Steel Siding: A Durable Yet Often Overlooked Siding

Steel SidingSteel siding is the red-headed stepchild of siding. We believe this is simply due to homeowners’ not being aware of steel siding as an option. Vinyl and wood siding, after all, are far more common. We believe it’s our obligation to give steel siding some love by outlining its many benefits.

Benefits of Steel Siding

Steel siding is beneficial for one simple reason: it’s super tough and durable. Metal is much more resistant to dents, bumps, and dings. This includes resistance to insects. Of course, rusting is always an issue, though you can easily prevent this with a coat of protective paint. Some homeowners even actually prefer a bit of rusting because it gives off a rustic barn-style appearance.

Appearance

Some homeowners think of the texture of stainless steel appliances when it comes to steel siding. People think, therefore, that steel is too industrial in appearance. However, with today’s technology, steel siding can easily mimic the texture of wood, stone, or other natural materials. Continue Reading →

Can Low-E Windows Damage Your Neighbor’s Home?

Low-E GlassWe spoke at length about the benefits of low e-glass in a previous post. However, we must discuss a rumor spreading online regarding energy efficient windows. Apparently, some people suspect that low-e glass may damage a neighboring home. We’ll go over the rumor and whether it’s true.

The Rumor Explained

The buzz is that low-e glass may damage a neighbor’s siding, causing it to warp. This especially occurs in the summer as barometric changes cause low-e windows to bow inwards and reflect sunlight. The window essentially becomes a magnifying glass that casts sunrays in a laser-beam-like focus. If your neighbor’s home is directly in front of the window, then it absorbs the heat. The temperature from magnified heat can exceed 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Vinyl siding begins to warp at around 165 degrees. Continue Reading →

Vinyl Vs Wood Siding: Which Is Preferable?

vinyl vs wood sidingVinyl vs wooden siding. As siding installers, we can provide either. Of course, we provide other types as well, such as cement, masonry, and cultured stone siding. However, this post will specifically focus on vinyl and wood since those two are the most common. Which option is better for your type of home?

Vinyl vs Wood Siding: The Pros and Cons

We’ll start with vinyl. This is the most common siding and the one we install most frequently for Spokane Valley residences. The reason vinyl siding is so common is simple: it’s affordable yet durable. Vinyl is also relatively maintenance-free beyond the occasional washing, which we discussed in our December post.

With vinyl, you also have plenty of color options, ranging from the typical neutral colors to the more daring and bold hues.

What about wood siding? Vinyl is attractive in its own right. But, wood has an unrivaled, organic and natural beauty to it. It gives the home a rustic and log cabin look, while retaining a sense of modernity. This is especially the case when complemented with new windows. Wood, however, does require periodic staining. It also requires precautionary measures to prevent the growth of algae and mold. Wood is also a bigger investment. Continue Reading →

Enlarge a Room with Bay or Bow Windows

bay or bow windowsMany homeowners are turning to renovating strategies for making certain rooms appear larger than they are. This is the best solution, short of physically expanding the house, which is beyond the budget of most property owners. One simple way to create the perception of a larger living space is the addition of bay or bow windows.

What Are Bay and Bow Windows?

Bay and Bow windows are similar in design and both protrude from the main wall of the home. This also provides additional windowsill space to use for décor items or as a makeshift seating area. Bay and bow windows are similar in appearance and structure, though they differ in the following manner:

  • Bay windows have three angled windowpanes, vs four to five for a bow window
  • Bow windows are more curved and semi-circular, while bay windows have sharper corners between panes.
  • A bay window’s sharper angles are more suitable for contemporary homes, while bow windows are a better fit for Victorian-inspired designs. Both styles also complement nicely with horizontal or vertical siding.

Both window styles add depth and dimension to an otherwise small room. The addition of new windows also makes the space appear brighter. Old, clouded window panes inhibit light penetration. This makes the room darker, causing the space to feel smaller.

Other Ways to Create an Illusion of More Space

You can also make a few other simple adjustments besides the addition of bay or bow windows. Consider furniture with concealed storage compartments. You should also stick to neutral colors as much as possible. Too many bold colors can make a space feel compact.

We’ll Grace Your Home with New Windows

Look up our gallery to see the many types of windows we have installed for various Spokane Valley homes. Exteriors Unlimited will install bay or bow windows to help your home achieve a spacious interior appearance.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

New Window Installation for a Roomier Living Space

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Does Your Home Have a Bathroom Window?

bathroom windowA bathroom remodel should take function into consideration just as much as aesthetics. Of course, there are various ways of achieving the best of both worlds. One way is by installing a bathroom window.

Benefits of a Bathroom Window

Most bathrooms don’t have a window. Or, they have a small one that doesn’t let ample light shine through. A regular size window enhances natural lighting and makes the small room feel more open and airy. This is especially so when the light reflects against the mirror.

A window also means you can cut back on electric use since you won’t need to flip on the light switch during daylight hours.

A window also means an extra opening, a huge plus since no room is more prone to moisture than the bathroom. The window doubles as ventilation; it’s a sustainable alternative to using the room’s exhaust fan. Continue Reading →

Horizontal Siding Or Vertical Siding? Choosing a Style that Complements Your Home

horizontal or vertical sidingMost homes have horizontally installed siding. That’s the conventional layout and one that’s often preferred. Some homeowners, however, may opt for vertical siding just for the sake of having an atypical home exterior design. Curb appeal aside, either horizontal or vertical siding are good choices, but they have their respective pros and cons. We’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Horizontal Siding

Horizontal siding seems to be the default option. There is a major perk by going for this conventional design. Installation is almost always cheaper, making it ideal for homeowners on a budget. It also only takes about half the time to set up compared to vertical siding.

Horizontal siding, though, is more prone to water damage. Since rain falls vertically, it is easier for the droplets to get into the gaps and cause mold and mildew growth. Owners must also pay careful attention to ensure water and cleaning solutions don’t make their way in between the slats when they’re scrubbing the panels. Continue Reading →

Window Boxes: 4 Design Ideas for Added Curb Appeal

Window BoxesWe’re not exactly in the niche of home décor. However, we have seen clients adorn their new windows and siding with all sorts of decorations for added aesthetics. One trend we have noticed is the addition of window boxes. Homeowners often include this after being inspired by the addition of new windows and trim.

Trendy Window Box Designs

1. Add Long Plants

Use plants that extend way below the box, perhaps even dangling all the way to the ground. This is where long plants such as ivy come in handy.

2. Choose Contrasting Plant Colors

Choose plants and flowers that contrast against the backdrop of the home. If the siding is a neutral color, such as gray, then use colorful flowers such as geraniums, pansies, violets, or any flowers containing colors of the rainbow. Likewise, if you have a bold siding color like royal blue, then go for a neutral hue for the flowers, such as lilies or miniature white roses. Continue Reading →

4 Eco-Friendly Vinyl Siding Cleaners That Are Safe for Plants And Animals

eco-friendly vinyl siding cleanerMany homes in Spokane have shrubs and other plants located next to the outer wall. Some homeowners fear using chemical-based sprays to clean the siding will harm the plants. We totally understand the concern, which is why we came up with a list of four eco-friendly vinyl siding cleaners. Some of these cleaners are brand-name products. We are merely recommending what works and are not endorsing them in any way.

Top Eco-Friendly Cleaners for Vinyl Siding

1. Vinegar

White vinegar is a mainstay ingredient in natural cleaners for siding and windows. Some people are worried that vinegar’s acidity will harm the plants. Vinegar’s acidic content is actually healthy since it naturally adjusts the pH levels of soil.

2. Simple Green

Simple Green is an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. The product uses a non-toxic and biodegradable formula which removes even the most stubborn of stains. Continue Reading →

Should You Invest in Double-Hung Windows?

Double-Hung WindowsWhen it comes to window selection, you will need to select more than just the type of glass. You will also need to choose the style of window. Your options are diverse and include double-hung windows. This variety offers multiple benefits both on visual and functional levels.

What Is a Double Hung Window?

A double-hung window is a type of sash window. The sash window contains movable panels known as “sashes” that border the glass. The sash enables the window to slide open or tilt outward. A double-hung window variant contains two sash windows, one above the other within the frame. This differs from a single-hung style, which has a single sash window, or two windows with the top one fixed in place.

Check out this picture to see the difference between a single-hung and double-hung window, as well as how they compare to other window styles.

The Advantages of Double-Hung Windows

On average, double-hung windows cost about 10% to 20% more than single-hung. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot, it does add up if you’re planning to replace most or every window in the home. Continue Reading →

Enhance Curb Appeal with Picture Windows

Picture WindowsAside from letting in sunlight, windows are also a major part of the interior and exterior décor of your home. One of our favorite ways to enhance the look of the home is through the installation of picture windows.

What Are Picture Windows?

Picture windows are windows without cross pieces that divide the view. They are fixed in place and cannot be opened. You can accomplish a lot with picture windows. They can be installed as a standalone feature or adjacent to your regular windows. We highly recommend the latter.

Sometimes picture windows are installed as the main window with vented windows on either side. One can also be installed above the main window and be shorter in height while having the same width. If you have vented windows side by side, then the upper picture window can extend to the width of both side vented windows.

We also routinely install picture windows just below the ceiling. Much like regular windows, they can also be tempered or tinted to create a variety of looks and styles. Continue Reading →