It may seem like a first-world problem, but having a door that catches on the jamb every time you try to open it can be pretty aggravating. Also, depending on how extensive the door warping is, it may become impractical to just simply live with the issue.

What causes doors to warp in the first place? Is there anything you can do to resolve it and prevent it from happening again?

What are the Main Reasons Doors Warp?

Warped doors can occur in any home, but they are more likely to happen in older structures and in homes located in a town with extreme weather changes. It’s also more likely to happen to taller doors. The reason this occurs could be due to several factors:

1. Stripped Screws

Inspect the screws that are holding the door together. If they are stripped, you’ll notice the door starts to catch as you’re opening or closing it. When drilling the new screws, decrease the pressure as the door starts to lift up into the stud.

2. Excessive Heat

Too much heat can cause the door to expand due to the moisture imbalance between the exterior and interior of your home. When the change in temperature is sudden, the expansion is even more dramatic and could potentially lead to the wood cracking or splitting.

3. Excessive Moisture

Humidity causes wood to swell. The issue is so common, some builders require homeowners to keep the air conditioner running in order to honor the warranty.

4. The Door Is Finished Only on One Side

Often, after the doors are painted, they’re glazed over with a clear finish to make the wood last longer. Or sometimes homeowners choose different types of finish to give the door a particular look, such as stained or a vintage feel. If this is only done to one side of the door, or if each side has a different finish, it may result in warping.

5. Improper Seal

If a door is already warped, removing it from the doorjamb and sealing it won’t achieve anything. When you get a replacement door, seal all six sides of it while all of them are even. In fact, if you don’t seal all six sides, the manufacturer or seller may void any existing warranties. If you’re storing new doors until they can be installed later, keep them in a dry area.

6. The Latch Is Misaligned

Even if the latch is off by the most minute measurements, it may cause the door to not close properly. If this is happening, do not force the door shut, as this can result in the door sticking to the door jamb, meaning you won’t be able to open it.

Can Door Warping be Prevented?

Yes. There are weather resistant doors, as well as doors made out of steel or fiberglass (which won’t expand and contract as wood does). In addition, you could apply polish to your doors (on both sides), twice a year.

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Preserve your home’s structural integrity and save money long-term by letting us help you. At Allied Siding and Windows, we’ve been proudly serving Houston, Austin, and Dallas for over 30 years. Let us inspect your home and conduct a comprehensive door assessment. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms!

When you own a home, you want it to look beautiful. Curb appeal not only makes you feel good about one of the biggest investments of your life, it also increases your home’s value. And one of the easiest ways to improve your home’s aesthetic is to install high-quality siding.

Why Install Siding

Alright. We understand that physical appearance isn’t the only motivator for getting things done, so we’re listing a few more benefits of siding in your home:

  • Protect your home’s structure: Certain types of siding are water resistant. This means that moisture and rainwater won’t seep into your walls. Some siding also offers protection from UV rays.
  • Energy efficiency: Having siding in good condition means that your home will remain cool during the hottest months of the year, and warm during the coldest ones. It doesn’t substitute insulation, but it does provide an extra layer of protection.
  • Increased resale value. Whether you own a starter home or raised your family in a dream abode, it’s always a good thing to know that if you were ever to plan on selling it, you could get the highest offers possible. New siding means that your home looks great and that potential buyers don’t have to worry about too many exterior repairs.

Life Expectancy of Siding

How long you can expect new siding to last depends on the materials used to make it.

  • Stucco siding can last up to 20 years
  • Aluminum siding can last between 20 and 30 years.
  • Wood siding can last up to 30 years.
  • Vinyl siding can last up to 40 years.

You also need to be aware that no matter the materials used for your home’s siding, you have to provide them with proper maintenance. What to do to make them last as long as possible also depends on the type of material used to build them.

Stucco siding requires regular inspection to verify whether there are any cracks on the surface. If so, you can refill them with caulk.

Aluminum siding requires protective coating about 15 years after installation. If any of the portions become dented, they’ll have to be replaced.

Wood siding require treatment every six years to make up for the damage caused by the elements.

Vinyl siding requires little to no maintenance. This is because this type of material doesn’t dent, scratch, or rot.

Improve your Home’s Appearance with help from Allied Siding & Windows

If you’re a Texas resident and your home’s siding needs professional attention, let Allied Siding & Windows help! You’ll know you’re working with one of the best professionals in the industry. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!

One of the joys of being a homeowner is being able to create the perfect environment for your backyard or patio. You can add coverings to enhance your preferred ambiance or sense of style. You can do the same to protect you from mosquitos and environmental elements. And to add to your ease and comfort, you can get creative with coverings to help protect your privacy.

To help you make this easy, here’s a list of the best ways to add a little privacy, to your patio.

1. Shutter or Fabric Screens

Screens are the fastest and one of the most affordable ways to add a secluded living area to your home. They also make your patio more comfortable by blocking sunlight, making it the perfect spot for hosting barbecues and social events.

2. Patio Covers

If you have neighbors with split level homes (or kids next door that love to play with drones), patio covers provide you with a layer of protection against curious eyes and prying overhead technology. They can be installed with shingles that will exactly match the roof of your home.

3. Fabric Canopies

Fabric canopies give you privacy while at the same time giving your patio the look and feel of a luxury vacation destination. They also protect you from the sun’s harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays, providing style and functionality.

4. Pergolas

Pergolas are versatile because they can be covered with either fabric, greenery, or flowers. So no matter your preferences or sense of style, there’s always something to suit your taste. They also have the added benefit of incorporating nature into your surroundings, which makes a nice change for people who have to spend the majority of their time indoors.

5. Retractable Shades

Retractable shades are easy to use. They also allow you to remain outdoors, rain or shine. Furthermore, they have the added benefit of providing extra shade for your home, reducing air conditioning and energy costs.

Affordable, Local and Reliable Home Siding in Texas

Are you ready to remodel your home’s exterior? Since our founding more than 30 years ago, Allied Siding & Windows has served more than 40,000 Texas homeowners with industry-leading products and labor warranties. When you choose us, you’ll receive exceptional value, brand-name products, and service you will remember for years to come.

For more information about our services, contact us online or visit one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!

One of the many things that’s so great about living in Texas is that we get plenty of days to enjoy warm and beautiful weather. From balconies, to patios or gazebos, there are plenty of ways of making your patio area look and feel like a fun and natural extension of your home.

But in addition to looking nice, you also want to make sure that your family is fully protected from the elements. For some people, that may mean a partial covering, while others may prefer a fully enclosed sunroom.

That’s where we come in. With all the personality you can hope to find in the great Lone Star state, we understand that each homeowner has their own vision for a perfect patio area. We’re proud to say these visions are attainable. And with the right contractor to get it done, you’ll have your dream home in a heartbeat.

7 Ways to Cover Your Patio

1. Retractable Awnings. Sometimes you want shade. Sometimes you want sunlight. Retractable awnings give you the option of having both. They also give you the flexibility of staying outside when there are rain showers. It really is the best of both worlds.

2. See-Through Covers. For days when there’s intermittent rain and mosquitoes, or beautiful clear skies but slightly colder than what you would like to endure, see-through covers provide the perfect solution. You get to soak in every single ray of sunshine without worrying about being exposed to less enjoyable elements.

3. Pergola Plants. No matter where you go, there will always be people who are big lovers of nature. Flowers and greenery are enough to make their environment feel just right. This is why it’s great that so many vines grow so well on pergolas. You get shade, ambiance, breathtaking decorations, and shade. Some of the options that grow well on this type of covering include wisteria, honeysuckle, grape vines, or even roses.

4. Thatched roof. There’s something uniquely relaxing about a thatched roof. The layers of straw and palm trees are reminiscent of island life, tiki bars, and sunsets over the ocean. What’s not to love? By installing it in your own home, you’ll get to indulge that tropical vibe year-round.

5. Patio Covers. If you prefer a more permanent fixture to your patio, traditional patio covers are still a great solution. And thanks to the myriad of materials we have on stock, you can choose any component that will best match your home’s architecture.

6. Umbrellas. If you just want something smaller, we still have something for you. Or if you do love the look and feel of beach umbrellas but need the effect on a larger scale to cover up your entire patio, we can also make it happen.

7. Fabric canopies. Vacationing in exclusive, private beaches often comes with luxurious lounging areas that are beautifully covered with fabric canopies. We can bring the same look and feel to your own backyard. Customize them and make them your own.

Affordable, Local and Reliable Home Siding in Texas

Are you ready to remodel your home’s exterior? Since our founding more than 30 years ago, Allied Siding & Windows has served more than 40,000 Texas homeowners with industry-leading products and labor warranties. When you choose us, you’ll receive exceptional value, brand-name products, and service you will remember for years to come.

For more information about our services, contact us online or visit one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!

Generally speaking, a person’s home is their pride and joy. It’s where you live, raise your family, celebrate holidays, and create memories. So when regular wear and tear starts making it look a bit run down, you want to do everything possible to bring it back to the way it looked when you first fell in love with it.

Your home’s siding is one of the most important elements to make it look beautiful. To help you plan how to best renovate your home’s façade, here’s is a list of the benefits, when it comes to replacing siding.

How to tell if it’s time to replace your home’s siding

If your home’s exterior walls show any of the following signs, it’s time to look into replacing your home’s sidings:

  • Discoloration
  • Water Stains
  • Cracks on the surface
  • Bubbling Paint
  • Siding is rotting or peeling
  • Mold is growing on the side of your home
  • Tiny holes
  • Sagging paneling

Benefits of replacing your home’s siding

  1. Improves Appearance. Everyone wants their home to look nice. After all, it’s one of your biggest investments and where you spend a significant amount of your life. Proper sidings also keep your home looking nice for longer, since some materials are designed to resist degradation from the sun’s harsh UV rays. And with so many materials to choose from, you have a blank canvas to make your home look exactly like how you envision it.  
  2. Energy Efficiency. When you replace your home’s sidings, the contractor can add insulation to your exterior walls. And even if you don’t add extra insulation, new siding prevents your home from losing its warmth during the colder months of the year. It also keeps the outside heat from coming in during the summer.
  3. Ensure the Structural Integrity of Your Home. Aging sidings can cause water to seep into the walls of your home, causing wood to rot and H20 to pool in your window sills. Some types of siding are also resistant to moisture and harsh weather elements; certain sidings can protect your home from winds of up to 180 mph (which is a category 5 hurricane).
  4. Increased Resale Value. If you want to sell your home, you have to cover all your bases: Make it look beautiful to potential buyers, reduce the amount of work and repairs someone would have to do if they make an offer, and ensure that the property is structurally sound. Replacing your home’s siding recoups over 90% of its cost when it’s time to sell your home.

Improve your home’s appearance with help from Allied Siding & Windows

If you’re a Texas resident whose home could use an exterior upgrade, don’t hesitate to contact Allied Siding & Windows! As a proud James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, you’ll know you’re working with one of the best siding contractors in the industry. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!

home siding colors

Since it made its debut in the 1950s, vinyl siding has been an attractive, long-lasting, and versatile option
for protecting your home. However, innovations in siding in terms of textures and colors have made it an
even more attractive option for homeowners. When investing in new siding for your home, color is an
important choice that you will literally live with for many years. Examples of considerations to take into
account when it comes to choosing home siding colors include the following.

Landscaping Style

If you have beautiful evergreen trees or other unique landscaping details in your yard, choosing a color that
will complement these can make your home a standout. If you have very colorful flowers, shrubbery, and
other landscaping details in your front yard, a more neutral color choice may be the preferred option.

Roof Color

The roof color is a major consideration in terms of matching and complementing the home’s overall
appearance. For example, a darker-toned roof often contrasts well with lighter-colored siding. Another
option is to do a shade variation that is just a few shades lighter than the roof for a complementary option.
Because a roof may last as long as 30 years, it’s likely you may change the color of your siding before this
time, making considerations for complementary siding important.

In addition to your roof, keep in mind other opportunities for contrast in your home, such as shutters or
window trimmings. The siding should complement these color palettes as well for a cohesive look.

House Size

Sometimes it’s difficult to translate a color on a small swatch or plank into how it will look on a home. As
a general rule, a very dark color can cause a larger home to appear gloomy. On a smaller home, a too-light
color can affect its ability to stand out.

Climate

Climate can play an important role in the siding color of choice as darker colors do tend to absorb a greater
amount of heat, which may not be as suitable for those who live in a very warm climate. For those who
live in colder climes where snow is a mainstay of the winter months, very bright colors can reflect harshly
on the eyes. For this reason, those in cooler climates may wish to choose more neutral colors, such as gray,
beige, brown, blue, or green.

Architecture

Homeowners should take into account not only the architecture of their home, but also the overall look and
feel of the neighborhood they’re living in. Even if you aren’t limited in color choices by any neighborhood
restrictions, resale value often dictates the home is aligned in color palette with the surrounding homes. For
example, Victorian style homes are often decorated in a darker-toned color palette as the architecture is
inspired by the somber colors Queen Victoria often wore. In contrast, a cottage-style home is often
decorated in brighter colors while a craftsman-style home is often in a natural-color palette.

For more information and ideas on selecting the best siding for your home, contact Allied Siding and
Windows.

cleaning home siding

Whether traditional vinyl or HardiePlank fiber cement siding, siding has many advantages. One of them is
the ease of which it is to keep siding clean. The project can be a significant undertaking, but one that
refreshes your home of the dirt and debris build-up that can accumulate over the course of a year.
Typically, once to twice-yearly cleaning can be enough to keep your siding looking its best.

Although these are general recommendations for keeping home siding products like HardiePlank siding
clean, it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer’s recommendations before cleaning to ensure there
are or are not specific recommended products.

Cleaning Supplies

To clean your siding, you’ll need to collect a few key materials. These include a bucket, soft-bristled and
long-handled brush, and cleaning agent. Typically, trisodium phosphate is a good choice as it is easily able
to cut through dirt and debris on siding. Also known as TSP, trisodium phosphate is available at most
grocery stores, hardware stores, and home improvement centers. Another option is oxygen bleach, which
will help you clean your home without damaging nearby landscaping.

Mix the TSP and water into a bucket as directed by the manufacturer’s label. Typically, this includes onehalf
cup of TSP and a gallon of water.

The Cleaning Process

Typically, dividing your home into imaginary sections can help you “divide and conquer” the cleaning
project. This way you can track your progress should the endeavor take you more than one day. Saturate
your brush with the soapy water and clean from top to bottom. This will reduce the appearance of
streaking as you clean. Rinse each panel frequently. Many people will adopt a routine, such as cleaning
three panels of 10-foot sections.

Cleaning “Don’ts”

Some products and brush types shouldn’t be used on siding. Examples of don’ts in terms of cleansers is to
avoid using concentrated chlorine bleach, nail polish remover, furniture polish, or liquid grease removers.
These products are usually considered too damaging for siding. Other “don’ts” include to avoid harsh
cleaners, such as steel wool.

To Pressure Wash Or Not?

The increasing availability to purchase or rent a pressure washer makes this an attractive alternative to the
brush-and clean motion. However, some manufacturers do not recommend using a pressure washer on
siding. Others may recommend a pressure limit to avoid damaging the siding. If you do choose to use a
pressure washer, point the stream directly at the siding, not upward or downward. Otherwise, the water
may direct up and under the siding, which could lead to hidden mold and mildew.

Know When It’s Time to Replace

Excellent maintenance and care for your siding can make it last for a very long time. However, sometimes
considering updating your siding to a new material or color can be just the refresh your home needs. In this
instance, the professional team at Allied Siding and Windows can be an excellent resource.

For more information and ideas on selecting the best siding for your home, contact Allied Siding.

Replacing the siding on your home can dramatically improve its appearance, increase its value and enhance your home’s protection from the elements and pests. To get the most benefits from new siding, you need to make sure you choose the right type for your home.

With our more than 25 years of experience in the field, our team here at Allied Windows & Siding has seen it all when it comes to siding. We have chosen James Hardie Hardie Plank Siding as our preferred product for projects due to the many benefits that it provides.

Some of the benefits of James Hardie HardiePlank Siding include:

  1. Fire Prevention

In the event of a fire, the right siding can greatly reduce damage done to the outer structure of a home. James Hardie HardiePlank Siding has been recognized as a fire prevention product. It is non-combustible and an excellent choice in areas prone to wildfires or in areas where houses are close together, increasing the danger of house fires.

  1. Pest Resistance

Unlike wood siding, James Hardie siding is resistant to the effects of wood-eating and burrowing pests, including carpenter ants and termites.

  1. Weather Resistance

It’s hard to beat the weather resistance of high quality HardiePlank siding. In wet and damp climates, the siding resists rotting, and its long-lasting color resists fading even in areas that are exposed to direct hot summer sunlight in the afternoon. The siding is also impervious to damage due to hail, impacts from debris that may fly during a storm and the effects of salty air along the shoreline. It’s even rated to withstand wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour.

  1. Less Maintenance

Compared to wood siding, James Hardie HardiePlank Lap Siding is much simpler to maintain. The paint can last for up to 10 years, which is 3 to 4 times longer than what’s common with wood siding.

  1. Appearance

James Hardie siding is available in shades to suit every taste with ColorPlus® Technology. This state-of-the -art technology is the product of years of research and testing and allows James Hardie to provide a wider range of color options with something to suit every taste.

  1. Guarantee

With James Hardie, you get the benefit of an incredible guarantee. A non-prorated, transferable limited warranty protects your investment, and the ColorPlus Technology carries a 30-year warranty. The siding has already been used with success on millions of homes across the United States.

  1. Price

While James Hardie HardiePlank Siding stands out as the best siding in the industry in our experience, it is still competitively priced.

At Allied Windows & Siding we combine the best siding products with the best installation service to ensure the success of every project. We use a 14-point checklist to guide us through every job and exceed, not just meet our clients’ expectations. For a free estimate, complete our online form today or call us to get more information on James Hardie HardiePlank Siding.

siding for home

You demand a lot from your home. Not only is it one of your biggest investments in life, but it needs to serve as a safe, reliable shelter that your family can rely on to keep them comfortable. And if it looks great from the outside too, that’s just an added bonus. One of the simplest and most practical ways to take care of all of the above is to have good looking, professional siding installed for your home. Siding that can stand up to both the hot Texas summer and freezing winters, while looking good and being reliable. And unlike cheap siding that is prone to wearing out quickly, top of the line siding can last for decades without deterioration or loss of function.

Wide Selection

One of the best parts of picking out siding is the wide choice of styles and materials. With so many varieties and designs, there’s siding with the exact look you want. Do you prefer vertical or horizontal planks, sheets, or shingles to make a design statement? We wanted to offer the most durable siding that still offers versatile design choices. Which is why we chose to team up with HardiePlank siding from James Hardie, the leader in fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding protects your house from all of the elements, including scorching summers, freezing winters, storms, wind and hail. Traditional siding materials, like wood, metal masonry, vinyl and asphalt, have a notoriously bad reputation for not being reliable. But unlike those materials, HardiePlank guarantees it will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws its way without fading, cracking, peeling or damaging.

The fact is that many companies claim siding needs to be replaced every few years. And due to the quality of that siding, they aren’t wrong. But James Hardie’s siding build quality is so high, combined with our 30 year warranty means this is likely the last siding you’re ever going to have to buy for your home.

No Worries

Here are a few of thing you’ll no longer have to worry about when you install James Hardie siding products:

  • Cracking in hot conditions
  • Rotting in damp conditions
  • Spreading flames
  • Damage from termites and other insects
  • Warping, buckling and swelling
  • Frequent repainting
  • Storm, wind, salt and debris damage

Hardie ColorPlus Technology also keeps the siding looking fresh for longer than any other type of siding. The ColorPlus Technology is capable of lasting twice as long, having a 30% better fade resistance, and adhering 400% better than other paints. Your siding won’t crack, chip or peel because it is baked onto the advance fiber cement planks in the factory keeping it looking like it was just installed for years and years.

Allied Siding & Windows has been providing quality and professional home improvement services to Houston, Austin, and Dallas for more than 20 years. We offer a number of stylish options from James Hardie®, the industry leader in the type of siding Houston, Austin, and Dallas homeowners have been able to count on Allied to provide. Take Hardiplank® Siding for example; this is the most durable and flexible siding material on the market today. While other siding materials such as vinyl are often easily damaged by insects or water, HardiePlank® is not. In fact, HardiePlank® Siding will resist cracking, peeling, fading, and many other problems that cause other siding materials to need replacement after only a few short years. Your home doesn’t have to succumb to the elements over time. No one has control over the weather, so it’s best to chose siding that resists severe climates and damage from precipitation, like James Hardie® fiber-cement siding.

Allied Siding & Windows proudly offers James Hardie® Siding to our customers because we fully believe in the durability of this material. We understand that your home is important and that you want to protect your home from the elements. HardiePlank® Siding allows you to do this while providing you with a beautiful appearance for your home’s exterior. And, Allied Siding & Windows can install HardiePlank® Siding for a much lower cost than most other companies in the Houston area. HardiePlank® is the number one choice for most homeowners in the Houston area today and is currently installed on millions of homes throughout the country.

If you need to install or replace your existing siding, then it simply makes sense to choose a material that will remain beautiful and durable for many decades. HardiePlank® Siding is that material. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, contact us today!