to the public.  When you choose a roofing contractor to install your architectural shingles, you can request a quote with and without the contractor furnishing the shingles for the job.  Keep in mind that the contractor’s guarantee and warranty may vary if you supply your own shingles. Dial (214) 612-6696 today for your architectural shingle installation in McKinney, TX.

What Type of House Siding is the Best?

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What Type of House Siding is the Best?

The exterior siding of your house plays a dual role. Firstly, it protects your home from debris and the elements. Secondly, it adds an aesthetic flair to your home. The siding of your house can say a lot about you as the owner. It can make or break your property’s curb appeal. It even has an impact on the home’s value. Whether you are buying a new home, preparing to sell your home or need to make some improvements, you may be wondering what kind of exterior siding is the best.

To help you answer this question, we have composed this post that will answer some of the most common questions when it comes to exterior siding. Luckily we have a lot of experience in this department here at Nimbus Roofing, LLC because we install exterior siding in McKinney, TX almost every day. In fact, you can call us at any time for exterior siding services. Our number is (214) 612-6696 so call us if you have any questions!

There Are Many Factors When Deciding On Siding

Before we get into the details of exterior siding, the answer to the question “what type of siding is the best” will be a subjective one. It will depend on the style of property and your personal preferences. With that caveat out of the way, let’s begin with the most basic question.

What is Exterior Siding

As stated earlier, siding has two important functions: to protect the structure and evoke a certain style. Siding is installed on the exterior of a structure in a variety of ways depending on the materials used. You can also install exterior siding with insulation to help prevent heat from escaping your home so it stays warm in the winter. Now let’s get into some specifics.

What Materials are Best Used for Exterior Siding?

The answer to this question will depend on what you value most. For instance, if you want a siding that will last a really long time, brick siding would be a good option. If termites are a concern for you, fiber cement siding may be the best choice. However, the most popular types of siding these days are stucco, vinyl, and metal. Stucco is affordable and allows for the absorption and transfer of heat. Vinyl is easy to install and is easy to clean. Metal offers great protection and is fireproof.

Still, there are many more options when it comes to exterior siding materials such as:

  • Stone Veneer
  • Aluminum
  • Stone
  • Engineered Wood
  • Wood
  • Glass

What is the Cheapest Siding for a House?

You have to consider both materials and installation costs. While vinyl is typically the cheapest material you can find, metal roofing is often the cheapest to install. Overall, metal siding may be the cheapest since the materials themselves tend to be very affordable as well. Just not quite as affordable as vinyl.

What is the Best Low Maintenance Siding?

In our experience, steel siding requires the least amount of maintenance. Other types of siding like wood and vinyl are prone to chipping and warping. Steel is not. In fact, many people install steel siding specifically because they don’t want to have to deal with siding maintenance and repairs.

What is the Most Durable Siding?

Fiber cement, brick, and steel siding tend to be the most durable. Brick can last for centuries if it is undisturbed. But masonry can crack in an earthquake or under other extreme circumstances. Fiber cement can also last for a very long time but it is very heavy and expensive to install. Steel is also very durable and doesn’t crack. It is also light enough so that installation prices don’t skyrocket. We would have to give steel the upper hand in this department.

Steel siding and gutter.

Other Considerations

There are other important things to think about when weighing your exterior house siding options. For instance, exterior siding and trim should be considered at the same time. For aesthetic sake, you should choose a siding that will complement our exterior trim. You should also consider your gutters. Gutters and drainage can interfere with siding installation and they may also clash with the style of the material you choose. Then, of course, there is the little matter of your budget Siding installation projects can blow up very quickly if you choose the wrong material. Durable and long-lasting materials like brick and fiber cement are very expensive to install upfront but they are a sound investment in the long-run. Vinyl is cheap to buy and install but it can chip, it shows seams and is prone to warping. in our opinion, steel is a happy medium when comparing price and longevity.

Again, if you have any questions about siding or want to talk to someone about your project, we would be more than happy to help. We know a lot about exterior siding in McKinney, TX so call us at (214) 612-6696 today!