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Time To Make a Change: Home Renovation Do’s & Don’ts.

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Fall and winter are good times to finally get around to those long-planned home renovations in North Texas. First of all, it’s the cold season. Secondly, it’s a break from stormy weather and a chance to prepare for the next round of it come spring.

But beyond just the IF and WHEN of home renovation, there’s the HOW. Here are 10 top tips (5 DOs and 5 DONTs) to help you make the right kinds of changes to your home.

The DOs of Home Renovation

  1. DO upgrade those old, leaky windows to new, energy-efficient replacement windows! Choosing the right replacement windows is crucial. Look for windows that are tough-built, with high energy efficiency ratings, and that you can get in custom shapes, sizes, and colors.
  2. DO rely on local installation experts with great customer reviews and a solid local reputation. Professional help with your home renovations will ensure quality work that lasts.
  3. DO consider installing new entry and storm doors this season. Few home components see more use than the front door! And few other parts of the building have such an impact on a home’s curb appeal.
  4. DO get your gutters ready for the stormy weather ahead. Be sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts to prevent a leak and water damage. If you need a partial or full gutter system replacement, acting fast can help protect your fascia boards, roof eaves, and foundation.
  5. DO be sure to take advantage of any tax deductions. Not all home repairs and renovations are tax-deductible -but many are! So be sure not to miss out on potential savings.

The DONTs of Home Renovation

Don’t assume you should handle everything on a DIY basis. Saving some money where you can, where you have some skills, is fine. But don’t sacrifice quality or risk wasting materials trying to do something you don’t know how to do.

  1. Don’t choose low-quality materials for minimal savings. Everyone has their budget to think about, but some materials are so cheaply made that they aren’t worth using.
  2. Don’t feel you have to get everything done in one week or even in one month. Prioritize the most pressing or most important projects first and be willing to take your time and get it all done right.
  3. Don’t wait too long to take care of urgent repairs. Roofing, for example, “just can’t wait.” And you definitely want windows, doors, and energy-saving upgrades in before winter or summer – the high-energy-usage seasons, hit.
  4. Don’t forget to get all permits before starting the next project. (Local contractors will know what you need and can often handle all permit applications for you.)

As you begin to take steps towards beginning your home renovation project, take the time to do it right. Learn all you can from others, and gather all the tips you can.

To learn more or to talk about your plans for new siding, custom windows and doors, or gutters, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today!

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Preparing your home’s exterior for storm season in Texas

By Doors, Storm, Windows

Current events taking place in the world today, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, have been making quite an impact in our neck of the woods. It doesn’t help that this major event in history is happening right at the beginning of our, already intense, storm season.

Every state and region has its own storm season, and in North Texas, spring is the main event of stormy weather. From early March until late August, high winds, heavy rains, hail, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes are not uncommon. The brunt of it hits from mid-March until the end of June.

Spring cleaning may take care of your home’s interior and its landscaping, but you also need to think about your home’s exterior. Here are 5 key actions you can take to bolster your home for the upcoming Texas storms.

1. Invest In A Window Upgrade

Older windows often tend to develop drafts, which is bad enough, but in the rainy season, leaks can develop through those same openings. That’s an even bigger problem. Foundation settling can cause window frames to warp, become too tight or too loose, or cause fissure lines above and/or below the window.

All of these reasons, plus the benefit of better weather protection, boosted energy efficiency, and enhanced curb appeal argue for spring as an excellent time to invest in a window upgrade in the North Texas Panhandle.

2. Get Better Doors & Storm Doors

Water and wind – think drafts and leaks, can also affect your exterior doors during the Texas storm season. It may be time for a new front door, back door, garage door, or storm door.

Adding a door sweep, more insulation around doors, or repainting or restaining doors with exposed wood may sometime be enough. But a newer, stronger door with a higher energy efficiency rating would help even more!

3. Take Care Of Any Siding Repairs

If you notice any siding pieces that have come loose, slipped down, buckled, warped in the Texas sun over the years, or cracked up in a past hail storm, it’s a good time to take care of necessary repairs. Well-installed siding will help prevent water from getting behind your home’s exterior and finding its way through into the interior.

Upgrading to a higher grade of vinyl siding or to steel siding will do even more to make sure your building successfully weathers this year’s string of storms.

4. Clean Out Gutters & Downspouts

When gutters and downspouts are clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris, it can make water back up during a storm. This may lead to wood rot of your fascia boards or the edge of your roof deck. It could also cause an interior leak and encourage mold and mildew growth. And it may allow water to eat away at your home’s foundation when it doesn’t drain down the gutters properly.

If gutters are sagging, they need to be nailed back up straight. If they are leaking, that must be addressed with waterproof gutter caulk. In extreme cases, you may wish to simply replace your guttering system.

Taking steps now to protect your home’s exterior during the storm season will pay big dividends by preventing damage and expenses down the road. For a free estimate on energey efficient, storm-safe siding and windows, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today!


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Are home repairs tax deductible?

By Home No Comments

If your home has suffered some kind of damage from weather events, an accident, or general wear and tear, as a tax-paying homeowner, you may well be wondering if home repairs are tax-deductible.

Like other tax-related questions, the answer is somewhat complex and includes both good news and bad news – here is what you need to know concerning home repairs and tax deductions.

You Can Deduct “Casualty Losses”

The large majority of home repairs are not tax-deductible. That said, there are some important exceptions and caveats to that statement. First, there is the casualty loss deduction for damage caused by natural disasters or sudden, unexpected weather events.

The IRS will only allow you to deduct that portion of the repair cost that is not covered under your homeowners insurance. If you don’t have home insurance, you can deduct it all. However, there are limitations too. You can’t deduct more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (minus an additional $100), and you can’t deduct more than the original cost of the damaged property plus any amount you put into improving it earlier.

In certain situations, you can get thousands of dollars in tax deductions from a single repair or multiple combined repairs under these rules. So be sure to look into this option and talk to an informed contractor or tax expert about getting your maximum home repair deduction.

You Can Deduct Home Improvements

If you add value to your home instead of just bring it back to its pre-damage state, that counts as a home improvement instead of a home repair. Thus, let’s say your windows or doors were damaged but you don’t qualify for a casualty losses deduction. If you install new windows or doors that upgrade your home’s energy efficiency – better ones than the originals, you could deduct all or a part of the cost as a home improvement.

The Home Office Deduction

Another way to deduct home repairs is if you have an office you use for business purposes in your home. If you take the home office deduction, then you can deduct expenses related to repairing that home office.

You can deduct all of the costs of repairs made directly to your home office and a percentage of HVAC and some other house-wide costs that also affect your home office space. The percentage of floor space your office takes up in your home is the percentage you can deduct in the latter cases.

The Rental Property Deduction

If you rent out a room or a portion of your property, then you can deduct repair costs related to the rental property. If the repair is simply to the rented-out portion of your property, then it is 100% tax-deductible.

If it is to a building-wide system (like roofing, heating, or AC) that impacts the rental property, then you deduct on a percentage of floor space basis just like for the home office deduction.

Long-term Ways Repairs Can Reduce Taxes

Finally, if you ever go to sell your home, you can subtract the total expense of all repairs and upgrades made to it from the capital gains to lower capital gains taxes.

For example, if you paid $100,000 for your home, put in $25,000 in repairs/upgrades, and sold your home later for $150,000 – your tax basis would be lowered from $50,000 to $25,000 because what you put into your home lowered your profit margin.

There are several ways that a home repair can reduce how much you pay in taxes. To learn more, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, to talk to experienced contractors who are also familiar with these kinds of tax issues.


Common Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

By Home No Comments

With home repair, many things are straightforward. If you’ve got a hole in the wall, you can buy a patch repair kit from Home Depot. It’ll usually be less than ten bucks. Certainly, mistakes can be made anywhere, but there are a lot of things you can do internally which won’t represent a big danger even if you do make a few mistakes.

That said, there are plenty of honest mistakes you can make in DIY. Below, we’ll briefly go over home repair mistakes that are common, as well as some truly considerable issues that develop from improper window repair. Areas where homeowners regularly make repair mistakes include:

  • Neglecting To Acquire Proper Permits
  • Improperly Gauging Supplies Need Before a Job Starts
  • Cheap Materials, Inaccuracy, Poor Job Preparation, and Ignoring Limits
  • Window Energy Conservation, Installation, and Price-Based Acquisition

Neglecting To Acquire Proper Permits

Oftentimes home repair or remodel is approached without proper permits. These can be more useful than you may realize; permits can tell you what exactly needs to be done in a repair job like, say, weatherproofing. If you’re putting in some new architectural home edition, to get permits you’ll need plans which include weatherproofing requisite to the edition, and local codes.

If you don’t look into the proper permits for DIY projects beforehand, you could have a time-release problem on your hands which doesn’t “blossom” until you’re getting your property appraised. Strangely, even “little” issues can keep you from getting proper appraisal or approval through official agencies. You definitely need to do your homework here, or you’ll do a bunch of home repair in vain.


Improperly Gauging Supplies Need Before a Job Starts

Something else that folks approaching home repair tend to get wrong involves material choice, and material supply. They say “measure twice, cut once”. However, even when you do that, mistakes will still be made.

You’re not looking for an exact amount of materials. You’re looking for enough to get the job done including a margin for error. Everyone makes mistakes, even tenured professionals. Your home repair efforts will be no different.

Cheap Materials, Inaccuracy, Poor Job Preparation, and Ignoring Limits

Something else you should be careful not to do when it comes to home repair is use cheap building materials. Certainly, you don’t have to buy the best possible supplies that are out there. However, if you go bottom-dollar, then you might as well not even repair whatever the issue is; it’s just going to break again, and your cheap repair will likely diminish property value over time. Whenever you approach a repair, it should better your property.

Also, there will be inaccuracies in many “amateur” home renovation efforts. You’ve got to measure properly to cut properly, but you don’t know what you don’t know. Sometimes secondary construction factors develop that you couldn’t anticipate except through experience. Poor job preparation leads to that, as does ignoring your personal limits. There are many things you can do, but some that are beyond you. You’ll just waste time and money if you don’t get help in such situations.

Window Energy Conservation, Installation, and Price-Based Acquisition

Perhaps the biggest home repair faux pas is installing windows yourself. As with building materials, buying cheap windows is a bad idea. Some are so brittle you can almost break them with your finger.

Such windows don’t conserve energy; they let it bleed out, and increase your utility bills over time such that what you’ve saved in acquisition is overcome in losses down the line. Installation must be done properly as well, and that’s not something easy. Unless you’ve done the job yourself before, it’s definitely advisable to seek help.

Maximizing Your DIY Effectiveness

To get the windows right, and generally acquire good consultation pertaining to certain other home repair needs, Double J Siding and Windows offers crystal clear solutions. Generally, inform your home renovation plans with advice or help from professionals who you trust, and you’ll avoid the majority of mistakes like this.

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Will your windows last through the winter?

By Windows No Comments

Winterproofing your old windows and doors – and your whole home, maybe the immediate action you need to take. But on the other hand, winter can be a great time to order new replacement windows and doors, and you need to think more long term about the future of your home’s energy efficiency and decor. Why not start the new year right with brand new replacement windows and/or doors that look great, work perfect, and last for decades to come?

But before you get started, you first need to exercise a little pre-planning and practical preparation – here are 5 key steps to follow:

Investigate Current Window Condition

The first step is to take account of the current condition of your windows and doors. Are there any air leaks? Are the frames warped or rotting out? What about energy efficiency – do you have products with the Energy Star mark of approval?

Once you conclude that your windows are outdated or in poor condition and need to be replaced, the next step is to start catching a vision and formulating a plan.

Get Creative With Replacement Windows / Doors

You may want to get your creative juices flowing and think outside the box – something beyond just a straight-forward switch-out. Perhaps, you may want to put a bay window in where a picture window is now to let in maximum light.

Or, you may want to install a crank-out window in place of a double-hung window since both are usually the same size. Sliding windows/doors, modernistic “geometric” windows, automated screens, built-in blinds, classic shutters, customized windows shapes and sizes, and custom-built entry and storm doors are all among the many possibilities!

Take Time To Budget For Your Project

To many, crunching some numbers and budgeting for upcoming windows and door replacement projects can be as fun as taking measurements and envisioning a new ambiance. But even if math “is not your thing,” it’s a necessary step.

Make out several possible plans and get some quotes on the necessary products and services. Compare quotes and make adjustments until you find the perfect way to combine affordability with a result you will be totally satisfied with.

Choose A Reputable, Local Contractor

The next step is to decide on which contractor you will hire to take out your old windows/doors and install the replacements. Check out examples of contractors’ past work, read reviews by real past customers, do some research online, and find out who is favored by the BBB.

There is a lot more to consider than just comparing quotes when choosing an installation company – so don’t neglect to “do your homework!”

Schedule & Prep The Work Area

Before replacement windows or a new door can be placed, the work area will need to be cleared of furniture, curtains, blinds, pictures (that might fall due to vibrations nearby), and any household clutter.

Also, order as early as possible if you are getting custom-built windows – but note that wait times are usually much shorter during the winter months. Planning and scheduling ahead will make the project go quicker and smoother on installation day.

For more information on getting ready for new replacement windows or new doors or a free no-obligation quote, contact the experts at Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, TX, today!


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7 Ways to Winter Proof Your Doors & Windows.

By Windows No Comments

As the cold season deepens, the need for well insulated – and at the same time fully functional, house windows and doors becomes more and more obvious.
If you have old, outdated windows/doors that may be in poor condition, replacement may be the wisest option. But in many other instances, you simply need to get organized and implement some winterizing strategies on your current windows and doors.
Here are 7 ways to winter-proof your windows and doors this winter so you can stay warm and keep energy efficiency high at the same time!

1. Install Weatherstripping & Sweeps

Maybe you’ve noticed some drafts, or perhaps, you’ve discovered a problem with your house windows and doors after a professional energy audit. One of the first things to do to correct the problem and start saving money is to install weatherstripping on all of your doors.
You should also install a wood sweep on your most frequently used doors – ones that can be painted to match the door’s style and color.

2. Use Foam Insulation

If your door or window is slightly warped or imperfect, you can cover up the look and block drafts by putting on sticky-back foam insulation tape.
You simply cut the foam to size and press it on in the relevant areas. You can choose between softer and more rigid forms of foam. Be sure the product can be customized to fit the dimensions of your doors and windows.

3. Touch Up Exterior Caulking

In many cases, exterior beads of caulk around windows crack or shrink over the years, which allows drafts and/or leaks. Get a matching color and a caulking gun and go to work! You only need to recaulk areas where the bead has been damaged or is badly stained.

4. Use A “Door Snake”

Instead of having to use a towel or your clothes to block the bottom of doors for rooms you are heating this winter, why not buy a helpful little “door snake” to do the job? This weighted fabric tube is perfect for keeping cold air out and heated air in!

5. Invest In “Thermal Curtains”

Heavy, dark-colored curtains made of fabric with a high heat-absorption rate are called “thermal curtains.” For the winter at least, you can change out the curtains to thermal ones. You can open the curtains during the sunniest part of the day and close them the rest of the time for the most efficient overall effect.

6. Apply Window Film

If you have single-paned glass windows or if you have window air leaks, the immediate solution might be to apply interior window film. This may not be a permanent way to winterize your home, but it will do until you can fix the air leaks or replace the windows.

7. Have New Windows / Doors Installed

It may be time to winterize by purchasing new house windows and/or doors before it gets too cold. Especially if none of the other strategies are working – but even just to modernize and upgrade at the same time as winterproofing, calling an installation expert may be the best course to take.
For more helpful advice on winterproofing your home this cold season or to get a free, no-obligation quote on new house windows and doors, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today!

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5 Signs it’s Time to Replace your Windows

By Windows

Maybe you are in the middle of a home renovation project (or thinking about starting one soon.) Perhaps, you are already planning on having new siding installed on your house. Or, it may be simply that you’ve noticed some problems with your old windows lately and are wondering if it’s time to replace them.

Windows are a critical component of every building, standing as they do at the interface of the outdoors and indoors. They typically last from 20 to 40 years, depending on their quality, type, and location – but eventually, they need to be replaced. Here are the top 5 signs that it may be time.

1. Visible Damage And/or Leaks

One sign it may be time for new windows is obvious, visible damage. Windows can chip, crack, permanently stain, rot (if wood windows), and leak.

You may have noticed such damage to some or all of your windows and realize it would be almost impossible to fix it short of full replacement. And, in fact, it could cost almost as much to repair as to replace windows that are very badly damaged.

2. Drafts & Poor Energy Efficiency

Another sign you need better windows is when you always seem to feel a draft in the house and never seem able to get warm enough when the heat is on or cool enough when the AC is running.

This is directly connected, of course, to abnormal spikes in your electric and/or natural gas bill. And newer, more energy-efficient makes and models of windows can save you money month after month.

3. Opening And Closing Your Windows Is Difficult

Windows that are too tough to open/close become a problem instead of a solution. You want fresh air in your home, but not the rain. You want to be able to securely lock up your windows at night or when away without a struggle. Full functionality and ease of use is a must.

Also, if your windows “drop” suddenly down instead of sliding up/down normally, that’s a sign replacement is the answer. You shouldn’t have to worry about dropping windows and shattering glass or use a stick to prop them open.

4. The Noise Keeps Getting Through

Many modern windows are able to reduce noise levels greatly, but if your windows are poorly sealed or use badly outdated glass, just about all of the outside noise may be getting through.

Noise-reducing, dual-insulated-glass windows can quiet things down fast! Talk to a pro about finding the “quietest” window on the market.

5. Your Home is Lacking Curb Appeal

Sharp-looking windows can greatly boost a home’s overall curb appeal. They can highlight your siding color and can be a big selling point if you are planning on listing your home soon.

If, however, the window paint is faded and the style is all too outdated, your windows may have become an eyesore instead. Replacing them with elegant, “snappy” new windows installed by an experienced contractor may be the answer!

If you are considering having new windows installed on your home or commercial property, do not hesitate to contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today! We can give you a free consultation and a free, no-obligation quote.

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Boost Your House’s Curb Appeal with New Custom Doors & Gutters

By Doors, Gutters
Whether you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale or are planning to stay where you are and are just ready for a new look, Double J Siding & Windows has some great ideas on how to boost your home’s curb appeal. While, as our name suggests, our main focus is on residential windows and siding, which are definitely two ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal, other, less expensive fixes that can also have a huge impact include new doors and gutters.

Custom Doors Make a Statement

When selecting doors to fit your particular style, you have lots of options, since doors come in so many styles. To name just a few, you may choose:
  • Solid doors (hollow, solid or solid coreDoors with glass
  • French double doors
  • Doors with sidelights
  • Wooden doors
  • Fiberglass doors
  • Metal doors
  • Patio doors
  • Storm doors and more
Not only do you have options regarding door styles, but you can also choose from a variety of door colors. Another decision to make is whether you want an unprotected door or you want to add a small roof or an awning to protect the door and those using it from the weather.
Your home’s front entry door is a main focal point for anyone looking at your home and is also a factor in its energy efficiency and security. Just about any door you install on your home can be added to with a second door such as a:
  • Storm door
  • Screen door
  • Security door
One other decision when adding a new door to your home is deciding on the “handedness,” which means whether it swings open to the left or to the right. All of these decisions can be made with the help of a trusted home repair company such as Double J Siding & Windows. In business since 2001, we’re licensed, bonded and insured and carry an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You won’t find a more capable partner in helping to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Gutters May Be More Important Than You Think

Often, gutters are overlooked by homeowners. It may be that the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind” applies here which can, unfortunately, cause a host of problems. Gutters require regular maintenance in order to efficiently serve their function, which is to divert water away from the structure.
If a home has no gutters or has improperly functioning gutters, damage can be caused to your siding, windows, doors, landscaping and your home’s foundation. You may also experience water seeping into the basement area. The reason gutters most often do not do their job properly is because they haven’t been correctly maintained. They may be clogged with leaves, pine needles, grit from roof shingles or a variety of other debris.
They may have holes, gaps, be pulled away from the house or not be pitched properly toward functioning downspouts. Having gutters in this condition is almost like having no gutters at all. A new, professional gutter installation can fix all these problems, plus provide your home with a heightened curb appeal.

Form and Function

While new gutters and custom doors in Amarillo will help protect the value of your home, they will also add to its value and its curb appeal. Selecting just the right style and color for your doors and the color of your gutters can work well together to help make your home picture perfect. At Double J, our team of experienced professionals can provide you with recommendations to suit both your taste and your pocketbook. Contact us today at (806) 674-1109 for your free, in-home estimate.

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5 Tips for finding Replacement Windows

By Windows

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Perhaps, your old windows were damaged in a storm, are falling short of the mark on energy efficiency, or are just beginning to show their age? You’ve decided that it’s time for replacement windows but aren’t sure which ones to invest in yet or who to call on for installation.

Here are 5 key tips to take into account in your search for the best replacement windows for your home:

1. Look For Efficiency

In Amarillo, there are usually extreme daily temperature fluctuations, and seasonal differences can also be stark. Thus, your windows need to be able to consistently keep in the cool or the heat, as the situation demands. This calls for replacement windows with high energy ratings.

Specifically, look for low U-factors, which indicate relatively little heat loss through the window. A U-factor .15 is about the lowest, while some windows range as high as 1.20. Also, look for a low SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient), which indicates the window’s ability to block heat from entering your home – SHGC scores vary between 0 and 1.
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And of course, the Energy Star label will indicate an all-around energy efficient window.

2. Demand A Sturdy Build

It is possible, of course, to have a highly energy-efficient window that is, nonetheless, flimsy and easily damaged – not what you want! Welded and multi-chambered windows are particularly sturdy in build, and you need a strong material that is “smartly” fastened together.

Using the right contractor is also important when it comes to window sturdiness because it’s up to the installer to reinforce the sash, put the window in level and plumb, and use the proper types of screws, nails, and other fasteners.

3. Think About Impact Resistance

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the storms! In the Amarillo area, impact-resistant windows make perfect sense.

UPVC (unplasticized PVC), for example, is much more impact-resistant than ordinary PVC. Wood can cope with impacts well, but wood requires periodic sanding and repainting. Choosing high impact-resistant vinyl with a woodgrain look is a low-maintenance alternative.

4. Consider Fade-resistant Colors

Years in the hot Texas sun may result in fading of certain windows’ finish. But there are fade-resistant colors, paints, and materials used on modern windows that can stand up to even the most extreme heat and sun over long periods of time without significant fading.

Fitting your window color and style into the rest of your home’s exterior doesn’t have to mean accepting fading. Ask a local window expert for help in choosing a fade-resistant window!

5. Use A Local, Reputable Contractor

No one likes wandering helplessly through the aisles of a big-box window store, bewildered by the abundance of choices but not feeling adequately helped by the attendee’s advice. What you really want is the advice of an expert who works with windows every day and who can deliver your new windows direct to your home and expertly install them!

In small towns like Amarillo, local reputation means everything – and it gets around fast by word of mouth. Look for a local contractor who can guide you through the window-selection process, remove and dispose of your old windows, custom-install your replacement windows, and keep it punctual and professional throughout the process.

In and around Amarillo, Texas, Double J Siding & Windows is your go-to window installation expert. Contact us today for answers to all your questions about modern windows or for a free, no-obligation quote. Feel free to discuss with us your replacement window needs, as we offer you a variety of effective, efficient solutions!

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Vinyl or Steel Siding: Which Is Best For Your Home?

By Siding

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Comparing Steel To Vinyl


The very first layer of defense for your home’s exterior walls is of major importance when you’re talking about protecting your home’s value and curb appeal for in the long-term. While there are many options, we’ll look at just two here below: vinyl siding versus steel siding.

Both vinyl and steel have their pros and cons – and more pros than cons. But these two materials differ enough that one or the other may be a better match depending on the particular person or property involved.

When comparing and contrasting steel siding versus vinyl siding, you have to take the two materials category by category to get the full picture.


  1. Strength & Durability

Steel siding has the edge when it comes to strength and durability. Vinyl siding can last from 20 to 40 years, varying based on the thickness of the vinyl material, sun exposure, and impacts from wind storms and other weather events. But steel can last practically forever.

Steel won’t fade or get nicks, dings, and cracks in it. It is strong enough to withstand even severe winds. But you can also get higher quality vinyl that is fade-resistant and less likely to crack in a storm.


  1. Versatility Of Style

Vinyl is the most versatile of all siding materials these days. It offers the widest array of colors and surface patterning and styles. That’s not to say you can’t find a steel siding in a style and color that will match your home’s exterior decor, because you probably can.

But there are literally dozens and dozens of vinyl styles to choose from, while other types of siding tend to have fewer options. However, steel can be painted, while with vinyl, you can’t change the color later on without re-siding the house.


  1. Fire & Hail Resistance

Steel doesn’t burn. It’s as simple as that. Vinyl does. Thus, if fire resistance is your concern, steel is the number one option available. Also, it is resistant to hail impacts, which is not true of aluminum siding nor or vinyl.

Thus, it’s not just in the realm of wind resistance that steel scores higher than virtually any other option. It’s just “tough.”

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  1. Installation Cost

Here’s where vinyl scores the highest. It is practically the lowest-cost option available in the siding market. That’s why it is also the most popular siding material in the whole US and has been for decades.

Of course, maintenance costs will be higher a bit with vinyl, and steel will last longer. Plus, steel adds more value to your home. Vinyl is pretty standard and a good investment. Steel costs more, but you get more too. It’s a trade-off.


  1. Environmental Friendliness

If you are concerned about the environment, your choice of siding can be one way to make a practical difference. Steel is more friendly to the environment in that it lasts longer and is easier to recycle. And as its material is much more valuable, you can be sure it WILL be recycled at some point – it’s not just going to stay a hypothetical possibility.

However, vinyl offers more insulation protection for your home, which can help lower your energy usage and bills to a degree. Thus, both materials have some benefits environmentally.

To learn more about how to decide between vinyl and steel siding in Amarillo, feel free to contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas. We can answer all your siding-related questions and give you a free, no-obligation estimate today!

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