New Design Service

Have you ever thought about making changes to the exterior of your home, but not sure where to start? If it is difficult for you to envision what your house could look like, you may be interested in one of our new services called Hover.  The process is easy, pictures are taken of your home and you will end up with a complete 3D rendering.  After that, any combination of exterior products can be added to your house.  You will be able to see different colors and materials.  If you have wondered what your house could look like, take advantage of this service!  If you end up using Carlson Exteriors as your contractor, the design fee is credited to your invoice total!

 

 

 

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Love the Wood Look? Hate the Wood Maintenance?

DaVinci makes a polymer shake product that looks like real cedar shakes

You are not alone! Thankfully there are many home exterior products out there to satisfy your desires. Let’s celebrate those products by taking a closer look.

 

Garage Doors

If refinishing your garage door every couple of years has kept you from purchasing a wooden garage door, CHI Accents line has come to your rescue. While these overhead garage doors look like real wood (even close up) they are metal doors made to look like wood. No maintenance at all! They over many styles and five different wood colors.

Click here to build your faux wood garage door online

Click here to look at CHI Accent Product Guide

 

Wooden Shakes or Wooden Shaker Style Siding

Most people know that vinyl shakes come in a variety of colors but few seem to realize that vinyl can mimic natural wood if the homeowner so desires. Vinyl Manufacturers have started to variate colors on a single shake panel to really recreate cedar siding.

Cedar Siding

There are a few hard board sidings out there that do a fantastic job of looking like real wood siding. Some require more maintenance than others. These hard board sidings are LP Smartside, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, and Royal Celect Siding. Check out our earlier blog series on Comparing Hard Board Siding by click here to learn about them.

If hard board siding breaks the budget, consider a variegated vinyl siding panel. Mastic Quest siding has six colors that resemble cedar. The Gualazzi’s thought it was a good choice for them after deciding their current cedar siding was not working for them. Check out that amazing decision by clicking here.

Wood Shake Roof

There are a couple of companies out there that make a wood shake roofing product that’s made of a polymer blend. Two top these companies are DaVinci Roofscapes and Inspire Roofing Products. While these products will be close to the same price point as real wooden shakes, there is absolutely no maintenance with a polymer blend shake. These shakes may look slick but are easy to walk on (so you can hang Christmas lights!). They are considered “self-healing” shakes, which means if they get scuffed or scratched the sun will heat up the polymer and erase the scratch.

 

Want to talk more about one of these? Interested in a wood-look product not mentioned? Give Carlson Exteriors a shout.

Contractors Insider Featuring Exteria Building Products

Exteria Handsplit Shake

This past week, I was able to connect with Exteria Building Products’ Sr. VP of Sales, Frank McCormack. Exteria is the manufacturer for Carlson Exterior’s preferred vinyl shake products. We’ve chosen Exteria’s shakes for the products ability to look like natural wood shakes without the maintenance or cost of wood; this makes Exteria’s shake the perfect and affordable option to homeowners that want the look of wood shakes without all the negative attributes.

Frank McCormack Sr. VP of Sales Exteria
Frank McCormack
Sr. VP of Sales
Exteria

I asked Frank to give me a brief history of Exteria’s company, what he thinks sets Exteria’s products above the rest, and why he chose to work for Exteria:

Exteria Building Products is one of the leading Manufactures of exterior cedar and masonry polypropylene siding materials in North America. Exteria entered the exterior cladding market in 2009 with the acquisition of the pioneer of polypropylene siding material, Nailite International. Since the acquisition, Exteria has made a commitment to continue the tradition of producing and introducing products that focus on realism, authentically replicating their natural counterparts. One of the key differentiators between Exteria and many of its competitors is a proprietary coating process that lends itself perfectly to the aforementioned commitment to realism.

 

What attracted me most to Exteria was their unbending commitment to offer quality products, a focus on authentic replication and a burning desire to lead the industry in Customer Satisfaction. Also, Exteria recognizes that  in addition to the end user or their products, the professional siding contractor is a key constituent and contributor to the overall success to the business. Whether it is one of the many Cedar Shake or Masonry profiles, Exteria has you covered for your cladding needs”

 Exteria Shake and Corners    Exteria Shake

If you are interested in seeing or know more about Exteria Building Products shakes, please visit Exteria’s website.

If you’d like us to give you a quote on installing their products on your home, please contact us through our website.

Storm Damage

Siding damage from a high wind storm
Siding damage from a high wind storm

While a good storm can be good for a deep sleep, it’s usually pretty hard on the exterior of our home. The strong winds can dislodge shingles and siding while hail can pock-mark or pierce it. We all have had a contractor knock on our door letting us know they could fix it for free through our insurance. This is often true, however, don’t feel like this contractor is your only choice. When picking a contractor to do your storm repairs (or any work for that  matter) you might want to consider the following:

  • Does the contractor have a local, physical location? A traveling contractor, one who follows the storms, could pose future communication issues. If you would have a problem with their work later down the road it might be hard to get a hold of them or have them return within a timely manner.  Local contractors gives you the benefit of being able to walk through their door and address any issues face to face.  You also have the word of mouth advantage with a local contractor; use your neighborly resources and find out if this contractor is of good quality and character- your community will know.
  • How long has this company been established? This goes without saying, but a company that has been around for a while usually has good business models in practice. You should ask if there has been any company name changes within the years they have been in business; many companies when faced with a lawsuit change their name afterwards to shed any negative images or legalities that could haunt their business. This doesn’t mean all companies change their name for this reason alone; some companies change their name to better fit their expanding company.
  • Does this company ask you, the homeowner, to get any building permits or do they do it? If a company asks you to pull any permits this should set off red flags. A city will not issue any permits to a company who is not licensed but will issue a permit to any homeowner.
  • Is this contractor licensed, bonded, and insured? This gives you, the homeowner, a little peace of mind through knowing they know what they are doing and if anything does go wrong they have the money to rectify it.
  • Do your research! Both local and traveling contractors have a website or at the very least have reviews on the web. Look up that contractor and see what previous customers have to say about their quality and craftsmanship. See if the good out weighs the bad.

While you cannot control when a storm hits, you can control who does the repairs. If someone is offering to do it free through your insurance that means any contractor can do it for free!

 

Hail damage shows up as pock-marks.
Hail damage shows up as pock-marks.
Shingle damage from high wind
Shingle damage from high wind