Our siding replacement project today takes us to Stamford, Connecticut, a small city on the East Coast between Boston and New York.
There is nothing quite like January weather in Stamford. Although the holidays have passed, there is a special quality about winter in the Northeast. Some may say it’s too cold; I say it’s just right. Our client in today’s blog post wasn’t really thrilled with the weather in his Fairfield County city. Now, normally he wouldn’t give it a second thought, but every time he’d leave for work, he’d glance over at his siding and begin to notice something was amiss. So he called us.
He spoke to our office manager, and then one of our owners went out to meet with him. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, here at Gunner, we are a family, and we treat our clients like family as well. You aren’t just a number to us, and the owners of the company take pride in being hands-on and providing quality customer service and elite construction results.
After doing a thorough investigation (including a siding inspection of what was in place) and sitting down to discuss what exterior goals the client would like to achieve (like siding types), we decided on a unique siding replacement plan to be guided by a trusty Gunner project manager.
One thing worth noting was that our Stamford homeowner was adamant about his budget, and we understand that. We all know how difficult things have become in this economy. Prices are constantly fluctuating for siding materials and other building products, and we are still dealing with the ramifications of construction supply chain issues. But that doesn’t affect our customer service.
We always try to quote projects to the best of our ability, leaving some wiggle room for things such as supply chain issues or price changes. That way none of our clients (and the budget) are unpleasantly surprised.
We always keep materials on hand, so in most cases, projects can be started right away. That was exactly what this client wanted. He wanted to get started on the siding installation right away, concerned that his home could become damaged in the next heavy fall of snow.
Our team got to work quickly. For this home, we utilized James Hardie siding materials, including an Iron Gray lap siding chosen by the client. James Hardie is what we prefer and recommend for siding installation.
James Hardie fiber cement siding is the industry standard for siding materials because of its toughness and long-term value at a worthwhile price. James Hardie lap siding is water resistant, flame resistant, and insect resistant, offering layers of protection with minimal maintenance. Plus it has styles to fit just about any type of home, from historic to brand-new.
Also, we’re a James Hardie Elite Preferred siding contractor, which verifies and certifies us as a trusted installer of James Hardie siding. This certification is made based on the number of James Hardie jobs installed, verified reviews of the finished work, and the installation expertise of the siding contractor.
On top of all that, you need to know that we’re a James Hardie President’s Club award winner, an elite honor for industry growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction that was bestowed upon only 18 siding contractors in the United States.
So, back to the Stamford siding job. We applied a two-step siding board and batten on the gable walls. Now, you might be reading this and thinking to yourself, “What is that?”
The truth is, there are many different siding types and shapes. Some of the most common siding types are horizontal panels, traditional lap, shake and board, and batten. Currently, board and batten is one of the top choices for a homeowner today. It’s been nicknamed “barn siding” due to, you guessed it, its use on barns.
When applied to the home, this “barn siding” creates a layered effect that is not only stylish but also weather resistant. Its longevity means it can keep your house safe and stylish for years to come. As for the “gable walls” part? Well, a gable is the section of the wall that is at the end of a pitched roof. A pitched roof simply means it slopes (rather than being flat), and the gable is usually in the triangular shape naturally formed below the two roof slopes.
Not only did we use board and batten, but we also used the gray lap siding around the perimeter of the home. Just a little refresher for those of you who are not regular readers of the blog: Lap siding is a siding that is installed horizontally on your home. They overlap each other, which is why they have “lap” in the name. Utilizing two different yet complementary types of siding (lap siding and board and batten, in this case) is one of my favorite types of projects. The result is always stunning.
As for the Stamford siding replacement project itself, we were able to do the installation in less than a week. If you are familiar with construction times, this might sound impossible.
Here at Gunner, we are always searching for innovative ways to deliver our clients top-of-the-line products and services they deserve. This is why our project manager came up with a method to streamline the siding replacement project without sacrificing quality.
For each and every project, you get a customized team built up with the best people for the job, from project manager to crew. We take into account the size and type of product to get the job done when you need it.
As for this project, our client was thrilled with the result. Not only did the work look great (like the “barn siding” touch), but he was blown away by how quickly we were able to get the siding installation done – and within the budget. Now that’s customer service!
Thank you to this Stamford client, and all our clients for putting their homes into our trustworthy hands. If you’re a homeowner with questions about siding replacement and roofing (we have elite certification in this line of our business too), or even windows or gutters, give us a call at Gunner today!
Materials used (manufacturer): James Hardie
Materials used (type): Lap Siding; Board and Batten
Materials used (color): Iron Gray
Project Cost: $30,000
Time to Complete: One Week