Choosing New Siding for Your Home

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

The residents of Woodinville, WA trust the experts at Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. when their siding needs to be replaced. Our reliable siding installation will keep your home looking beautiful. 

Siding does more than just make a home look beautiful. It protects the home against severe weather conditions. Not only that, but siding also is what helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Knowing when the right time is to replace your siding is tricky. Cobalt Exteriors Inc. knows your home is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make in your life, so you want to keep it in good condition. We know the siding on your home will boost curb appeal and can raise the property value if it is done properly. 

We work hard for the residents of Woodinville and the surrounding areas. You want us to replace or install new siding on your home because we care about you and your home. We want the best for our customers because we love the community we serve. 

Common Signs Your Siding Needs to Be Replaced

The siding on a home is a very important feature. It’s what makes a home feel complete on the outside. If your siding is damaged or old, it may be time to consider repair or replacement. You might not know what to look for when thinking of the right time to get your siding replaced. 

Below are a few of the common signs your siding needs to be replaced so you can easily spot when it’s time to give Cobalt Exteriors Inc. a call:

  • You’ve repainted small or large areas multiple times
  • Warped or rotted siding
  • Dry rot
  • Energy bills are increased
  • Loose or cracked siding
  • Holes
  • Mildew or mold
  • The wallpaper and paint inside the home is beginning to loosen or peel

If you have noticed one or more of these signs, it is probably time to call the professionals at Cobalt Exteriors Inc. We are dedicated to top-quality work and we are dedicated to our customers. We will make sure all your needs are met and that the job is done right. 

Tips For Choosing the Right Siding

Choosing the right siding can be just as difficult if not more difficult to figure out than spotting when it’s time for repairs or replacement. Choosing the siding for your home is a big decision. Typically, the siding will last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. When you are making such a big decision, you want to make sure you are covering all your bases before purchasing. 

A few tips for choosing the right siding are: 

  • Consider the size of your home
  • Know your budget
  • Think about your needs
  • Consider the weather in the area
  • Know all your options
  • Get a few different opinions 

How We Can Help 

You can expect the highest quality siding work when you choose us. Our experts have years of hands-on experience as well as training to know how to efficiently and successfully repair or replace siding on a home. We make sure to answer all of your questions throughout the project as well because we understand how big of a decision it is to have your siding replaced. If you want peace of mind with your siding replacement, choose our experts at Cobalt Exteriors Inc

Add Some Charm To Your Exterior with Cedarwood Siding

Siding Experts servicing Seattle, WA Discuss Installing Cedar Siding To Your Home

Spring is a time of renewal and growth. As your landscape begins to gain color again you may be looking at your home and wondering what you can do to kick up its curb appeal another notch this year.  If you find yourself wanting to install new siding to your home, consider cedar siding to add some added warmth and charm!

When making your decision, it is important that you weigh the pros and cons of any home improvement project. Here are some facts about cedar siding:

The Benefits of Cedar Siding

Cedarwood is not like other siding materials. As a low-density softwood, cedar is perfect for construction, durable enough that it can be left untreated if that is your preference and a great source of thermal and noise insulation. But its functionality isn’t its only attribute. It is also an eco-friendly alternative excellent for a green home and its style is timeless.

A house is a reflection of the people that call it home. Whether you’re traditional or more of a modern family, you can find yourself being drawn to the eye-catching natural beauty of wood siding. The warmth of cedarwood’s natural color blends in well with nature, and depending on your individual taste it can be painted and stained, as well. Another perk is the endless styles you can choose from: bevel, channel, tongue and groove, traditional shingles and more! The possibilities are endless.

Cedar Siding Maintenance

Once you have decided on cedarwood for your home, you have one more decision to make which will impact the amount of maintenance that it requires: to treat or not to treat. Although cedar is long-lasting, by choosing to keep it natural and untreated you may run the risk of weathering leading to the wood losing its original color and feel.

Homeowners usually opt into treating the wood with their choice of stain or paint. This is great news for anyone that wants to customize the look of the siding all the more! By treating the wood you are protecting it from the elements, minimizing its exposure to moisture and risks of weathering, while also enhancing its appearance.

Treating the wood does require more maintenance in order to keep it looking good as new. This means you may have to re-stain or re-paint often. If you choose to leave it untreated because you enjoy a more rustic curb-appeal, the maintenance is no different than how it would be for any other material. Pressure cleaning annually will keep it looking fresh!

Cobalt Exteriors, Inc Is Ready To Help You!

Whether you love the idea of cedarwood for your home, or you’d like to explore more options such as vinyl, stone or metal, Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. has you covered! Since they opened their doors in 1989, Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. has been known for its reliable staff, affordable rates, top-rated materials, and personalized services in Seattle and surrounding areas. Their team of experts is knowledgable in all things siding including installations, repairs, and material selection. When looking for siding professionals, look no further. Their team is ready to help you. Call (253) 844-5141 today!

Gutter Cleaning & Repair: Tips to Save Money

Gutter Cleaning & Repair: Tips to Save Money

Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. experts share some of the best tips to save money on gutter cleaning and repair.

What Do Gutters Actual Do

Gutter maintenance is not something that most people have at the forefront of their minds when they become homeowners. As long as you keep up with the maintenance of gutters, they never have to be anything more than an afterthought. Letting them lapse into a state of excessive debris, however, will lead to clogs and possible gutter damage – which is the start down a path that could lead to possible damage.

The main purpose of gutters is to divert runoff rainwater or melting snow down its channel to a down chute that leads to a safe area away from your home. This keeps water from dripping directly off your roof down the side of your house, right around the ground containing the foundation of your home. Without a properly functioning gutter system, the runoff that is dripping down can stain the side of your home, damage paint, cause soil erosion, damage the foundation and lead to flooding.

Keeping gutters clean will help you avoid costly repairs to them, or even more costly house repairs the lack of gutters could cause.

Common Signs Gutter Need Cleaning or Repair

There are some common and obvious signs that you may need to clean or repair the gutters. The list below will give you some of the most common issues.

  • Excess Water – If water suddenly starts overflowing the gutter channels, there is most likely a clog in the down chute you should investigate. If you start to see standing water on your roof or near the foundation of your house, there is most likely some issue with the gutters to investigate.
  • Animal and Plant Life – Gutters do not normally house anything bigger than an insect here or an arachnid there. If you notice rodents or birds making frequent and extensive trips into your gutter system, there is likely a lot of debris that they are coming back to time and again to make their homes.
  • Stains – Marking, chipping or stains near the gutter or roofline of the house can be coming from the water that is flowing over the gutters and down the siding.
  • Sagging and/or Pulling – Gutters should be tight to the house and all one level. If you notice any portions sagging or pulling away, then there is most likely a heavy blockage in that area that is causing the issue that needs to be cleaned out.

Gutter Maintenance – Best Practices

There is no steadfast rule as to how often gutters should be cleaned. It is highly recommended that they are cleaned out at least twice a year. If you think you will have issues remembering this task, then it may help you to put it as a task for larger seasonal projects you may do around the house.

Cleaning the gutters twice a year when you do a big yard pickup, winterize your house, clean a pool, change the smoke detector batteries – any other tasks that you do around the house on a semi-regular basis.

It is also wise to check the gutters after any big storms. Remember if there is debris on the ground, there is most likely some in the gutters. It is easier to clean the debris out at the time rather than let it accumulate to the point where you have to spend a lot of money to fix it.

When An Expert is Needed

For over 30 years, Cobalt Exteriors Inc. has offered quality and affordable gutter installation and repair services in the Woodinville area. We pride ourselves on offering the best service with top of the line products and prices that won’t break your budget. Give Cobalt Exteriors Inc. a call to see how they can help you!

How to Know When Your Porch Needs a New Roof

Woodinville Experts Share Info On Porch Roof Knowledge And Repair

When Should You Replace Your Porch Roof

Porches are no longer a place where the elderly sit on rocking chairs watching over their neighborhood or farm. Nowadays, porches are a great place to entertain guests, relax, and spend time with friends and family or just enjoying the weather. Functioning as a transitional space, porches connect the interior to the exterior outdoors. They can be small and simple, or large and wrap around an entire residence. Some porches have room to serve as extra dining space for outdoor meals, and many porches can increase the curb appeal of a home and property, making them a great choice for many homeowners.

But porches require upkeep, just like any other portion of a residence, and understanding more about porches can keep them sturdy and a space to be used for years to come.

Warning Signs of a Damaged Porch Roof

One of the main aspects of a useable porch that is often overlooked by homeowners is the roof. Without the roof, the porch becomes a patio or a deck instead. Many porch roofs are separate from the residence roof, so understanding the warning signs that something might be wrong with a porch roof is an important aspect of homeownership.

  • Leaks or Stains – One of the most obvious signs that a porch roof has a problem is if it’s leaking or it has water stains. Missing or loose shingles, or damaged flashing may cause leaks and could be a quick repair, but there may be a larger problem that means the porch roof should be replaced
  • Rot – If the columns of the porch or the fascia begin to show rot, that’s a sign of a problem. Once rot sets in, it’s impossible to stop and once the boards are showing signs of rot it could be time to replace the porch roof.
  • Roofline Dips – If there’s a noticeable dip in the roofline of the porch, it could be a sign that the sheathing is saturated and beginning to rot. This causes the roof to sag, which means it’s probably time for a replacement.

Porch Problems Impact Homes

Even though a porch is often considered a separate piece of the home, it still has the ability to affect the structure and integrity of a residence. This is why it can be so important to make sure that a porch roof and the porch itself is kept in good working order. Some ways problems with a porch can impact the rest of the home include:

  • Spreading Rot – Because rot can so easily spread, rot problems in a porch that are unaddressed can slowly work its way to the rest of the house, until a porch roof replacement becomes an entire roof replacement.
  • Increased Utilities – If an enclosed porch has gaps, holes, or was improperly enclosed, this can cause an increase in the utility bills of the home. Wasted energy and loss of heating or cooling through a problematic porch can lead to increased costs.
  • Lower Curb Appeal – A porch that isn’t regularly used is a porch that typically isn’t regularly maintained. And when that happens a porch can quickly turn into something that’s appealing, to something that’s an eyesore for the homeowner and their neighbors.

Porch upkeep, while not a lengthy or complicated matter, is still something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Problems are easy to spot and avoid, but if ignored they can spread and become a large, and more costly, issue.

Choose Experts You Can Trust

Cobalt Exteriors are residential and commercial decking, siding, roofing, and gutter experts. Serving the Woodinville and surrounding area since 1989, they offer high-quality solutions that work within the customer’s budget.

How To Check Your Roof For Damage or Leaks

How To Spot Roof Leaks Or Damage

Woodinville Experts Share Information On Roof Leaks

You can’t have a house or a residence without a roof–it’s a necessary aspect of any dwelling. Which is why, as a homeowner, it’s important to keep your roof in good condition and to know the signs of when there might be a problem. The below information will help you have a better understanding of your roof and some common problems one may face.

Your Roof Is Essential

Besides walls, your roof is the most important feature of your home. It not only keeps the elements out of your house, like rain and snow, wind and hail, it even absorbs sunlight and uses that converts energy to help insulate your home, keeping it cooler in warmer temperatures and warmer in cooler temperatures. And when your roof is in good condition, this protection and insulation can help save you money in energy costs.

Unfortunately, roofs in poor condition can cost you money, and not just in the lost energy savings. Roofs that leak can lead to damage of the rest of your home, everything from ceilings and walls, even your foundation. Even small leaks can cause mold to grow, which can create a hazardous environment for anyone spending time in your home.

The good news is, the main cause of roof leaks and damage is typically because of poor maintenance, which is something that any homeowner can take charge of. As you’re maintaining the rest of your property don’t forget, or neglect, your roof. Your home, and pocketbook, will thank you.

Signs Your Roof Is Damaged

Sometimes roof damage is obvious: you see water dripping from your ceiling and you know there’s a leak, or a storm caused a tree limb to crash on top of your home. But other times it can be hard to know where a leak is coming from or if your roof is damaged. Maybe it’s your roof, but perhaps it’s your plumbing, or something else. But there are some common signs that can help you know when it’s a roof problem you’re dealing with:

    • Higher Energy Bills – If you see a sudden spike in your heating or cooling costs on your energy bill, it could be due to temperature loss from your roof. Oftentimes addressing ventilation issues in your attic can fix this.
    • Staining – If you’re experiencing stains on your ceiling or walls, it could be a sign of a roof leak. Stains can look different, depending on your situation, but they often resemble brown spots or rings on your ceiling or walls. Sometimes even a tiny stain can be a sign of a large leak, so don’t ignore them.
    • Dripping – Sometimes you may experience dripping in your home that may come and go. It may be tempting to put this out of mind since it doesn’t always happen, but even periodic dripping or moisture on your walls can lead to permanent damage to your home if not dealt with as soon as possible. Roof leaks can often be intermittent, especially if they’re caused by ice dams, so make sure to inspect any moisture you find.
    • Moss – Green roofs may be all the rage in eco-friendly housing, but if you find moss growing on your exterior walls or roof, this is often a sign of excess moisture, typically from a problem with your gutters or downspouts. While not technically your roof, gutters and other rain mitigation systems are still an important part of your entire roofing system, so make sure that they’re taken care of too and it will help extend the life of your roof and prevent home damage.
    • Sagging Roof – A roof that is sagging in places may be wet from leaking moisture. The good news is, if it’s just in a localized place, you may be able to avoid a whole roof replacement.

What To Expect With Roof Repairs

When your home does need a new roof, you may be wondering what’s all involved. Will it just be new shingles or tiles? Or will your whole roof be removed? Of course, each situation is unique but there are some common steps when dealing with roof repairs and replacements:

  • Any old shingles and roofing materials, including drip edging and flashing, will be removed and disposed of.
  • If the wood of your roof is damaged in any way, repairs will be conducted. If your roof has been well-maintained, this step can often be skipped altogether.
  • In order to protect your home from future leaks, a layer of asphalt roofing paper will be added.
  • Next, the shingles will be put down. Shingles can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the type of your home, your aesthetic choices, and your budget.
  • In places where water might leak into your home, such as skylights and chimneys, flashing is added for an extra layer of protection.
  • Typically, most roofs require venting, such as ridge venting or other vents. The type you need depends on the shape and type of your roof and they’re usually added after the flashing.
  • Any debris and materials remaining are cleaned up and removed, leaving you with an attractive new roof!

A new roof installation can typically take professionals anywhere from 2-4 days, depending on the size of your home and the repairs needed. But hiring a professional can make the job quicker, safer, and result in a longer lifespan for your roof and home.

Call Cobalt Exteriors For All Your Roofing Needs

Cobalt Exteriors is the Woodinville, WA roofing experts you’re looking for! Since 1989 they’ve provided high-quality service for their customers. Their personalized service, reliable staff, and affordable rates make them the best choice for your exterior home needs.

 

Revamp Your Curb Appeal With Vinyl Siding

No matter the age of your home or the location, you can enjoy a beautiful property with the right upgrades. Whether you realize it or not, siding is essential for that beauty. Not only does it protect your home from the elements, but also it improves the look of your home. So how do you know what option is right for your home? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of vinyl siding and how you can use it to upgrade the look and feel of your home!

How Does Faulty Siding Affect Your Home?

One of the most common issues that we hear about faulty siding is the reduced property value that certainly comes along with it. Over time, as your siding cracks and shows imperfections, property value plummets causing potential higher insurance rates right along with it. When it comes time to sell your home or even rent it out, having faulty siding with a higher insurance rate can impede the process significantly.

A second common complaint we hear from customers is about water damage. When heavy rain hits a home, having faulty siding can allow for water and moisture to seep in through the cracks. Water build-up then causes an even larger issue, which is mold. It is possible for mold to grow for months and even years beneath a home’s surface before a homeowner is aware due to the odor. That means your home has been festering mold spores, which can be harmful to humans and animals, long before you are even aware.

Signs That Your Siding Needs Replacing

Have you noticed an increase in your monthly utility bills? Some of our clients had the same amount in utility bills for years and noticed first a subtle change leading to a sudden spike in monthly costs for heating and cooling. This can be a sign that your home’s siding isn’t doing the job it once did by keeping warm air out in the summer and cool air out in the winter.

The most common sign that signals a homeowner to replace their siding is a visual change in appearance. Does your siding look cracked, warped, or faded? All three of these signs are indicators that you need replacement siding.

What Are The Benefits of Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl siding is the most efficient siding when it comes to insulating your home and keeping energy costs as low as possible. A bonus benefit is the eco-friendliness of vinyl. It is constructed from reprocessed and recycled material, making it one of the greenest materials on the market.

Vinyl siding is also low on the maintenance scale, unlike other sidings that require major upkeep, such as painting. It is also highly durable, meaning the material can withstand natural forces like wind and hail better than other materials.

There are even some vinyl sidings that are fade-resistant. This doesn’t mean they will never fade, but they will stay looking much nicer for a longer amount of time.

Another benefit is the versatility of vinyl siding. There are a wide array of choices when it comes to the colors you can choose from, and even the textures.

Vinyl is both water and pest resistant. Unlike other materials, like wood, for example, vinyl does not absorb water and therefore will not be impacted by heavy rain. When it comes to pests, let’s use wood again as an example, termites and a wide variety of pests love wood! Vinyl remains pest resistant, you won’t have to worry about critters eating away at your siding.

Cobalt Exteriors Is Here For You

Cobalt Exteriors, Inc has been a trusted community resource Woodinville, Washington since 1989. They have the customer in mind and will work towards whatever their goals are for their homes. They would love to provide you with both professional services and cost-effective solutions.

Keep Your Home Safe with Quality Rain Gutters

Water damage is not always fast and intense; it can happen slowly over time, causing damage that you don’t notice until it is too late and the damage cannot be stopped or undone. Gutters are a home’s first level of defense against preventable water damage because they allow for rain to be drained from the roof and away from the home. This stops water from standing in places on the home that it shouldn’t.

We’re here to explain why quality gutters are one of the most important additions you can gift your home.

Noticing the Signs

Water damage is known for sneaking up on your home, but there are signs that you can look out for in order to catch water damage before it becomes too bad. The most common areas of the home that deal with water damage are floors, ceilings, and walls. The most telltale sign of water damage on these areas is discoloration; however, discoloration usually means that the water damage has reached a critical point.

Before the discoloration appears, you may be able to see bubbling or peeling paint and wallpaper. Other signs that water damage has reached a critical point are swollen, bloated, warped, and spongy areas on your floors, ceilings, and walls.

Furthermore, the presence of mold and musty odors typically means there is water damage. These usually accompany discolorations, but they can also form before you see the stains. The presence of mold can result in more frequent respiratory illnesses in your family.

Another way to tell that your home has water damage is the presence of high utility bills. Some damage can cause heating and cooling costs to go up. If the water leak is within your home’s plumbing, water costs will skyrocket as the leak continues.

Keeping Your Mind on the Gutters

Gutters are known to help carry rainwater away from homes, but what kind of water damage do they help prevent?

Rain gutters can help prevent water damage from the following:

  • Roof water damage that can cause rot, deterioration, and mold
  • Moisture in windows that can damage window sills and walls
  • Water damage to the foundation of your home in the form of erosion, water damage to your floors, and basement flooding

Modern rain gutters are designed to take the rain away from the entire home, not only just the roof. Gutters prevent the rain from reaching windows while also moving it away from the foundation of the home.

Contact a Professional

Because rain gutters need to work properly in order to provide the best defense against water damage, professional installation is very important. Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. offers amazing rain gutter choices and the professional installation to ensure that they are installed properly and will work correctly for many years!

Our products are not only functional, but they look great. Rain gutters do not have to be unsightly! Additionally, we can inspect your current rain gutters to make sure they are working as they should, and we sell products that help to unclog gutters, as well. Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. is truly a one-stop-shop for your rain gutter needs, and we guarantee your satisfaction!

Tips for Upgrading Your Siding

Thinking of giving your home a revamped look? Have you considered investing in or replacing your current siding? At Cobalt Exteriors Inc, we specialize in helping you find the right siding for your home that will make you and your wallet happy.

Not only does the right siding provide curb appeal for your home, increase the property value, and add a unique look, it also serves as a shield to the dangerous outside elements like harsh weather and pests.

Let’s look at a few options you have when it comes to revamping your home’s siding structure.

Out with the Old, In with the New…Siding

It’s important to be able to identify when your current siding is in need of an overhaul. Here are a few signs that it’s time to update:

  • High Utility Bill: If your siding is damaged, it could be letting in extreme hot or cold temperatures that will make your HVAC system work overtime, causing a spike in your energy bill.
  • Excess Moisture: If you noticed that your interior wallpaper is peeling or damp, or if you feel the air inside your home is too humid, your siding is possibly compromised and needs repair. Long-term exposure of moisture in the home leads to mold and mildew which can be damaging to your health.
  • Bubblings/Blistered Siding: This is caused by excess amounts of heat and moisture. Not only is it ugly, it indicates a problem in the integrity of the siding and can cause problems inside the home later.
  • Weather Damage: Extreme heat, extreme cold, heavy rains, and winds will slowly but surely chip away at the structure of your siding. Your siding is meant to protect you from nature’s harsh elements, make sure that your siding is intact.
  • Outdated Color: If your color is living in the 50s, it’s time for a new look. Not only will it help your house look better, but it’ll also make you feel better about your home,
  • Cracked/Loosened/Faded Siding: Damaged siding is a sign that your structure is old and coming to the end of its lifespan.

If you’re dealing with any of the following adverse effects, it’s time to consider overhauling your home’s siding panels.

What Are My Siding Options?

Our experienced technicians can assist your every siding need. We provide an array of options for your tastes and budget, or if you’re simply looking to replace broken panels with exact ones.

At Cobalt Exteriors Inc, we offer a variety of beautiful, functional and durable siding to help bring your design vision to the world.

Our siding comes in several different options:

  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Composite / Fiber Cement
  • Insulated
  • Steel
  • Cedar
  • Stone
  • Wood

Cedar and wood allow for beautiful designs and customization, while metal, though more expensive, is resistant to rot or mold. The choice is yours!

Let Our Pros Help You Out

Due to the complicated nature of the installation process, we do not recommend overhauling your home’s siding on your own. You can count on our team of installation experts to provide top-notch services and quality products at your disposal.

Ready for a big change? Call Cobalt Exteriors today to book the appointment that’ll change your home forever!

Make Sure Your Home is Summer Ready

Summertime is the best time to consider home improvements. One of the most popular home improvements that people choose is siding. This is because not only is it easy to maintain, but it also offers homeowners a lot of benefits. Below we’re going to look at some of the things that siding can offer and why it’s the choice for many homeowners.

How Does Siding Help Protect You from Summer Weather?

The siding of your home is an important part of defending against temperature changes and seasonal weather. When your home’s exterior is poorly insulated, it means that your home is going to be a lot hotter during the summer. One of the best choices that you can make is to add insulated siding to your home. Not only will it help with maintaining your temperatures inside, but it will also help with reducing your heating and cooling costs.

Tips for Choosing the Right Siding Materials

When you are deciding on what type of siding you want to choose for your home, there are a variety of things you want to consider. Below are some of the considerations that you want to take into account when you’re choosing your siding.

  • Cost – The cost is going to be one of the biggest things you want to consider when choosing your materials.
  • Climate – Different types of climates are going to be harder on different siding materials, so this is going to make a big difference.
  • Maintenance – Some types of materials need more maintenance than others, so you want to choose one that fits into your schedule.
  • Durability – When you are investing in your home, you want to ensure that you’re choosing a durable siding material.

These are just some of the things that you want to think about when you are choosing your siding materials.

You Can Improve Energy Performance and Curb Appeal with Siding

As was mentioned before, one of the ways that you can help lower your energy bills is through installing new siding. However, did you know that you can also increase your home’s curb appeal with siding? Below are some of the benefits of siding that can help your home’s curb appeal.

  • More uniform look
  • Doesn’t peel like paint
  • Comes in many colors
  • Easy to maintain

As you can see, siding is one of the best choices that you can make if you think that you’ll be selling your home at some point in the future. This will help the home look beautiful and encourage more people to consider it.

Interested in knowing more about siding? Why not give us a call and let us help you and answer your questions? At Cobalt Exteriors, Inc, we have been helping people like you for many years and we have many options when it comes to siding.

Call us at (253) 844-5141 and we’ll be glad to talk with you and help you find a solution that is right for you and your home. We’re friendly, professional and ready to help.