The Importance Of Pressure Washing Your Home Siding Regularly

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Most homeowners disregard the importance of pressure washing. Some think it’s just not necessary. Or that it could even damage their home. However, this is not the case. Pressure or power washing is very important to your home. It gets rids of dirt, mildew, and mold, especially in shaded areas. Regular cleaning helps you get rid of dust, grease and chemical residues that have built up over time. Failing to clean your siding can result to fading or discoloration. Join us as we conclude our blog series, Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home.  Mentioned below are some reasons why you should regularly pressure wash your home’s siding. Improves Curb Appeal Pressure washing your siding greatly improves the curb appeal of your home. This is particularly important to homeowners looking forward to selling their property. Using a pressure washer for cleaning your siding removes dirt and debris which make your house look old and unattractive. By making use of a pressure washer for cleaning your house, homeowners who intend to sell their property increase the chances of selling their houses at a faster rate. 2) Protects Your Home Moss, algae, mildew, and mold have the potential of causing repair issues in the long run. You do not have to live with the dinginess and damage that comes with these types of growth if you pressure wash your home’s siding. 3) Health Protection Protect your health as well as the health of your family members by getting rid of mold, dust and other allergens that can make you sick. Pressure washing eliminates these irritants by completely getting rid of them. 4) Preparation for Renovation Before embarking on any exterior renovations, make sure you pressure wash to get rid of any dirt that may inconvenience you in later stages of renovations. This is a recommended step that should never be skipped. The directions on the most common materials like tubes of sealant, bottles of stain, and paint tell you to start with a clean surfaces for the best results. Pressure washing is essential for cleaning and taking off peeling layers that may cause problems to new applications over time. Your home’s siding speaks volumes about your personality, who you are, and what you like. It is either a win or a fail; there is no in between. To make sure that you are on the winning side, go through the color palette on the color wheel. Never force colors to your home if it does not have a natural way to divide them. Always go for color combinations that are less complex. We hope that you have learned more about your home and this important but under appreciated architectural element of your home, siding.  Please check out any of the other articles in our blog series, Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home by visiting our website.  We have covered knowing when it’s time to replace or re-stain, reviewed the pros and cons of… Read more »

Perfect Siding Color Guide

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The thought of choosing new siding colors can be daunting. There is always fear that you might not choose the correct color. Changing your siding color is more difficult than painting a room in your home. So, how do you ensure you make the right decision when it comes to the color of your siding? Don’t sweat it, C.E.T. Painting has created the perfect siding color guide to assist you through the whole painting process. Our advice is that before you choose your siding color palette, visualize what you want your home to look like. Choose a trim color from our color wheel that will that blends perfectly with your neighborhood. The following are some colors that may look flawless on your home, consider any of these siding colors as we continue our series of articles on Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home. Coastal Blue It’s no doubt that blue has become quite popular over the last couple of years. When compared to neutral shades, it stands out as a bold color. If you aim to evoke feelings of peace and serenity to viewers and guests, then coastal blue is precisely what your siding needs. Homes painted with a combination of crisp white trim and coastal blue evoke a feeling of well-being. The color has the same effect as the sea does to its viewers. Cypress Cypress is a muted shade of green popular in the northern parts of the US. If your home is located in a conservative area that values neutral colors, then cypress is a perfect choice. The color blends perfectly in homes surrounded by woods, fields, and trees. This color is also ideal for homes located in areas where darker colors are preferred because it makes use of various accent colors. Marigold Pale or yellow tones of marigold are the key to anyone looking for warm and light colors to brighten their home’s exterior. Marigold is ideal at lightening and brightening a house without making a bold statement. Pairing marigold with crisp white trims brings about tremendous results on different architectural styles in all areas. Natural Clay Natural clay is popular with homeowners not willing to stark a shade or those who are intrigued by white. This color has a unique personality. It is cooler than tan or cream. It pairs perfectly with brown, beige, and tan. Natural clay is ideal for people looking forward to creating monochromatic exterior to their siding. Forest Green Forest green is ideal for homeowners whose houses are located in rural areas or those living in places surrounded by nature. The color reminds us of trees during mid-summer. Forest green is a perfect background color for houses that require bold accents, like red front doors or a black shutter. Desert Tan Regardless of where you live or your architectural style, true neutrals are always well received. Neutrals blend well with their surroundings. They are perfect if you live in a neighborhood of divergent styles or colors… Read more »

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Each Type Of Siding?

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Our previous blog article in our series on Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home, focused on the importance of replacing or re-staining the siding on your home. More than simply improving your home’s curb appeal, we saw that siding improves your home’s insulation and protects it from adverse weather conditions. It goes without saying that your home’s siding plays a significant role in influencing your home’s architectural style.  This article will dig a little bit deeper on the kinds of siding materials you should use and breaks down the benefits and weaknesses of each. So sit back, buckle up and relax as we cruise you through a sea of information on your home’s siding. Types of House Siding: Wood Wood siding has been used for centuries. Most people not only like it for its beauty, but also for the natural look that it brings to their homes. The naturally changing tones and colors of wood make a home feel inviting. Wood siding can be from different tree species such as cedar, redwood, fir, pine, and spruce. An advantage of wood siding is that it can easily be stained. Other than stain color and species, you can further tailor your home’s overall look by selecting a profile that is most applicable to you. Some of the most popular profiles for wood are board and batten, shakes or shingles, bevel or clapboards, and engineered wood like vertical boards and wooden sheet siding. The cheapest option is clapboard while the most expensive option is shingles due to its classic look. Pros – If damaged, you can replace wood siding in small quantities. Other types of siding need sides and whole panel replacement in case of damage. – Without a doubt, wood siding is the ‘greenest’ siding on the market. – With wood siding, there is infinite customizability; there are no boundaries to the types of stains that can be applied on wood. – The insulation R-value of wood siding is higher compared to other types of siding, meaning it is more energy efficient. – It is easier and faster to install. Cons – Although wood siding has infinite customizability, maintenance is a must; there are no shortcuts. – Wood can easily be damaged by water or wood eating insects such as termites. – Maintenance cost always add up: staining is required every 3-4 years, and repainting is needed every 5-6 years. – It’s not suitable in dry areas since it isn’t fire resistant.   Fiber Cement Fiber cement is one of the most popular siding options because of its low maintenance and resistance to insects. It is a mixture of cement, sand, and fibers. Australia’s James Hardie is the most popular brand. Many homeowners prefer fiber cement because it is a low-cost wood alternative that is durable.   Pros – Fiber cement has a look and feel of wood, and it is not susceptible to wood insects. – Fiber cement has a class 1A fire rating, meaning it… Read more »

Is It Time To Replace Or Re-stain My Siding?

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Most homeowners focus on refurbishing old components of their homes such as doors, ceilings, windows, and decors but give little thought on the state of their home’s siding. The truth of the matter is that siding is as necessary as any other structural component. Sidings play a significant role in keeping your house in one piece. In fact, siding may be one of the most crucial elements of your home when it comes to maintaining the aesthetic value. So, should you paint or stain the existing siding on your house? If your asking yourself this question, the answer is probably yes. When you notice the siding fading or peeling off, it’s time to take action. To appreciate the important role of siding, let’s first take a look at some of the advantages of staining. The Benefits of Staining the Siding on your Home 1) Giving Your Home a Fresh Look Regardless of how old your home is, staining the siding gives it a refresh that makes it look brand new. Staining the siding of an older houses is the oldest and most effective trick to giving your home a flawless appearance. Replacing or re-staining breathes life into the exterior of your home. 2) Offering Protection from Harsh Weather Conditions Refreshing your home’s finish with a new coat of paint offers it renewed protection against extreme weather conditions. Wood fibers are held together by lignin. Exposing lignin to too much sunlight breaks it down leaving grey surfaces that cannot maintain a finish. This leads to water penetrating through the wood, a factor that results in wood rot. Rotting shingles and boards have the potential of compromising the structure beneath. Re-staining or replacing your siding gives your home a renewed fight against extreme weather conditions that have the potential to damage your home. 3) Maintain Structural Integrity As pointed out, mildew and mold that come as a result of water seepage through your home’s siding have the potential of wreaking havoc. Unprotected wood is susceptible to water damage. Water damage destroys woods and boards by making them soft. This leads to swelling and eventually, decaying. Re-staining your home’s siding prevents the structural damage of your home. 4) Extending your Home’s Lifetime Sidings such as vinyl can last up to 55 years. Daily wear and tear can significantly reduce this lifespan. Painting not only helps keep your siding look it’s best, but it also extends its lifespan. This aspect enables you to save money in the long run. 5) Prevents Termite Damage Staining and painting wards off wood-eating pests such as termites by sealing off exposed areas which are prone to damage. Stains are resistant to peeling and are easy to apply. They bring out the grain or texture of wood in a clear manner. Re-staining or replacing the siding of your home has a high return on your investment; especially if you are considering putting your house for sale. Even if selling is not for you, refreshing your home’s exterior can significantly… Read more »

Everything You’ve Wanted To Know About Replacing Your Windows

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As sure as taxes, there will undoubtedly come a time when your old windows will need replacement. So, when is the right time to replace your windows or how do you know that your windows need replacement? Your windows may need replacement if they are leaking. Also, if you notice that your windows are foggy, difficult to open and close or have rotten sills and frames, it’s high time you consider replacing them. Contemporary doors and windows are nothing new at C.E.T Painting; neither is modern architecture. C.E.T Painting is the number one firm which lets you choose your desired doors and windows based on your architectural style at an affordable price. Our unparalleled selection of doors and windows makes modern architecture easy to achieve. We have been a solid provider of customized windows since the trend began.   Our Product’s Diversity Whether you own a French Eclectic, an International Modern, American Farmhouse, Cape Cod or Georgian style home, we have the right window combinations that blend perfectly with the materials used in building your home. We feature Andersen and American Craftsman windows. They include Specialty, Awning, Transom/Fixed/Picture, Casement, Single-Hung, Double-Hung, and Double-Hung Impact Windows. All of our products are labeled, rated and certified by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council).   The NFRC is a nonprofit organization that provides credible, fair and accurate performance ratings for doors and windows. Products we deal with meet the criteria set by the U.S Department of energy and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency on energy efficiency. The certification criteria are generally based on heat loss and heat gain of each product depending on the location of your home in the U.S. In short; we are pleased to offer safe and durable windows that have been tried and tested. This crucial aspect has won us the trust of hundreds of homeowners and real estate investors.   How Many Panes Are Best For My New Windows? Many homeowners are unsure about the number of panes their glass windows should have. When they go shopping for windows, their main concern is the price. Purchasing windows based on their cheapness means you only get cheap windows with nothing else to offer. When shopping for new windows for replacement, focus on the protection of your home as well as energy efficiency. Purchase windows based on the number of panes and the windows’ framing. Installing windows with 2-3 panes for every glass is the standard rule. 2-3 panes don’t allow air seepage; neither do they crack easily. They are also strong, a factor to consider if your home frequently faces tropical storms. If you genuinely value your peace of mind, especially when sleeping, 2-3 window panes are the best for your house for they effectively cancel exterior noise.   Benefits of Window Replacement The benefits of window replacement are numerous. New windows make your home stand out. They make a “wow” impact that will instantly be noticed. They not only provide enjoyment and comfort to homeowners, but they also increase… Read more »