James Hardie fiber cement siding is considered one of the most long-lasting, attractive and low-maintenance products on the market. While vinyl and wood siding have been two of the most popular siding choices for many years, the comparatively new siding material, fiber cement, has risen in popularity. In fact, more than eight million homes across the U.S. now trust James Hardie fiber cement siding! [Read more…]
Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t start and end with landscaping your front yard. When guests first pull up to your house, they’ll notice things like cleanliness, age and how the exterior compares to the homes around it.
If you feel like your home needs a facelift, you have plenty of siding materials to choose from. Here are some of our top picks.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements such as rain, hail, snow and extreme heat. What many homeowners don’t realize is that the roof is not only one of the most important parts of their home, it is also one of the most vulnerable. Constant exposure to often harsh conditions can quickly cause your roof’s health to deteriorate, resulting in costly repairs. [Read more…]
Consider what you want out of a front door. Do you want something that can keep you safe? Raises your home’s value? Adds curb appeal? Once you’ve settled on a list of must-haves, set your budget.
Now that spring is here, you may find yourself yearning for a gorgeous view of your flowering front yard or
wishing your windows allowed more sunlight to brighten your home. Fortunately, with the help of window
installation professionals, you can easily transform your room from dark and dingy to warm and inviting.
Resizing Your Windows
Many homeowners are familiar with the process of window replacement and may even have done it themselves
in the past. Replacement consists of removing the window and its casing, inserting an appropriately-sized
replacement window, sealing, weatherproofing and adding the new casing and trim.
Window resizing is much more complicated than replacement. You aren’t just removing and replacing the window
– you’re also expanding the opening in the wall or adding framing to shrink the existing opening. Construction
experience is necessary to successfully rebuild portions of the wall and exterior siding, which is why the average
homeowner will need to hire a contractor.
The Anatomy of a Window
To understand what window resizing entails, you need to understand the basic components of window and wallframing:
- Rough opening – Just like it sounds, the rough opening is the approximate size of the window, not taking
the framing into account.
- Header – Wood framing that runs horizontally along the top of the window. If the window is especially
large or part of a load-bearing wall, you’ll want a thicker header to offset the lack of structural support in
the window area.
- Sill – Wood framing that runs horizontally along the bottom of the window.
- Studs – Regularly spaced wood framing that stands vertically and supports the entire wall. Trimmer (or
jack) studs surround the window’s rough opening and run from the header to the floor. Cripple studs are
short and run from the top plate of the wall to the header and from the sill to the sole plate on the
ground. King studs are as tall as the wall itself and must be installed right beside the trimmer studs and
outermost cripple studs.
Depending on the type of window resizing project, you may need to remove the header, sill or studs and replace
them with new framing. This allows you to adjust the size of the rough opening to fit your desired window.
Keep in mind that amateurs tend to get in trouble when they try their hand at window resizing, especially on a
load-bearing wall. If done improperly, a DIY project can compromise the structural integrity of your home, putting
your family in danger and potentially causing your window to break due to excessive pressure.
Making Your Window Larger
Enlarging your window is typically more complex than shrinking it. If you increase the width, you will need new
studs to the right and left of the rough opening. You will also need a new header and sill that can fully span the
window for adequate support.
If you are only looking to expand your window upward, the sill may be left intact. The opposite is true if you are
extending the length of the window down – in this case, the header remains and the sill needs to be replaced.
Some studs will also need to be replaced. The size and strength of these components may also need to increase in
order to support the added weight of a larger window.
To access the framing, you will need to remove the existing drywall or plywood and relocate any nearby electrical
wiring and plumbing out of the way. Once the new frame is constructed, new drywall or plywood will have to be
installed, insulated and sealed so there is a seamless flow from the new wall to the old wall.
Making Your Window Smaller
Shortening your window, whether vertically or horizontally, tends to be easier because less structural change is
needed. Wood framing can be added to the old rough opening to close it off, and less demolition is required
One notable challenge is that you will need to convert a portion of your home’s exterior to a wall instead of a
window. That means you will need a professional to help put up new siding or lay brickwork to cover the previous
opening. If you know you’re going to decrease your window’s size in advance, save any extra siding or brick
materials from the original construction to ensure a flawless transition between the old and new exterior.
Upgrade Your Windows With Allied Siding & Windows in Texas
If you are thinking of enlarging or shrinking your window, try to do it in spring before the sweltering heat and
monsoons arrive. More importantly, don’t let fear stand between you and your dream home. While window
resizing can be overwhelming for the average homeowner, it’s second nature to a professional.
Allied Siding & Windows has been transforming homes for 30 years and has more than 40,000 satisfied customers
in Texas. Our crew excels in what they do because they’ve taken the time to go through manufacturer training
and learned how to install all our products the right way! We offer Simonton®, Don Young and Andersen®replacement windows and James Hardie® home siding with exceptional warranties.
If you want to work with professionals who will get the job done right the first time, give us a call at (713) 946-
Allied Siding and Windows installs only the highest quality windows on the market! Do you have questions about the right window for your home?
Contact us today for a free estimate. Call (713) 946-3697 or fill out our online form.
No one wants to be hit with unexpected repair costs, especially when it comes to something as vital as their roof. While you may be able to handle a few winter days without a functioning heater or temporarily manage a plumbing crisis by turning off the water, there is no good way to patch up a roof once it’s started to leak or collapse. Your best bet is to prevent roof failure before it happens.
So, how can you tell when your roof is in need of replacement? There is no clear-cut answer. Instead, you’ll have to take roofing material, maintenance history and signs of deterioration into account.
Lifespan by Roofing Material
Asphalt shingles, also called composite shingles, are overwhelmingly the most popular roofing material, with 80 percent of homeowners choosing them for their roofs. 1 This is primarily due to their affordability. An asphalt shingle roof lasts anywhere from 15 to 20 years, but potentially longer with a little periodic maintenance.2
Metal roofs come in many varieties, including aluminum, copper, steel, tin and zinc. In terms of longevity, they outperform shingle roofs, lasting anywhere from 40 to 70 years with proper care. They also tend to need less maintenance than other roof types. However, you will pay double or triple the price of standard roofing materials if you choose a metal roof.3
Most tile roofs last from 50 years to an entire lifetime.2 They stand up well against UV damage, insect infestation and rot, although they are fragile and don’t hold up well to foot traffic or sharp impacts from hail or other debris. The deep orange-red hue of clay and terracotta is especially popular throughout the Southwest.
Slate roofs are a particularly timeless subset of tile roofs that can last upwards of 150 years if well maintained, putting them in a different class than most other roofing options. In addition to lasting nearly forever, slate roofs are totally fireproof. The downside? Slate costs anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 per square! 4
Wood roofs are somewhat uncommon but can add a historic or rustic look to your home. They are commonly made of cedar because it provides some protection against pests and rot and typically lasts anywhere from 20 to 30 years.2 Since wood is particularly susceptible to mold and fungi growth, especially when exposed to large amounts of water combined with poor ventilation, your roof will need regular upkeep. You may wish to schedule professional cleaning or wood preservation treatments every few years to maximize your roof’s lifespan.
Other Factors That Affect Roof Longevity
Choosing the right roofing material is only half the battle. Another crucial aspect of preserving the longevity of your roof is choosing the most trustworthy and experienced roofing professionals in your area to install it. Even a roof with the best material will fail if the installers are unfamiliar with the material or do a sloppy job of laying and securing the shingles.
You will also need to maintain your roof, just like you do with any other component of your house. This primarily entails scheduling regular roof maintenance with a professional every few years or so. These experts can inspect your roof for signs of damage you may have missed and make repairs. The second part is keeping your roof clean and free of debris. There are several steps you should be taking to ward off plant growth and rot:
- Keep gutters flowing – If water is standing still in your gutters or debris is crowding your roofline, your roof may start to absorb the backed-up water and rot.
- Sweep off sticks, leaves and branches – In general, do not let your roof get bogged down by detritus. It’s much simpler and more affordable to clear your roof of wood and leaves now than it is to repair a leak caused by a fungus down the line.
- Stop moss growth – Moss traps water against your roof and looks unsightly. If moss growth is a problem for your roof, you may want to consider applying a powder or liquid moss killer or installing a zinc sheet on the top of the roof to keep it at bay.
Signs That Your Roof Is Failing
Even if you’ve calculated when your roof needs replacing, you still want to keep your eyes peeled for any signs of roof damage. A strong storm or fallen tree branch can easily damage an otherwise sturdy roof, so don’t rely on your roof’s projected life expectancy alone when making the decision to replace.
Here are just a few signs your roof may need replacement:
- Missing shingles
- Shingles that are curling, buckling or otherwise misshapen
- Worn-looking shingles that are missing granules
- Cracks in the roof material
- Old or rusted flashing
- Daylight streaming into your attic from the roof
- Neighbors replacing their roofs
- Roof sagging
Get a Brand-New Roof From Allied Siding & Windows
At Allied Siding & Windows, we provide our customers with high-quality Duration® Shingles produced by Owens Corning™. These shingles combine the affordability of shingle roofs with the performance of longer-lasting roof materials. By choosing Duration Shingles, you get:
- Resistance to winds up to 130 miles per hour
- SureNail® Technology for strength and quicker application
- Reduced plant growth with StreakGuard™ Algae Resistance Protection
- A wide variety of TruDefinition® colors to choose from
- Coverage under the Preferred Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty
- And much more!
Allied Siding & Windows has been serving Texas for more than 30 years. If you’re looking for roof replacement, installation or repair, you can trust our specially trained contractors to get the job done right. Visit our site for your free estimate or call us at (713) 946-3697 today to get started!
By getting creative and utilizing these easy home decorating tips, you can turn a small living space – such as an apartment, dorm room or bedroom – into a stylish and comfortable dwelling.
Cleaning and maintaining your window screens is just as important as maintaining the rest of your home because it:
- Boosts curb appeal
- Keeps windows clean
- Improves your indoor air quality when you open the window
- Prevents loss of heat
- Deflects rainwater
Window cleaning should be a part of your regular home cleaning routine, especially after dust storms or rainstorms.
How to Maintain Your Window Screens
Window screen cleaning can extend the window screen’s longevity, makes your home’s exterior look better and gives you a better view of the outdoors from inside. A hose down or a pressure washer cleaning isn’t always adequate to keep screens clean, and can even damage your window screen beyond repair if you’re careless. Here are a few steps to help you clean your window screens efficiently without damaging them.
- Remove your screens – Start by removing your screens from their fastenings. Modern window constructions make it easy to pop out the screens, but for older fastenings, use a plastic putty knife to pop them out.
- Lay the screens on a flat surface – The best way to clean window screens is by placing them face down on your driveway or lawn. You can clean smaller screens in your bathtub.
- Use gentle detergents when washing – Your screens are sensitive, so use a mild detergent like baby or dish soap and combine it with water. Gently scrub using brushes with soft bristles to avoid tearing your screen. Use clear water to rinse any remaining film off. Avoid using high pressure washers or nozzles to avoid damage. Let your screens air dry by laying them in the grass or propping them against the outside of your house.
Before putting your screens back in place, it’s best to clean you windows on the screen-facing side, as any lodged debris can dirty your screens when you put them back on. Put your screens back in place once they have dried.
Have Your Windows and Screens Professionally Replaced with Allied Siding and Windows
Make cleaning your windows easier and update to a modern window frame with Allied Siding and Windows! We provide affordable, quality window replacements from Andersen, Simonton and Don Young, all of which offer the latest in energy saving technology and functionality. All the windows we install are custom-made and fitted specifically for each customer’s home.
At Allied we don’t charge extra to remove and dispose of old windows. Our 100/100/100 window replacement is one of the best packages on the market, providing 100 percent financing, a 100-year warranty and an affordable fee of just $100 a month, based on a 13-window average per home, with our Easy Payment Plan.
Contact us today to have your windows replaced and enroll in our 100/100/100 program!
Home improvement projects can vary in difficulty and complexity, depending on what you hope to accomplish. Painting a wall or putting up a few shelves is much different than doing electrical work or trying to build an entire addition to your existing home. Cost, in particular, can be an important factor for homeowners looking into various home improvement projects. If you’re looking to install or replace siding and windows, it pays to hire a professional.
While many DIY homeowners claim to be experts, there are a number of ways for things to go wrong. Only a trained and certified professional can ensure your home improvement project is completed properly and safely.
Make Sure Your Home Is Getting the Maximum Benefits of HardiePlank® Siding
There are several reasons HardiePlank® fiber cement siding is the most popular siding in the U.S.
It can be purchased in a variety of textures to match the diverse style needs of homeowners across the nation, is available with ColorPlus® Technology to provide optimum weather and fade resistance and boasts unparalleled longevity and durability. At Allied Siding and Windows, we’re so confident in HardiePlank that we offer a 30-year transferable limited warranty.
Fiber cement siding also offers superior fire and storm resistance when compared with past siding material options.
Investing in HardiePlank with ColorPlus Technology is a smart move as a homeowner, but only if you’re reaping all the benefits that have led to its increasing popularity. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to trust a reputable contractor with experience installing this advanced siding material correctly.
If installed incorrectly, the fiber cement siding can actually trap water within the walls of your home. This excess moisture can lead to the formation of mold, damaging the structure of your home and potentially causing significant health issues.
Don’t Let Your Replacement Window Job Turn Into a Nightmare
Installing windows of any kind isn’t the best project for an amateur to tackle. Being forced to lift and hold heavy framing for extended periods of time could lead to back pain, and dropped glass could cause significant injury.
Keep in mind your new energy-efficient replacement windows only provide those money-saving benefits if everything is properly installed and sealed. We carry a diverse array of vinyl, wood, fibrex and hybrid replacement window options from industry leaders such as Andersen, Simonton and Don Young, many of which boast the latest features to provide exceptional functionality and energy savings.
Investing in new ENERGY STAR®-certified equipment won’t do much good if improper installation leads to drafty windows. These replacement windows are built to last, but you likely won’t be able to fully benefit from all potential warranties if you risk doing the job yourself.
One of the things we’re known for at Allied Siding and Windows is accountability and quality, which is why we follow a detail-oriented 14-point checklist during window installation. We accurately measure, custom fabricate and fit each window for your home.
Some other companies, inexperienced handymen and DIYers may attempt what’s known as “forcing” a standard-sized window into an existing opening, often in ugly and inefficient ways that compromise the window’s integrity and energy benefits. When you hire the pros at Allie Siding and Windows, you can rest assured we’ll never force an improperly sized window, and we’ll always ensure your new replacement windows look beautiful before we leave.
We also simplify your life by disposing of your old windows free of charge, so you don’t have to deal with hauling them to the dump or have them sitting around for big-trash pickup.
Allied Siding & Windows is committed to providing professional service to all our customers. We take our responsibility seriously, which is why we take every precaution to ensure all Crew Members and Crew Supervisors comply with all company policies and ethical standards. Allied’s installation crews receive quarterly training directly from our product manufacturers to ensure optimum performance and safety. Furthermore, our teams will complete their work with as little interruption to your lifestyle as possible.
Contact Allied Siding & Windows today for a no-cost quote, or visit one of our Texas locations to speak with a professional today.
See our infographic below for quick tips on why you should hire a home improvement professional.