James Hardie Dream Collection Siding was what was used to update this South Minneapolis home. One of the goals of this remodel was to keep the charm and character of this home but use low maintenance products that would allow the homeowners to not worry about maintaining their home’s exterior.
The first thing we needed to do was to remove the siding. This home had two layers of siding on it which is common with homes built before 1960. To save cost, a lot of contractors will install the new siding over the old siding. This causes a number of issues. We removed the faded chalky aluminum siding and the worn and rotten cedar siding underneath that exposing the sheathing. Once the sheathing was exposed we found areas of rot that needed to be fixed before we could install the new siding.
Once the sheathing was sound, we could begin installing the new Marvin Signature series windows. These windows have an aluminum clad exterior and wood interior. This gave these homeowners the ability to retain the look of the home, but upgrade the glass and efficiency of their windows. Typically in homes of this era, there are big uninsulated pockets on the sides of the windows where the pulley and weights systems are housed. When we replaced the windows, we were able to access these pockets and fill them with insulation to greatly improve the thermal efficiency of the wall system.
After installing the Marvin Windows, we could begin putting James Hardie Dream Collection siding and trim on. One of the details that these homeowners wanted to retain was the crown moulding on the windows, doors, and fascia. We were able to replicate that using James Hardie materials that will hold up to all of the crazy Minnesota weather we have.
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