Monthly Archives: October 2017

Preparing Homes For Winter

Heading into the winter season, even Dallas homes need to prepare and maintain their homes to prevent damage from cold wind and rain. The outside of the home as well as in the side need some cleaning and fine-tuning to ensure that everything is running efficiently and smoothly. enVision Stone wants to help contractors give their clients the best possible experience that will allow them to live in a home they love. To do this, here are some tips contractors can offer homeowners to make sure they are ready for winter, including cleaning up the landscaping and preventing mold with our innovative stone veneer application.

Preparing a Home For Winter

  • Tune-up Heating System: The last thing you want is the furnace to break down on the coldest night. Have a technician come out who can make sure that the system is running as it should and that there aren’t any carbon-monoxide leaks.
  • Inspect the Roof: Wind and rain can damage shingles and cause them to become loose or blow them away completely. Get the ladder out for a closer look or simply use some binoculars to get a good look closer to the ground and hire a roofer if anything needs repairing.
  • Caulk Around Windows and Doors: If you’ve noticed higher than normal utility bills, this task can make sure money isn’t being lost through your windows or doors. A tight seal will keep cold air out and hot air in.
  • Clean the Gutters: When the gutters are backed up with leaves and other debris, water can spill out and cause damage to vinyl siding, any wood trim, and the roof. This isn’t the most enjoyable task, but is definitely worth the time and effort.
  • Install Stone Veneer: Used on the outside of a home, this spray-on material is easy to maintain, giving homeowners more time to string up holiday lights.

Benefits of Stone Veneer

Mold-Resistant

There isn’t a single homeowner out there who doesn’t dread hearing that they have mold in their home. This means having a professional remove the mold, making any necessary repairs to ensure it doesn’t come back, and keeping up with maintenance. With stone veneer, the high alkaline content makes the material mold-resistant, giving homeowners who had it stalled as siding peace of mind throughout the year.

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Strength

Even the strongest siding can be damaged by wind, rain, or hail. enVision Stone’s stone veneer is made with real stone, not a composite material. Real stone gives homeowners a level of protection against the elements, no matter what comes along. When facing strong winds or freezing temperatures in the Dallas area, give homes a strong application that can stand up to them.

Fast and Clean

Contractors and homeowners will be thrilled to know that stone veneer is easy to install and easy to clean and maintain. Before harsh weather really sets in, install spray-on stone that can help homeowners prepare for the winter.

Even though Dallas may not face the toughest weather in the country, why not give your clients a beautiful and unique home while also giving them some added protection against wind and rain. They can also experience an installation that takes less time and money than other stone applications. Give us a call today to learn more.

Stone Colors to Use With Siding

When creating a cohesive look for a home’s appearance, you want to give the front a balance of colors and possibly even use a range of materials. The contrast between common vinyl siding and a touch of stone can be just the thing your client wants to give their Dallas home a unique curb appeal that is elegant and timeless. With the help of an innovative product, stone veneer from enVision Stone, and some design tips using complementary colors, your client will have a house they can’t wait to come home to.

There are five popular siding colors that your typical homeowner will choose: blue, green, beige, gray, and red or brown. With our spray-on stone, homeowners can choose from a variety of colors, textures, and other applications to match the existing color of the home. So what color should a homeowner choose for their stone siding that will look the best with their vinyl siding?

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Blue Siding with Orange-toned Stone Veneer

Blue and orange might seem like a strange combination, but don’t be alarmed — enVision Stone will never make your client’s home look like a sports team’s home. And keep in mind that orange-toned stone is not the bright, bold orange you may have in mind. Our installers will create a color that includes soft oranges, yellows, and whites to make a final product that is natural and beautiful.

Green Siding with Red-toned Stone Veneer

Whether it’s stone steps leading to the front door or a section of the home that is being renovated with stone, soft, natural greens with red- or rust-toned stone creates the perfect look that will balance with nature and landscaping surrounding the home.

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Beige Siding with Brown-tone Stone Veneer

Because beige is an off-white, nearly any stone color would complete the look beautifully. Using a stone that is a couple of shades darker than the siding will give the home’s facade contrast and a touch of texture. If the beige is already on the darker end, go the other direction and install a stone that is a few shades lighter.

Gray Siding with Blue-tone Stone Veneer

While gray isn’t a part of the color wheel, it naturally has some blue tones in it. For homeowners who want a neutral color but who want siding that is bit more bold than beige, gray is an excellent choice. Blue-toned stone will blend well with the siding, increasing the texture of the curb appeal. Just like beige siding, depending on the shade, the stone can either be a shade lighter or darker than the siding.

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Red Siding with Red-tone Stone Veneer

A bold red siding balanced with calm, pale red tones in the stone will create a cohesive look for the home. Red and green are complementary colors, so the homeowner can pull in green to the overall look with the landscaping design. enVision Stone can create stone colors that have rust, oranges, and shades of red that will pull everything together.

When renovating a home with stone, it’s important to make sure that it has a cohesive look and not like an afterthought. With lightweight, easy-to-install spray on stone from enVision Stone, you can give your client a home that will stand out in their Dallas neighborhood. Call us today to learn more.