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28 March 2017

How Much Does Certainteed Vinyl Siding Cost?

Posted in Vinyl Siding Contractor Indiana, Vinyl Siding

Pricing Checklist


Vinyl siding is a great option for most homes because its durable, beautiful and low maintenance. If you’re looking to install new vinyl siding this summer, costs can add up quickly, especially if you’re trying to do your own installation. Installing siding is one of those home improvements that’s best left to the professionals. Be sure to hire a licensed and insured siding contractor to perform the installation for you. Choosing a contractor is about much more than just comparing price.

Trim A Seal is a trained 5 Star Certainteed Vinyl siding installer. In order to become a certified contractor with CertainTeed, you have to adhere to their rigorous standards of excellence. To be a 5-Star Contractor, installers must attend a full-day program and pass our Vinyl Siding Master Craftsman test.

Certainteed Vinyl Siding – Pricing Checklist

- Get at least 3 estimates before hiring a Siding contractor
- Expect vinyl siding prices to vary between regions and companies. Every company has different operating expenses, so costs are different for each and thus product pricing varies.
- Waiting until an off season, like right before winter, should yield lower prices, at least in the North. Having any type of work done during a contractor’s off season can help you negotiate lower pricing.
- Beware of the lowest price, especially if it’s far below other estimates. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
- Most types of Certainteed siding run between $4-$5/sq. Ft, but this price might be higher or lower depending on the type of siding you choose.
-Try to budget and additional 10-12% more on top of your square footage estimate for overall budgeting purposes. This should cover any extra materials needed for difficult configurations, patterns, etc.

Remember, there are multiple styles of Certainteed siding available from Contemporary, colonial, cape-cod style, ranch, bungalow, victorian, etc. So if the style you first select is over your budget, take the time to choose another beautiful style. You’ll be glad you did.


02 March 2017

5 Signs That Siding May Need Replacing

Posted in Vinyl Siding Contractor Indiana

Has Your Home's Siding Gone Bad?

Many homeowners who have old siding are asking themselves the question, does my siding need replacing? Can I repair what I already have or should I have new siding installed? Depending on a number of factors, including your budget and how long you plan to stay in your home, there are many factors to consider when replacing siding. First, read on to find out if your home needs residing. The first thing to look for is warped panels or panels tearing away from the home, separating seams, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat, rotten wood or moisture on the inside of your house. These 5 things can be tell-tale signs that siding might need to be replaced.

$11)     1)  Warped or Torn Panels: warped panels or panels tearing away from the home, separating seams, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat are a sign that siding is failing. Check under the siding boards, if the surface behind the siding is soft, wet or rotting, that is a sure sign it’s time to replace siding.

$12)     2)  Moldy or Rotten Wood: mold growing on siding and/or rotten wood or moisture on the inside of your house

$13)    3)   Broken or Loose Panels: like the above, this can be a sign that the siding is failing to protect your home’s exterior as it should.

$14)    4)   Peeling Paint: Peeling paint or loose, wet wall paper on a home’s interior walls can be a sign of water entering the home, either from failed siding or roofing materials.

$15)   5)   Dry Rot: If you have wood siding, this can be cause for concern. It’s hard to detect however. Tap in the surface of siding with a screwdriver will help review weak spots. It’s difficult to tell if your home has dry rot without removing the siding to inspect for damage. When in doubt, call a professional to have your home's siding inspected.

Often times, siding can be repaired or damaged panels can be replaced. However, if you need to replace old siding, energy efficient vinyl siding is a great way to go. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, energy efficient and long lasting. When you reside your home with vinyl siding, you’ll add instant value and recoup your renovation costs more quickly compared to more expensive siding options like stone or wood.

Want to have your home’s siding inspected by as professional? Call the experts at Trim A Seal. We’ve are a Certainteed 5 Star Siding Contractor in Northwest Indiana. We make home improvement fast, affordable and easy. Call 800-217-6355 or visit

27 February 2017

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted in Door Installation Contractor Indiana, Vinyl Siding Contractor Indiana, Roofing Repair , Gutters

Check Siding, Roofs and Gutters for Damage in the Spring.


It’s spring and what typically comes to mind for most homeowners is spring cleaning! But there are more important things that can be done in and around your home. Winter can wreak havoc on a home’s gutters, roof, siding and more…especially if problems existed previously – they can only get worse with exposed to freezing ice and water. Follow this spring maintenance checklist to ensure your home is safe, dry and ready for the summer weather. 

  • Siding: Clean off mold, mildew and pollen with a pressure washer. Check for damaged siding that is tearing way from the home. Also look for wood rot and peeling paint. Sand and repaint if necessary. Check for termite damage. If you find a problem, call a certified siding installation company who can do an inspection and repair the problem.
  • Windows/Entry Doors:Inspect and replace caulking, weather stripping and seals if needed. You don’t want air coming into your home when windows and doors are closed.
  • Window and door screens: Clean screens with a scrub brush and hose. Wipe down and dry sills. Check for holes in screen; mend or replace torn screens. Wipe down and dry sills.
  • Exterior Wood Structures: Check wood decks, rails, siding, pergolas and other structures to see if they need to be stained. Keeping them stained and resealed every few years helps them last longer.
  • Gutters and downspouts: Clean gutters and downspouts and check for clogs. Repair or reattach gutters that maybe damaged or have pulled away from the house. Use a hose to check for gutter leaks. If you find some, dry the area and use a waterproof sealant to fix it.
  • Roof: Inspect roof for missing shingles, check flashing, eaves, and soffits. If you see anything that needs a closer look, call a roofing repair specialist to do an inspection.
  • Landscape: Cut back and trim all overgrown bushes and trees, especially anything scratching up against the house affecting the paint or siding or causing shade where you don’t want it.
  • Sprinklers: Inspect sprinkler system for exposed lines, leaky valves, and faulty sprinkler heads. Test the sprinklers in each zone and make sure each area is getting the right amount of water. Make adjustments. Call a professional if your system isn’t working properly. Don’t wait until it’s season to fix it or you won’t have a vibrant green yard this spring. 
If you need windows or exterior doors replaced, siding replaced or roof repairs, contact the home improvement experts at Trim A Seal in Northwest Indiana. We've been keeping area homes safe and sound for over 60 years!


03 February 2017

New Vinyl Windows Return 73% of Your Investment

Posted in Replacement windows, Window Contractor Indiana, Vinyl Window Installation

Proper installation is one of the keys to having efficient windows

As the winter continues to rear its cold and blustery head, many of you in older homes with single paned windows - might be asking yourself this question, “Is replacing my windows this spring a good idea?”

Drafty windows can raise heating and cooling bills and make your home less comfortable. It’s no wonder then that replacing windows if one of the most common home improvements. Updating windows is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Vinyl window replacement earns back 73% of it $14,284 average cost making it the second best remodeling investment a homeowner can make. As for saving money on heating and utility bills, dramatic upgrades, such as going from a single-pane glass window to a double-pane gas-filled window can cut energy costs by up to $465 dollars per year. Often times, other factors come into play, such as how many windows you have to replace and how long you plan to stay in the home. Sometimes, older windows can be repaired to avoid replacement.

If you have wood windows that deteriorated beyond repair, you may want to consider replacing your windows with an energy-efficient window brand like Sunrise.  Sunrise windows feature a triple weather-strip barrier that provides 50% more protection against winter’s worst weather, plus they feature fusion-welded frames and sashes that last longer and perform better.Sunrise Windows come with a lifetime, non-prorated warranty.  Call our office for a free evaluation of your home’s windows.

Proper installation is one of the keys to having efficient windows. Trim A Seal of Indian is a licensed window contractor serving the Merrillville, Schererville and Gary areas. Our licensed, insured and trained window installers have been serving the Northwest Indiana area for over 50 years. Call today for a free estimate 800-217-6355.

23 January 2017

Aluminum Carports Protect Outdoor Lawn Equipment & Vehicles

Year-round Aluminum Covers are Custom-made

No Garage?! Is your car or lawn equipment exposed to the elements, snow and ice? A metal carport can protect your tools, outdoor lawn equipment or vehicle from all types of weather including rain, hail snow, and hot summer sun.
Year-round aluminum car port covers are custom-made to your specifications and are available at manufacturer direct pricing from Trim A Seal. Our carports can be either attached to your home or free standing in the size, color and style of your choosing. Our covers are made from either aluminum or vinyl and are made right here in Indiana by your trusted home improvement experts.
At Trim A Seal, we're your local carport dealer in the Merrillville area and across the Gary, Indiana, Crown Point area. Call today for details 800-217-6355.

23 January 2017

What Type of Home Window Should You Choose?

Posted in Vinyl Window Installation

Window Installation throughout Northwest Indiana

At Trim-A-Seal we carry hundreds of window styles for every type of home. Whether you want vinyl, wood or need custom fit windows, we offer new and replacement windows in all types, colors and styles – and all from top name brands like Sunrise, Armaclad, HomeGuard and more.
Need a small kitchen window to brighten up a dark room or a wide bay or bow window to illuminate your family room? One of our home specialists will come to your home and present or collection of available windows to suit your every need. We offer picture windows, double hung, garden, double pane and more.
Trim A Seal of Indiana is a licensed and insured window installation contractor offering new and replacement windows to fit every home and every budget. Call for a free consultation today.

13 December 2016

What you Need to Know about Buying a New Entry Door for Your Home

Posted in Security Doors, Steel Doors

Storm, Security and other Door Types

Installing a new entry door can make a huge difference in your home's appearance and help weatherproof your home to reduce heating and cooling bills. Whether you’re shopping for a new entry door or a security or storm door – there are hundreds of options and choosing one can be difficult. Do you need a door that offers beauty, protection or both? Most people strictly look for the door that they think will give their home a nice look. However, entry doors are typically purchased with specific benefits in mind like security or storm protection.

When choosing a door for security, the best types are those made of wood or steel. Both options provide adequate security, as well as options for customization. While steel doors are usually inexpensive and require less maintenance, wood doors add value and a very unique style to your home.

Storm doors tend to be for a specific function. They are meant provide insulation and save energy, and can provide good protection as well. The best storm doors are often made of steel and glass, but are also available in wood and screen material.

Trim A Seal installs a complete line of doors by Albany, Armaclad, HomeGuard and others leading brands. Home Guard doors feature solid construction, tempered safety glass, heavy gage metal door frames and steel hardware to prevent forced entry. A durable powder coat finish is standard on all Home Guard steel security storm doors.

Albany doors come in over 200 different door styles, 25 different paint colors and 12 different stains. Albany’s masonite steel edged doors have been proven to be more secure than tradition wood edged doors. Plus masonite steel doors are energy efficient and can lower your home’s heating and cooling bills.

Trim A Seal offers hundreds of different styles to choose from. Our home improvement experts will assess your needs and help you select the right door for your home and budget. Call 800-217-6355 to schedule a free in home appointment. 

26 November 2016

De-icing Heat Cable for Gutters Prevents Ice Dams

Posted in Helmet Heat De-icing System, Gutter Helmet

Winter is upon us and frozen gutters are just one of winter's many hazards. Dangerous ice damns and ice-cycles can cause damage to your home's exterior and a threat to your safety. De-icing gutters is no easy task unless you have a system that works automatically when you need it. Gutter Helmet's proprietary Helmet Heat does just that. 

Helmet Heat is a heated drainage system that protects your gutter system from excessive ice build-up, ice-dams, and icicles by melting snow and ice that accumulates.

The patented system consists of 3 strips securely fastened to the top of your Gutter Helmet cover using  special brackets. Helmet Heat is proven to evenly distribute heat throughout the gutter system and eliminate any icicles or ice dams that would normally occur. Call today for more details about this revolutionary product 800-217-6355.


27 October 2016

Rolling Storm and Security Shutters offer Added Home Protection

Motorized and Non-Motorized Shutters


Security shutters, hurricane shutters, rolling storm shutters…you name it, we’ve got it! Aluminum shutters offer homeowners many benefits. For one, they offer add a defensive shield to windows and doors, providing extra security to your home, garage, barn or office.

Keeping one’s home safe is one of the main reasons people purchase rolling security shutters. property are safe. Whether you travel, own a second home or just want extra protection against burglaries and break- ins, shutters are ideal.

In addition to keeping out would be thieves, rolling shutters are also effective at protecting homes from weather damage, like hail, high winds or hurricanes. Shutters can be installed over windows, doors, skylights, and other openings on the inside or outside of your home or other building.

We sell both motorized and non-motorized shutters throughout Northwest Indiana. Plus we offer remote, off sight controls and light sensors for automated operation. Call today for a free estimate at 800-217-6355.


21 September 2016

It's Time for Leaf Guard Gutter Protection

Posted in Gutter Leaf Guard, Gutter Helmet

Gutter Protection to Last a Lifetime - Guaranteed.

If you've been considering installing a leaf guard protection system on your home's gutters, call the gutter pros in Northwest Indiana at Trim A Seal. With Gutter Helmet, every home in the Gary Indiana area can afford to protect their home from mold and water damage cause by clogged, inoperable gutters. 
Trim A Seal is the area's authorized Gutter Helmet dealer offering free gutter cleaning with the installation of a full home gutter protection systems  - the last one you'll ever need! Once you install Gutter Helmet, you'll never have to clean your gutters again. Guaranteed!
Call our office in Merrillville Indiana to schedule a complimentary in home consultation and free estimate today 800-217-6355. Your Gutter Helmet headquarters in Northern Indiana and Southern Cook County Illinois.
Trim A Seal installs Gutter Helmet and provides gutter installation and repair services in Gary, Crown Point, Hammond, Lake County, Hobart, Griffith, East Chicago, Highland, Portage, Porter County, South Chicago, Will county, Cook county, Valparaiso, St. John, Schererville and the surrounding areas.

30 August 2016

Alcoa Brand Siding: The Energy Efficient Siding Choice

Posted in Alcoa Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Siding

Alcoa offers more siding colors than any other brand.

Looking for energy efficient siding options for your home? Look no further. Alcoa, one of America’s leading manufacturers of vinyl siding, now offers the most advanced insulated premium siding ever created. These insulated sidings are permanently bonded with a polypropylene (XPP) foam made by Dow. This new generation of engineered vinyl siding out-performs fiber cement, wood and many other brands of insulated siding in terms of energy efficiency, value and durability.
Plus, Alcoa siding provides a significant improvement in your home's R-Value. The end result is lowered energy costs in summer and winter. 
Alcoa vinyl siding comes in an array of styles including Dutch Lap, Beaded Smooth siding, and Board & Batten. Cedarwood vinyl siding, with the look of real wood - is one of Alcoa's most popular styles. One of their most popular vinyl sidings is Cedarwood siding. 
Alcoa has more vinyl siding colors to choose from than any other brand of siding. With over 700 color options, you're sure to find one that fits your home's style and exterior decor. With Alcoa's maintenance free exterior vinyl siding, rest assured your new siding will last a lifetime.
Looking for a free siding estimate? Call the vinyl siding contractors at Trim A Seal in NW Indiana today at 1-800-217-6355. 

20 July 2016

Do I Need Rain Gutters Installed?

Posted in Gutters

Rain Gutters Protect Your Home from Moisture Damage


Wondering if you need new gutters installed or your existing guttering system repaired? Most homes need rain gutters. It’s likely that if you don’t have them, getting to your front door during a heavy rainfall is like walking under Niagara Falls.
Without the right gutter system, your basement is likely to experience moisture problems.  If you find yourself getting out the sump pump or dehumidifier after every rain, you have a moisture problem and need to find a solution to drain water away from your home. Gutters can help when properly installed. 
A home evaluation by a skilled gutter professional in the can help answer any questions and help you determine what type of gutter system is right for your home. If you need help today, the friendly gutter experts at Trim A Seal are available to offer expert advice at 800-217-6355. We provide gutter repair, replacement and seamless gutter installation. 


28 June 2016

Choosing the Best Vinyl Siding Brands

Posted in Vinyl Siding Contractor Indiana, Vinyl Siding

As an experienced siding contractor for over fifty years, we can help recommend the right brand and siding type for your home and budget. We carry a beautiful assortment of durable, attractive and low maintenance siding that will never rust, blister, scratch or peel. Here are the top five vinyl siding brands that we recommend most often, and their benefits. Call one of our 5 Star vinyl siding experts at Trim A Seal for more information 800-217-6355.
1)Certainteed Vinyl Siding by Saint-Gobain excels as at creating sustainable and NAHB green building approved products. Most of its product lines are manufactured using recycled materials and are also LEED certified and Energy Star approved. 
2)Norandex Vinyl Siding is professional grade, sold only through builders and siding contractors. One of its many benefits is the non-prorated, transferable Limited Lifetime Warranty and Lifetime Fade Protection customers have come to rely on. Norandex also offers an extended fade protection via their exclusive ColorHold® acrylic capping technology.
3)Alcoa Vinyl Siding offers one of the widest arrays of product lines across all price points, with the cost ranging from $4.00 – $6.50 per sq. ft. Alcoa is able to withstand wind speeds of 160mph and extreme weather thanks to its styrofoam insulation which can reduce heat loss by 25%.
4)Royal Vinyl Siding is one our more popular lines, featuring 27 UV-resistant colors that won't warp, buckle, fade or change color over time.
5)Variform Vinyl Siding leads the nation in popularity, offering insulated siding for maximum weather protection. Variform’s CSL 600 helps guard against the elements by using an exclusive technology called Weatherstrong that helps keep moisture and harsh weather out.

27 May 2016

Retractable Sunsetter Awnings Can Protect Your Home from Harmful Rays

Sunsetter can keep your home up to 30% cooler

A Sunsetter awning helps you save energy costs while keeping your home cool and comfortable this summer. Sunsetter can keep your home up to 30% cooler while blocking 99% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sunsetter offers a wide selection of motorized and non-motorized retractable awnings in a luxurious, woven acrylic fabric, plus aluminum awnings - built to last. That’s why Sunsetter is the #1 best selling awning in America. 
Trim A Seal of Indiana offers Sunsetter retractable and motorized awnings with professional installation included. And now for a limited time only, save $200 on your new patio cover by Sunsetter. Call the home improvement experts at Trim A Seal to schedule an appointment today. Browse our selection of awnings here.
Call 800-217-6355 today for more information. We service Lake, Porter and Will County Indiana and Cook County (South Chicago), Illinois.

27 May 2016

Stop Cleaning Gutters Once and for All!

Posted in Gutter Protection System, Gutter Helmet

Gutter Helmet the Lifetime Gutter Protection Solution

It's hard to believe that spring is in full bloom. That means that dreaded chore of cleaning out wet gutter clogged with leaves and tree debris is upon us. Tiring of cleaning dirty gutters every spring and fall, year after year? Just say NO to gutter cleaning once and for all. We've got the permanent solution. 
Once you have the patented Gutter Helmet solid gutter protection system installed, you’ll never have to clean your gutters again – Guaranteed.
So stay off that dangerous ladder and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with owning a Gutter Helmet system for your home. Our triple lifetime transferrable warranty ensures you’ll never need to worry about your gutters for the life of your home.
•Prevents clogs that may lead to water damage to roofs, siding and fascia
•Keeps leaves out and prevents clogged gutters; keeps gutters protected to prevent nesting insects and animals
•Installs over existing gutter system or on fascia
•All-weather protection keeps gutters debris free and water flowing safety away from your home
•Patented PermaLife™ Coating resists chalking, fading and build up
•Lifetime Transferable Warranty
•Clogged gutters can cause a host of problems for the average Indiana homeowner, including water damage to your home’s interior and exterior, caused by clogged overflowing gutters. 
Water exposure over time can cause wood rot and damage to siding, roofing and fascia, not to mention problems with mold and mildew inside and outside your home. Overflowing gutters can also lead to landscape erosion.
Call the gutter experts at Trim A Seal today for a free estimate on a complete Gutter Helmet system for your home. We will thoroughly gutters inspect and clean your gutters before installing your long lasting gutter protection system. Plus, our reinforced brackets actually strengthen and support your existing gutter system to help it withstand the weight of snow and ice in the winter.Call 800-217-6355 for more information.

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