What is a Soffit?

Chances are that if you have ever done a roofing or siding project for your home in the past that soffits have been a part of the equation. But what is a soffit, really?  

While there are a lot of important aspects of your home such as your windows, doors, gutters, your soffits are equally as important. A soffit is defined as any horizontal surface that serves as a roof overhang. gable, or drop. 

What is a Soffit on a House?  

A soffit is an important part of your home’s ventilation system and helps to protect your home from water and pests. Soffits are also a wonderful way to add style and curb appeal to your home. You may think that these soffits are not a big part of your home’s exterior look, but once you get closer to your home, they are clearly visible. Soffits come in a variety of colors, styles, and materials to help you get the look you desire for your home. If you take the time to look closely at the soffits on your home, you will likely see that they are an important design element. There are many ways that you can use soffits to improve the look of your home, and they are a terrific way to add value to your home as well.  

There are a few diverse types of soffits that you can choose from depending on the style of your home. Vinyl soffits are a popular choice because they are durable and easy to maintain. Wood soffits are also a popular choice for their natural beauty and ability to be painted or stained to match the trim of your home. At DaBella our soffits are made of James Hardie fiber cement. Fiber cement has many benefits and can even be used as the material for your soffits. Usually, soffits are either matched to the siding or the trim of your home to give your home a finished look. 

Your soffit is essentially any material that is installed to cover the area underneath the overhang of your roof. 

What is the purpose of a soffit?

The biggest reason that soffits are an essential aspect of your home is because they provide ventilation to your roof. Heat builds up in your attic in 2 ways, this includes the sun’s heat as well as the heat that rises and builds up within your home. This trapped heat will eventually lead to premature shingle deterioration. 

Soffit ventilation will help to remove this trapped heat and help to extend the life of your roof. To properly ventilate your attic, you need a balance of intake and exhaust vents. The soffit is the perfect place for your intake vents as they are located low on your roof and can take in the cool air that is needed to balance out the heat in your attic. 

Soffits are also important for keeping pests and insects away from your home. Insects are attracted to the heat that builds up in your attic, and soffits help to keep them out. Wasps, hornets, and bees are all attracted to heat, and soffits can help to keep them from building nests in your attic. Soffits are also a great way to keep small animals such as squirrels and raccoons from getting into your attic. These animals can cause a lot of damage to your home, and soffits can help to keep them out. 

What are Fascia’s and Soffits? 

The fascia is the board that is attached to the ends of your rafters. The soffit is the material that covers the underside of your eaves.  

The soffit is what you see when you look up at the underside of your roof overhang, and the fascia is what you see when you look at the edge of your roof. They are an important part of your homes ventilation system, and the fascia is an important aspect of your homes appearance. 

What is the difference between a soffit and an eave? 

The biggest difference between a soffit and an eave is the purpose. A soffit’s main purpose is to serve as ventilation for the home, while an eave’s purpose is mainly aesthetic but also the eave provides protection from the elements for the soffit. Eaves are the edge of the roof that extends past the exterior wall of the house. They are often decorated with molding or other accents to improve the home’s curb appeal. 

The Benefits that your Soffits give your Home 

Ventilation

As we stated earlier, one of the main benefits that your soffits give your home is ventilation. Having proper ventilation in your attic is key to prolonging the life of your roof. The heat that builds up in your attic can cause premature shingle deterioration. Soffit ventilation will help to remove this trapped heat and help to extend the life of your roof. 

Weatherproofing

Wind and rain can cause severe damage to your home if your eaves are not properly covered. Another great benefit that your soffits give your home is weatherproofing. Soffits help to protect your home from the elements by providing a barrier between your home and the outside elements. Soffits also help to keep moisture and condensation from building up in your attic, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. 

Decrease Maintenance

Soffits also help to decrease the amount of maintenance that your home needs. Soffits that are made of fiber cement are minimal maintenance and do not need to be painted or sealed like wood soffits do. Fiber cement soffits are also termite resistant and will not rot like wood soffits.  

Added Curb Appeal:

Soffits also add curb appeal to your home. Soffits that are made of fiber cement come in a variety of colors and styles to match the exterior of your home. If they are maintained well, they can increase the overall curb appeal of your property. 

How Much Do Soffit Replacements Cost?  

The cost of soffit replacements can vary depending on the size of your home, the type of soffit you choose, and the company you choose to do the work. Wood soffits will cost more to replace than vinyl soffits. While fiber cement soffits may cost more than vinyl and are cheaper than wood soffits, they last much longer than vinyl and do not require as much maintenance as wood.  

The James Hardie Soffit 

James Hardie Ventilated Soffit in Arctic White
James Hardie Ventilated Soffit

DaBella and our partner at James Hardie provide superb high quality fiber cement siding products as well as their fiber cement soffits. Their soffits come in 2 distinctive styles either vented, of course for better ventilation or smooth styled soffits. Both come in a variety of colors to match the painting of your new siding. Their vented siding is excellent not just for ventilation but also reduces the chance of condensation. Condensation in your attic will increase the chances for mold and mildew and staining and ruin your framing over time.  

James Hardie’s vented soffits not only prevent condensation in your attic, but they also allow humid air to escape. Homes in warm climates see high electricity bills because of the air conditioning costs, Vented soffits help with this as they help decrease those costs and help get rid of that unneeded warm air. In cooler climates that may see higher levels of snow and ice, vented soffits help reduce the condensation from forming on the interior side of roof sheathing and preventing the build-up of ice dams on the exterior side of the roof. 

DaBella is the leading Roofing & Siding Replacement Contractor in the US (United States) 

If you are looking to make an investment that will last a lifetime, consider DaBella for your next roofing or siding project. We offer some of the best roofing and siding products on the market, as well as a wide range of colors and styles of siding and roofs.  

With over 11 years in business, DaBella strives to transform the home improvement experience for our homeowners. We walk our homeowners through the entire project from start to finish, making the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality products, outstanding customer service, and unmatched artisanship.  

DaBella has been recognized by many organizations for our commitment to quality and customer service including Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 List. This year DaBella ranked #11 on the list of the top home improvement companies in the country. In addition, we have been recognized by GuildQuality and one of their Guildmaster award recipient for the last 5 years.  

If you are interested in seeing what kind of transformation DaBella can make for your home, contact us today at 844-DaBella and we will be more than happy to schedule a free in-home consultation. We will discuss your vision for your home and walk you through the entire process, from start to finish. 

Stucco vs Fiber Cement Siding

Picking the right siding for your home can be overwhelming at times at can feel like there are endless options to choose from. However, when you narrow it down, there are 7 types of siding that you can choose from that are very popular to homeowners. To help you make your decision, we have put together a side-by-side comparison of two of some of the most popular types of siding on the market today: stucco and fiber cement siding. Hopefully, by the end of this article you will have a better understanding of which type of siding is right for you and your home. There are numerous circumstances in which each type of siding can be beneficial. Including where you live, the climate, and the style of your home. However, both types of siding have their own unique set of pros and cons that you should take into consideration before making your final decision. 

Composition 

Both fiber cement and stucco siding are manufactured materials that are made of numerous elements. We will break down each below: 

Fiber Cement Siding  

Fiber cement siding is made of a mix of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. The wood fibers give the siding added strength, while the Portland cement acts as a binding agent. Our manufacturer, James Hardie, also includes additives which adds enhancing performance. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is made of a mix of cement, sand, water, and lime. It is applied in three coats, with the first being a scratch coat, the second being the brown coat, and the third being the color coat. The brown coat and color coat are usually applied with a trowel, while the scratch coat is usually sprayed on. The end result is a durable and long-lasting product that has the look of clay or rock.  

Installation Differences 

Another key difference to consider is how the two types of siding are installed. James Hardie fiber cement siding should always be installed by a professional. Stucco siding is a little more involved and should only be installed by a professional. 

Fiber Cement Siding  

James Hardie professionals are required to go through significant and highly intense training on best practices in order to install fiber cement siding. If you already have wood, vinyl, or metal siding, then the installation should be fairly simple and straightforward. However, if you were planning to switch from stucco to fiber cement, then the installation process will be a little more complicated and will require a much more involved removal and installation process. But the benefits of adding fiber cement siding to your home far outweigh the cost and time it takes. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding installation is a multi-step process that generally takes 3-5 days to complete and multiple coats of stucco are applied. Every stucco installation is different and requires a professional to complete the job. While every home is different and requires skill and artistic touch to complete the job, However, cracking is not uncommon no matter how well the installer is trained.  

Style & Aesthetic Considerations 

You want a siding that will give your home added curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Both types of siding provide a large number of options for you to choose from. 

Fiber cement Siding 

Fiber cement siding is becoming more popular each year for a number of reasons. First, it has a modern, sleek look that can be perfect for contemporary or modern styles of homes. Second, it comes in either vertical or horizontal panels. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is also an extremely popular siding option that has been around for centuries. It is a classic siding that has been used on a variety of homes, from small cottages to large mansions. Stucco can be applied in several assorted colors, textures, and styles to match the look of your home. It is a versatile siding option that can be perfect for any home. Stucco siding is also a great option if you are looking to add curb appeal to your home. It is also an exceptionally durable siding that can last for many years. 

Durability 

Your home requires a siding that is both durable and long-lasting. Both types of siding are great options, but are they comparable? 

Fiber Cement Siding 

The biggest benefit to choosing fiber cement siding is the fact that it is one of the most durable siding options available. James Hardie Fiber cement siding is warrantied for up to 30 years and rarely requires any maintenance. This is due to the fact that it is made of a mixture of cement, sand, and fiber which creates an extraordinarily strong and sturdy product. Fiber cement siding does not tend to crack like other types of siding and is one of the most resistant materials to weathering. Fiber cement is resistant to pests, fire, mold as well as rot.

Stucco Siding 

While stucco is a durable siding, it is not as resistant to the elements as fiber cement siding. Once it dries, it becomes extremely hard and resistant to cracking. However, over time it can start to crack and chip due to exposure to the elements. This type of siding does not do well in wet or high precipitation environments and can cause serious cracking and consistent damage repairs. This type of siding is great for homes located in the southwestern area of the United States because of dry warm air conditions.  

Maintenance  

James Hardie Fiber Cement siding and stucco siding require various levels of maintenance. Fiber cement siding requires much less maintenance than stucco siding, but both types of siding require regular inspection for signs of damage or problems.  

Fiber Cement Siding 

While fiber cement siding is an exceptionally durable and minimal maintenance siding option, it is important to inspect it regularly for any signs of damage. You should inspect your fiber cement siding at least once a year for any cracks, chips, or other damage. It could also be beneficial to do a yearly cleaning with a low-pressure pressure washer or garden hose. If you live in an area with high winds, it is important to inspect it more often for any damage that may have been caused by wind or debris. If you do find any damage, it is important to repair it as soon as possible to prevent further damage.  

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding should be inspected monthly for any damage that may have occurred if you live in an area with high precipitation. Any water that is trapped within your stucco siding can cause serious cracks and stylistic damage that could lead to costly repairs. 

What is the More Eco-Friendly Option 

Both types of siding are green options, and both provide less access to landfills than many other types of siding. 

Fiber Cement Siding 

Fiber cement siding is made of a mix of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. This mixture creates an extraordinarily strong and durable product. Although it does cause some emissions, the production process of fiber cement siding has become much more environmentally friendly in recent years. Because James Hardie provides a longer lasting product, this type of siding is not recycled as often as other types of siding.

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is also a green option as it is made of concrete, lime, and sand. This mixture makes an exceptionally durable product that can last for many years. Although, because it does not do well in moist environments it may reduce the air quality of your home and little energy efficiency is gained from this type of siding.  

What is the Best Siding Option for Your Home 

When it comes to deciding what type of siding is best for your home, it is important to consider the climate you live in, the amount of maintenance you are willing to do, and the look you are going for. If you live in an area with high winds, it is important to choose a siding that can withstand the wind. If you live in an area with high precipitation, it is important to choose a siding that will not be damaged by the moisture. It is also important to consider the look you are going for. Although stucco does provide a durable and stylistic look, it may not be the best choice for your home. 

James Hardie siding provides a long-lasting product that is minimal maintenance and comes in a variety of style options to choose from. If you are looking for a siding that will provide you with a return on your investment, fiber cement siding is the best option for you. 

See Why DaBella is the #1 Choice for Your Next Fiber Cement Installation 

It is important to consult with a siding specialist to get the best estimate for what it would cost to replace your current siding with fiber cement siding. Here at DaBella, we offer free in-home consultations to help you decide which type of siding is best for your home as well as providing you with an estimate for the job. We understand that replacing your siding is a big investment and we want to make sure you are making the best choice for your home. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and see the possibilities for your home and the transformation we can make for you. 

Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding

The popularity of vinyl siding as a cost-effective exterior wall covering has continued to grow in recent years. While fiber cement siding has been around for many years, its popularity has increased in recent years due to its durability, fire resistant qualities that lower insurance premiums, and the fact that it can be painted any color. While both types of siding have their own advantages and disadvantages, James Hardie Fiber Cement is typically considered to be more durable and has qualities that preserve the color of your new siding over time. Vinyl siding however  

Hardie Board siding vs Vinyl, what are the Differences?  

When making the decision to re-side your home, you may be wondering if you should choose fiber cement siding or vinyl siding. If you are, you are not alone. This is a common question that many homeowners face. While both types of siding have their own advantages and disadvantages, there are some key differences that you should be aware of before making your final decision. 

James Hardie Fiber Cement Benefits 

Hardie fiber cement siding is made of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers making it all natural, environmentally friendly, and extremely durable.  

The benefits of James Hardie Fiber Cement are that the boards are 5x thicker than most vinyl siding planks. Hardie planks have a harder surface and have the aesthetic appeal of wood siding.  

Fiber cement also resists damage from wind, rain, cold temperatures, and hail damage. Hardie Board’s thick layer absorbs contact with any object and is impervious to holes and dents.  

The boards are also non-combustible, making them an ideal choice for homes located in areas that are prone to wildfires. Home Insurance companies see this as a fantastic addition to any home and usually provide a discount on home insurance premiums. In addition, fiber cement is termite resistant and does not rot or decay over time and comes with James Hardie industry-leading warranties.  

Another key advantage of fiber cement is that it does not require painting as often as vinyl siding because of their own patented Color Plus technology. If you ever find yourself not happy with the color of your James Hardie fiber cement, it can be painted. The process is relatively simple and does not require any special equipment or skills. 

Fiber Cement Siding is also extremely eco-friendly and is made of only sustainable materials and does not require burning of fossil fuels to produce.  

Disadvantages Of Fiber Cement Siding 

The only drawback of fiber cement siding is the initial price. This type of siding comes at a premium cost but keep in mind that this product is a premium long lasting, durable solution to the most beat on aspect of your home. While the initial price of fiber cement may be higher than other sidings on the market, it is important to keep in mind that fiber cement is a premium product that will last much longer than other sidings.  

Advantages of Vinyl Siding 

One of the main advantages of vinyl siding is that it is less expensive than fiber cement siding. This is because vinyl siding is easier to install, and the material does not cost as much to produce. Vinyl siding is easier to install, which can save you money on installation costs. 

Many homeowners choose vinyl siding for it’s availability in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find a style that matches your home’s aesthetic.  

Vinyl siding is also limited maintenance for the most part, but it will need to be repainted after 10 years or so and will require a yearly cleaning with a pressure washer to keep it pristine and looking its best.  

Depending on the manufacturer, R-value vinyl siding can be very energy efficient. This is only if the vinyl siding has insulation added. Just like vinyl doors and windows it can be an excellent choice if you are looking to save on energy bills.  

Disadvantages of Vinyl Siding 

In addition to its many benefits, vinyl siding also has several disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages. While vinyl siding is easy to install compared to some other materials, it still takes a professional. Vinyl siding is not fool-proof and should be done by only a professional with many years of experience in installation. If installed incorrectly, your vinyl siding may expand, crack or warp to the point where it will need to be replaced before leakage happens.  

Although it does take a while for vinyl siding to fade its color, repainting your vinyl siding may not be the best decision. There is a possibility that the paint will peel and crack and will look very unattractive. Most vinyl siding manufacturers will say that their vinyl siding will last for 20-30 years but if you live in an area where the sun is present for most of the year, your siding will really show its age in as little as 10 years.  

Another issue that vinyl siding encounters is water damage. Usually, vinyl siding is nailed into a styrene insulation board and may trap water vapor within the siding that could cause problems over time. This is because there is usually a sealant over the boards to prevent water from getting in, but the issue arises when someone nails through the sealant making it possible for water vapor to escape through. Vinyl, unlike other materials, does not breathe as well and traps a lot of water vapor from within.  

Vinyl siding is also not environmentally friendly. The process of making vinyl siding is very harmful to the environment. Burning fossil fuels to produce the vinyl siding releases harmful chemicals into the air. The process of recycling vinyl siding is also exceedingly difficult, so most vinyl siding ends up in landfills where it takes up space and pollutes the environment. Recycling vinyl siding is a challenging and time-consuming process. The main issue is that most vinyl siding is made from plastic which is difficult to break down. The plastic in vinyl siding can also cause environmental problems.  

Vinyl vs. Hardie Siding. The Verdict.  

The benefits of Hardie siding over vinyl siding are that it is more durable and lasts longer. Hardie siding is made from a harder, more resilient material than vinyl siding, which makes it more resistant to weathering and damage. Hardie siding is also available in a wider variety of colors and styles than vinyl siding, so you can find a style that matches your home’s aesthetic. Additionally, Hardie siding is an eco-friendlier option because it does not require any special care and can last for many years. If you are looking to make a big investment in your home’s exterior, hardie siding is a smart choice. 

DaBella is the leading manufacturer providing the highest quality installations with top manufacturer products provided by James Hardie. James Hardie innovation and constant testing of their materials has made them one of the most trusted brands when it comes to your home’s safety, security, and performance. If you’re interested in seeing the DaBella difference, contact us at 844-DaBella and we’d be happy to provide you with a free no-obligation quote for your next James Hardie Fiber cement replacement. 

Home Preparation for Winter

Winter and Fall are looming as well as all of the weather and home preparations that come along with it. It is time to start thinking about ways to get your home and yard ready for the colder months. If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about the winter months until it is too late. Do not let that happen this year! Winterizing your home can be a daunting task, but if you take the time to do it now, you will be glad you did it when the freezing weather hits. Home preparation starts with getting your home in order. This means cleaning and preparing all of the surfaces that will be touched by the elements. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for the winter and fall months so that you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. 

Winter Home Preparation Checklist:  

Preventing Ice Dams on Your Roof 

An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the edge of your roof. This frozen piece of Ice melts much slower than the rest of the snow on your roof. After the snow melts the water does not have anywhere to go because of the ice dam. This can cause standing water on your roof and could lead to a massive leak in your roof. The best way to prevent the occurrence of an ice dam is to make sure that your roof is in good repair. This means that there are no cracks or holes in your roof. If there are any, they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Another way to prevent ice dams is to make sure that your gutters are clean and free of debris. 

Flip Your Ceiling Fans 

Ceiling fans are one of the most underrated tools in home preparation. Most people do not think of using them in the winter, but they can actually be immensely helpful. All you have to do is flip the switch on the side of the fan so that the blades rotate in the opposite direction. This will push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down into the room. This is especially helpful with rooms with high ceilings. Always Remember that stifling air rises and reversing your fans will disperse the heat throughout the room making it easier for your home to warm itself.  

Have a Professional Furnace Inspection Done Prior to when Everyone Else Does.  

Furnace technicians, like any other trade job, are dwindling quickly and makes the current technicians remarkably busy during the winter and fall months. With that being said, it is always a clever idea to have a technician come out to your home just to make sure that your furnace is performing at its top efficiency. If something were to happen in the winter, it could be months before a professional will be able to come out and fix or replace your furnace. Do not take the chance of having a cold home and call a technician prior to the winter. Usually, these check-ups only cost around $100 and could save you money in the long run.  

Complete a Thorough Check of Your Roof 

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for winter is to complete a thorough check of your roof. This means checking for any cracks, holes, or other damage that could allow water or snow to enter your home. Also check for flashing around your chimney and roof vents to see if there is any loose flashing or flashing that has holes. We have created an article on how to find a leak in your roof. If you do find a hole or leak it is extremely important to get it fixed as soon as possible so that no major water damage is done.  

Re-caulk around Windows & Doors 

One of the places that heat escapes from your home is through cracks and gaps around your windows and doors. The best way to prevent this from happening is to re-caulk any cracks or gaps that you may have. You can purchase caulking at any hardware store. You will also need a caulking gun which can be rented at most hardware stores. This will help to seal any gaps that might allow freezing air to enter your home. You should also check the weather stripping around your doors to make sure that it is in good condition and is sealing properly. If you have any windows that are cracked or broken, you should replace them as soon as possible.  If your windows are beyond a simple repair or if they are no longer at their optimal performance, contact us and let us show you the what the benefits are of installing new replacement windows into your home. 

Clean Out Your Gutters Throughout the Fall Months 

One of the most important home preparations for winter is to make sure that your gutters are clean. This is important because leaves and other debris can cause your gutters to clog. When your gutters clog, it can cause water to back up and enter your home and will also increase the weight of your gutters making it possible for your gutters to completely fall off. This can cause major damage to your home and be awfully expensive to repair. This is especially important if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. Snow can accumulate in your gutters and cause them to collapse. This can cause severe damage to your home. If you are not able to clean your gutters yourself, a professional gutter cleaner can do this for around $150 depending on the size of your home.  

Also, make sure that your downspouts are clear and that they are clearing water at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation.  

Cover Exterior Faucets During Wintertime. 

If you live in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to the exterior faucets in your home. If you are using a private water line, it is important to make sure that the water is turned off at the main shut off valve. This is because if the water line is frozen, it can burst and cause major damage to your home. If you are using city water, make sure that all of the faucets on your property are shut off and that the faucets get covered by a cover during the winter.  

Clean Out Attic Vents

Having adequate attic ventilation is important to ensure that your home is comfortable and healthy for those living inside. The easiest way to clean out these vents is by using either a air compressor, vacuum cleaner, or a leaf blower. Adequate attic ventilation also helps to extend the life of your roof by reducing the amount of heat and moisture that can build up in the attic during the summer months. But by doing so in the winter your roof will be able to When cleaning out your attic vents, be sure to wear gloves and a dust mask to avoid getting any dust or debris in your eyes or mouth. The most important step is to make sure that the area around the vent is clear of any debris. This means removing any leaves, dust, or other particles that might be blocking the airflow. Once the area is clear, you can begin cleaning the vents themselves for maximum efficiency.

Clean Out Your Chimney 

Chimney fires are a severe problem in the United States. Each year, thousands of homes are damaged by chimney fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires are the leading cause of property damage and loss in the United States. Most chimney fires start when smoke particles and debris build up in the flue of the chimney. One of the ways that you can help prevent these fires is to make sure that you clean your chimney regularly. You should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year by a professional chimney sweeper. If you have a wood burning fireplace, you should also have your chimney inspected for cracks and other damage.  

Replace Your Homes Air Filter 

If you are like most Americans, you spend a lot of time indoors. This can mean that the air that you breathe is not as clean as it could be. One of the ways that you can improve the air quality in your home is to replace your home’s air filter. This is a relatively simple task that can be done by just about everyone. In order to keep your home healthy and safe, it is important to replace your home’s air filter on a regular basis. Air filters are designed to trap larger particles and dirt that can be harmful to your family. By replacing your air filter on a regular basis, you will help to improve the air quality in your home and reduce the chance of allergies and other respiratory problems. Air filters can be purchased at about any local hardware store.  

Winterize Your Pool or Spa 

When winter arrives, it is important to make sure that your pool or spa is ready for the chilly weather. This means that you need to make sure that the pool is clean and that all of the equipment is in good condition. Follow the manufacturers guidance on how to winterize your pool or spa or call a professional pool service for help.

Clear Your Sprinkler System Prior to Winter 

The best way to clear your sprinkler system is to use a blowout adapter. You screw the adapter to an air compressor, open all of your system’s valves, and turn on the compressor. The compressed air will push all the water out of your pipes. You should then turn off your valves and open your bleeder screws to release any remaining water. If you do not own a compressor that is powerful enough to push the water out of your sprinkler system completely you can rent a compressor from a local home improvement store that supplies rentals. It’s important to make sure your sprinkler system is turned off and all the water is drained from the pipes before winter sets in. If you don’t, you run the risk of the pipes freezing and bursting, which can cause extensive damage to your home.

Protect Your Patio Furniture 

We all know how expensive patio furniture is and keeping it nice is of the upmost importance for it to be long lasting and looking its best. Protecting your patio furniture is important during the winter. Make sure that you cover your patio furniture with a tarp or a heavy blanket if it is not in use. This will help to protect the furniture from the snow and ice that can accumulate on it. Additionally, make sure that your patio furniture is placed in a sheltered area when not in use. 

Home Prepping for the Inevitable Winter 

Winter is inevitable. No matter how much we may dislike it, every year it comes without fail. As a result, it is important to make sure that your home prepping for the colder months is thought through and planned. Plan a day with your family or the help of a friend and knock out the tasks. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your home is ready for winter. Winterizing your home may come at a cost but that cost outweighs the cost of fixing your home because you did not prepare your home correctly.  

Contact DaBella If Your Home Signs of Aging 

DaBella is the leading home improvement company in the industry. We offer architectural asphalt roofs, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, energy efficient vinyl windows, and transformative bath remodels to homeowners across 13 states and 36 locations across the US (United States). If your home is showing its age and it is time for a replacement project to prepare for the winter, DaBella is the answer for all your home improvement replacement needs.  Contact us today at 844-DaBella today for a free no-obligation estimate on your next home improvement project. 

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7 Types of Siding For a House

What is Siding on a House?

The primary purpose of your siding is to protect your home from all the weather elements including rain, wind, hail, snow as well as others. A professionally installed siding product also helps with insulation from chilly weather and will keep your energy bill low and vice versa for warm weather as well. The functionality of siding is straightforward but choosing the right material and style and color of your new siding for the aesthetic purposes can be detrimental to the curb appeal of your home. It is important to of course get the right siding for your climate but also a color and style of siding that matches your tastes and preferences. We created a list of some of the most popular types of siding for homes, so which type of siding is right for you and your home?  

Vinyl Siding 

Installers putting vinyl siding on home.
Vinyl Siding

Pros: Needs to be painted every 10-20 years, Lower maintenance, Not as expensive as other materials

Cons: Not as durable, disposal and manufacturing process is bad for the environment, melts under high heat 

Vinyl siding is known for its availability in a wide range of colors and wood look options. Vinyl is also well known by many homeowners because of how widely it is used on homes. It makes it a safe choice for homeowners looking for an inexpensive option while still being a quality product that will last.  

Something that you should know is that vinyl is not the most durable type of siding there is. It easily dents and becomes noticeable if you live in an area where it hails often or live near golf course, these dents and holes will populate. Something that you should also note is that vinyl becomes easy access for pests where they can really flourish.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding 

Pros: Extremely durable, fire resistant, Lasting color, long lasting, little maintenance.  

Siding - James Hardie Khaki Brown Hardie Lap Siding And Arctic White Trim
James Hardie Fiber Cement

Cons: More expensive than vinyl, LP and composite, not as expensive as other materials.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement siding is commonly found to be one of the most durable materials there is. Fiber cement siding is made up of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. Of course, other manufacturers have different formulas, but the James Hardie brand adds performance enhancing additives that make it the obvious choice for those looking to add substantial value and protection. Fiber Cement is known as being far more fire resistant than vinyl and wood materials and has saved many homes from worst case scenarios in the past. Every James Hardie fiber cement siding comes with the James Hardie Color Plus technology that will help in preserving the color and keeping your siding pristine.   

Some may consider the cost of James Hardie fiber cement as being overwhelming but the security and advantages of James Hardie Fiber Cement that your home will add is second to none. 

LP Smart Siding 

Pros: Comparable warranties, durable, available with a large list of styles and options, comparable cost to most.  

LP siding in brownish color
LP Siding.

Cons: Not suitable for every climate, chipping is common, not fire resistant, pests love LP. 

This type of siding is notably exceptionally durable and available in a wide range of styles and colors. In most cases LP siding will be extremely impact resistant. LP has a comparable cost to most other materials including vinyl and composite.  

LP smart siding is made up of wood fibers and treated with other chemicals to resist pests and termites. These chemicals, if not applied correctly can lose its ability to provide adequate protection from pests. Mentioned earlier, LP smart siding is made of wood and is not fire resistant by any means. Something to consider when looking for your next siding material is the region you live in. Living in an area with high precipitation will not allow you to qualify for a significant percentage of the warranties under LP.  

Composite siding 

Pros: Economically priced, good appearance, Minimal maintenance, durable,  

Brown Composite Siding
Composite Siding

Cons: Color fades after 8-10 years, prone to cracking and splitting, unnatural texture.  

Composite wood siding is made up of wood scraps and then bonded together with resins and then treated with chemicals to avoid mold and insects from penetrating your home. Composite siding does have a wood look if that is what your preference is. For what it is, it is very economical and is not as expensive as wood siding. Composite siding does have a wide range of colors, patterns and textures that will match whatever your preference is. Also, there is exceptionally minimal maintenance needed and it only needs to be repainted every 8-10 years and of course that depends on the climate you live in. The durability of composite siding is much better than vinyl and lasts about 5-10 years longer. It will protect your home from water damage, mold, weather damage, and fungus.  

Whether you think of it as a positive or negative, the color of composite siding will fade at some point and does require to be repainted every 10 years or so. Because of the resin that binds that wood scraps together, composite siding is often found to crack and split which allows moisture to get through and cause a ripple effect throughout your siding. If you are looking for a wood grain texture, this might not be the option for you as it has a very unnatural feeling to it but gives off a wood-like appearance. 

Board and Batten Siding 

Pros: Aesthetically looks great on certain homes, wide range of options, long lasting if there are no issues.  

Cons: More costly than any other siding material, hard to repair, issues with warping, not suitable for every home.  

Often referred to as barn siding, board and batten siding is made of either a composite wood, vinyl, fiber cement, or steel. It is called barn siding

Brown Board & Batten siding
Board & Batten Siding

because it is usually installed into barns but, has been trending for its stacked look that will provide excellent durability. Because of its ability to block out harsh weather conditions, and pests it makes a desirable choice for those looking for a quality siding material. Something else that is great about this type of material is that it will last a few decades with little issues and little maintenance. Along with being lasting, it also comes in a wide range of styles and colors that will match any of your preferences.  

Now for the not so good. Board and batten siding is known as being hard to find. Not a lot of contractors these days offer this type of siding. You are also going to pay a premium price for this as well. Depending on the size and type of home you have, board and batten might not be an excellent choice and may come out awkward looking. The biggest Issues that board and batten siding has is warping. Over time your new siding may warp and let in moisture and eventually rot away resulting in a new replacement job. This type of material is also extremely hard to repair, and any kind of repair usually results in an entire replacement. 

Wood Siding 

Pros: Environmentally friendly, Endless finishes and stains options, durable if maintenance is done correctly, Different wood options to choose,

Wood Siding
Wood Siding

high end luxury item, assorted styles.  

Cons: Expensive to maintain and to repair, pests are an issue, expensive depending on type of wood, fire hazard. 

Wood siding can be a superb choice for those looking for that log cabin look. Wood siding can come in a wide range of types of woods including pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood, and cypress. It can also be stained and or painted in any color that you would like. If maintained and cared for on a yearly basis and even on a bi-annual basis it could last for decades. Homeowners nowadays are trying to find ways to set their homes apart and make them unique. Wood shake siding is known to be a luxury item that many prospective home buyers are looking for and could be a selling point. Wood siding can come in many shapes and forms including lap, shingle, shake etc.  

Keep in mind wood siding is a luxury item and with every luxury item there is expensive maintenance to keep it pristine. Homeowners love the wood look, but pests love the wood even more. Termites and other pests might become a problem if they find an entrance into your home and will wreak havoc. As many are aware of, wood siding is not by any means capable of withstanding fires and can increase your home insurance premiums.  

Metal siding 

Pros: Lower maintenance than many other types of siding, insects don’t find metal attractive, very durable, energy efficient, Appearance is more modern, environmentally friendly. 

Red Metal Siding on home
Metal Siding

Cons: Expensive, repairs are costly and challenging, prone to dents that are apparent,  

Metal Siding has been a popular choice in recent years for its modern look and energy efficiency capabilities. This material is able to block UV rays from penetrating your home and helps your home support its temperature inside. Metal siding is also extremely durable and does not break down or lose its appearance over time. It is also very maintenance free with the exception of an annual cleaning with a pressure washer. Also, the manufacturing process as well as the recycling process is very environmentally friendly.  

Much like wood siding, metal siding is a luxury item and is an expensive type of material. This is true as well for any kind of repair. If you are in need of a repair to your metal siding, unfortunately you won’t be able to replace the one spot that needs a repair, and you’ll have to replace the entire panel. This type of material is also prone to dents, but if you do have thicker metal panels than this issue is usually avoidable but of course you’re going to pay a premium for the thickness.   

Which Siding is the best for my home? 

Comparing the materials for your new siding can be extremely hard, especially keeping your budget and your climate in mind. Every home is different, and every home has specific needs. So which material is best for your home? In our 11 years of experience in the home improvement industry, we do recommend American made, James Hardie fiber cement siding for its durable qualities and products that are made specifically for your home climate.  

Your Go-To Siding Home Improvement Contractor 

Transform your home to a new and more updated curb appeal with DaBella. We provide industry leading limited manufacturer warranties and factory-trained installers that get the job done right the first time. If you are interested in seeing what DaBella has to offer, contact us today at 844-DaBella and see why we are the fastest growing home improvement company in the U.S.  

9 Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Starting Your Project

Questions For Contractors For a Successful Home Improvement Project!

Starting a home improvement project can be a daunting task for anyone. Doing your due diligence in research and planning is essential for any home improvement project to be successful. Hiring the right contractor for what you have in mind may be even more difficult. We have listed 9 essential questions to ask a contractor before you hire.

Are You Licensed, Bonded & Insured?

A contractor license is mandatory for any construction business that is generating revenue while working on residential homes. Most licenses differ from state to state. it should be made clear which state your contractor is licensed in. A contractor license suggests that they have the necessary skills and have taken the steps to properly conduct business in your state. Asking for a contractor license is very normal and a copy should be provided when asked for.

If a contractor cannot provide a license for you to review, then you should look elsewhere for someone to work on your home. A contractor that cannot provide a copy of a contractor license should not be trusted and should be reported immediately to the state’s contractor licenser.

When a contractor is bonded, they have obtained a surety bond. The surety bond has 3 parts. The principle – the company that has obtained the bond, the obligee – the party that requires the bond before permitting the business to do the work, it is usually a state or municipal institution. The bond protects the 3rd party from any kind of losses that may occur such as incomplete work, damage, theft etc. The third party can file a claim and be compensated for any kind of losses that may have occurred.

Not to be confused with the surety bond, a contractor that is insured by a third party should be covered for any kind of risks that may occur while on the job. The most common forms of insurance are workers comp and general liability insurance.

DaBella is fully licensed, bonded and insured in every state that we operate in. If you have any further questions about licenses or insurance coverage, our specialist will be happy to go over that information with you during a free estimate.

Can You Provide a List of References?

Providing a list of references should be no problem for most reputable contractors, especially if they have been in business for a good amount of time. Showing you questions or getting some form of communication for a reference will allow you to get a promising idea of the kind of work they do and the standard they set for themselves when dealing with customers.

Ask one of our specialists for a list of references during your free estimate.

What is The Expected Timeline For Work?

If you have a deadline for a project to be complete such as when you are selling the home, predicting a baby or having family over for the holidays; be clear with your contractor about when you want things done. Giving this message gives clear expectations that should be met when contracts are signed.

At DaBella, based on the product, the timeline varies but we have very close connections with our manufacturers, and we will make sure to stick to the timeline that was originally set to the best of our ability.

What Kind of Financing Do You Offer?

Homeowners can either pay in cash or finance their home improvement projects through the contractor directly or a contractor’s third-party financing lender. It is important to keep in mind that a homeowner should never be paying in full until the project is completed and to your satisfaction.

DaBella is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by third-party lenders unaffiliated with DaBella, under terms and conditions arranged directly between the customer and such lender, all subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. DaBella does not assist with, counsel or negotiate financing, other than providing customers an introduction to lenders interested in financing DaBella’s customers.

What is The Best Way to Stay in Contact with you?

Whether you’d like to get a simple update on where your project is in the process or have a problem with the installation. You should ask for the best way to get in touch with your contractor whether that’d be through phone, email, or submitting a contact us form on the website.

If you need to get in contact with DaBella, please contact our customer service team at 855-DaBella or 855-322-3552.

How Long Have You Been in Business?

You obviously want a contractor that has been in business for a good number of years and has a reputation for consistency and professionalism. Most home improvement contractors have some experience in this industry but are relatively new business owners. They could be very qualified workers but make sure that they are passing their knowledge and techniques onto their employees.

Dabella has been in business for just over 11 years with 36 offices located in 13 different states. Over those 10 years of business, we have set high expectations of what we want to accomplish. As a result, we have opened 36 offices since the beginning of 2011. Read about the Dabella Story here.

Will You Clean Up Once the Project is Completed?

A good contractor will make sure that all materials and all other building materials are not left on the property after the job is completed. Most contractors will be sure to pick up all nails with a magnet and transport all raw building materials off to be recycled. If the contractor does not include the cleanup in the contract, you do have the option of hiring a post construction cleanup crew.

At DaBella, we strive to leave you with a product that catches eyes and the only way we can do that is by leaving your property the same as it was before the project started. We will make sure your exterior is well protected during the installation as well as after. We will pick up all materials that were either unused or  after we are finished with your home improvement project.

Will I Have a Dedicated Team Working at my Home?

Most contractors work tirelessly on multiple projects for different homeowners. Having multiple crews working on your home could create chaos, especially if there wasn’t clear communication between the two crews on what has been done and what still needs to be done.

A crew that is consistent, stable and shows up with the same workers should make it so there are fewer errors. This will also make it easier to pick up where they left off if this is a multi-day project. You will have a crew that is dedicated to your home and only your home until the project is done. If there are any problems with the finished project, it will be easier to determine who is at fault.

Here at DaBella, we will assign a designated installer crew that will specifically work on your home. There is no jumping around from house to house and our crew will work on the same project until it is done and to your satisfaction.

What is the Schedule for Payments?

You should never pay for a project in full after signing contracts. You should always wait till the project is done to your satisfaction before submitting the final payment. Ask one of our specialists about our financing options and they would be happy to explain the schedule of payments you will make for your next home improvement project.

DaBella is Here to Help You With Your Questions

DaBella has been performing high quality home improvement experiences for thousands of homeowners every year. If you are in need of a roof, siding, windows or bath replacement services, contact the experts at DaBella. We will answer any and all of your questions and will provide you with a free no-obligation quote. Contact us today at 844-DaBella.