<![CDATA[Gilb & Sons Remodeling - What's New]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:21:44 -0500EditMySite<![CDATA[Critters In Your Attic? It May Be Time For A New Gable Vent]]>Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:55:57 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/critters-in-your-attic-it-may-be-time-for-a-new-gable-ventPicture
Gable vents can serve two purposes in the look and function of your home. Functional gable vents allow the release of hot air that accumulates in the attic area of your home in the summer time. These gable vents also prevent moisture build up during the winter months because they keep the attic air circulated. Gable vents are also made to add decorative or character to a home and has no other purpose. Gable vents come in all different sizes and shapes depending on what look or function you need.


When a functional gable vent begins to deteriorate, it is often an inviting entry point for critters in your attic. You should inspect your gable vents each fall to ensure they are in good condition.


In the event you find some damage, most home improvement stores can order a new vent for your opening. These vents will be available in cedar, redwood or even a pvc.


You can visit the Awsco website to see what vents are available for your home.


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<![CDATA[What Is The Best way To Cut Fiber Cement Siding?]]>Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:29:04 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/what-is-the-best-way-to-cut-fiber-cement-sidingCutting fiber cement siding needs to be taken seriously. long-term exposure to silica dust generated by cutting fiber cement siding during installation can lead to silicosis and other lung diseases. The best way to cut these materials are with tools like the two listed below.


Remember to always protect your lungs when cutting products that contact silica.



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PacTool SnapperShear Fiber Cement Siding Shear
  • Cuts fiber-cement siding and other materials cleanly and quickly
  • Blades last for up to 20 homes
  • Beefy 6.5 amp motor for fast cutting
  • Most powerful handheld shears on the market
  • Precision-machined by computer for consistent cutting and optimal blade angle


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EZ Shear - Fiber Cement Siding Cutter

This cutting tool from Bullet Tools is i
deal for siding and siding trim products up to 20” wide and 1” thick, the 20” EZ Shear SST is perfect for fiber cement, vinyl, and cedar shake and features an adjustable fence, built-in ruler and dynamic cam system to focus power where it’s needed.


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<![CDATA[How To Protect Your Next Door From A Rotten Frame]]>Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:30:20 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/how-to-protect-your-next-door-from-a-rotten-framePicture
Are you are in the market for a new door? There are several places you can order a door in the Cincinnati area. You can look at Lowes, Home Depot, Menards or McCabe Lumber. 

No matter where you decide to go, make sure you are getting a door with an Endura FrameSaver jamb and sill.


This little upgrade is usually less than $35 per door and is a great insurance policy against water damage. 

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<![CDATA[Does James Hardie Siding Cost More Than Vinyl]]>Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:06:54 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/is-hardie-siding-more-than-vinylYes, James Hardie Cement Siding cost more than vinyl. With that said, I encourage anyone thinking about residing their home to at least explore the Hardie option.

Improve Your Home / Why Settle for Vinyl Siding?
In a recent study of homeowners who replaced their siding with vinyl siding, more than 50% stated that they would have chosen James Hardie fiber-cement siding had they been informed on the advantages prior to making their vinyl siding purchase.

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<![CDATA[Entry Door Surrounds Can Add To Your Homes Curb Appeal]]>Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:09:01 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/entry-door-surround-can-add-to-your-homes-curb-appealMany entry doors throughout the Greater Cincinnati area were built with decorative door surrounds. These trim details are starting to show their wear, especially those that were built out of pine and poplar.

Today there are a wide variety of styles to choose from that are made from man-made products such as Fypon.
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Fypon pieces have a closed cell structure that prevents water penetration and absorption. Each piece has a consistent quality and finish, which requires no additional priming or sealing. In fact, each piece is coated at their manufacturing location with a double-primed exterior grade ultraviolet stable coating. Once products are installed, they can be painted, stained and faux finished.


If you're searching for a product that resists rot, mildew, insects, warping and splintering, Then Fypon is the answer! 


Take a look through their online catalog and see if a new surround could improve your homes curb appeal.

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<![CDATA[What Are My Options For A Rotten Porch Post?]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:57:53 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/what-are-my-options-for-a-rotten-porch-postPicture
A rotten porch post can cause some serious problems to the your homes structural integrity. If you notice a failure in one of these post, it would be in your best interest to replace it before the roof sags or worse collapses.

I have provided a couple of links below to assist you in choosing a new porch post.




  • Column And Post
    • Offering a complete line of round smooth, fluted, and non-tapered columns as well as square smooth, fluted, raised panel, recessed panel and recessed panel pedestal posts

    • Extremely durable products manufactured with calcium carbonate (marble dust), polyester resin and several other ingredients to produce high strength loadbearing parts

    • Decorative Capitals are load-bearing, same material as column, no plugs required

    • Consistent smooth finish that requires little sanding

    • Unsurpassed detail on all capitals and bases for true "Classic Replication"

    • All columns have correct architectural proportions in taper and fluting

    • Heavy-duty packaging with recessed ends to ensure the product arrives ready to use

    • Popular styles and sizes can be produced in industry best lead-times

    • All moulds are developed in-house giving Column & Post exceptional quality control

    • Ability to develop a wide range of new products

    • Dedicated staff with many years of design, composite and production experience in the business


HB&G offers a wide variety of porch products to help you create the design that best suits your way of life. Best of all, many of our products require little or no maintenance and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Their products include Permacast fiberglass porch columns, column caps and bases, PermaWrap PVC column wraps, PermaLite square columns, wood columns, porch railing, porch posts, porch ceiling panels, balustrade systems, and pergolas.

In addition to their lifetime guarantee, they are unmatched in customer care and technical support. Their highly-trained staff are waiting to answer any questions you may have. Their Architectural department is eager to assist in custom applications as well as creating a custom product or product line to ensure you get exactly what you need.



Need to replace your porch post? Minimize the damage, don't wait until it's too late.


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<![CDATA[What Type Of Siding Is On My Home?]]>Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:42:51 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/what-type-of-siding-is-on-my-homeThroughout the Greater Cincinnati area, there are many different types of wood siding. Which wood species is one question, but what profile of siding do you have? Picture
Western Red Cedar bevel siding is the most widely-used siding type. It is produced by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The manufacturing process results in pieces with one face saw textured. The other face is smooth or saw textured depending on the grade and customer preference. Bevel siding is installed horizontally and gives an attractive shadow line which varies with the thickness of siding selected.


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Board-and-batten is a vertical design created using wide clear or knotty cedar boards spaced apart with narrower boards (battens) covering the joins. There are no set board or batten widths – various combinations are used to create different looks suitable for large or small scale applications. A frequent combination is 1″x3″ battens and 1″x10″ boards. This can also be reversed with boards installed over battens to create a deep channel effect.


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Western Red Cedar tongue and groove is widely used for its good looks and versatility. It can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, each method giving a distinctly different look. Tongue and groove siding is available with rough or smooth faces. Both seasoned (kiln-dried) and unseasoned (green) sidings are available.

The joints between adjoining pieces are usually v-shaped but flush jointed, reveal and radius joints are also available. The different joints and surface textures in tongue and groove siding combine to provide a range of shadow line effects that enhance the product’s versatility.


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Channel siding is a popular type of lap siding and is used whenever a rustic appearance is desired. A versatile siding, it can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally. In channel siding the profile of each board partially overlaps that of the board next to it creating a channel that gives shadow line effects, provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement.

The information above may help you if you're ever in need of a siding repair on your home. Knowing what you have, can help you find the right expert for your project.
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<![CDATA[Is A Moisture Barrier Necessary Behind Siding?]]>Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:23:25 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/is-a-moisture-barrier-necessary-behind-sidingPicture
The key to any good siding job is preparing the sheathing before the siding is installed. All siding leaks, let me repeat that, all siding leaks. You must have the proper barrier behind the siding to fully protect your home.

Tyvek HouseWrap is probably the most popular brand used in the Cincinnati market today. It is important to note there is a difference in which product to use with your type of siding


Vinyl Siding:
Tyvek Housewrap delivers the optimum balance of properties for superior performance against the elements. Our house wraps help prevent outside water from entering the walls and help to seal the home to keep outside air where it belongs. Tyvek helps reduce homeowner energy bill because homes stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter and dry all year round.

Cedar or Cement Siding:
Tyvek DrainWrap is an engineered weather barrier that builds on the weather-resistive properties of Tyvek. It has vertical grooves on the surface to help channel bulk water while allowing water vapor to pass through the moisture barrier, which helps to promote drying in wall systems. DrainWrap is the product choice when enhanced drainage is desired behind claddings such as primed wood, fiber cement siding and foam board applied over flat substrates.

Before you start your siding project, make sure the proper preparations are being taken to ensure a quality job.

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<![CDATA[4 Resources to Help With Your Custom Interior Trim Project]]>Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:10:32 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/4-resources-to-help-with-your-custom-interior-trim-projectPicture
Gilb and Sons has complete many custom trim jobs across Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

One thing I have noticed is that many people have trouble visualizing how the trim will look or what design they actually want. Here are four resources to help you before starting your next interior trim project.


  1. Houzz - This website is an exceptional resource for seeing the finished product and getting a good understanding of your particular taste.
  2. This Old House - "All About Crown" This article written is a must see for anyone considering crown moulding.  It talk's about Crown's lineage reaching back to the ancient Greeks, who created the profiles and the rules of proportion that we still use some 2,500 years later. 
  3. LJ Smith Stair parts - Selecting a new stair system should be easy, not hard. This is what LJ Smith has done with their website. Pick out your parts and pieces and let us put them together for you.
  4. Pinterest - This up and coming sharing site has thousands of ideas to chose from. Show us a picture and we can build it.



I hope these 4 resources can get you on your way to creating the style you want. If you need any help, we're always here.

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<![CDATA[5 Types of Exterior Trim For Your Home]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:47:50 GMThttp://www.gilbandsons.com/whats-new/5-types-of-exterior-trim-for-your-homeIs it time to replace some of the exterior trim on your home? Maybe years of neglect, have finally caught up. There are a wide selection of products available today. Here are five types that you can check out before you start your project. FYI...I have listed these trims in the order of pricing. (Least expensive to most expensive)

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Western red cedar trim has been, and will continue to be one of the most popular exterior trims in our region.

Used to trim out windows, doors, fascia and soffit, it is very resistant to rot, but will require some maintenance through painting and caulking.

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Redwood is usually the first wood that comes to mind when dealing with outdoor trim. It has a good history in the Cincinnati area and seems to still have a huge fan base from some of the old school carpenters.

The downside to redwood in our market today, is the large amount of sap wood in the product. It becomes more and more difficult to get the true heartwood, that gave the product it's reputation as one the the greatest rot resistant choices.



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Hardie trim boards are a great option for exterior trim. It is available in various widths and comes 12' in length.

The product is a little harder to handle then wood. It is much heavier and can require special tools to cut. 

The end result is a good one. Just apply latex paint and the product will perform well for many years to come.

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Boral Trim is a relatively new product to our region. This product made from fly ash and other polymers is an incredible product.

The product comes in 16' lengths in all of the normal trim widths you would expect. It's easy to carry and cuts just like a wood product.

The product can be painted with a latex paint and performs very well under our regions weather patterns.

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Azek trim is an all PVC product that has been around for quite sometime now. It also comes in all the typical widths, but most places stock the boards in 18' lengths. 

The product comes prefinished white, but can be painted with a special PVC paint. 

The product does perform well in our market, but has the reputation for a lot of mom\movement once installed. The PVC will expand and contract with temperature change.


Before replacing your exterior trim, be sure to contact a professional to discuss what product may be best suited for your home.
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