Replacing Stucco With James Hardie Siding in West Chester
Stucco has a tendency to get mold behind it. For people who live in humid areas, like Southeastern PA, it isn’t really a matter of whether their stucco will get mold behind it, it’s a matter of when. Fortunately, it is possible to salvage homes with moldy stucco, especially if you tackle the problem early on.
We usually recommend our clients to replace their stucco with James Hardie fiber cement siding, which has many benefits over other claddings. This client, located in West Chester, opted for James Hardie siding in the color Arctic White. While we were at their house, we also installed a new roof, a new entry door, a new patio side door, and put in new windows, gutters, downspouts, and gutter guard.
New Roof, Siding, and Deck on a Springfield Home
We are excited to share these photos from a recent project in Springfield, PA. This homeowner needed a new roof, which we were happy to provide, along with new James Hardie fiber cement siding in the color Evening Blue.
We also installed a new deck using pressure-treated wood, and finished off the deck with a new vinyl railing system. The homeowners got new window and door trim, a new garage door, and new fascia capping.
New Fiber Cement Siding on a West Chester Home
The vinyl siding on this West Chester home had started to show wear in some places. This doesn’t just create an unkempt look, but it takes away from the cladding’s primary function, which is to keep heat in and to keep moisture, cold, and loud noises out. In addition, siding is intended to create a visually appealing look for your home.
Fiber cement is long-lasting and highly insulating. It’s easy to install, which helps keep installation costs low. We also happen to think it looks really nice! This homeowner chose new fiber cement siding in a color called Boothbay Blue. We also installed new gutters, new downspouts, new fascia capping, and new garage windows. Their chimney was in need of repairs, so we took care of that as well.
Check out the photos in the gallery for more detail about this project:
Replacing Stucco With Fiber Cement Siding
Unfortunately, stucco has a tendency to get mold behind it, especially in humid climates, as we have on the East Coast. Another unfortunate reality is that stucco’s tendency to hold mold wasn’t discovered until recently, only after many houses in Southeast PA were clad in stucco.
Fortunately, we are able to remove stucco and get the mold out from underneath using a process called stucco remediation.
This project took place in Havertown. The homeowner wanted to replace their stucco with a mix of James Hardie and Board and Batten cladding, both in the color Cobblestone. We also installed Hardie trim in Arctic White, and added new trim to their portico.
New Portico Roof in Media
This homeowner was inspired by a photo of a portico roof they saw online. We really like when customers show us photos because it allows us to have a clear vision of their expectations.
In addition to installing the portico roof, we removed their siding and replaced it with James Hardie siding in the color cobblestone. We installed new soffits, windows, trim, and a new front door. Take a look at the gallery to see the details:
Replacing a Roof in Wayne
Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. It’s important to monitor your roof closely, and if it needs work, hire a company you trust to do a thorough job replacing it. That way, you won’t run into any trouble for many years. If you’re not sure what to look for when you inspect your roof, check out this post.
New Roof & Deck on a Home in Wayne
This homeowner in Wayne needed some work done on their roof. We built a complete new roof for their low-slope structure. We were sure to also install synthetic tiger paw underlay, a base, counters, step flashing, a ridge vent, and a hip and ridge cap. All these things help safeguard openings in the roof, sealing out moisture and preventing damage. While we were there, we also replaced their old wooden decking.
Replacing a Skylight in Fort Washington
Skylights are a great way to get natural light in your home. Natural light is a big buzz word among house shoppers, so a skylight can help increase the value of your home. Plus, in the meantime, it’s pleasant to be able to see the sky and get sunshine streaming into your space.
A Fort Washington Home Gets a New Skylight
One downside to skylights is that they do signify a weak spot in your roof. The area around your skylight is prone to leaking, but as long as you maintain it, you should be in the clear. Recently, we replaced a skylight for this homeowner in Fort Washington, taking care to use a new flash kit around the edge of the skylight. The flashing adds an extra layer of security around the window to prevent leaks.
While we were at it, we also furnished and installed aluminum capping on all the windows, replacing the trim as needed.
Replacing a Roof in Ridley Park
Despite what their name may suggest, asphalt shingles aren’t made entirely of asphalt. Most often, the process of making a shingle begins with wet, random-laid fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde resin. Then, the shingle is coated in asphalt, before a superficial layer of adhesive is added. Lastly, ceramic granules coat the outside of each shingle. Those granules serve 3 purposes: protection from UV rays, aesthetics, and fire resistance.
When your shingles start to lose their granules, you may notice bald spots, and you can sometimes spot the granules in your gutters. Both of these things are a sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Recently, we replaced a roof for a homeowner in Ridley Park who had started to notice bald spots on the shingles. Take a look at the photos below:
Check out this past post for 3 other warning signs that you need a new roof.
Installing a New Roof in Wayne
When we started replacing this roof in Wayne, we noticed some normal wear, like loosening shingles. However, we also noticed some signs that the original roof was not properly installed.
The nails on the original shingles were placed too high up. That meant that the bottom of the shingle was not properly secured. Additionally, the ridge cap wasn’t sealed properly and the flashing around the chimney was not complete. All of these missteps were beginning to affect the roof’s ability to do its job of sealing out moisture. If properly installed, an asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20 years. However, if it wasn’t installed correctly, all bets are off.
Our Roof Installation Process
When we fixed the roof, we were sure to use the proper techniques. We begin by removing the original shingles and replacing the damaged wood underneath. Then, we install an underlayment an extra layer of protection below the shingles. When we install our shingles, we put 6 nails in each one to make sure they’re properly secured. When we added flashing around the chimney, we were sure to do a thorough job. Click here to learn more about our typical roof installation procedure.
Check out the photos below:
- Before: Loose shingles at the top of the roof
- These nails were too high up, so they did not completely penetrate the bottom of the shingle
- Before replacing flashing around the chimney
- After replacing flashing around the chimney
- Beginning to install roof underlayment
- After installing the roof underlayment