Before and After Pictures Tell the Story

Before and After
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Before and After Pictures tell a Story

New siding and siding products can provide your home with a new, fresh look that will catch the eye of your neighbors and friends driving by! This beautiful home is an example of just that. Existing siding was weathered and in need of updating. The homeowners selected Mastics Ovation Vinyl Dutch Siding in Pebblestone Clay. Fascia and Corner Posts were trimmed in Mastics Almond. Soffits, Porch Ceilings, and Vents were completed in Mastics Pebblestone Clay.

Casey Nelson Exteriors provides Mastic and James Hardie Siding, Windows, Roofing and Gutters in the Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding communities. We are dedicated to affordable prices, quality products and most of all customer satisfaction! Our sole mission is to be the only vinyl siding contractors you can trust for superior customer service and total customer satisfaction. Our excellent customer service and craftsmanship in the siding industry has set us apart from the competition in Lincoln and Omaha. Along with our siding, windows and roofing products, Casey Nelson Exteriors offers a wide variety of entry doors, gutter protection systems and exterior stone systems to complete that total home makeover. Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind home! Let Casey Nelson show you what Mastic Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic’s Earthtone Color Scheme

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When selecting exterior colors for your home there are several key ingredients to keep in mind:

  • The colors that you select for your homes siding, trim and roofing are going to be far more permanent than the wall you paint inside your home. The investment is also going to be far greater.
  • Tour the neighborhood and note colors that catch your eye. Pay attention to homes that are similar in architectural style to your own.
  • Consider color cues from your landscaping. If trees surround your home a natural color palette of earth tones will be perfect.
  • Consider the climate of your area. Consider your home’s color in all seasons. What will it look like in snow? What will it look like in the fall?
  • Keep in mind that colors intensify and look brighter in daylight on the outside of the house than they do on the color card.
  • Consider the colors of homes that surround your home. If homes next to yours are white or a light color you may want to stay in a mid-tone range and not a dark color scheme. Color harmony is important when houses are close together. In neighborhoods with spacious lots or visual buffers of foliage you can be more personalized in your color selection.

This beautiful home is the perfect example of use of color within its surroundings. Homeowners selected Mastic Structure D6 Vinyl Siding in Pebblestone Clay. Wraps fascia, freeze boards, downspouts and gutters were all completed in Rugged Canyon. 7” vinyl shakes in Timber added detail to the front gables.

For solutions to your homes exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss products his company has that will draw not only curb appeal to your home but architectural interest.   Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind home! Let Casey Nelson show you what Mastic’s Siding system can do for your home!

Mastic Ovation Pebblestone Clay Vinyl Siding

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The exterior of your home is just as important as the inside. Enhance it with:

  • An attractive color palette
    • Look for colors within existing colors that are hard to change – landscaping, the current roofing color, or brick/stone work on your home
  • Smart details that define the look and style of your home’s exterior
  • Curb appeal through personal touches that make your home yours

Keep in mind that your home’s exterior is the first impression that those passing by have. Attractive trim, architectural detail, lighting, landscaping, or an inviting door all set the mood. Remember to choose wisely though! Add just enough detail to make a statement but not so much that it becomes cluttered. Smart choices and a bit of designer restraint will make your home shine!

This beautiful home has all the critical design elements to make a definite statement. The homeowners selected Mastics Ovation Dutch Horizontal Vinyl siding in Pebblestone Clay to create their attractive exterior color palette. The color for their siding choice is found in the brickwork of their beautiful home. When selecting color for soffit, wraps, fascia, porch ceilings and corner posts Pebblestone Clay was made. The choice allows the color of the bricks, siding, trim and surrounding landscaping to all work together not against each other.

For solutions to your homes exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss products his company has that will draw not only curb appeal to your home but architectural interest.   Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind home! Let Casey Nelson show you what Mastic’s Siding system can do for your home!

Roofing – Lincoln, Omaha & Surrounding Communities

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Casey Nelson Exteriors Roofing System

Casey Nelson Exteriors takes pride on our top of the line installation and products. Casey Nelson Exteriors replaces roofs in Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding areas. Roofs are one of the most important parts of your home. That is why we use only the best products available. Our superior roofing systems will ensure protection and beauty for years to come, backed with the industry’s leading warranty protection.

  • Protection: Our laminated architectural roofing system provides the best protection from the weather, due to its double rain seals, nailing zone area over three times larger than standard laminated shingles, and superior asphalt granule adhesion.
  • Rugged Durability: Our revolutionary shingle technology used begins with a durable base layer of fiberglass matting, then is coated with either quality asphalt which provides long term protection, or a modified rubber asphalt which increases tensile strength and flexibility, protecting your long term investment.
  • Increased Value & Curb Appeal: A new roofing system by Casey Nelson exteriors includes the Scotchgard Protector, preventing that unattractive staining and algae growth, which will ruin the aesthetic beauty and potentially reduce the value of your investment.

Let Casey Nelson Exteriors help keep your roof looking like the day it was installed 20 years later! Casey Nelson Exteriors is proud to offer Malarkey and IKO roofing products for our customers in the Lincoln and Omaha areas.

Ventilation and Insulation are Key – Part I

Proper ventilation is one of the most critical factors in roof system durability. Without it, heat and moisture build up in an attic area and combine to cause rafters and sheathing to rot, shingles to buckle, and insulation to lose its effectiveness.

It is important never to block off sources of roof ventilation, such as louvers, ridge vents or soffit vents, even in winter. Proper attic ventilation will help prevent structural damage caused by moisture, increase roofing material life, reduce energy consumption and enhance the comfort level of the rooms below the attic.

In addition to the free flow of air, insulation plays a key role in proper attic ventilation. An ideal attic has:

  • A gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor to protect the house below from heat gain or loss
  • A vapor retarder under the insulation and next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic
  • Enough open, vented spaces to allow air to pass in and out freely.
  • A minimum of 1 inch between the insulation and roof sheathing.

The requirements for proper attic ventilation may vary greatly, depending on the part of the United States in which a home or building is located, as well as the structure’s conditions, such as exposure to the sun, shade, and atmospheric humidity. Nevertheless, the general ventilation formula is based on the length and width of the attic. NRCA recommends a minimum of 1 square foot of free vent area for each 150 square feet of attic floor—with vents placed proportionately at the eaves (e.g., soffits) and at or near the ridge.

Even Roofs have Enemies – Roofing Part II

A roof system’s performance is affected by numerous factors. Knowing about the following will help you make informed roof system buying decisions:

  • Sun:Heat and ultraviolet rays cause roofing materials to deteriorate over time. Deterioration can occur faster on the sides facing west or south.
  • Rain:When water gets underneath shingles, shakes, or other roofing materials, it can work its way to the roof deck and cause the roof structure to rot. Extra moisture encourages mildew and rot elsewhere in a house, including walls, ceilings, insulation, and electrical systems.
  • Wind:High winds can lift shingles’ edges (or other roofing materials) and force water and debris underneath them. Extremely high winds can cause extensive damage.
  • Snow and Ice:Melting snow often refreezes at a roof’s overhang where the surface is cooler, forming an ice dam. This blocks proper drainage into the gutter. Water backs up under the shingles (or other roofing materials) and seeps into the interior. During the early melt stages, gutters and downspouts can be the first to fill with ice and be damaged beyond repair or even torn off a house or building.
  • Condensation:Condensation can result from the buildup of relatively warm, moisture-laden air. Moisture in a poorly ventilated attic promotes decay of wood sheathing and rafters, possibly destroying a roof structure. Sufficient attic ventilation can be achieved by installing larger or additional vents and will help alleviate problems because the attic air temperature will be closer to the outside air temperature.
  • Moss and Algae:Moss can grow on moist wood shingles and shakes. Once it grows, moss holds even more moisture to a roof system’s surface, causing rot. In addition, moss roots also can work their way into a wood deck and structure. Algae also grow in damp, shaded areas on wood or asphalt shingle roof systems. Besides creating a black-green stain, algae can retain moisture, causing rot and deterioration. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from homes and buildings to eliminate damp, shaded areas, and gutters should be kept clean to ensure good drainage.
  • Trees and Leaves:Tree branches touching a roof will scratch and gouge roofing materials when the branches are blown by the wind. Falling branches from overhanging trees can damage, or even puncture, shingles and other roofing materials. Leaves on a roof system’s surface retain moisture and cause rot, and leaves in the gutters block drainage.
  • Missing or Torn Shingles:The key to a roof system’s effectiveness is complete protection. When shingles are missing or torn off, a roof structure and home or building interior are vulnerable to water damage and rot. The problem is likely to spread-nearby shingles also are ripped easily or blown away. Missing or torn shingles should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Shingle Deterioration:When shingles are old and worn out, they curl, split, and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. Weakened shingles easily are blown off, torn, or lifted by wind gusts. The end result is structural rot and interior damage. A deteriorated roof system only gets worse with time-it should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Flashing Deterioration:Many apparent roof leaks really are flashing leaks. Without good, tight flashings around chimneys, vents, skylights and wall/roof junctions, water can enter a home or building and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and electrical systems. Flashings should be checked as part of a biannual roof inspection and gutter cleaning.

 

Spring Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Spring Cleaning!

 It won’t be long and robins will be visiting our yards, the sun will be warming us up, and the concept of “spring cleaning” will be back on our calendars and list of things to do! If your home’s exterior is in need of a little freshening up here is a list of things you can do to eliminate the dirt and grime that may have decided to cling to your siding’s surface.

  1. General Cleaning: use an ordinary garden hose to give your siding a light rinse working your siding from the top down.
  1. Moderate Dirt: we recommend at least an annual washing with clear water using a garden hose and soft-bristled brush. A long-handled car washing brush is ideal for this purpose. Avoid using stiff bristle brushes or abrasive cleaners, which may change the gloss of the cleaned area and cause the siding to look splotchy. If the dirt and grime refuses to budge and you feel you need a cleaning solution use the below sodium hypochlorite solution:
    1. 1/3 cup powder detergent (e.g. – Fab, Tide, or equivalent powder detergent)
    2. 2/3 cup powder household cleaner (e.g. – Soilax, Spic & Span, or equivalent)
    3. 1 gallon water
      1. When washing down the entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top in order to prevent streaking.
  1. Mildew Accumulation: mildew can collect on surfaces of all types of building products. Normally, mildew will appear as black spots. Mildew can be removed by using the basic cleaning solution above with the addition of sodium hypochlorite. Below is the solution:
    1. 1/3 cup powder detergent (e.g. – Fab, Tide, or equivalent powder detergent)
    2. 2/3 cup powder household cleaner (e.g. – Soilax, Spic & Span, or equivalent)
    3. 1 gallon water
    4. 1 quart liquid laundry bleach
      1. When washing down the entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top in order to prevent streaking.
  1. For Stubborn Stains: below is a chart

Stain                           Cleaners                                                                                           

  • Bubble Gum — Fantastik, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Solution 30% vinegar & 70% water
  • Crayon — Lestoil
  • DAP (oil-based caulk) — Fantastik 
  • Felt-tip Pen — Fantastik or water-based cleaners
  • Grass — Fantastik, Lysol, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or Windex
  • Lipstick — Fantastik or Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • Lithium Grease — Fantastik, Lestoil, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or Windex
  • Mold & Mildew — Fanrtastik or solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%)
  • Motor Oil — Fantastik, Lysol, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or Windex
  • Oil — Soft Scrub
  • Paint — Brillo Pad or Soft Scrub
  • Pencil — Soft Scrub
  • Rust — Fantastik, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Windex
  • Tar — Soft Scrub
  • Top Soil — Fantastik, Lestoil, Murphy’s Oil Soap

NOTE: We do not endorse the above brand cleaning products. They are listed to give you an idea of possible solutions that will work.

Resource: Vinyl Siding Institute 2016

Mastic Quest Pebblestone Clay

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Low-maintenance vinyl siding from Mastic has been the number-one choice for generations for both homeowners and builders. Mastic by Ply Gem products feature the beauty of freshly painted or stained wood siding. Whether the customer selects lap or vertical siding, they get a beautiful exterior product that is built to last. Vinyl siding styles today include a variety of textures, shadow lines and colors to meet the homeowner’s personal taste.

These homeowners selected Mastic’s Quest Dutch lap Vinyl Siding in Pebblestone Clay. For wraps, soffits, and fascia the color white was added in a smooth finish to provide the architectural interest that they desired. Add gutters in white and downspouts in pebblestone clay and you have a home that attracts high-level curb appeal.

For solutions to your homes exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss products his company has that will draw not only a fresh new look but also curb appeal to your home.   Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind before and after! Let Casey Nelson show you what Mastic’s Quest Siding can do for your home!

Mastic Ovation Pebblestone Clay

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Mastic’s Ovation Vinyl Siding is beautiful, durable and low-maintenance. With all of the siding options on the market, vinyl siding is still the most preferred choice in the United States. Mastic offers consumers a wide-variety of profiles and colors that deliver the sophisticated look of wood without the upkeep.

This beautiful home selected Mastic’s Ovation Dutch Siding in Pebblestone Clay, a color favorite of many consumers in our area. Soffits and fascia was also completed in the Pebblestone Clay color. Gutters and downspouts were done in the color Rugged Canyon to add architectural interest and detail.

Mastic by Ply Gem provides homeowners with a wide range of exterior design options – from styles and textures to popular colors and accessories. With Mastic, you the consumer can create the curb appeal that you desire to set you apart in your neighborhood.

For solutions to your homes exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss products his company has that will draw curb appeal to your home.   Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind home! Let Casey Nelson show you what Mastic’s Siding products can do for your home!

James Hardie Vertical Siding

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As a homeowner you have many decisions to make when deciding to renovate your homes exterior. Do you want (a) wood siding, (b) fiber cement siding, (c) vinyl siding, (d) cedar siding? What color do I want? What detail elements do I want to consider? And what direction do I want my siding to be: (a) vertical or (b) horizontal?

When deciding the direction of your siding consider the advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, your decision could result in a financial one, as vertical siding is more expensive due to the complexity of the installation process. Vertical siding has several benefits including its unique appearance and ease of cleaning.

The homeowners of this beautiful home selected James Hardie Vertical Plank Stucco siding in Khaki Brown. Fascia was completed in Musket Brown and Rich Espresso Vertical Trim by James Hardie was used to add detail to the architectural lines of the home.

For solutions to your homes exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss products his company has that will draw curb appeal to your home.   Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you create a one of a kind home! Let Casey Nelson show you what James Hardie Siding can do for your home!

 

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