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Receive Expert Advice on Siding Replacement for Your Home

Are you looking at your siding and seeing major discoloration, picking up chunks of material and tired of termites? Admit it, your existing siding is rotting, swelling, buckling and damaging the structure of your home.

At Southern Home Services, your Charlotte siding replacement experts, we work every day to help you weatherproof your home while saving you money. You deserve the best value for your hard-earned dollars, and we are happy to provide you with valuable remodeling tips.

This week we’re offering 3 tips on siding replacement with James Hardie® Fiber Cement products:

Choose Siding That Will Last
Southern Home Services offers James Hardie® Fiber Cement siding, which comes with a 30-year nonprorated, transferable, limited warranty.  James Hardie® siding products with ColorPlus® Technology can provide peace of mind post-purchase.  You’ll avoid demanding and expensive maintenance cycles associated with wood siding, which means more free time for your family and cost savings for your pocket. This siding can be easily painted and will hold paint three times longer than wood siding, serving your home best in Charlotte and North Carolina’s weather.

Choose Value Over Cost
James Hardie® Fiber Cement Siding may be more expensive than regular wood or vinyl siding, but it’s definitely worth your buck. For the seventh year in a row, re-siding your home with James Hardie® provides the No. 1 return on investment. It has been proven that new James Hardie® Siding gives you a solid 80-percent return on your investment, which is more than a roof replacement, bathroom remodeling or even replacing your windows.

Select a Contractor Who Shares Your Vision
There are many siding companies and installers in North Carolina, and Charlotte in particular; however, it is hard to find a contractor who will incorporate your vision and provide exceptional installation service like we do. Southern Home Services has a true love for workmanship, which inspired us long ago to form our company and offer what our competitors do not; Trust, Respect, Affordability and Interest in your vision!

You deserve to have the best siding replacement professionals working on your home!


Conserve Energy for Your Home with Vinyl Siding

All across America, homeowners are buying products that will lower their home’s energy expenses. They will also tell you that vinyl siding helps increase energy efficiency because, unlike aluminum or metal, it is not a conductor of heat and cold.

What You Should Know
If you opt for siding replacement and replace aluminum with vinyl, your heating and cooling system will work more efficiently to keep your home’s interior at an ideal temperature. While you may already have insulation between the siding and walls, you will still notice an increase in energy efficiency if you choose aluminum siding in Charlotte NC.

The increase of energy efficiency in a home with siding replacement will vary because of factors such as how thoroughly the doors and walls are insulated. Note that insulation’s R-value is an indicator of how well it resists heat flow, and while insulation does not deflect 100 percent of cold or heat, it is very effective in helping to maintain people’s personal “comfort zone.” This is what a Charlotte NC siding company can do for you.

What You Can DO
Note that if you succeed in reducing the amount of heat conducted into your home’s insulation, that will reduce the amount of heat flow the insulation has to counteract. Because of this, it would lessen the amount of heat coming into your home via the sun (known as “heat gain”) and the amount of heat escaping from you home (known as “heat loss”) when your furnace is running.

While vinyl siding in Charlotte NC is not a panacea for all of the problems you may face when dealing with energy efficiency, you will see a definite improvement if you choose siding replacement and contact a Charlotte NC siding company.


Benefits of James Hardie Siding

The James Hardie® Fiber Cement Sidings are popular for many reasons. They are superior in quality and durability than most of their counterparts and that is why many people prefer this siding for their homes, whether it is a new home or for replacing an older home’s siding. There are many benefits that this cement siding offers, some of the most significant ones are:

30 Year Warranty
The James Hardie® Sidings come with an amazing 30-year nonprorated, transferable, limited warranty. However, you have to make sure that the siding is installed perfectly, otherwise the warranty won’t help you much. Loose ends and improperly installed Hardie® Siding will not hold out for longer. Whether you hire a contractor to do the job for you or you are a pro at installing sidings yourself, make sure that you do not leave any loopholes.

Ease of Painting
James Hardie® Siding is pre-primed when you buy it. This way it is ready to be painted right after it is installed. Moreover, it is really easy to paint these sidings as their surface accepts paint very well. This also makes for great color on the sidings once they are painted. All you have to after installing James Hardie® Sidings is caulk it and then paint it.

Pre-Painted sidings
Hardie® Sidings also come pre-painted. You can choose a color of your choice and install it. There, life made completely easy. In the case of theses pre-painted sidings, caulking remains the only task you will need to do after installing them.

Weather Resistant
James Hardie® siding products are Engineered for Climate® to resist the harshest weather conditions including UV levels, wind, rain, pests and heat.  This makes them a blessing for living along the coast-line.  You can be worry free regarding any rotting, molding, corroding, brittleness etc. once you have secured your house with James Hardie® sidings.


James Hardie Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to home siding, there are a number of options available. Vinyl siding is one quite popular option. Another up and coming siding is cement siding, also known as James Hardie siding. There, however, a number of differences between the two that are cited. This article has tried to cover the most significant of those differences.

Thickness of the material
While the most premium vinyl siding is as thick as 0.05 inches, James Hardie siding is about 5 times thicker than regular vinyl siding. This fact provides for the higher durability of the siding as well as more protection for the house.

Vinyl siding has a color that can’t be changed. This color is also often fades out over time. Not only that but it is also very difficult to find a good match when and if you need to repair vinyl siding. On the other hand James Hardie is said to come in better colors, which are also 30% less likely to fade than their vinyl counterparts.

Since James Hardie siding is fiber cement based, it is non-combustible. Furthermore, it is the siding of choice for fire rated buildings and constructions. Vinyl siding on the other hand can get melted or even burn when it comes in contact with a source of flame or heat.

Cement siding by James Hardie resists cracking, rotting, hail, warping etc. It also resists high winds with a 150 mph speed. On the contrary vinyl sidings get damaged by hail, heavy tree limbs and other debris in the environment.

Due to all these factors, it is recommended that given other things constant, James Hardie cement siding can prove to be a better investment for you and your house.


Tips to Taking Care of Your Home’s Siding

No matter how sturdy or expensive your home siding is, it still needs to be taken care of in order to survive for a long time. You must have experienced or seen many sidings that get withered away within a couple of years; while there yet others that go on and on for years. More often than not, the main difference is that of proper maintenance. If a siding is not rightly cared of, it will decay sooner than later, no matter how expensive it was.

To save you the mental stress, effort and money for siding repair or maintenance, we will discuss few tips here on how to take great care of your sidings.

  1. Always check your home siding at the beginning and the end of every season.
  2. Also check it after any harsh weather condition such as a storm
  3. Whenever you find any damage in your sidings, whether during your routine inspection, or by chance, immediately set about correcting it. Delaying is the worst you can do in the wake of such a problem.
  4. Regardless of the type of siding you have, regularly clean it with warm water mixed with soap, using a soft bristle brush.
  5. Afterwards rinse the home siding with plain water
  6. Watch out for cracked caulk that has damaged over time. See if it has left gaps on the surface by pulling away from it. If that is the case, repair it immediately.
  7. Do not forget to check for any chipped off wood, cracks, boards that are crumbling etc.
  8. Keep your homes siding in a good condition by repainting it occasionally and it is recommended to use high quality paint.
  9. Clean mildew with water diluted bleach or a low potency one
  10. Repair your damaged mortar with nice fresh mortar
  11. Do away with efflorescence by using vinegar water.
  12. Keep the moisture away by sealing it with a good quality sealer
  13. If you think that you’re not great at home improvement stuff, hire professional help

By taking care of your home siding, you will make it last longer and thus will keep your expenses in check.


Top 5 Tips to Determine If Your Home Needs New Siding

Your home siding is the part of your house that gets the roughest treatment; not from you perhaps but certainly from the weather and other elements in the outside environment. The siding doesn’t only give your house a beautiful look through a visually unified façade but also prevents any heat loss during winter. These reasons should be enough to make you careful about this important part of your house. The different material of sidings makes it a really eccentric job to be an expert at all types. Yet one thing you can do is learn some general tips about how to determine the need for a new siding for your house.

You should keep a constant check on the condition of your home siding to check if there are any significant damages needing replacement. However, the problem many people face is how to know whether they need a new siding. This article will discuss the top 5 tips for you to be able to determine when to do just that.

Tip # 1: Listen for any rattling noises right outside your house when it is windy. It may not always be a blown away trash bin

Tip # 2: If your house has real wood sidings and you live in an area where woodpeckers are found, check often for woodpecker-done damage in your siding, which will be quite obvious.

Tip # 3: Always do a thorough check on all sides of the house after any harsh weather conditions and look for any broken or missing clapboards or shingles.

Tip # 4: If you are going to buy a new house, make sure to properly check its siding. If you are not an expert at it, then get some expert help or ask a friend to accompany you.

Tip # 5: If you feel that your house is not warm enough or is less warm as compared to before, also check for damaged home siding among other things.


Replacing Your Siding: What is the best investment – vinyl or fiber cement?

For 5 years in a row, Remodeling magazine has ranked residing your home with fiber cement siding the #1 return on investment for jobs >$1200. The magazine has conducted the study since 1988 & compares construction costs for remodeling projects with the value they add to a home at resale in the current real estate market.  2005 was the first year they evaluated fiber cement siding replacement, and maintaining it’s position at the top of the list is a clear marker of the value it provides to homeowners.

For Charlotte siding replacement, Southern Home Services is a proven choice. Experienced in replacing both vinyl siding & fiber cement siding (also known as hard board siding,  hardie/hardy board  and fiber cement siding) there are new products on the market that can keep your home’s exterior low maintenance, while also decreasing your energy costs with the proper underlayment. As a Charlotte siding contractor that strives for customer satisfaction & repeat business due to referrals, we don’t cut corners on the details, such as what goes under the siding!

Did you know?

• Residing with fiber cement gives a 31% better return than adding a bathroom and costs $61k less to complete

• Minor kitchen remodel gives you a 10% less return on investment than re-siding with fiber cement

• Adding a second story addition nets you 23% less return on investment than fiber cement re-siding