Preparing Your Home for Winter

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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!



Amerimax Window Products

When making the decision to add new windows to your existing home there are many features and considerations to make. Keep in mind that yes, new windows will you’re your home more energy efficient. That cost of savings will take several years in order to actually pay for the windows that you select to place in your home. Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15%. That cost of savings usually only figures to about $50-$450 per year for a 2,000 square-foot, single-story home depending upon the type of window you install. So why make the decision to install new windows? New windows will save you energy costs. They will also make your home quieter, more attractive, less drafty and they will not need to be painted. New windows also are much easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens.

When considering what company and brand of windows to choose consider the following:

  1. Price doesn’t indicate performance – Expensive well-known brands may not do the job that you believe they will.
  2. Match windows to climate – look at overall scores on windows. Zero in on test results that apply to our local climate.
  3. Don’t overspend on options – focus on features that will add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency in our cold winter climates. Finer mesh screens let more light through and do not obscure the view as some standard screens do.

Window Anatomy 101

  1. Frame provides structure.
  2. Cladding protects the exterior of a wood or composite window and is made of vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass, eliminating painting.
  3. Sash is the moving part of the window; it can be tilted in for easy cleaning.
  4. Insulated glass Double-glazed windows have a sealed space between two panes of glass filled with air or another gas that insulates better than air. Argon gas is standard on many windows, but the energy savings won’t justify paying extra for it.
  5. Low-E coating is transparent and improves the efficiency of the glass by reflecting heat yet letting light in. The coating is applied to the outside of glass in warmer climates to reflect the sun’s heat out; in colder areas, it’s applied to the inside glass to keep heat in.
  6. Grilles are decorative and are available in different patterns to match architectural styles.


Windows are an important part of a home’s aesthetic, both inside and out. Our windows – Amerimax has completely redesigned our entire product offering of energy efficient windows to bring you A New Direction in selection and style.


Patio Doors can be beautiful and functional, thanks to Amerimax’s redesign of our energy efficient patio door products. Our New Direction in patio door selection and style offers so many choices you will be sure to find one to fit your home.

Casey Nelson Exteriors provides durable, high-performance vinyl replacement windows in Lincoln and Omaha, NE and surrounding areas. Vinyl replacement windows from Casey Nelson Exteriors provide homeowners with beauty, durability and energy efficiency for their hone. These high-performance windows con in a stylish selection of shapes and sizes to enhance the mood of every room in your home and your lifestyle.

  • Increased Value & Curb Appeal: vinyl windows are a simply brilliant way to shed natural light in any room. Through solid construction, performance and maintenance-free operation make them ideal for your home.
  • Greater Energy Efficiency: vinyl windows feature energy saving insulating glass for year-round advanced thermal performance. Your investment in energy star products will pay for themselves over time in reduced energy bills, increase the comfort level in your home.
  • Functionality: vinyl window offer many options such as tilt-in sashes for easy cleaning, right vent locks and super spacer functionality system.
  • Durability & Maintenance Free: no painting and will not rot.
  • Lifetime Warranty: Our warranties certify our commitment to total customer satisfaction. A Transferrable Limited Lifetime Warranty that protects your investment backs our windows and components.

Mastic Ovation Siding and Amerimax Windows

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Vinyl siding products today include many different grain textures, shadow lines and colors to meet the needs of individual preferences for homeowners. Mastic siding systems offers several different traditional lap siding product lines. Mastic’s Ovation Siding system is the clear leader in both depth and breadth of color in an affordable panel. No paint, no stain and no hassles, that’s the Ovation way! Mastic’s Ovation siding is engineered for strength and durability. With vivid color and strength Ovation siding more than earns its name in the world of vinyl siding.

Windows are an important part of a home’s aesthetic appeal, both inside and out. Amerimax has an entire product offering of energy efficient windows to bring homeowners the choices that they desire for their home. Amerimax offers: (1) Masters Grand Series – a double operating sash window; (2) Craftsman Portrait Series – a single operating sash window; (3) Aristocrat Casement Series – a projected sash window; (4) Bay and Bow windows and (5) Patio Doors that are both beautiful and functional.

Mastic’s Ovation Siding system in D4 Everest was used to renovate this beautiful home. Corner posts, wraps, gutters and downspouts in white add architectural interest. Homeowners selected a GAF Smart Choice Shingle in Pewter Grey. Eight Amerimax windows were also added giving this home the final wow appeal!

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 Ovation siding, Amerimax windows and doors and Casey Nelson Exterior roofing systems can do for your home!

Omaha Exterior Remodel

Quite often when we hear the term “remodel” we think of the interior of a home. At Casey Nelson Exteriors we consider the term “remodel” to also include the exterior of your home. Remodeling the homes exterior has several benefits to the homeowner. Those benefits include:
1. An increase in the over all value of your property.
2. An increase to the landscaping options of your property.
3. Improving the overall structural integrity of your home providing an increase in the overall investment value of your home.
4. An increase in the exterior style of your home by defining and creating architectural interest to your home.
The home owners of Bellevue took advantage of the concept of “remodeling” when they chose to add a new roof, gutters, windows, and siding to their home. They selected the following options to add a total new look:
1. Windows – Amerimax Masters and Craftsman windows with Almond wraps.
2. Gutters and Downspouts in Almond.
3. Legacy Roofing by Malarkey in Weathered Wood.
4. Mastic Ovations Siding in Brandy Wood with Almond wraps, soffit, and fascia.
5. Mastic Discovery Perfection Shakes in Cedar.
6. Mastic Raised Board and Batten Shutters in Red.
Contact Casey Nelson Exteriors of Lincoln and Omaha to help you with your homes exterior “remodeling” needs. Let Casey Nelson show you the products we have to offer your home’s exterior makeover.

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