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On the Deck: Siding

By Laura Freeman

At Chattanooga Exteriors we complete a lot of replacement siding jobs each year. You may have considered new aluminum or vinyl siding for your home, but may not even be aware of another, better option – fiber cement siding.

Fiber cement siding manufactured by James Hardie is an amazing product. A process that combines sand, cement and wood fiber into a flexible, strong composite, results in a board that surpasses the strength, beauty and durability of aluminum or vinyl.

The following reasons are why we at Chattanooga Exteriors offer James Hardie fiber cement siding.

 

1: Return on Investment

Re-siding with fiber cement yields the highest return on your investment when compared to other mid-size remodeling projects. The return on re-siding your house with fiber cement is 25 percent higher than if you were to add a bathroom for instance. The value of re-siding with James Hardie fiber cement siding lies in the superior quality of their product.

 

2: The Recognized Leader

James Hardie products grace the sides of more than 5.5 million homes across America. They’ve won over the press, the remodeling industry, and most importantly, their customers, with the beauty and durability of their products.

 

3: Beauty & Durability 

Only James Hardie siding and trim are engineered to withstand the specific climate in which they are used and perform year after year, even when exposed to extreme weather. Not only will our siding stand up to mother nature, there’s also no need to worry about it being eaten by insects or animals. And when finished with ColorPlusTechnology, James Hardie products reduce the need for frequent touch-ups and re-painting because the color is baked-on and UV-ray resistant. Feel confident knowing that you chose the product designed specifically for beauty and durability.

 

4: Sustainability

As a product leader in the building and construction industry, James Hardie recognizes its obligations to promote green living. Green living means building with products that stand the test of time. James Hardie products are engineered for climate, so they have a longer life cycle than cheaper, less-durable products. ColorPlus Technology reduces the need to re-paint frequently, resulting in fewer materials ending up in landfills. James Hardie also reduces their environmental footprint by making their products with locally sourced, sustainable raw materials, such as cement, sand, wood fiber, and water. Hardie also has manufacturing facilities across the country, which allows them to reduce transport-related pollution.

 

5: Lower Insurance

Since fiber cement siding (unlike vinyl) is non-combustible and hail-damage resistant, it can sometimes help reduce home insurance premiums. Ask your insurance agent today. If you’d like to find out more about Hardie’s durability, low maintenance, and design, be sure to check out this awesome video – Click Here To Watch!

 

If you would like to see the siding work that Chattanooga Exteriors has done on some of your local neighbors homes, click these links below. Ready to get started? Call us at (423) 389-4283

 

On the Deck: Composite decking

By Laura Freeman

Welcome to the Chattanooga Exteriors blog. Today we are going to be talking about decking. Specifically composite decking. The reasons more homeowners are choosing composite decking today are many. Primarily, composite decking simply outlasts wood by a factor approaching 200%. That wooden deck of yours will last 10-15 years, and that is only if you spend considerable time and energy maintaining it over those years.
Annual pressure washing, staining and sealing is required to keep a wooden deck looking good over time. And if appearance is important to you, it may be more often than that. Splintering is also a problem with wood, as many a barefoot child can attest.
A composite deck on the other hand will easily last 25 years and require a simple hosing down occasionally to maintain its good looks. And forget staining and painting, the color in a composite board goes all the way through. Composites don’t splinter or warp either.
Speaking of color, At Chattanooga Exteriors, we feature Trex High Performance Composite Decking with over 18 beautiful colors from which to choose and it is engineered to resist fading, scratches and stains, so it is highly recommended for pet owners. Trex is the first company to combine the durability of recycled plastic with the natural beauty of reclaimed wood in a high-performance decking product.

Trex decking not only comes in many colors, but has the actual look of reclaimed wood, grain and all. Some earlier composites were no more than plastic planks.Trex is also heavier than real wood, providing a solid feel underfoot that shrugs off wind, hail, snow and rain with ease.

Trex is the nation’s #1 composite decking brand and at Chattanooga Exteriors, we are proud to have earned a Gold Level Installer distinction. We can design your deck to be a signature blend of style and strength that comes together as one weather-shrugging, long-lasting, easy-to-care-for outdoor oasis that beautifully pairs both form and function.

A Trex Composite deck can actually add value to your home too, so if you live anywhere in the Chattanooga, TN metro, are ready to ditch the maintenance, and make your home more beautiful and more valuable, give us a call at 423-389-4283. One of our experienced deck designers will help you design the perfect long-lasting, easy-to-care-for outdoor oasis that beautifully pairs both form and function.

Winterizing Your Home:

By Laura Freeman

A Few Simple Tips To Make A Chilly Winter More Tolerable

Here at Chattanooga Exteriors we take great pride in providing our customers with ways to improve their lives, without necessarily tapping their wallets. Case in point, here are a few good ideas to keep Old Man Winter at bay, without draining the bank account (especially around the holidays!).

At little to no cost, these tips can save you serious coin when the drops.

  1. Flip your Fan – Most people think ceiling fans are only for cooling. Not so … reversing your fan during the cooler months will force that warm air from the ceiling (remember your elementary school science … warm air rises) back down into your living space. Run it on the lowest speed setting and you will be surprised by the warm breeze. Believe it or not, you can reduce your heating expense by as much as 10% with this nifty trick.
  2. Change Your Filters – This one seems obvious, but many people simply forget. Dirty furnace or HVAC unit filters rob you of real money. Put a reminder in your calendar, on your phone or stick one to the fridge, but swap those filters every month. By the way, try to get a real HEPA (not “HEPA-like) filter, they trap up to 99% of all allergens, so your family will not only save money on energy, they’ll feel better too.
  3. Cool Your Jets – Water jets that is … turning down the temperature setting on your hot water heater to about 120 degree can save another 7-10% on your energy bill. A word of caution here. Having your hot water temp at 140 or higher can cause serious accidental burns, especially to small children or the elderly. But we should also note that if you have a smaller hot water heater and a large family, you may run out of hot water before every one is done showering at 120 degrees. 
  4. Mind The Gap – The Department of Energy says you can waste up to 30% of your energy due to gaps in your windows or doors. Seal drafty areas with a good old fashioned “draft snake” until Chattanooga Exteriors can get you some airtight fenestrations (that’s fancy talk for any hole in your house that a window or door should go in). But seriously, a short term fix is an old necktie or tube sock filled with kitty litter to weigh it down. Place up against the draft to block the cold. 
  5. Tap The Thermostat –Leaving the house or going to bed? Just tap that thermostat down a few degrees. If you are asleep, you won’t mind it a little cooler and why waste money heating an empty house when you are gone. Easy does it though, you don’t want to drop the temp more than about 5-6 degrees otherwise your furnace will work too hard to bring it back up and waste what you saved by lowering it. If you are going to be gone for an extended period, like a vacation to somewhere warm and beachy … lower your thermostat down to the fifties and back up your normal range when you return with your tan.
  6. Jump Ugly – Did you know that even an ugly Christmas sweater can make it feel 4 degrees warmer in your home? That’s right, this tip might be the simplest of all. Dress warmer. President Jimmy Carter had it right when he asked the country to turn down the thermostat and dress warmer to save energy. It holds true today, dressing warmer and staying active can reduce the cost of your energy bills, get you in better shape AND have you looking especially dashing in a sweater.

Give us a call at Chattanooga Exteriors for all your siding, windows, desks, doors and more. Stop by or schedule an appointment at our showroom where we offer James Hardie siding, Trex composite decking, railing, windows, and doors. 

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