Making the Exterior of Your House Stylish With Vinyl Siding in Rochester NY

Houses today are now more sophisticated in terms of the exteriors when using vinyl siding. The material is made of plastic which is better suited for protecting the exterior of your home, as opposed to wood or cement. Vinyl is a good alternative. It adds to the aesthetics of your house’s exteriors since it can be installed with the color and design of your choice. This saves you the trouble of having your house painted and spares you from the paint’s foul and dangerous smell. The use of the plastic exterior started in the 1950s and it is now being used more and more instead of the traditional materials.

The structure of Rochester NY vinyl siding is exceptional with regards to its durability and thickness. The thinnest vinyl exterior used in today’s homes can be classified as builder’s grade. It has a measurement of only .40 mm. As the thickness of the plastic exterior increases, the cost naturally gets higher. However, when it is made thicker, the more it can withstand the elements and the rigors of normal wear and tear. As it is, the material is already very durable, and because vinyl is made of plastic, it also has a comparatively longer lifespan. It likewise adds depth to the structure’s overall design and appeal.

Though the product may look the same from manufacturer to manufacturer, the chemicals used may be different during its production which may affect the lifespan of the product. The Ultraviolet coating may also vary depending on how much the manufacturers coated the vinyl siding in Rochester NY. The more expensive the plastic exterior is, the more resistant it is to weather conditions as well as to color fading. The vinyl siding is fastened to the exterior wall with its own fastening system alongside with the nails. With regards to the effects on the environment, the plastic exterior is more eco-friendly than an aluminum siding because it requires less energy. With all of positive attributes, the only drawback is that it cannot be recycled especially if it was manufactured using the old technology because only new kinds of vinyl are specifically-designed to be recycled. Though it may be more effective than a wood siding, it is also flammable. And when it is burned, it emits a toxic gas called dioxins which are hazardous to the people around.

To have an effective and safe vinyl siding, installation of such should be done by professionals who have had training on how to properly install them. The problems that mostly affect this plastic exterior is weather-related such as cracking because of extreme cold; color fading due to extreme heat; and unfastening of the plastic exterior because of strong winds. To prevent such problems, choose those plastic sidings in Rochester NY that are industry tested for color fading; weather resistant; and if it is thick enough as stated in the industry standard. And lastly, when having vinyl sidings installed by contractors, it is wise to also read installation manuals to be able to also check if the installation done was correct.

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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Sidings in Rochester NY

Vinyl siding in Rochester NY is an additional coating placed in walls to shield it against unwanted elements that may cause deterioration. That’s because these sidings help prevent the development of moisture in walls which is the primary reason for the appearance of molds, bacteria and other contaminants. Aside from preventing moisture from growing, it may also serve as a decoration as well as a weatherproofing that prevents water penetration during rainy days.

Vinyl siding offers interesting benefits to its users and that’s why many homeowners in the United States and in Canada consider installing it at their homes. First of all, it improves the overall appearance of the area where it is going to be placed. Vinyl sidings also add an interesting effect to walls that makes the latter more appealing. Second, it is also more affordable compared to other siding alternatives that provide almost the same effect and features as vinyl sidings. Third, the materials that are used in creating this product are deemed to be more durable. Because the resources used in making this product are durable, users can rest assured that their vinyl sidings can withstand extreme weather condition especially if these are placed in outdoor locations. Fourth, these sidings do not need frequent repainting to maintain its color. It simply needs  a bit of washing to take away the dirt that might have accumulated in it over time.

While installing Rochester NY vinyl siding has its advantages, it also has its corresponding disadvantages. One of this is the health hazards that it may possibly bring to its users. Research suggests that the PVC or polyvinyl chloride used in making a vinyl siding can cause respiratory problems as well as cancer to people who are frequently in contact with this chemical. Also, as much as this siding does not need repainting, it cannot promise to withstand extreme weather conditions especially if they are put with woods and stone works. Maintaining vinyl sidings maybe a piece of cake as it just needs occasional washing. However, the dampness that might develop under it invites the development of biological contaminants that may damage the walls and the wallpapers attached to it accordingly.

Vinyl sidings in Rochester NY can provide great deal of advantages to its users. Its color, cost, and durability are just some of these. However, it also poses series of disadvantages. That’s why users must careful evaluate and weigh its pros and cons when deciding to install one at their homes.

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Siding Testimonials & Reviews Rochester, NY

Dear Duane, I would like to thank you and the crew, Bob,Casey, and all who helped to make our home so amazing! The siding came out so beautiful and the crew was so accommodating to our needs. Working on a 200 year old house and wanting to keep the integrity while adding on siding was not an easy task, but the crew was up to it and we appreciate everything they did! We love our new old house and hope that by this example of handiwork others will have the same satisfaction that we are experiencing!! Thank you Bob Casey, Duane and crew!!

– Local Customer

Thanks to your team of specialists for replacing our roofing system faster than we expected and we really appreciate your response to our last minute call. The hole in our roof with the water flooding into the bedroom. – Thanks
– Local Customer

Thanks again for your suggestions on replacing our old windows with newer energy efficiency windows. We didn’t realize how much air was leaking out and causing our A/C and heat to keep running so much. Thanks so much!
– Local Customer

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All You Need To Know About Rochester Cedar Siding

When most people think of Rochester NY cedar siding, they conjure up an image of cedar lined closets or chests that are great for keeping out moths and other pests.

However, cedar is also an optimal choice home exterior siding because it is among the most durable of all soft woods, offers optimal insulation, great noise deflection from street level, and is long-lasting. Not to mention that cedar siding is one of the most beautiful selections available.

Cedar Siding Benefits

Cedar is what is known in the lumber industry as a low-density soft wood, which means that it features an open cell structure – unlike many traditional siding choices. This quality makes cedar a light wood that is easy for construction and a great insulator to keep monthly energy costs down – winter, summer, spring and fall.

Because of cedar’s low density, less heat is transported throughout the wood, which keeps heat from escaping from your home in the winter and (inversely) keeping cool air from getting away in the summertime. Cedar reduces heat flow, which creates a natural acoustic barrier. For those who are looking at siding materials from an environmental standpoint, cedar is a sustainable wood that is also very durable, no matter whether it is painted, treated, or left in its natural state.

Most people, however, choose cedar, or what is known as cedar shake, for its style. Cedar is beautiful to look at and very much “in vogue” when it comes to new home designs.

Style of Cedar Siding

Cedar siding, also known as cedar shake, comes in a variety of different stains and textures and is one of the warmest woods. Cedar offers your home a natural feel that blends in well with nearly any environment.

You can purchase beveled, board and batten, tongue and groove, channel or wavy edge beveled cedar siding in natural, unfinished and unstained or ready-stained and treated products. In its natural state, cedar siding will also give off a subtle aroma from the wood’s natural fragrance. When stained, cedar has even bigger possibilities as far as home design goes.

Maintaining Cedar Siding

Cedar is one wood that has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial characteristics that allow you to leave the wood completely untreated without worrying that it will warp, crack, or rot. Cedar does “weather”, however, and over time, untreated cedar will change its color and become more rugged than stained and treated siding options.

For this reason, staining is often recommended, and with staining, regular maintenance will be required – more so than with other wood siding options. In fact, many contractors recommend re-staining cedar on a semi-annual (every two years) basis. Take that fact into consideration when you are deciding whether to go with cedar, and this applies to cedar shingles as well.

Even for those homeowners who wish to allow their cedar to weather in its natural state, basic maintenance will need to be performed, such as pressure-washing each year to keep the Syracuse cedar siding clean and to add to its beauty. Most people just opt to hire a company to do this pressure-washing, or do it themselves by renting a pressure washer form a local hardware or home store.

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Victor farmington NY Siding Contractor

Another new vinyl siding installation in the Victor/Farmington NY area outside of Rochester, NY. These were town homes that needed new vinyl siding installed by a professional so they called Preferred Exteriors & Renovations and we got the job done! Here are some pics of the vinyl siding installation job in Victor/Farmington area:

Vinyl Siding- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Many People have written and asked:

What would you or do you put on your home Duane?.

I try to practice what I preach and this year I will be vinyl Siding my own home.

I choose Certainteed Monogram siding for not only my own home but that of my customers. It’s a .046 thickness panel and has a great warranty from fading. To learn more: Click Here

I am very proud that both myself and my company are a Certainteed 5 star vinyl siding contractor.


I also am accredited from the vinyl siding institute.

We have touched on a number of different things in our previous posts. This one is focusing on vinyl siding your home in the Rochester to Syracuse NY areas:

Vinyl siding: good, bad or ugly?

Vinyl siding can be all of the above. I’d like to explore each possibility individually. We can get the worst out of the way first. Note that the quality of your materials and correct installation solve 99% of any possible cosmetic issues.

Vinyl siding: the ugly!

If you can’t immediately envision an ugly siding job, take a look around the next time you go for a drive. Ithaca, Syracuse, and Rochester are no exceptions to shoddy craftsmanship. They each have their fair amount of poorly installed vinyl siding, just like anywhere.

One common cause of ugly vinyl siding in our central NY areas is ripples in the panels. This is caused by over driving the nails attaching to your wall, or stretching panels up and down, forcing the lines to match another section of wall. Cheap vinyl siding also can be chalky and look faded after a few years, if the color isn’t injected into the panel’s material, instead of being applied on top of it.

Anyone can do a vinyl siding installation. It takes real experience and skill to make it look good, however. Only then will your money be well spent.

Vinyl Siding: the bad!

Vinyl siding likes to expand. Most people, and contractors for that matter, think it’s “side to side” expansion and contractions on the panels. While that is true to a certain extent, the majority of expansion is downward. This is why you may notice unclipped or missing sections of siding in the middle of a wall, upon closer inspection. If you don’t snap a piece of siding completely when nailing, the paneling can expand downward and become unsnapped.

Vinyl siding doesn’t like impact. If you have a lot of small stones, sticks, kid’s toys, etc., and hit them with a mower, chances are you are going to have holes or cracks in your siding. This can be prevented by buying thicker panels and/or aiming the mower chute away from your house. Expect baseballs, car doors, and golf balls to do damage if in close contact with your home.


Guys: Keep your grill a safe distance away from vinyl siding! I once saw a place in Syracuse that had experienced the effects of a grill located slightly too close to the house, the results weren’t pretty.

Vinyl Siding: the good.

Vinyl is final!

If you use a good quality siding on your home, you can eliminate most problems mentioned above.

You no longer have to paint your home. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. A high quality vinyl siding job can increase your home’s value by more than the cost of the job itself, in some cases.

It increases the “R” value of your home, as well as stopping drafts. This is increasingly true if you use an insulated vinyl siding or apply a high “r” board to your home prior to siding.

Add style: there are many trim accessories you can choose from, these will allow you to change the entire exterior style of your home, if you choose to.

Curb appeal is priceless. If you really want your neighbors to take notice of your home, new siding is an easy way to get there.

In closing:

If you choose a nice quality vinyl siding, and use a skilled, conscientious installer, vinyl siding can add value to your home that is difficult to beat.

Helping our economy by putting a metal roof on your home?

Can You Help Central New York’s Economy With Metal Roofing?

Sounds like a silly question right?


We at Preferred Exteriors and Renovations Inc. have partnered with a supply company with multiple branches including Auburn, Syracuse, Horseheads, and many others to bring you a Metal Roofing Panel that is formed right here in Central New York using 100% USA Made Pittsburgh Steel.

Panels are available with a 10 year or 40 year warranty for corrugated metal.

We are very proud of this product and hope you are as well. We sleep well at night knowing we are providing jobs local through the sales and forming process of this panel as well as employing people in neighboring Pennsylvania.

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Composite Decks Vs. Pressure Treated Wood

Composite Decks Vs. Pressure Treated Wood Vs. PVC Decking

Spring Time is Deck Time!

We offer a multitude of deck options for your home. Below are some differences between the materials as well as some pros and cons

Pressure Treated Wood


Pressure Treated decks in many cases are a cost savings of over 50% compared to the alternative.

Pressure treated wood doesn’t show scratches as much as some composites and can easily be painted, patched, and made to match existing decking rather easily.

Joist spacing can be twice as long per span, compared to composite. In some cases this will save on material cost.


Pressure treated Decks require much more maintenance than the alternatives.

Only one harsh winter in Syracuse, Oswego or even Ithaca can make a fairly new deck look in need of a new stain job.

New applications of stain will be required every few years until the deck’s end of life (about 20 years).

Pressure washing should be done regularly on a deck, more so if it’s in a shaded area that is prone to mold growth.

The initial savings of a pressure treated deck is usually spent rather quickly on maintenance of the deck.

Composite Decking


Composite decking requires much less maintenance than pressure treated decking.

Composite decks don’t require staining at all.

Some composite decks, such as Correct Deck, also offer a hidden fastener system that is much more cosmetically appealing than the traditional face nailing methods.

Railing systems that compliment PVC and composite decking are available, and are often a nice upgrade.

The different colors and grains available give a look and feel you couldn’t achieve with pressure treated wood.

Washing: Composite is mold and mildew resistant so pressure washing is necessary a few times a year.


Price. Composite decking usually costs more than double what a pressure treated deck does.

Composite decks require more structural framing than wood decks  and joist spans are almost never more than 12?.

This boils down to more contractor labor required to install a composite deck.

Expansion and contraction: Composite must be installed correctly or after time boards can buckle heave or break. This means strict adherence to the manufacturers specs, not only to uphold the warranty, but to have a beautiful deck for years to come.



Truly maintenance free.

PVC decking is the only truly maintenance free deck option there is. PVC decking does not mold at all, unlike Pressure Treated.

You can fasten PVC decking very close to the boards edge without fear of splitting or cracking the deck board.

Most PVC deck joists can be framed to 16? centers, reducing the total framing required.


PVC decks are only available in a few color variations due to material limitations. The nice vibrant colors of composite decking are out of the question.

The price is higher than other decking options.

Realistic woodgrain finishes are not as fine as composite or pressure treated variants.


Depending on one’s needs, any of these options, using a quality product, would be a great additional value to the home on a personal and monetary level. Call us about specials and for more information.

I can always be reached on my cell phone to discuss the best option for your needs.


Adding value to your home when the housing market is bad

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Here is a list of nine things that can increase the value of your home and distinguish it from other homes being sold in the neighborhood.

  1. Interior paint: even a subtle color change with neutral colors and repainted trim can transform the impression one gets from a dwelling. Tying together a home’s rooms with a sensible color palette, and unifying the trim colors can create a drastic difference in the feeling a person takes away after a walkthrough.
  2. Insulation: homeowners often seem suprised at how reasonably priced an insulation upgrade can be, especially when considering how effective they can be in lowering heating and cooling expenses. A typical attic blown-in insulation install rates about $2-3000. Comparing a heating bill to that number will quickly show the benefits possible in saving money each month.
  3. Closets: adding closets to your bedrooms can do wonders for a home’s appeal, as well as value. “I would have made a purchase offer, but there simply wasn’t enough closet space”.
  4. Replacement windows: new windows improve the inside and outside of a house, most especially when the old ones are painted shut or otherwise outdated and working improperly. Buying a quality window is important, but don’t overlook the balance between an energy effective window and the overall insulation efficiency of a home. An expensive, highly rated window won’t do much if the rest of the house is not up to keeping the cold out, and the heat in.
  5. Roof cleaning: If your home is in a highly shaded area, it is likely that black streaks or mold have marred the appearance of your roof. Most cases can be solved for under $1000 with an effective cleaning solution, making your asphalt shingles look new again.
  6. Landscaping: few things add curb appeal like freshly groomed grounds. Even simple mulching around existing trees and shrubs can add order.
  7. Interior doors: relatively inexpensive to buy and install. Interior doors that are in bad physical condition or that don’t open and close properly reflect poorly on the maintenance of a dwelling. Although it seems like a big job, replacement of the doors and trim can be accomplished rather quickly, making a solid impact on decor.
  8. Cabinet doors and hardware: along similar lines, kitchen cabinets can benefit from a similar treatment. Simply replacing the drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs can be a cheap and simple “one tool” job, bring about a small but thoughtful touch to a kitchen. One step further; tacking on a new style of cabinet door to the face frames will effect a more broad facelift.
  9. Lighting: Often overlooked, lighting is great bang for your buck, and intensely important to making a home feel cozy and inviting. Updated fixtures can add a hint of style, and function as well. Task lighting appropriate to a room’s purpose, and general area lighting will bring warmth and comfort to a place. Recessed kitchen lighting is a popular addition.