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Have you determined that your home is due for some exterior remodeling? If so, now it’s time to decide who will do the job for you. Hiring the right exterior remodeling contractor is crucial, but finding one doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out our tips for selecting a trustworthy contractor so that when it’s time to begin your project, you’ll be confident about the changes ahead.

Know What You’re Looking For

Finding the right exterior remodeling contractor starts with knowing yourself and your house inside and out. Plan ahead of time, and determine what you want to change and how. What style, materials, and/or aesthetic are you looking for? Aim to be as precise as possible regarding the final outcome of your project, and don’t forget to consider the materials you wish to use and the funds available in your budget. 

If you have a strategy in place ahead of time, it’ll be easier to acquire a more accurate estimate from potential contractors and compare them.

Ask For Recommendations

Finding a qualified licensed contractor to take on your project is easiest when you ask around or use word-of-mouth recommendations. Find out from family, friends, and neighbors who they’d recommend. Be sure to ask them specific questions about their experience such as what went well, how the contractor dealt with issues, and whether or not he or she would work with the same contractor again.

As you collect some recommendations, begin making a list and narrowing it down to 5-10 contractors you’d like to learn more about and potentially work with.

Conduct Preliminary Research and Phone Interviews

Once you’ve gathered a list of suggestions, begin your due diligence by doing some research on the contractors of interest. Take a look at their websites and be sure to check out online reviews from previous clients. After that, give the contractors a call and conduct a brief “phone interview.” Be sure to ask plenty of questions, such as:

By getting the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to gauge a contractor’s availability, dependability, and overall efficiency.

Meet In Person

After speaking with several contractors over the phone, narrow down three or four that you’d like to meet face-to-face for additional discussion. During your meetings, make an effort to gain a sense of the contractor’s work ethic, priorities, and dedication. 

Never be afraid to ask questions, either. Being thorough now can save you time and frustration in the long run. It’s important that your contractor can answer all of your questions in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Because this individual will be in your house for several hours at a time, it’s essential that you communicate well with one another, too.

Check References

During your meetings with the contractors, request to see some of the projects that they have worked on in the past. If you’re satisfied with their work, ask for references from previous clients and give them a call. Inquire about the performance of the contractors in completing the projects. Were they on schedule and within budget? Are the customers happy with the end result? Is there anything that could have been done differently?

When you hire an exterior remodeling contractor, remember that you are purchasing a service rather than a product. The quality of service has a direct impact on the final outcome of the project.

Get Bids and Hire

Lastly, it’s time to get quotes from the contractors on your list, and don’t let price be your guide! The cheapest bids may be tempting, but they aren’t necessarily the best choice. The most important thing for you to focus on is ensuring a high-quality service and installation process.

Start the negotiation process after you’ve found a bid you like. Before the project begins, make sure the contract is thorough and that you understand it. Once the remodeling work is underway, good communication is essential to the project’s success.

Choose E&E Contracting For Your Exterior Remodeling Project

If you’re on the hunt for an exterior remodeling contractor for your project, be sure to consider E&E General Contracting. We are committed to helping you achieve your construction dreams while providing an excellent customer experience. Get in touch with us today for a risk-free complimentary estimate and consultation.

With the evolution of engineered and synthetic siding materials, homeowners are presented with more durable alternatives to traditional wood siding. In this blog post we will cover two of our favorite wood siding alternatives, fiber cement siding and engineered wood siding. 

Before we get into the comparison, let’s take a look at what makes up these two materials. 

What is Fiber Cement Siding?

Fiber Cement Siding is a unique blend of water, wood pulp, fly ash, and cement. The wood pulp improves the flexibility and resilience of the siding, the fly ash acts as a filler, and the cement binds all of the ingredients. The water dissolves the wood pulp, and activates and hardens the cement for the final product. 

What are the Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding?

Durability

Fiber Cement Siding is built to withstand extreme weather conditions, and maintains its color and structure better than almost any other material. It is also resistant to insects like termites that can be destructive to traditional siding materials. Most fiber cement sidings come with a long-term warranty, which can help offset the initial investment. 

Multiple Style and Installation Options

Unlike most siding options, fiber cement siding offers you lots of installation options to bring different looks to your home. Lap siding, shingles, and panels that can be installed for a board and batten look are just a few of the unique ways your home can be customized with fiber cement siding. There are also different textures to choose from, from stucco to realistic wood grain patterns.  

What is Engineered Wood Siding?

Engineered wood is typically made of treated wood strands or fibers that are combined with adhesive resins to create a composite material. Special water-resistant waxes and zinc borate are also added to resist decay even in the harshest conditions. We use LP Smartside engineered wood siding and they have a great guide on their site that outlines the intricacies of engineered wood siding. 

What are the Benefits of Engineered Wood Siding?

Low Installation Costs

Engineered wood is installed in the same way as traditional wood siding. Unlike fiber cement siding, it does not require special tools to install. LP Smartside comes in longer boards so there are less seams which can speed up the installation process. It also contains little to no silica dust, making installation not only easier but safer.

Durability

Engineered wood is often tested in extreme hot and cold scenarios, and the process in which it is built protects it from insect and fungal decay. The resins and waxes used to bind the fibers together also give it a protective layer that prevents damage from hail, wayward baseballs, and other impact based damage. Engineered wood siding also requires little maintenance and comes with long-term warranty making it a smart choice for homeowners.

Fiber Cement Siding Vs. Engineered Wood Siding

Fiber cement and engineered wood siding are both durable and attractive options, so how do you choose the right material for your home? When we are working with our clients we like to ask a few questions to decide which siding material would best fit their home. 

How Severe is the Weather Around Your Home?

The weather conditions of your hometown should play a huge role in your decision. If you live in an area with salt in the air or heavy storms, fiber cement siding may be your best bet. It was developed to withstand extreme weather conditions, and resists warping from moisture and salt exposure. 

Engineered wood siding also holds up very well in a variety of climates. It is equipped to withstand all types of weather, including wind, hail, and moisture which suits most homeowners, especially with its warranty.

What is Your Siding Budget?

Another important factor to consider when comparing fiber cement and engineered wood siding is your budget. While both options are more affordable than traditional wood siding, concrete fiber will cost you a little more per square foot than engineered wood. The cost of concrete fiber siding ranges from $5-$13.50 per square foot, while engineered wood siding comes in at $3.50-$8 per square foot. 

Both fiber cement and engineered wood siding are beautiful options that provide the look of traditional wood with added durability. At E&E, we work closely with our clients to ensure that their home renovation needs are met and exceeded. Take a look at some of our previous siding projects to learn more about our process, and contact us for a complimentary quote!

When it comes to home renovations, most people’s minds go to glamorous updates like kitchen and bathroom remodels, but ignore updates essential to the home’s looks and efficiency. Replacement windows are the unsung hero of home renovations, and in this blog we will provide 5 reasons why replacement windows should be your next home renovation project. 

1. Increase the Efficiency of Your Home

Have your utility bills been high recently? Are your friends shocked when they hear what you are paying for your electric or gas bill? Replacing the outdated single-pane windows in your home with energy efficient windows could be the solution to your problems. The US Department of Energy states that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling use. They also state that homeowners will save between $125 and $465 by replacing single-pane windows with energy efficient windows.

At E&E our thorough installation process seals all potential draft points and keeps our customers’ homes fully insulated. 

2. Boost the Value of Your Home

Some homeowners may balk at window replacement cost, but the increase in home value can greatly offset the initial investment. Most homeowners can expect to see an 85% return on their investment when they choose to update their windows. That means if the vinyl window replacement costs $10,000, they can expect their home value to increase by $8,500. 

This increase in value along with the monthly savings on your utility bill can cover a large percentage of the cost, and even allow the windows to pay for themselves. 

3. Cut Down on Outside Noise

Replacement windows can also decrease the amount of outside noise coming into your home. 

Most homeowners report a 65%-85% decrease in exterior noise when vinyl replacement windows are installed. 

At E&E Contracting we use Provia Windows, and their website states how much quieter houses can become after window replacement. Your home should be a quiet refuge, and vinyl replacement windows can help you achieve that.

4. Increase Your Curb Appeal

Replacement windows can also allow you to get creative and improve the aesthetics of your home. Many homeowners update their paint and trim color before the windows are replaced, leaving mismatched colors. Vinyl replacement windows are available in dozens of colors to accent your home’s color scheme perfectly, and you can also get creative with different pane styles. 

Many of the homeowners we work with also update their window trim during the window replacement process. Windows are often a focal point of the home, and a window replacement offers homeowners the opportunity to give their exterior a facelift at a lower cost than most other exterior projects. Check out our process and some example projects on our website. 

5. Improve the Safety of Your Home

Modern replacement windows go above and beyond the aesthetics and efficiency of your home and can provide a safer and more secure environment for your families. The FBI reports that there were over a million burglaries in 2019, 25% of which were accomplished through windows. As you are searching for your replacement windows be sure to pay attention to the different options and safety specifications for each brand you consider. 

Impact Resistant Windows

Impact resistant windows are designed to reduce the likelihood of being breached by a forceful impact. Impact resistant windows are reinforced by a layer of polyvinyl butyral, resulting in a strong laminated glass product that can withstand impacts that would normally break through into your home. The window is further reinforced with a layer of tempered glass that is 4-5 times stronger than traditional window glass. 

This window upgrade is very popular in hurricane intensive areas, but has become increasingly popular for burglary prevention. When the window is hit with a forceful impact the outer layer breaks into small circular pieces to reveal the laminate portion of the window that still protects your home. 

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged at the side of the window frame and swing open with the turn of a handle. They have hand operated hook shaped locks that are a core component of the window frame, making them extremely difficult to break.

At E&E Contracting, we work with top window manufacturers to ensure that our replacement windows satisfy all the needs of our customers. Contact us today for a complimentary replacement window quote!

The realization that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced can be a daunting one, especially when it is time to hire a roofing contractor. To make things easier, we have put together a guide that will show you how to find a roofing contractor that fits your needs and will make the process as smooth as possible. 

Finding Roofing Contractors

As you are searching for a contractor to repair or replace your roof, you are just one Google search away from dozens of companies in your area. How do you weed through the results and choose the roofing company that is right for you? 

Recommendations From Friends and Family

There is no better way to find a reputable roofing contractor than speaking with friends, family, and neighbors who have recently had work done. You can ask them questions about the sales process, pricing, and the quality of work. Having just gone through this process, your friends and family may have already compared pricing with other companies as well, which can alleviate some of the research on your end. 

Home Service Websites

Over the last 10 years, sites like Angie’s List and Houzz have made finding home improvement contractors much easier. On these sites, you can compare contractors side by side, which can drastically reduce your research time. We have made some great connections on our Houzz profile, and it is a great place to view customer testimonials. Below is a list of some of the most popular sites to find roofing contractors:

Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

Now that you’ve put together a list of companies, it’s time to interview the prospects. It’s easy to forget about questions you meant to ask during consultations, so we recommend writing down your questions beforehand. We have outlined some topics that should be covered as you are vetting potential roofing contractors. 

How Many Years Have You Been in Business? 

Asking this question will give you an idea of how experienced the contractor is, and how equipped they are to deal with permits and other details the project will entail. 

Are You Licensed? 

Many states require licenses for contractors, and there are also other credentials that contractors can obtain to prove their competence in their craft. Here is a guide of roofer requirements by state so you have an idea of what you should expect. 

Are you Insured?

Having Contractor’s insurance is law in most states, but it’s still a question that we recommend asking. Specifically, you want to ask about comprehensive liability insurance and worker’s compensation. If a worker is injured on your property you may be held liable unless the contractor is insured. 

Do You Have a Workmanship Warranty?

A workmanship warranty goes beyond the manufacturer warranty that covers shingles and other roofing materials, and covers any potential issues with the roofing project. This shows that the contractor stands behind their work and gives you peace of mind during and after the project. 

How Do You Handle Customer Complaints?

How contractors handle customer complaints can be a great representation of their character as a company. A reputable roofing company will handle customer complaints with grace, and do all they can to ensure their clients are satisfied with their service. 

Will You Provide Referrals or References?

There is no better way to determine if a company is reputable than through referrals, references, and testimonials. You can gain insights into their customer service, quality, efficiency, and more. At E&E our customers have been very gracious and provided us with dozens of testimonials that you can find on our website. 

What is Your Cleanup Process?

You should inquire about each potential contractor’s cleanup process during the project, and after the roof is repaired or replaced. Roofing is dirty work, and there’s nothing worse than finding asphalt shingle pieces in your yard after a project is finished. We have outlined our cleanup process on each of our service pages so our customers know what to expect. 

What Materials Are You Comfortable Working With?

Replacing your roof can give you the opportunity to go for a new look or roofing material to spice up your home. It is important to know the options that will be available to you as you go through the process of hiring a roofing contractor. 

Do You Come Out For a Preliminary Inspection?

The preliminary inspection not only allows roofing contractors to give you an accurate estimate, but gives them an idea of what your property looks like so they leave it looking the same. At E&E we take the preliminary inspection very seriously, and love the process of discussing options with our customers. 

How to Choose a Roofing Company

Now that you have interviewed potential contractors it’s time to get estimates and review them. Keep in mind, the answers to your interview questions will heavily influence the price and timeline of your project. Fully licensed and insured contractors remove some of the liability from the homeowner,  and you will sometimes see an increase in cost because of it. Also, more reputable companies often get the job finished faster and leave a cleaner workspace. 

Ultimately, you should feel comfortable with the contractor you choose. How did you feel after your interview? Was the salesmen pushy, or were they patient as you asked your questions? At E&E we view our work as a partnership. We take our customers’ vision and exceed their expectations with superior craftsmanship, customer service, and creativity. 

Contact us today for a complimentary quote on our upcoming roofing project, we would love to speak with you!

Depending upon small factors such as where you live, stucco can either be a breeze, or it can contribute to larger, ongoing problems for your home. Although a durable material generally, stucco is also brittle which makes stone accents as well as foundations prone to settling over time. 

If the area where you live is also high in clay when it comes to soil composition, you can also experience added problems if much of your landscaping and home are crafted from a stucco base. All of these factors, as well as whether you are experiencing small cracks or underlying foundational issues, should help you understand how you can minimize the time it will take to get your stucco back in top form. 

Whether you believe you have a simple DIY fix on your hands, or perhaps the beginning of a larger project suited for the professionals, read on to learn more about stucco and the repair basics they tend to come packaged with! 

What to Expect from Stucco Stone Accent or Interior/Exterior Repairs

In most cases, there is no issue with yourself or your family members continuing to reside in your home while professionals go to work with stucco remediation processes. Depending upon the extent of the damage, the needed solution to fix the problem, and your budget, you can expect to invest anywhere from ten days to three weeks solving the issue you have. However, there are differences between small jobs that you can complete on your own in a weekend and those that require the skill and know-how of the experts.

Challenges of Repairing Stucco on Walls or Stone Accents

Although stucco is a durable material, it is rigid in nature which can make it prone to cracks. In addition, if there are places where weight is unevenly distributed, settling is prone to occur. For small cracks that are caused by frequent movement, such as a crack in a wall near a back door, you may want a more flexible material to seal the edges to prevent further shattering. Repair caulk products are most likely appropriate for these types of exterior fixes. 

For severe or longtime damage, contacting an expert is the first move you should complete. After applying any smaller stucco repairs, however, you should wait no less than 24 hours for the substance to settle, and the cracks to seal. 

Basic Interior or Exterior Stucco Repairs

Pre-mixed stucco patches can be applied to large or gaping areas where the original material has worn or broken away. You should never attempt to repair your stucco if the temperature is not within the recommended 40 to 90 degree range.  

Does this sound too complicated, or potentially dangerous, for you to complete on your own? If so, you should consult with a professional stucco repair provider, who will be able to tell you if the damage you notice is susceptible to larger problems such as black mold or decay. Don’t assume you know the best solution! Protect the foundation and durability of your home by getting in touch with someone who knows the ins and outs of stucco remediation. 

Regardless of the size of your stucco accent or stone repair project, the experts at E&E Contracting, LLC. can help! We’re experienced in all aspects of home remodeling and renovations, regardless of the materials you have to work with. 

Ask for a Complimentary Quote for Stucco Repair and Remediation

We are committed to providing you with excellent craftsmanship from professionals who maintain high levels of integrity and an attitude of service. Rest assured when we say we’ve seen it all and repaired it all.

Touch base with one of our team members today to learn how we can help your next project.