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Meredith Home Improvements Granted James Hardie Elite Preferred Designation

James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor

Meredith Home Improvements, a premier home remodeler serving the Greater Pittsburgh and Allegheny County area, has been named a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor. This designation is granted to a small percentage of contractors nationwide, and Meredith Home Improvements is the only remodeling company in the Pittsburgh area to achieve this endorsement.

The James Hardie Contractor Alliance™ program is designed to match homeowners with professional contractors who meet the highest quality of customer satisfaction and are trained on James Hardie installation best practices. In addition to consistently demonstrating the highest standards in quality and customer satisfaction, Elite Preferred contractors excel at installing a wide range of James Hardie product profiles, thus providing homeowners differentiated design options when planning their James Hardie reside.

Meredith Home Improvements is proud to be a leader in the Pittsburgh residential home improvement industry. We know that your home is your most valuable asset, and we have been extensively trained in James Hardie products and installation services so that your home is professionally sided. There are many contractors in the Pittsburgh area, but we are currently the only one that is a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor. You can trust Meredith Home Improvements to ensure that you’re choosing and installing the right James Hardie siding for your home or business,” said Ty Meredith, the owner of the company.

Meredith Home Improvements also installs windows and roofs for homes and business in the Pittsburgh area. The company can refer customers to a quality lender for financing needs. The website contains more information on Pittsburgh-area home improvement and exterior remodeling needs at James Hardie Residential Siding”.
About Meredith Home Improvements

Meredith Home Improvements has more than 30 years of experience providing home improvement services, including roofing, windows, and siding to commercial and residential customers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. They are a James Hardie Elite Preferred remodeler and have been an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner for five years in a row.

Should You Build Over Your Existing Roof?

Building Over Your Existing Roof

When it’s time for a new roof you have a couple options to pick from, you can either remove the old roof or replace it with a new one. You can also build over your existing roof. When trying to decide between the two there are a few options to think about, such as your budget and the condition of your current roof. There are some things to check for when choosing your style of roofing installation.

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New siding for your home

Getting New Siding for Your Home

Are you in the market for new siding? Pittsburgh-based Meredith Home has been providing siding replacement for homeowners for years. Whether you need to repair or replace your siding, now is the time to consider all of your options as far as materials and service providers.

A relatively new option, vinyl siding has grown in popularity in recent years. It’s not very hard to see why.

Benefits of Vinyl Siding are Clear:

New Siding

Low maintenance as compared to other materials. You never need to paint vinyl siding, thereby reducing maintenance costs over the life of the home.

Easier and less costly to install. As opposed to wood, vinyl siding goes up quickly. Improved methods of installing vinyl siding have made it a go-to choice for builders and homeowners.

No need to worry about wood-boring insects, and the hassle and expense to remedy those situations.

Unlike when it was first introduced in the 1950s, today’s vinyl siding materials do not fade, buckle, or crack. Improvements in the materials make it an excellent choice no matter your climate.

Attractive choice, lots of color options. The color doesn’t fade like painted wood does, so you can be assured that the color you choose will remain as is (and there are an enormous amount of choices in color to pick from!)

Alternative Sidings

Alternative Siding Choices

Homeowners who are considering new siding don’t have to look far. With so many options available, you’ll want to do your research and see what’s right for you and your home.

Here we’ll provide an overview of the most common choices and their pros and cons. Like anything, budget is important, but consider also the style of your home and aesthetic appeal when making an important decision like this—one you’ll live with for years to come.

Vinyl Siding

Meredith Siding

When it comes to maintenance and affordability, vinyl siding wins every time. Not only is it easy and fast to install, vinyl siding never has to be painted, thereby reducing your maintenance costs forever. It comes in a variety of colors for you to pick from.

Cedar

This rustic, beautiful material offers a natural look that homeowners love. Is your home older and you’re going for that charming appeal? Wood siding might continue to suit you best. You will have to repaint wood siding every five years, and factor in a greater upfront cost. But wood siding adds value to homes—especially to those that strive to retain its original splendor. Watch out for rot though; wood siding is vulnerable to the weather and termites.

Masonry

Stone and mortar has been gaining in popularity as a trendy alternative. It’s long lasting—up to 100 years—and low maintenance like the vinyl. It is expensive to install however, but will add tremendous value to your home. Masonry siding will not be susceptible to rot like other materials, and will protect your home from outside elements—and insects!

Metal

Maybe your home is modern and contemporary. If so, metal siding might be just the right choice for you! Not only is it low-cost and easy to maintain (requiring painting only occasionally because of wear and tear), it has its own unique flair, setting it apart from the majority. However, do watch for rust and during storms, the metal is prone to dents. But it’s fireproof.

Composite

Affordable and visually appealing, composite siding offers nice curb appeal and is attractive when it comes to your wallet. It looks like wood in that it has a fine-grain texture. But, unlike wood, you never need to paint it or worry about insect infestation and rot. Great durability—better than vinyl siding—and also provides sound control over vinyl.

To Repair or Replace your Siding?

To Repair, or Replace?

At some point in time, all homeowners ask the question: does my home need siding repair or siding replacement? Maybe you have a section of siding that is broken. Damaged siding allows water, dirt, and pests inside, which can lead to bigger problems.

While the easy fix seems to be a quick patch over, sometimes replacing the broken siding is a better option. Here’s why:

Siding Repair

Less ongoing maintenance

Sure, a quick repair may help you in the near term. But what about the long-term affects? Old siding requires some work to preserve it. Rotting wood underneath can lead to serious problems. Maybe now is the time to consider vinyl siding to avoid all of the wood-related problems homeowners face over and over.

You’ll go from time-consuming and costly maintenance to a simple hose clean of your new vinyl siding.

Save on energy bills

Did you know a damaged siding this summer is letting hot air into your home, making your air conditioner work harder? The same is true in the colder months. Simply put, a home that is not properly sealed costs you more money. And, the temperature swings are uncomfortable.

Increase the value of your home

Not only will you enhance the look of your home for your own enjoyment, when you go to sell, others will find the new vinyl siding an asset as well. Think of a siding replacement in terms of increasing the value of your home—and the return on investment you’ll be sure to enjoy later.

Choose from an array of styles and colors to add your own flair. Don’t worry about fading or re-painting ever.

How are the windows in your new home?

How are your Windows?

When you’re in the market to purchase a home, it’s important to check the quality of the windows. Over time, windows do age, and not all windows are created equally. Seals may break and cause a cloudiness, and old windows rattle and will cause you to incur drafts and hefty bills.

The question is: does the home need window replacement? Pittsburgh-based Meredith works with homeowners to ensure they are satisfied with all of their window needs.

Here’s what to look for:

Difficult to open windows. Maybe they stick or are difficult to operate and clean. Were they installed correctly?

Window Replacement

Do the windows seal correctly and lock in place? For safety reasons alone, this is a problem.

From an aesthetic angle, are the windows an eye sore? Perhaps you or the previous owner has recently completed a remodel and the windows are the original. Happens more often than you’d think.

Are they cloudy? A cloudy window often indicates a broken seal. These can be replaced unless the window glass is fixed inside such as a French door.

Drafty windows that drive up energy bills—on heating in the winter and air conditioning this time of year

Worn out old windows that have long surpassed any warranty

Ask for utility bills: are they excessive? Could be the windows

When in doubt, contact the professionals at Meredith for our input. The last thing you want is to incur steep extra costs on top of your new home purchase. In some cases, the problems can be easily remedied. You just need the facts. That’s what we’re here for. We’re always happy to provide more tips on keeping the windows you have in top working order.

Why should I replace my roof if it’s not leaking?

Why Do I Need To Replace my Roof?

Your roof ages over time, and requires maintenance. Your goal should be to proactively inspect it twice a year so that it receives the attention it needs before you risk water damage. In fact, by detecting problem areas early on can save you major dollars in the long term.

A leak in your roof is not the only time you might need replacement roofing.

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