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Please read below our recent news and articles about roofing and siding jobs done in Omaha, NE.

What You Need To Know About Slate Roofing

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Slate roofing has definitely been around long enough to build a good, solid reputation. It's viewed as one of the longest lasting and highest quality roofing materials on the market, although it's also one of the most expensive and difficult to install. Take a look at what you need to know about slate roofing to see if it's the right fit for you and your home. 

Advantages 

Slate roofing is a natural stone product, which alone gives it a unique beauty that is virtually unmatched. This classy tiling is available in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors. This includes everything from gray, black, green, red, purple, and even a mix of several colors. When properly installed, slate roofing will last as long as your house does without ever needing replacement, and that also means that it's environmentally friendly. And let's not forget to mention that it's one of the most fire resistant roofs in existence. 

Disadvantages 

The most notable disadvantage of slate roofing is the high cost. It's definitely a huge initial investment for your home, but if you look at it in terms of longevity, it may not seem so bad anymore. Another disadvantage is that it's heavy and quite difficult to install. You'll absolutely need skilled professionals to get the job done right. And slate is very fragile. You don't want to walk on it unless you really know what you're doing. It's not a fun task to replace broken tiles. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors to learn more about slate roofing and to find out if it's the right fit for you and your home. 

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The Pros and Cons of Spanish Tile Roofing

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A Spanish tile roof is not only attractive, but it can add a ton of value, quality, and protection to your home. These shingles are formed from clay that's fired at very high temperatures, resulting in an attractive, durable, and very long-lasting product. But with anything in life, there are also some drawbacks. Check out some of the pros and cons of Spanish tile roofing

Pros 

For starters, Spanish tile roofing is one of the most attractive and impressive looking types of roofing out there. It will instantly give your home an upscale and classy look that can add immeasurable value to it. This extremely durable material can last upwards of 70 years or more, which will likely eliminate the need for replacement in your lifetime. Spanish tile roofing is non-combustible, which means that your family is well protected and it will probably make your homeowners insurance rates lower. And it provides great insulation for your home, keeping it warmer in the winter and colder in the summer. 

Cons 

Perhaps the biggest con of Spanish tile roofing is that it's very expensive to install. The initial cost is significantly higher than a regular shingled roof, but when you look at it in terms of how long the roof will last it doesn't seem so bad. You're saving money in the long run on repairs and replacement. And it is very heavy, so the substructure of your roof may need reinforcing. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on Spanish tile roofing and what it can do for you and your home. 

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Choosing Replacement Windows

Considering a remodeling project or a new build? Among the many construction materials you will have to choose are the replacement windows. Having a beautiful view or a private home lot may have you thinking about using large windows to bring the outside in to the home. There are a myriad of factors to consider when choosing your windows. Here are some window tips for a successful remodeling project:

  • DESIGN  The design of your new windows should flow with the general architecture of the house. Take into consideration whether the home is modern or traditional, and choose the windows accordingly. Placement of the windows is another aspect. Do you want a section of the home to open up to nature, or the entire back of the home?
  • MATERIAL/FRAME TYPE  Window frames can be made of aluminum or wood, depending upon the look you are trying to achieve. For a rustic or traditional home, choose the wood. For a more modern, streamlined feel, choose aluminum.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY  Look for windows that are NFRC rated to ensure that they can withstand all climates and weather situations. Window walls span a large length of the house and if they are not energy-efficient, they can drain your pocketbook.
  • GLAZING/GLASS OPTIONS  Glazing can help improve your energy savings. There are many different thicknesses of glass that can be chosen. Study the home to determine exactly what you need. For example, if you live in a location with harsh winters, choose a thicker glass. Another option is to add a special heat glazing to your glass. Special tints are also available for privacy.
  • OPERABILITY  There are three basic types of glass walls: folding, sliding, and frameless. Folding walls allow you to open small sections or the entire wall depending on your need. Sliding walls stack upon each other and are great for walls that curve. Frameless walls provide a seamless look, even when closed. Which one suits your particular home?
  • SECURITY  Choose windows that are secure to protect your family during bad weather and to keep you safe from intruders. They should be made of sound, sturdy material. Check the product specifications for specific security standards and ratings.
  • DURABILITY  You want windows that will last for a long time, with parts that are dependable. You also want the assurance that your window wall comes with a first-rate warranty to give you the confidence that any potential issues will be taken care of by the vendor.

Contact us for guidance with choosing what type of large window you need for your home project.

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Gutter Systems - What Type Does Your Home Need?

As with other home components, gutter systems have come a long way in recent decades.  Manufacturers took note of some of the more common complaints about gutter systems and wisely decided to make improvements in their products.  Now homeowners have a wider range of gutter systems to choose from in order to meet the specific needs of their home.

The traditional gutter system consisted of an open system where rain and melting snow and ice that collected on the roof was captured and drawn away from the home's foundation.  Unfortunately, leaves, twigs, branches and other debris were also caught in the gutter system which eventually caused clogging, water backups and roof damage in some homes. 

Gutter Options for Older Homes

If you have a traditional gutter system, there are options available that will allow you to drain water away from your home and allow you to clean out your gutters much less often.  Adding leaf guards to your current gutter system is a great way to keep your current gutter system and add protection from clogging substances such as leaves, twigs, etc.  They are easy to install and function discretely without marring the look of your home.  Even better, they greatly reduce the need for gutter cleaning which can save a busy homeowner a lot of time and hassle.

New Home Construction

Those with newly constructed homes might want to install a traditional gutter system with leaf guards or they might want to consider a completely enclosed gutter system.  Whether a homeowner decides to install a traditional system, or go with a completely enclosed system, will most likely depend upon the surrounding landscape.  If your home has few or no surrounding trees at all, a traditional system might be more cost-effective.  If the surrounding landscape will produce a lot of debris that could pose clogging issues, an enclosed gutter system might be the best solution.

For more information on what gutter system is right for your home, please contact us.

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Why is it so Important to Clean Your Gutters?

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Gutters are an essential part of the entire well-being of your home. There is nothing else that directs the flow of rainwater away from your home to protect your walls, roofing, foundation, landscaping, and more, which makes it crucial to keep them clean all year round. You're looking at the potential for hundreds of dollars in future repairs if you just ignore your gutters. 

What Damage Can Clogged Gutters Cause?

Gutters can become clogged with things such as leaves, twigs, and other debris that can cause very costly damage if not taken care of as soon as possible. These things will block the flow of water, which can cause a leaky roof and other water damage to both the inside and the outside of your home. This also creates a breeding ground for insects, rodents, mold, and other nuisances. And don't forget that the added weight of debris and standing water can cause irreversible damage to the gutters, and even knock them down completely. 

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

This really all depends on where you live and how many trees you have in your yard. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you will likely have a lot of falling leaves and debris during certain times of the year. It would be in your best interest to have your gutters cleaned out at least twice a year. This not only includes the gutters themselves, but the downspouts as well. And on top of cleaning, you should check them for any damage.

Our experienced staff is here to help! Contact us today for more information. 

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Custom Deck Building: Choosing The Right Material

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One of the most simple and rewarding ways to expand your living space and improve the look of your home is to build an outdoor deck. As with any home improvement project, it's important that it's done with careful planning and preparation to ensure that it's built safely and exactly to your liking. A major part of custom deck building is choosing the right material. 

Wood 

At one point in time, decks were wood, and only wood. Wood is still one of the most popular options today. It's strong, natural, and looks great, however it's a material that requires lots of cleaning and periodic re-staining. And being that it's wood, it can splinter, warp, and rot over time. You have a few options when it comes to wood, all varying in price and durability. 

  • Pressure treated wood
  • Tropical hardwoods 
  • Redwood and cedar 

Composite 

Composite decking is a material that is definitely gaining popularity. It's constructed of wasted wood fibers and plastic to create a material that won't splinter and doesn't ever need staining or painting. The downfall is that composite is heavier and more expensive than wood, plus you'll need to scrub it regularly to prevent mildew. 

Aluminum 

Aluminum decking is good for someone who is looking for a very strong material that will stay cool even in the hottest temperatures. It's durable, long-lasting, and has a unique look. Even though it is one of the more expensive options, it won't ever rot, splinter, rust, warp, or crack. 

Concrete

Many people choose concrete decking for the simple reason that it is much more durable, resilient, and longer lasting than other materials. With simple cleaning, it will stay looking nice for many years to come without any of the drawbacks of wood. While you may not view concrete as very attractive, there are definitely ways to improve its appearance. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on custom deck building and choosing the right materials to fit your lifestyle. 

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Upgrade Your Home's Roof with a Standing Seam Metal Roof!

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When most people think of metal roofing, they generally think of corrugated metal roofs. These roofs are often seen on older buildings, outdoor sheds, barns, and other outlying structures. While the material still makes use of high-quality steel, it's not as efficient or effective as the newer standing seam roof used on many residential and commercial structures across the country. If you're looking for a metal roof, a standing seam option has a number of benefits.

Made of Thicker Material

Standing seam roofs are typically made of thicker sheets of steel, making them ideal for areas exposed to severe weather, like Omaha. When the stormy season strikes, hail, debris, and falling branches can wreak havoc on your roof. The thick metal sheeting used in a standing seam roof is extremely durable and will withstand most hailstorms with little to no damage.

Available in Many Color Options

Metal roofs are available in almost any color you can imagine, making it particularly ideal for homeowners looking to make a statement with their roof. However, if you're looking for a durable roof that blends in with the other homes in the neighborhood, metal makes it easy. Most manufacturers make standing seam roof material in multiple shades and finishes, so you'll be able to find the perfect look for your home.

Metal Lasts

Shingle roofs have an average lifespan of 10-20 years, when adequately maintained. Many metal roofs have a much longer lifespan, typically lasting up to 50 years when maintained by an experienced roofing contractor. While we always recommend that you hire a professional to service your roof, a standing seam metal roof will see less damage and need less maintenance throughout its life.

Upgrade your home's roof with a high-quality standing seam metal roof and see the difference steel can make. Contact Premiere Exteriors today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Residential Roof?

It's very important to make the right decisions when it concerns your home, and this is especially true when it comes to your roof. Your roof ensures everything from the safety to the performance to the value of your home, so it's crucial that it's in good shape at all times. Keep reading to find out more about whether you should repair or replace your residential roof

Think Long-Term 

You absolutely have to think long-term when you're trying to decide if you should replace your roof or not. If your roof has damage or is showing signs of wear, you're probably better off replacing the whole thing rather than just making a few repairs. This is a good idea for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the amount of money that you will end up spending in repairs will cost you more in the long-term since the need for repairs likely means that you're going to need a new roof in a few years anyway. And secondly, if you already have a crew at your house with all of the necessary equipment at hand, you might as well just get the whole job done while the opportunity is right in front of you. 

Roof Over or Tear Off 

Once you have decided to get a new roof, you will then have to decide if you should have the new roof installed over the existing one or if you should just have the existing one torn off first. Just like with your decision to replace the roof, it really all comes down to saving money upfront and risking greater expenses in the future, or spending more money upfront to get the job done right the first time and not risking future expenses. And this also depends on the type of roof that you currently have as well. 

Replacing your residential roof is a big expense, but it is an investment that will last you for decades. Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on repairing or replacing your residential roof. 

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Popular Types of Commercial Roofing

Whether you're constructing a new building, or simply just needing to replace an outdated roof on an existing building, you're faced with deciding what type of roofing is best for the job. Let's take a look at a few of the most popular types of commercial roofing, which include TPO roofing, EPDM roofing, and PV solar panels. 

TPO Roofing 

TPO, or thermoplastic, roofing systems have gained lots of popularity in recent years. They're made from an exceptionally durable material that is good for all types of temperatures, and they are extremely resistant to ultraviolet, ozone, and exposure to chemicals. They are also highly resistant to fire and strong winds. You're looking at a lifespan of 20+ years with TPO roofing. 

EPDM Roofing 

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer, roofing systems are one of the most longest lasting types of commercial roofing available. They offer superior versatility and durability. Other great things are that they're easy to install, maintain, and repair, making them a top choice for commercial buildings. 

PV Solar Panels

PV, or photovoltaic, solar panels are the perfect option for someone who is looking to lower their energy costs. Solar energy roofing systems are definitely gaining popularity since energy costs in America continue to rise each year. The purpose of this type of roofing is to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy that is then used to power the building. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors to get more information about the most popular types of commercial roofing and which one would work best for your commercial building. 

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5 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Siding for Your Home

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With roots dating back to the 1950s, vinyl siding has become a popular choice in residential homes. Here are some of the top reasons for choosing it.

Hundreds of Color Options

With vinyl siding, you choose from hundreds of different colors. The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) has certified more than 350 colors for color retention, meaning they will withstand the hands of time without succumbing to fading and/or discoloration. So regardless of your preferred style, chances are there's a vinyl siding color to match.

Low Maintenance

If you're looking for low-maintenance siding, there's no better choice than vinyl. Aside from the occasional washing, there's really no other maintenance needed. Just wash your vinyl siding using water and soap once every six months and it will maintain a pristine appearance.

Doesn't Rot

Being that vinyl siding consists of engineered polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, it's protected from rot and decay. Whether it's one year from now or 20, you can rest assured knowing that vinyl siding won't rot.

Fire Resistant

While not technically fireproof, vinyl siding is slow to ignite when exposed to high heat. This is because it has a chlorine base, which is naturally flame retardant.

Withstand High-Speed Winds

Strong winds can wreak havoc on residential homes, ripping away roof shingles and siding materials from homes. Hurricanes and other strong storms are often accompanied with 100+ mph winds. Thankfully, vinyl siding offers a superior level of protection from strong winds such as this. Depending on the particular type, some vinyl siding can withstand up to 200 mph winds.

To learn more about the benefits of vinyl siding contact us today. With more than 15 years of experience Roofing Omaha is Nebraska's premier roofing, siding, window and gutter installation provider.

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Cedar Shake Roofing

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Most wood shake roofs are made from Western Red Cedar because of its many superior qualities such as

  • defect-free straight grain
  • stability
  • low weight (density)
  • moisture resistance
  • decay resistance

Cedar is naturally moisture and decay resistant due to natural substances within the wood, which is why it's the number one roofing and siding material in coastal communities and other areas regularly exposed to abundant moisture and wind. Cedar is a fantastic material for any outdoor structure including decks, patio furniture, and yes, roofs too. Here are some things to know about cedar shake roofing:

Architects and builders often choose cedar shake roofs for their beautiful natural appearance that blends well with the surrounding environment and enhances a home's landscaping.

The Difference Between a Shake and a Shingle

Wood shakes are thicker than wood shingles, and all wood shakes are cut from clear, defect-free hardwood. There are two main types of shakes:

  1. Handsplit and Resawn shakes
  2. Tapersawn shakes

Handsplit and Resawn Shakes

This type of shake is installed with the split face exposed and the sawn side down, and has a rustic appearance.

Tapersawn Shakes

These are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured appearance. They have a strong shadow line as compared to thinner cedar shingles.

Although it's difficult to predict the lifespan of a cedar shake roof, according to the U.S.D.A. Forest Products Laboratory, a good wood shake or shingle roof should last up to 30 years under favorable conditions -- meaning that the roof is well maintained. In other words, the better care you take of your wood shake roof, the longer you can expect it to last.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of a cedar shake roof for your Omaha-area home, contact us at Premier Exteriors. We've been providing top-quality roofing services to the Omaha metro and surrounding area for 15 years and counting!

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The Beauty of Spanish (Clay) Tile Roofing

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Clay tile roofs have been used for millennia (dating back to 2500 B.C.) in both China and the Near East. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used clay tile roofs, and they're used to this day on Mediterranean and Spanish-style homes throughout the U.S.

Their distinctive rustic beauty is one reason they've endured for so long, but clay tile is also considered a premium roofing material. It comes in soft, rich earthy colors and it's fire-retardant, which is undoubtedly why our distant ancestors began to use clay tile in lieu of thatched roofs, which were real fire dangers in an age when heat and cooking were both provided by indoor fires.

Clay tiles can either be flat or semi-cylindrical, making them perfect for every old-world style home imaginable. They're not cheap, but try to imagine a beautiful Spanish-style stucco home without Spanish tile roofing. Anything else just wouldn't look right. And when looked at in terms of longevity, clay tile roofs have the lowest life cycle costs of any roofing material. It's not uncommon for a clay tile roof to outlive the occupants of a home! Because of their long life cycle, tile roofs don't contribute to the unnecessary clogging up of landfills. Plus, their manufacture doesn't deplete natural resources, and no chemicals are used in their production, making them a very eco-friendly roofing material.< /p>

Cement tile roofs are a cheaper alternative, but their color fades over time, unlike clay tiles, which keep their rich color for decades. That means if you need to replace a few concrete tiles, you'll have a very hard time finding any that match the rest of the roof.

If you're interested in exploring the possibility of installing a clay tile roof, contact us at Premier Exteriors. We've been installing top-quality roofs in the Omaha region for more than a decade.

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Top 5 Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal has become a popular choice of roofing material for residential homes and commercial buildings. If you're in the market for a new roof, check out some of the benefits it offers listed below.

Eco-Friendly

When you think of eco-friendly roofing materials, metal probably isn't the first to come to mind. But thanks to its recyclable properties, it's actually quite easy on the environment. Metal roofing typically contains 30-95% recycled content, although there are some varieties made with 100% recycled material. And when the home or structure is demolished, metal roofing can be recycled for other purposes.

Longevity

It's important to choose a type of roofing that's able to withstand the hands of time; otherwise, you may find yourself replacing it just a couple years later. Thankfully, this is an area in which metal roofing shines. Metal roofs can last up to 100 years, all while exhibiting minimal signs of wear.

Fire-Resistant

A lesser-known benefit of metal roofing is its fire-resistant properties. Lighting strikes may ignite other roofs, but this doesn't happen with metal.

Energy Efficiency and Cost-Savings

Unlike asphalt-based shingles, metal reflects heat away from the building, making it an excellent choice for energy-conscious homeowners. According to a study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, metal roofs offer a 40% cost-savings in energy usage during the summer and 15% during the winter.

Strength

Of course, metal roofing is also strong and durable. Hail, downed tree limbs or even strong winds can damage roofs made of other material. Metal, however, is resistant to damage such as this. And because of its exceptional strength, meal roofs require less frequent inspections and maintenance.

To learn more about metal roofing, contact us today. With more than 15 years experience, Premier Exteriors is Nebraska's premier roofing, siding, window, deck and gutter installation service provider.

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Let the Sunshine in with a Beautiful Skylight

Oftentimes in a home, the lighting seems inadequate no matter how many lamps and lights you have. This is because no amount of artificial light can match the beauty and power of natural light. This problem is easily solved by adding a skylight or even multiple skylights in needed areas.

Skylights can increase the appeal of your property by enhancing almost any indoor space. They allow you to safely and cost-effectively bring the splendor of the outdoors into your home.

Kitchen - Adding a skylight in the kitchen will brighten the area considerably. It will make the place, where most of your family and friends gather, feel more open and inviting. This is especially true in kitchens with few or small windows.

Hall or Stairwell - Depending on the layout of your property, adding a skylight above a narrow hallway or a staircase can eliminate dark shadows that sometimes feel creepy even in the happiest of homes.

Half or Full Bathroom - Adding a skylight to a bathroom can make even a tiny room feel bigger by allowing natural light to flood the entire room. You also won't need to use your harsh and hot bathroom lights nearly as often.

Bedroom - If you enjoy looking at the stars, you'll love a skylight above your bed at night to watch all of the celestial objects above you until you fall asleep. The next day, you can wake up to the soft rays of the morning sun.

When installing a skylight, you'll want to make certain that you've chosen a quality product. It shouldn't allow air to escape or rain to get in, which can cause a multitude of problems. Contacting a professional installation company will ensure that the job is correctly completed so you can expect your skylight to function properly for many years to come.

If you're interesting in more information about skylights, please contact us today. Premier Exteriors is your one stop service for home contracting in Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. We take pride in our work and are fully licensed and insured for your protection.

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Signs Your Should Consider Roof Replacement

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Your home’s roof plays a key role in keeping the elements out of your home, and keeping you and your family warm and dry. It is then important that you look out for the warning signs your roof is giving you telling you that it needs to be replaced. There are a few easy signs you can lookout for indicating that you may need to consider roof replacement; here are just a few of these signs.

Your Roof is Leaking

One of the easiest signs for you to detect indicating trouble with your roof is signs of a leak including water spots on the ceilings in your home. While this may sound obvious, homeowners are often inclined to ignore small water spots, as they do not view them as serious. However, even a small water spot in your ceiling can indicate larger roof damage, and can indicate that your roof may be in need of repair or replacing. It is important not to ignore any indication of a leak as serious water damage can occur quickly.

There are Broken or Missing Shingles

One way to tell if your roof may need replacing is to look at the condition of your roof’s shingles. This will require that you periodically go up onto your roof to inspect its condition. You will want to look for shingles that are broken, cracked, or missing on your roof. While your roof may be able to be repaired if there is a small number of damaged shingles, having many damaged or missing shingles likely indicates that your roof needs replacing.

Your Roof is Getting Old

A good indicator as to whether or not you should consider having your roof replaced in the near future will be your roof’s age. Most roofs will last 20-25 years, and if your roof is older than this, you will have to be prepared for the fact that you will need to have it replaced before too long. A professional roofer will be able to give you an idea of when your roof will need to be replaced.

Here we have introduced a few of the key ways in which you can tell if your roof is in need of replacing. Contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to replace your roof, as well as to schedule an inspection of your roof.

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Benefits of Stone-Coated Steel Roofing

Searching for roofing materials for your home is a significant task. If you are looking for an option that is durable, customizable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, stone-coated steel meets the requirements.

Stone-coated steel roofing materials are made of steel. After the production process, the manufacturer adheres stone chips to the steel with an acrylic film. Advances in technology enhance the aesthetics of this material making customization possible by imitating the look of tiles, slate, or shake roofing shingles. The roofing system will complement the architectural style of your home. Let's discuss some of the other advantages of this product.

Durable

Stone-coated steel roofing can withstand harsh elements such as; wind, snow, hail, and natural disasters such as earthquakes. It is non-combustible and carries a warranty of up to 50 years. Some of the other roofing materials require repair and replacement more frequently.

Light Weight

This roofing product has a weight of approximately 1.5 pounds per one square foot of material which will ease the stress on the framing and trusses of your home. 

Energy Efficiency

Reducing overall energy consumption is an added benefit. Stone-coated steel roofing reflects some of the sun's UV rays which can lower energy costs.

Eco-Friendly

Environmentally conscious homeowners appreciate the fact that steel roofing products are recyclable which means that selection of this product won't contribute to overcrowded landfills.

Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in the process of making your decision. Premier Exteriors roofing of Omaha strives to provide the ultimate experience in customer service. We look forward to answering any questions about this product and any of the services we provide. Contact us today for your free estimate.

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3 Tips to Make Old Vinyl Siding Look Great Again

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If the siding on your home leaves something to be desired, you might be wondering how you can make it look great again. Luckily, you do have options.

1. Clean it Thoroughly

First of all, you should know that simply cleaning your siding is a great way to make it look like new again. You can hire a professional to do the job, or you can do it yourself with a bucket filled with gentle dish soap and water, a long deck brush and a water hose with an extender. If you have a two-story home, you may need to get on a ladder to get the job done thoroughly, so make sure that you are careful when doing so.

2. Paint Your Siding

Did you know that in some cases, you can paint your siding to make it look like new again? First, make sure that it is nice and clean, then purchase a good exterior paint. Someone at a local home improvement store should be able to help you pick out the right paint for your home.

3. Replace Worn-Out Siding

You don't necessarily have to replace all of your siding at once; instead, you can sometimes replace just the pieces that are damaged. However, be aware that darker siding can sometimes fade over time, meaning that the new pieces might stand out. For white siding, however, this can be a good option. You can also consider replacing worn-out pieces then painting all of your siding the same shade so that it matches properly.

Additionally, you can consider hiring a professional to come and replace all of the siding on your home. Chances are that it might not cost as much as you think, particularly if you contact us at Premier Exteriors today.

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3 Reasons to Install Skylights in Your Home

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When you think about making upgrades to your home, you might not generally think about installing skylights. However, there are actually a few reasons why this is a great update to make to any home.

1. Enjoy the Benefits of Natural Lighting

First of all, skylights allow you to enjoy the many benefits of natural lighting. You can brighten up any space -- including small hallways and tiny bathrooms -- with plenty of natural light, and you can cut down on your use of interior lights during the daytime.

2. Add Ventilation

If you choose a ventilated skylight, you can use your skylights as a means of providing additional ventilation in your home. This is a great way to whisk away heat to make it easier for you to cool your home, and it can help cut down on moisture in the house as well.

3. Focus on Privacy

Another wonderful thing about a skylight is the fact that it can allow you to enjoy natural lighting while still enjoying plenty of privacy. A skylight is a great choice in any area of the home where you might not want to add a window -- or where the window would have to be so heavily covered for privacy that it would not be very useful for bringing in natural light -- such as in the bathroom.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider installing skylights in your home. If you are looking to make an upgrade, contact us at Premier Exteriors to find out more about your options.

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5 Telltale Signs That Your Roof Needs Replacing

Over the years, you've seen your share of neighbors replacing their roofs--sometimes it's been obvious to the naked eye that the roof was in horrible shape, but other times the roofs in question looked perfectly fine. It isn't always easy to spot problems with your roof--after all, how often are you up there? There are a lot of tiny signs that your house may be ready for a roof replacement, but you'll need to get up on that ladder and take a closer peek. Before going up there, take a look at this list of telltale signs that your roof needs replacing:

1. Curling, cracked, or missing shingles. Pay close attention to your shingles--they're an easy way to recognize roof problems. Shingles curl in two different ways--they can cup (curl up at the edges) or claw (flat edges with a bowed middle). Wind damage often causes cracked shingles, either from the force of the wind itself or from large branches falling on the house. If you notice cracked shingles all in one small spot, it's possible that these can be replaced. However, if you see cracked shingles in various spots throughout the roof, this indicates a need for roof replacement. Missing shingles don't necessarily create a structural problem with your roof, and they can be easily replaced. The drawback is that replacement shingles rarely match the original color of the rest of the roof, due to weathering and changes in manufacturing. You may prefer to replace the whole roof rather than having a patchy look. Depending on the extent of your curled and cracked shingles, you may have between one and five years left before you need to replace the roof. 

2. Granules in the gutter. If you've recently replaced the roof, granules in the gutter are completely normal (there are always excess granules that come loose during installation). If it's been ten years since your roof was replaced, finding granules in the gutter means that your shingles are losing necessary protection from the sun. The shingles will being to rapidly deteriorate in the scorching heat of the sun--if you are noticing these granules, your roof is about halfway through its lifespan. 

3. Sagging roof. Obviously, you don't want to see your roof sagging in the center. That is certainly a cause for drastic action. Sagging roofs indicate a serious structural problem in the attic or even with the foundation. You should contact a professional immediately upon noticing any sagging or drooping in the roof. .

4. Sunlight in the attic. Unless you've got a beautiful attic room with lovely windows lighting up the place, seeing slants of sunlight beaming into the attic is definitely a bad thing. Light getting into the attic indicates damage in the roof that will also let in rain and snow. Once you notice light filtering into the attic, keep an eye out for any water stains--pay special attention when it rains or snows, so that you can pinpoint the leak (or leaks). Small leaks can be patched, but leaks in large areas can spell trouble--leave it to an expert to determine the best course of action. 

5. 25 years. As we mentioned earlier, roof problems are not always noticeable to the naked eye. Asphalt roofs tend to last between 20 and 30 years--so if your roof is 40 years old, it's definitely time to replace. Once your roof reaches that 25th birthday (even if it looks fine), you probably have about five years left before it needs replacing. 

In some situations, the need for roof replacement is obvious--for example, when a roof is sagging and looks close to caving in. Sometimes, the roof looks fine but is simply too old, which will eventually cause problems like leaks. Keep an eye on your roof, and if you notice any of these signs, please feel free to contact us. An experienced roofing professional can help determine the best course of action to keep your home in tip-top shape. 

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5 Reasons to Choose Slate Roofing

Made from a fine-grained foliated metamorphic rock, slate is a beautiful and functional choice of roofing for residential home and commercial buildings.

Low Water Absorption

Water resistance is arguably one of the important characteristics of roofing, and thankfully this is an area in which slate roofing shines. It boasts a water absorption index of less than 0.4%, making it virtually waterproof.

Doesn't Freeze

Because of its low water absorption properties, slate roofing isn't susceptible to frost/freeze-related damage. When other roofing materials freeze, they become brittle, frail and prone to breakage. Slate, however, repels water, which in turn protects it from the effects of water.

Natural, Classic Style

Slate roofing first gained popularity during the mid-to-late 1800s, thanks in part to the use of steam engines in its manufacturing. Even today, slate roofing retains this natural, classic style -- something that's not available in many other types of roofing.

Long-Lasting

While some roofing materials last just a decade, slate can easily last a century or longer. In fact, there are many historic buildings from the 19th century that still contain their original slate roofing, attesting to its long-lasting properties.

Fireproof

A fifth reason to choose slate roofing is because it's fireproof. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), lighting strikes caused more than 22,000 house fires in the United States from 2007 to 2011. Being that it's made of rock, slate roofing won't catch fire when struck by lighting or any other significant heat source.

To learn more about slate roofing and whether or not it's right for you, contact us today. Premier Exteriors is Nebraska's trusted roofing, siding, window, deck and gutter installation company.

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When to Call a Contractor for Roof Repair

Nebraska's ranked 5th in the United States for number of tornadoes and what usually accompanies those tornadoes are severe thunderstorms.  Severe thunderstorms carry with them large hail, high winds, and lightning, all of which can have damaging effects on your roof.

When the storms clear, the sun comes out and you take a look at the unholy mess of a roof the storm has left you with the first thing’s first, assess the damage.   With a pair of binoculars in hand, assess the degree of damage on your roof and proceed to the next step which is calling your home owners insurance.  Calling your insurance company will ensure that any ground work you do on your own won’t run the risk of being denied.  The insurance company will let you know what to do so that your claims are properly processed and paid out.   How do you know when to call a contractor for roof repair?  Do you have wet spots and roof leaks?  Are there shingles loose or missing?   Are your gutters damaged?  If you answered yes to any of these questions these are the telltale signs that you need to call a contractor. 

Now you have to decide if this is a DIY (Do it yourself) project or a job for a professional.  Leaving this type of work to a professional is the most recommended option.  A professional roofer can access the damage of your roof help you decide if you the damage can be repaired or if you need a whole new roof.

Are you in need of roof repair? Do you live in the Omaha area?  If so, please contact us to get a quote and exemplary service on your roof repairs.

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The Top Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

If you are looking for the perfect roofing solution for your home, you might be unsure of which option to go with. For example, you might have looked at metal roofing, asphalt roofing and more. Even though each type of roofing certainly has its own set of benefits, you may find that asphalt roofing is the right choice for your home and family. These are a few of the top reasons why.

It's Affordable

One of the top reasons why asphalt roofing has been so popular over the years is the fact that it's affordable. When compared to a metal roofing, for example, asphalt roofing is much less expensive. For someone who is budget-conscious but who still wants to buy a nice roof for their home, asphalt roofing is a good option.

It's Easy to Install and Repair

Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install for any good roofer, so you can reduce labor costs when compared to more labor-intensive roofing installations. Asphalt shingles can also often be easily repaired; for example, if there are only a few shingles that are damaged, only those shingles have to be replaced.

It's a Proven Solution

When you look around your neighborhood, you might see plenty of asphalt roofs. It's a proven solution that is known for lasting through all sorts of weather conditions. There's a reason why asphalt roofs have been so popular for so long -- they work.

As you can see, an asphalt roof can be the perfect option for your home. If you'd like to find out more about having a new roof installed on your home, contact us at Premier Exteriors today so that we can talk about your project.

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Broken Window? Replace it to Match the Rest

All the neighborhood kids play baseball in front of your house and a foul ball went through your living room window. You might be concerned about replacing the window with one that at least comes close to matching the others that can be seen from the street. When it comes to matching existing windows Omaha does have companies that can do that well.

It may not be an exact match, depending on how old the original window was but it will be very close. At least it will be close as far as looking like the original window. The upside is that it could be a more energy efficient window. If you have noticed heat and cold coming through the old window, you might notice much less coming through the new one. In Omaha replacement windows can let you see clearly the difference the newer energy efficient windows can make.

You might only be replacing one window now but later, you might be glad that baseball broke your window because it gave you a chance to find out how well a new window could help keep your living room temperature more even. Next chance you get, you may be calling an Omaha window replacement company to have the rest of your windows replaced as well.

When it comes to windows Omaha residents prefer windows that let light in but keep winter cold and summer heat out. Of course, you don’t want to be replacing windows every time the neighborhood kids play baseball so you might suggest parents take turns taking them to a ball field to play. They may be thankful for a solution to the worry of their windows getting broken too. If they do get a window broken, you can share your experience with them. Some may have already had the same or similar experience and were just waiting for a while before replacing all their windows.

After you get the broken window replaced, keep the company’s phone number handy. As long as kids play baseball in the neighborhood, windows can get broken.

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Always Wanted a Stone House? Now it’s Within Your Grasp

Always Wanted a Stone House? Fake It.

Have you always wished you could have a house built from stone? They are beautiful and solid looking. But your house is wood frame with pressed wood siding. It looked beautiful when you bought it but now the siding doesn’t look nearly as nice, not even after it has been freshly painted.

You know you need to live your house and might think your options are limited to aluminum or vinyl siding. You would be wrong in thinking that. There are other options, including faux stone siding that would give the impression your house is built of stone. You could have the best of both worlds – the look of stone without the cost. Check with an Omaha siding company to learn what options are available in this type of siding.

You have many types of stone look siding to choose from. If you like the look of stone gathered from the field and used to build a house, you can have that look. Maybe you prefer the look of hewn stone. That is also a choice. It will no doubt take longer to decide which stone look you want than it did to decide on faux stone siding.

The siding Omaha residents and businesses choose varies a great deal so chances are good that the siding you choose will be different than anyone else’s in your area. Your house will stand out and might even become a landmark if you live on the corner of your street. Can you imagine people saying “Go one block past the stone house on the right and then turn left”?

When you talk to your Omaha siding company about installing faux stone siding panels on your house, ask about insulated sheathing as well. While you are making your home more beautiful on the outside, might as well make if cozier on the inside while you are at it. It will add to the cost of residing but will save on heating and cooling costs in the long run.

A big advantage with the siding you choose is the low maintenance. It will never need to be painted. Cleaning is easy as you can just hose it off and it will look great. The stone look won’t show the dirt and grime like many other types of siding anyway. Won’t that be nice!

Your new siding will be installed by skilled professionals so your home will look wonderful in a short amount of time. You will almost feel as though you have a new house. You will believe that of all the siding Omaha residents have on their homes, yours is the best. That is the whole idea of choosing the siding that comes the closest to the stone you have always wanted.

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Window Styles to Consider for Your Home

Styles of Omaha Windows to Consider for Your Living Room

When you’re designing your living room, don’t forget how windows will impact the overall room. The windows bring in natural light, and choosing the right window can add beauty to the living room as well. While many different styles of Omaha windows are available, here are four unique styles to consider for your living room.

1 – Picture Windows

If you have a wonderful view outside of the living room, a picture window is a perfect choice. When you frame a beautiful view with a picture window, it can make the room look like you have a live painting, adding to the overall décor of the living room. These large windows let in plenty of light too. If you choose a picture window, you’ll want to make sure you choose appropriate window coverings as well.

2 – Casement Windows

Casement windows are becoming more popular, especially among individuals who want a contemporary style in their home. These windows Omaha are hinged on the side, so they can be easily opened and closed. They come with a single sash and a handle that operates the windows. If you prefer a sleek, contemporary look for your living room décor, casement windows may be the perfect choice.

3 – Bay Windows

Another window choice to consider if you want to maximize the outside view from the living room is a bay window. Bay windows not only give you a wonderful look at the outdoors, but they can make your living room look larger. These windows combine three windows, providing a sweeping curvature that extends a bit beyond the rest of the room. To make the most of your bay windows, you can add a window seat, which provides a nice place to sit while enjoying the view.

4 – Palladian Windows

Palladian windows include a set of Omaha windows that has a fixed window arch at the top. If you want to add drama and elegance to a room, these windows are a perfect choice. They look great with elegant, distinctive décor and give the room extensive views as well.

All of these window styles are beautiful choices for a living room. Before you make your decision, consider the décor you plan to use in the room, as well as the views you want for the room. Once you make your choice, you can talk to your local Omaha window replacement company to get a quote on the windows you want.

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New Shingles and Styles of Roofing in Omaha

Roofing in Omaha

Roofing is an art that tends to change over time, and new types of shingles are always being introduced. One great example would be the organic shingles which made their way onto the market a few years ago in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint. Unfortunately they did not sell well and were therefore removed from the market in 2005. Other roofing materials however have survived the test of time and are used by Omaha roofing companies on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular materials.

Asphalt Shingles When one thinks of shingles, this is likely what they are thinking OF. Asphalt shingles are used on nearly every roof around the world, and they are often referred to as ‘steep slope’ roofs. While they are primarily made of asphalt, they come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, ensuring that the user gets precisely what he or she desires.

Fiberglass Shingles

These types of shingles are created using a plastic sheet backed with fine fibers of glass, therefore, fiberglass. Such shingles are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also quite reliable and capable of lasting for many years.

Wood and Shake

This is an older type of shingle, conceived of long before asphalt. While they were made of wood in the past, today they are usually composed of some kind of synthetic material. If they are composed of actual wood however they can come in many different flavors from pine, to redwood, red cedar, and even cypress. Wooden shingles are both beautiful and long lasting.

Slate

On the subject of roofing Omaha materials that can last for a long time, we have slate roof, which has been known to last more than one hundred years under the right conditions. You can see this on many historical buildings, but it is also being used on a number of different modern buildings. Slate is a natural rock, mined and shaped to become a shingle.

Solar Shingles

With the desire to ‘go green’, it is no surprise that solutions like the ‘solar roof’ have emerged. In many Omaha roofing instances you can see these solar shingles which act as both a protective shingle for the roof as well as a high end energy producing system. Companies like Dow and CertainTeed are leaders in the solar shingle industry, producing a shingle that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as highly functional. The best part, is that these shingles blend in well with traditional asphalt shingles which adorn the remainder of the roof.

There are many different roofing styles to consider, especially if you are building a new home. Still, it is never too late to repurpose your existing roof, so take a look at these options, and get the right Omaha roofers to perform your installation as soon as possible

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Omaha Window Replacement Options – Bow Windows

Window Replacement Omaha

If you live in an older home and have been thinking about having some remodeling done, your windows are probably one of the things you’ve considered replacing. Bay windows are a popular option, but when it comes to windows Omaha homeowners have some other choices available as well: for instance, bow windows.

What Are Bow Windows?

Basically, bow windows are an alternate style of bay windows which are characterized by an arc shape rather than a series of acute angles. They can provide an even greater visual range compared to bay windows – and definitely greater than a standard set of windows. At the same time, bow windows also make the room where they are installed appear larger. Depending on how they’re installed, the room may actually be a little larger after installation, since they typically project outwards.

Bow windows aren’t actually a new thing, but they’ve come back into vogue lately and this style is now offered by the better Omaha window replacement companies. We all love natural light and open space and by allowing in more light, they can give your home a brighter, more open and airy feel which you just can’t get with traditional flat windows.

Are Bow Windows The Right Choice For Your Home?

Whether or not bow windows are a good fit for you depends largely on the style of your home and whether you’re willing to have some renovation done to prepare for the installation. These windows are quite common in older east coast cities like Philadelphia and New York, but there are also many Victorian, Tudor and Colonial style homes in the Omaha which already include this style of window, so Omaha residents can definitely enjoy the benefits of bow windows.

Choosing bow windows from a quality Omaha window replacement company can also save you money. Modern replacement windows are made from high quality materials and are available in double or triple glazed models to provide additional weatherproofing or soundproofing. You can have the classic look of bow windows without giving up the energy efficiency of modern window technology.

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How To Tell If Your Siding Needs Replaced

House with Old Siding

There isn’t any doubt that siding is one of the best options for your home’s exterior. It is durable, requires little maintenance, and has a long life span. In spite of these things however, any Omaha siding contractor will tell you that the day will come when your siding will need to be replaced. Siding replacement is a job best left to the professionals and it isn’t something that any homeowner wants to do unless it is absolutely necessary so knowing whether or not it truly needs replaced is important. The best way to know for sure is to have an Omaha siding contractor inspect your home, but there are some warning signs that can alert homeowners to potential problems with their siding.

Chalky or Peeling Siding – If the texture of your siding has become chalky or you notice peeling, it is an indication that the materials used to manufacture the product have begun to break down. This happens naturally as the siding ages and as a result of the elements, but since the exterior coating is a moisture barrier, as it breaks down, the integrity of the siding itself becomes compromised.

Warping or Buckling – If you look down the side of your home and see bulges or warping in the siding, it is a good indication that it is time to replace it. In many cases the warping and buckling is caused by moisture getting under the panels. This causes the board underneath to warp and push the siding out of place. Warping is a sign that the siding is no longer acting as a moisture barrier for the wood underneath.

Separated Seams – When the seams between the siding panels appear to be pulling apart, the siding will need either repaired or replaced. Separation can be caused by improper installation, but it can also happen as a result of time and the elements. Whatever the cause, it allows moisture to get behind the panels and damage the materials underneath.

These are just a few indications that your siding may need replaced; others, such as cracks, holes, or chips, are more obvious. The best way to determine whether your siding needs replaced or can simply be repaired is to call a reputable Omaha siding contractor for an inspection.

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What Causes Siding to Buckle?

Old House with Siding Buckling

There are many options when it comes to siding your home and one of the more popular is vinyl siding. This material is such a popular choice not only because of its looks, but because it is relatively inexpensive when compared to wood siding and it requires very little maintenance. Although vinyl siding is quite durable, it is susceptible to damage and one of the more common problems that Omaha siding contractors are called on to repair is buckling.

Buckling can occur for several reasons and once siding has begun to buckle or warp it cannot be repaired. Once it is misshapen, that section of siding will need to be replaced. One of the more common causes of buckling is that the siding wasn’t installed properly to begin with. If the siding was nailed too tightly, it can begin to show signs of buckling in just a short period of time. The reason for this is that when nailed to tightly, the siding doesn’t have room to expand and contract with fluctuating temperatures. Properly installed siding will move side to side approximately ¼ inch. A frequent cause for buckling is that the nails have been driven directly through the siding rather than through the appropriate holes located along the top of each piece.

Age will also cause siding to buckle. Over time, harsh weather conditions cause the siding to expand and contract which can result in buckling in certain areas. The expansion and contraction actually stretches the siding like an elastic band and just like that elastic band, after being stretched continuously for long periods of time, it loses the ability to go back to its original shape.

As soon as you notice any misshapen areas in your siding, you should contact a reputable Omaha siding contractor for an evaluation. Buckled siding can lead to other, more serious problems such as moisture seeping under the siding. Once moisture has gotten underneath the siding panels, the problem will compound itself quickly. As the moisture freezes and thaws, not only will it further damage the siding, but it will damage the boards underneath as well.

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Hardie Siding

Before Siding Installed

This home required new siding and roofing in order to shine as we knew that it could. Once the home was sided the value improved and the look definitely improved. Special thanks to the home owner for allowing us to showcase their beautiful old home near Omaha. Roofing and siding can make all the difference to your house.

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Lamarite Roofing

Lamarite Roofing Omaha Before

One of the most costly home improvements can be roofing. It will also secure your home and beautify it, often increasing the value dramatically. This home, seen here before the addition of Lamarite, a composite roofing by Tamko, was in relatively good shape, but definitely benefits from the roofing addition.

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New Decks and Porches

Deck in Omaha Before

The outdoors is one of the things we love best about being home and having our own property. Taking your party or entertainment to the outdoors is a great way to expand our space and limit the indoor mess. This property definitely benefited from the expansion to the outside world and from the refitting of a deck that could be minimally used prior to it’s revision. Premier Exteriors is proud of the roofing, Omaha siding and decks that we build. We invite you to phone to see what we have to offer your home and outdoor spaces.

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Premier Exteriors did a great job siding our house, replacing the front bay windows, and replacing the gutters. They started and completed the project in a timely fashion. We were kept informed of what to expect next. The job site was cleaned at the end of each day. All around, they did a ...