Preparing Your Home for Winter

Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE Vinyl Siding and Window Contractor

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and the change of seasons is upon us. With that change comes steps homeowners need to take to prepare for the chill of winter. Below you will find a list of suggestions we have for homeowners to get you ready for winter weather.

  1. Begin Inside
    1. Change Your Furnace Filter & Give your Heating System a Tune-up– dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demands on your furnace. Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted. This can help to reduce energy costs by 5%.
    2. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Smoke Detectors – check devises that you already have to be sure they are working correctly. If you have not changed batteries now is the time to do so.
    3. Replace all Fire Extinguishers Older than 10 years.
    4. Check Your Thermostat Setting – for every degree you lower your thermostat you can save between 1-3% off your heating bill. Programmable thermostats make it easy to adjust temperatures in your home throughout the day and night.
    5. Reverse Ceiling Fans – the standard rule of thumb is:
      1. Counterclockwise rotation – produces a cool breeze for the summer
      2. Clockwise rotation – brings warm air from the ceiling down for the colder months
    6. Turn DOWN Your Water Heater – lowering your hot water heater to 120 degrees (or lower) can reduce your water heating costs by 6-10%.
    7. Seal off Drafts – rolled towels or draft “snakes” can help keep rooms warm and reduce wasted energy usage.
    8. Insulate Pipes – to prevent pipes from freezing add insulation. This step is easy to do with pre-slit pipe foam that you can purchase at most hardware stores.
    9. Block the Cold – add weather-stripping or install storm doors and windows. Caulk around windows and use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air from entering your home. Also make sure your attic is properly insulated.
    10. Check your Fireplace – an annual inspection can prevent home fires! Animal nests or creosote buildup can be very hazardous.
  2. Outside
    1. Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines – drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes. If you’re a/c system has a water shutoff valve turn that off. Make sure hoses are removed from outside faucets, drained and properly stowed away. If you have rain barrels, drain those as well.
    2. Underground Sprinkler Systems – all systems need to be properly drained and pipes blown out before it freezes.
    3. Clean Gutters – having clean gutters not only makes your home look nicer it also prevents the build-up of ice on your roof and decreases the risk of mold in your home.
    4. Trim Trees – check limbs that could possibly knock out power to your home or cause damage to your home during winter storms.
    5. Clean and Store Garden and Yard Equipment
    6. Check Your Snow Blower and Stock up with Salt/Sand – the earlier you do this the better you are! Waiting until the first snowstorm only guarantees a snow blower that won’t start and stores running out of ice treatments.

For homeowners wanting to renovate and make home improvements Casey Nelson Exteriors provides durable, high performance products from window replacement to siding to roofing. Our durable, heavy-duty, siding provides your home with long lasting beauty, durability and energy efficiency to your home. Casey Nelson Exteriors has been certified as a Mastic Elite Contractor by Mastic Home Exteriors, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of high quality siding materials. Of the thousands of home contactors across the United States, less than 400 companies have received this honor. Stringent criteria had to be obtained for us to meet the qualifications to achieve this status including having our personnel certified by the Vinyl Siding Institute as well as years of quality home improvement experience and customer satisfaction. What does that mean for you? As a Mastic Elite Contractor, Casey Nelson Exteriors can offer our customers additional benefits when they purchase the complete Mastic Elite siding system in Lincoln and Omaha, NE, including Mastic’s industry-leading warranty program. It is one more way that we are delivering superior service to our Nebraska vinyl siding customers.

For solutions to your 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home! Also ask Casey about our line of windows!

 

 

Vinyl Siding – Structure S7 Pebblestone Clay

Siding Contractor Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska
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The solid look of wood. The low maintenance of vinyl. The comfort of a thick layer of insulation. It’s a combination that enhances curb appeal, lowers energy bills and adds value. It’s a system that improves your quality of life. Structure’s insulated system means you will be warm in winter and cool in summer. It means keeping unwanted noise out. Together providing you with energy savings year-round. Structures breathable insulation shield acts like today’s high performance clothing in allowing moisture generated by your daily activities to escape while protecting you from the elements. When combined with rigid foam insulation and vinyl siding, you get a solid panel that looks and feels like traditional wood siding. The panels are broader than ordinary vinyl siding and they maintain their shape under pressure. The foam backing also tightens the seams between the panels for attractive, straight lines and added curb appeal. Structures added EPS foam, which is, bonded to Mastic’s panel’s acts like a shock absorber to provide an additional impact resistance to the siding panel. When you combine lasting beauty with a lifetime of low maintenance and greater comfort, it’s hard to beat Mastic’s Structure Siding. Add up the savings you will have on painting, repairs, and monthly energy bills and Structure Home Insulation System looks even better. To learn more about Mastic’s Structure Home Insulation System contact Casey Nelson Exteriors!

This beautiful home was sided with Mastic’s Structure Home Insulation System in S7 Pebblestone Clay. Corners were completed in White.

For solutions to your 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

D4 Pebblestone Clay Vinyl Siding

Lincoln and Omaha Vinyl Siding Contractor

Vinyl siding is the most common home siding material used today. Vinyl siding is known for its low maintenance requirements, durability, versatility and relatively low cost. Vinyl siding will add to the overall curb appeal of you home. It comes in a variety of colors with the ability to be placed horizontally or vertically on your home. Vinyl siding also comes in a variety of profiles from Dutch Lap to Standard Lap.

The difference between dutch lap and clapboard, or standard lap, is that clapboard tends to be flat, with no shadow line showing while dutch lap is designed to look hand carved with a decorative grove or notch that runs along the top edge of the board. Dutch lap also has a shadow line. Mastic’s Vinyl siding also features a wood grain texture. Since vinyl siding is intended to imitate wood lap siding, it is available in several profiles. Most common is a piece that imitates two courses of wood siding, with an exposure of four or five inches each. These are called D4 or D5 (the “D” stands for “double”).

This beautiful renovation is an example of Mastic’s Ovation Vinyl Siding in D4 Profile. Pebblestone Clay was the color choice for the siding and White for corners.

For solutions to your exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss Mastic Ovation 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic Vinyl Siding in Everest

Vinyl Siding Contractor Lincoln and Omaha

Mastic by Ply Gem provides you with a wide range of home exterior design options – from style and textures to popular colors and accessories. With Mastic you can create custom curb appeal that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

This beautiful home selected Mastic’s Ovation Vinyl Siding in Everest. To compliment and define the siding White corners, soffit and fascia was used.

For solutions to your exterior renovation call Casey Nelson Exteriors. Let Casey discuss Mastic Ovation 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic Vinyl Siding Products – Ovations, Quest, Structure

Vinyl Siding Lincoln and Omaha
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Vinyl siding is the most common home siding material used today. Vinyl siding is known for its low maintenance requirements, durability, versatility and relatively low cost. Vinyl siding will add to the overall curb appeal of you home. It comes in a variety of colors with the ability to be placed horizontally or vertically on your home.

These four homes all feature Mastic’s Vinyl Siding.

Home 1 – Mastic’s Ovation Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding in Pebblestone Clay was used on this beautiful home. Corners, wraps, soffit and fascia were all finished in Pebblestone Clay as well. To add detail to the home’s new Americraft windows louvered shutters in Spanish Moss were added.

Home 2 – Mastic’s Ovation Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding in Wicker was used along with Wicker accessories to finish this home.

Home 3 – Mastic’s Quest Vinyl Siding in Scottish Thistle was used to renovate this home. Corners and accessory pieces were completed in Wicker. Raised panel shutters in Red were added as a finishing touch.

Home 4 – Mastic’s Structure Vinyl Siding in Deep Granite was used for this home. Victorian Grey porch ceiling and beams, wraps, fascia and shutters completed the overall renovation.

For solutions to your 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic’s Dutch Quest Vinyl Siding – Wicker

Lincoln and Omaha Siding
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Selecting exterior colors for your home’s makeover can be a daunting experience. There are a few subtle hints that can make this job much less challenging.

  • Begin by looking at the colors that exist on your homes exterior. Colors within brick, which is already on the home or in your roof’s shingles, can lead you to your home’s new exterior color.
  • Keep in mind that exterior colors are not as “trendy” as those found in interior and fashion design. The color that you select will more than likely be here tomorrow and years from now. You may want to begin your investigation of your home’s new color by driving around your neighborhood and looking at what colors exists on homes that you are drawn to.
  • Talking about the neighbors! Keep in mind the colors that exist on homes next to yours. Avoid clashing color selections! Although you do want to stand out, you don’t want to be banished out of the neighborhood! Find color solutions that work with your neighbor’s colors.
    • Light colors make a house look larger and more inviting, and if painted on a house that’s sited away from the curb, they can bring the structure visually forward. Dark colors, meanwhile, make a house look more substantial, and especially if applied to a home’s lower portion, they suggest stability and permanence.
  • Maximize curb appeal by ensuring that your house and yard are in harmony. A green-painted house would get lost on a heavily wooded lot, while a bright color might appear too brash where landscaping is sparse.
  • Add character to your home’s color by painting window trim and architectural details in a contrasting accent color. Avoid drawing attention to features that need to blend into the architecture of the home like the air-conditioning unit, gutters or unevenly placed windows.

This beautiful home focused on many of the key components that were discussed. By using Mastic’s Quest Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding in Wicker the homeowner was able to create a visual statement that worked with their vision of a home renovation. Wicker corners, vents and soffits were also selected. To add dimension Montana Suede garage wraps and fascia were selected.

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!

Pebblestone Clay D4 Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Contractor Omaha, NE
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Selecting a new exterior color for your home is usually applied in the form of siding, trim, and roofing. All choices are much more permanent than changing the wall color of the inside of your home. When choosing colors focus on the following:

  1. The Architecture of your home. Most styles have a tried and true color palette. Color ideas for your homes architecture can be found by looking at a variety of web sites. Casey Nelson Exteriors has a web site where homeowners can not only see a wide variety of homes but also look for information regarding color choice selection.
  2. The Landscape. Look at the geography surrounding your home.
  3. The Neighbors. Walk around your neighborhood and see what your neighbors have done. Try to blend your home exterior with theirs. Do not do something completely different.
  4. Consisting Components. Consider the colors already on your home that are a major expense. This would include a new roof you already have installed, brick work or landscaping.
  5. Trim and Accent. When selecting your homes exterior color you will also be selecting trim and accent color. One trick when electing trim is to select your field color, and then choose a hue on the same color strip that is two to three shades lighter. In doing so you know that the colors will work together.
  6. Thankfully exterior home colors do not change as quickly and dramatically as interior colors do.

This beautiful home is an example of pulling all the key components together to establish a home that is the talk of the neighborhood. The eye appeal of this home is captured through the color choice of Mastic’s Ovation Pebblestone Clay that the homeowners selected for their vinyl siding. Vents, porch ceiling, wraps, soffit and fascia were also completed in Pebblestone Clay. To add detail and pull all the components together for total curb appeal the homeowners selected Brown Closed Board and Batten Shutters for their 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic’s Quest, Structure, and Ovation Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE
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Vinyl siding is the most common home siding material used today. Vinyl siding is known for its low maintenance requirements, durability, versatility and relatively low cost. Vinyl siding will add to the overall curb appeal of you home. It comes in a variety of colors with the ability to be placed horizontally or vertically on your home.

Home 1 – This home features Mastic’s 25’ Quest Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding in Pebblestone Clay. Wraps and corners were also completed in Pebblestone Clay. Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding is made to look like wood siding that was hand carved by old world craftsmen. It adds charm and elegance to any home. Mastic’s Quest and Ovations Dutch Vinyl Siding is the perfect choice anywhere that you need to create that classic old world look. It will add a distinctive look that will make your home stand out.

Home 2 – This home features Mastic’s 16’ Structure S7 Vinyl Siding in Desert Sand. White was selected for corners, knee braces, soffit and fascia. Structure’s insulated system means you will be warm in winter and cool in summer. It means keeping unwanted noise out. Structures breathable insulation shield acts like today’s high performance clothing in allowing moisture generated by your daily activities to escape while protecting you from the elements. When combined with rigid foam insulation and vinyl siding, you get a solid panel that looks and feels like traditional wood siding. The panels are broader than ordinary vinyl siding and they maintain their shape under pressure. The foam backing also tightens the seams between the panels for attractive, straight lines and added curb appeal. Structures added EPS foam is bonded to Mastic’s panel’s and acts like a shock absorber to provide an additional impact resistance to the siding panel.

Home 3 – This home features Mastic’s 12’ Ovations D4 Vinyl Siding in Pebblestone Clay. Pebblestone Clay was also used for soffits and accessories. Almond was selected for corners, wraps and fascia. 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.

 For solutions to your 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

Mastic Ovation D4 Scottish Thistle

Lincoln and Omaha Vinyl Siding Contractor
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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 an example of use of color within the homes surroundings. Homeowners selected Mastics Ovation D4 Vinyl Siding in Scottish Thistle to do their home remodel with. Whatever your style is, Mastic makes it possible. With Mastic vinyl siding, you get architectural design, personalized support and professional grade performance.

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!

Structure Vinyl Siding in Rugged Canyon

Lincoln and Omaha Vinyl Siding Company
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The solid look of wood. The low maintenance of vinyl. The comfort of a thick layer of insulation. It’s a combination that enhances curb appeal, lowers energy bills and adds value. It’s a system that improves your quality of life. Structure’s insulated system means you will be warm in winter and cool in summer. It means keeping unwanted noise out. Together providing you with energy savings year-round. Structures breathable insulation shield acts like today’s high performance clothing in allowing moisture generated by your daily activities to escape while protecting you from the elements. When combined with rigid foam insulation and vinyl siding, you get a solid panel that looks and feels like traditional wood siding. The panels are broader than ordinary vinyl siding and they maintain their shape under pressure. The foam backing also tightens the seams between the panels for attractive, straight lines and added curb appeal. Structures added EPS foam, which is, bonded to Mastic’s panel’s acts like a shock absorber to provide an additional impact resistance to the siding panel. When you combine lasting beauty with a lifetime of low maintenance and greater comfort, it’s hard to beat Mastic’s Structure Siding. Add up the savings you will have on painting, repairs, and monthly energy bills and Structure Home Insulation System looks even better. To learn more about Mastic’s Structure Home Insulation System contact Casey Nelson Exteriors!

 This beautiful home was sided with Mastic’s Structure Home Insulation System in D6 Rugged Canyon. Corners, porch ceiling, wraps, soffit, and fascia were completed in White.

For solutions to your 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 Siding and selected colors can do for your home!

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