Comparing Shingles

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Comparing Shingles:SBS vs Asphalt vs Atlas StormMaster Replacing a roof can be an overwhelming task for homeowners; not only is it an investment but there are many different options when it comes to roof shingles. If you’ve shopped around to get an idea as to which type of shingle to choose, then you’ve probably heard of the top three: asphalt, Atlas StormMaster and SBS shingles. While all shingles have the same jobs—to protect your home’s interior from water damage, deflect sunlight, block heavy winds, etc.—they’re not created equal. What are some of the differences and how do you know...

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Vinyl Windows – A Performance Overview

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Vinyl Windows – A Performance Overview There are many different types of window frame materials that homeowners can choose from: aluminum, composite, fiberglass, wood, and vinyl. All of these materials can add value to your home and be a great option, but one is the most common choice among homeowners - vinyl. At U.S. Exterior by Seidel, we recommend that homeowners consider installing vinyl windows for several reasons: they’re durable, they increase energy efficiency, they’re easy to maintain, and they’re an affordable option. Continue reading to learn all about vinyl windows and a performance...

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Roofing 101: Asphalt Shingles

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Roofing 101: Asphalt Shingles There are several upsides to choosing asphalt shingles for a new roof. Easy to source, simple to install, and less expensive than wood, tile, or slate, asphalt shingles are arguably the roofing market’s most popular material. Varieties Here are some insights into these versatile, stylish, budget-friendly shingles, courtesy of U.S. Exterior by Seidel. Fiberglass Created in the 1980s, fiberglass shingles offer numerous benefits for homeowners. The term “fiberglass” is used because these shingles are composed of a woven fiberglass base. This base is covered...

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Roofing 101: Cedar Shake Shingles

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Roofing 101: Cedar Shake Shingles The natural beauty and corresponding curb appeal offered by a home with a cedar shake shingle roof is virtually unmatched. But what are the other advantages to this unique roofing approach, and what are the drawbacks? U.S. Exterior by Seidel, one of Chicagoland’s most experienced roofing contractors, goes in-depth to provide answers. Advantages of Cedar Shake Shingles As noted in the opening paragraph, cedar shake shingles possess a visual appeal all their own. Their texture, design, and natural composition resonate with most anyone who lays eyes on a...

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Metal Roofs

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Roofing 101: Metal Roofs Nowadays, advancements in roofing design and composition have bestowed chameleon-like qualities on a variety of different materials, one of which is metal roofing. Whereas in decades past, metal roofs found limited applications for buildings like sheds and storage facilities, 21st-century metal roofs can be designed to resemble tile, slate, shake, shingle, and more. The result is a versatile, durable roofing option that looks just as good gracing a Victorian as it does a Spanish Colonial. The Benefits of Metal Roofing As you might expect, metal roofing’s biggest...

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Siding 101: Aluminum Composite Siding

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Siding 101: Aluminum Composite Siding Everyone has heard of aluminum siding, but what about aluminum composite siding? As exterior siding technologies have advanced, a number of different siding options are now available to consumers. Aluminum composite siding is an up-and-coming product that offers some great benefits. Let’s explore. Aluminum Composite Siding – Benefits Durability is a key asset inherent to aluminum composite siding, and its superior “impact resistance” means a notable decrease in siding repair compared to other siding types. Flexibility is another big plus: with aluminum...

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