Recovering from Winter Damage

The East Coast saw the most snow it’s had in years this winter, and some homes are really feeling the effects of the colder weather. As you emerge from winter hibernation and start to prepare for warmer weather and spring projects, there are some areas of your home you may want to examine for winter damage and tackle first. Here are the ones to check:

1.     Gutters: If you’ve neglected your gutters by letting them pull away from the roof or collect leaves, winter can double the damage. Gutters full of snow and ice can cause ice dams and become weighed down, and falling even farther from the roof. If you notice damage to your gutters from snow and ice buildup, it’s time to have them replaced.

2.     Roofing: The same ice dams creating problems for your gutters can create even bigger problems for your roofing. Ice dams can block melting snow water, causing it to back up under shingles and siding, leading to damage and bringing moisture into your attic. If your roof already needs work, the weight of snow and freezing and thawing cycles can widen cracks and bring down shingles.

3.     Windows: While the glass on a window isn’t likely to become damaged during the winter, the sealing and frames are susceptible to damage from moisture. Cycles of dry air and moisture can rot the materials around windows, which can drive up energy bills by letting cold air in during winter and cold air out during warmer months. Having your windows replaced now will ensure a more comfortable, worry-free spring!

If you find damage in any of these areas and are ready to confront the problem now to save yourself from stress and make room for more projects this spring and summer, call the experts at Gerald Jones Company! To receive a free estimate, contact us at (919) 286-1700 or use our online form.

What Will You Accomplish in 2018?

We are officially well into 2018, which means it is one of the most popular times of the year to make lifestyle changes through New Year’s Resolutions. Many resolutions focus on health and well-being, with goals of complete diet and exercise changes or money-saving solutions. You may be considering ways you can improve yourself and your surroundings this month, including your home.

If you’ve always had a vision of the home you’d like to live in, but haven’t gotten around to actually putting your plans in action, now is the time to do so. January is a time of renewal, and starting an overhaul of your home is the perfect way to start the year.

  • Less mess. Getting everything done at once or phases by our professionals means the job will be done fast and you’ll have the rest of the year to focus on other fun and events you have planned. It means you’ll have less mess around your home and yard, leaving you to enjoy how your home looks through the process.
  • A uniform look. Instead of having one new area of your home while the rest of your home seems lackluster, you’ll have a cohesive, complete look that makes your home look brand new! Our experts can help you pick out the perfect doors, windows, siding, decks and more to match your style and look great together.
  • Increased energy efficiency and more money saved. Waiting until the absolute last minute to have your windows and doors replaced means you are sure to have wasted money on higher energy bills. Replacing them all now, at the same time ensures that your home will be efficient through every season this year, keeping you comfortable.
  • Cost efficiency. If you know you’ll be working on a lot of different projects this year, planning to get them all done at once will save you money on the cost of having technicians come to your home multiple times.

Our experts at Gerald Jones Company are ready to help you complete your projects this month to help you accomplish your goals in 2018. Give us a call at (919) 286-1700 or fill out our online form to learn about the options available for your home.

Have A Safe Home This Winter

While winter can bring memories of joy and cheer, family traditions and holiday fun, it also means potentially hazardous weather conditions. At the beginning of the year, even Raleigh and Dunham saw a significant amount of snow and sleet. Winter weather prompts most people to prepare for driving in dangerous conditions, but many people may not think about steps they can take to make their home safer too.

There are few small measures you can take to ensure your home will be safe during icy and snowy conditions. Before temperatures begin dropping, check to see if you have rock salt, a snow shovel and a windshield scraper on hand. If not, purchase these items in advance for a worry-free winter. When snow begins to fall, get a smart start by lifting your windshield wipers and placing the salt on walkways, steps and a path to your car.

However, even salting porches and steps won’t make them slip-proof. It can sometimes be impossible to keep up with snowfall, especially after a long, cold winter night. To keep yourself and your family safe and prevent injuries from slippery ice, the best measure you can take is installing deck and porch railing. A railing is useful year-round, but will ensure that you have something steady to hold on to when braving the ice and snow, and is especially helpful for those with younger children and elderly relatives.

We offer a wide variety of manufacturers to choose from, and carry the highest quality materials for our railings that will withstand the test of time, salt and freezing and cooling periods. Our experts will help you choose the best brand, style and color for your home! To get a free estimate on outdoor railing installation, contact one of our experienced sales representatives at (919) 286-1700.

Enjoy the Outdoors, Even During Colder Months

Spending time outdoors in the sun has been proven to be good for our health and well-being, and sometimes our own backyard is the best place to relax. As it gets colder, it can be tough to get outside, especially when doing so requires lots of bundling up.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy nature without having to endure the cold is by adding a sunroom to your home! Imagine stepping out on a crisp fall morning onto your bright, warm outdoor space. You’ll get a nice dose of vitamin D from the sun without ever having to exit the house!  You can curl up with a good book or movie and enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures while still getting all the benefits of being surrounded by natural sunlight and beautiful fall foliage. In the winter on snowy days, you can keep an eye on children playing outside and take in the sights of your backyard winter wonderland, without having to get cold and wet.

A sunroom also extends the living space in your home, while providing a warm space outdoors to increase family time together as it draws everyone into one area. This space can be great for get-togethers, family dinners, or even a playroom for children or grandchildren. With protection from weather conditions, you can customize a sunroom to fit your personal style and interests without having to worry about damaging your furniture.

Gerald Jones Company offers a wide variety of sunroom designs, customizable to your home, with the latest energy efficient materials to ensure comfortable temperatures on even the coldest days. If you’re ready to have enjoy the sights of nature from the comfort and warmth of a new sunroom, contact us at (919) 286-1700 for a free, no-obligation estimate today!

Take The Scare Out Of Colder Temperatures

It is now October and you may be reviewing all of the different tasks ahead to prepare your home for colder temperatures. Work must be done in the yard, on the car and on the house itself to keep everything in good condition come spring. However, nothing is more frightening than drafty doors and windows that run up your energy bill high and leave you and your family chilly in your own home.

The last thing you want during a holiday party or dinner is for guests to feel uncomfortable! Here are a few ways to keep the “scare” out of colder temperatures:

·Insulated Siding: Five times more energy efficient than ordinary vinyl siding, insulated siding will keep you warm this winter and save you money by maintaining interior temperatures. This siding also increases your home value and requires little maintenance.

·Replacement Doors and Windows: With similar benefits to insulated siding, you’ll find that storm doors and windows help keep your home warmer during cold temperatures. These doors and windows come in a variety of styles, colors and materials to fit your home’s look, while reducing air movement, preventing drafty rooms and keeping your energy bill low.

·Small Measures: A few small tasks can quickly help you stay warmer on cold days. For instance, pen curtains to let the sun help warm your home naturally. You can also reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to pull cool air upwards. If you have wooden floors, consider placing more rugs around your home to keep heat from escaping through cracks, and to just keep your feet warm! If there are other areas of your home that feel drafty, adding more insulation or caulk will keep warm air in.

If you’re ready to install insulated siding or storm windows and doors to keep you and your family warm and your energy bills low this fall and winter, call the experts at Gerald Jones Company  at  (919) 286-1700 for a free, no obligation estimate today!

September Siding

Has the outside of your home taken a beating after spring pollen and summer storms? Does the look of your home seem outdated and doesn’t stand out compared to your neighbors? Do you want your friends and family to be impressed by your home’s curb appeal this holiday season?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to replace your home’s siding.

The condition and type of siding can change the entire look of your home. If the siding is old, dirty or falling off, it will appear as if your entire home could need some work, and it isn’t protecting your home as well as it should. If you have outdated siding, your home will appear out of place in your neighborhood or like it needs some serious updating. Why not transform your entire home with one solution?

With a plethora of options to choose from and a wide area to cover, replacing your siding might seem like a lot of work. Let us make it easy for you! Here is a quick guide to help you choose which type of siding is best for you:

Vinyl: This type of siding has many benefits. It is low maintenance, meaning the color wont chip or flake like it does on wood siding, and comes in a full range of colors. Vinyl siding is one of the most affordable, and you can also choose from different looks like shingles, clapboard and seamless.

HardiePlank: This is the most requested fiber cement siding brand on the market, and has a 30-year warranty. It holds paint better than wood and is less susceptible to water damage- perfect if you live in our area with frequent storms and high humidity. The HardiePlank is twice as thick as vinyl, providing a more natural look, and still comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Insultated: If you’re looking for a way to make your home more energy efficient, this is the siding for you. Insulated siding is made of premium vinyl but with an added layer of breathable insulation, making sure the inside of your home remains comfortable no matter what the outside temperature is. You’ll see your energy bill go down as your systems easily keep up with outside temperatures, and your home will look great, too!

If you’re ready to replace your home’s siding to impress friends and family this holiday season, contact us to get your free, no-obligation estimate today!

Have you seen our latest product offering?

We are happy to announce that Gerald Jones is now carrying a new product!

We are working with Mirage Screen Systems to provide retractable screens for doors. This system is available for almost any door, and can also be installed with the Mirage HydraGlide, a retractable screen slow-close speed reducer that slows the return of the screen to its housing, providing a smoother screen retraction.

If you would like more information about the Mirage system or have questions about installation, contact us at (919) 286-1700. 

A Tick-Free Summer

2017 is a record year for ticks, according to the New York Times. North Carolina itself has experienced a large number of ticks this year because of a mild winter and high rainfall. As the weather starts to cool down in the month of August, being outside and in your backyard becomes more appealing, and that time should be spent worry-free!

There are numerous options for your yard to become tick free, but most of them are not long lasting and contain chemicals that you may not want on your garden or pets. A good alternative for avoiding ticks this summer is to add a deck or screened porch to your home, creating a new place for relaxation and increasing property values. A deck will allow you the ability to walk around parts of your yard without worrying about applying bug spray, or wearing uncomfortable clothing during warmer parts of the year to avoid ticks. A deck can also create a more defined space for items like grills and potted plants, and provide the ideal space for outdoor parties. A screened porch provides even more bug protection, and offers a space for outdoor furniture that needs to be kept out of the rain.

A deck or screened porch will benefit you and your home long past tick season, and Gerald Jones offers a wide variety of options to create the ideal space for your home. When you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a new custom design by the Durham and North Raleigh contractor who’s dedicated to getting the job done right, contact us to get your free, no-obligation estimate today!

Make Summer Heat Relaxing

Nothing can be more uncomfortable on a blistering summer day than not being able to feel relief from the heat in your own home. You wake up with the sun and make your coffee, while outside temperatures slowly begin to rise. By midmorning you realize your house is getting warmer, too.  This is the part you dread about summer. All winter you waited for longer days and the feeling of the sun on your skin and now you are closing the blinds and curtains – anything to keep your house cool and relaxing.


Why use your windows to fight the sun when you could use them to embrace it? Picking the right windows could be the most important step to keeping your home cool, allowing the joy of the summer sun into the comfort of your own home, while keeping out the heat. Your home shouldn’t have to be a dark, dreary place during the brightest time of the year!


Replacing your windows not only allows you the ability to include your personal style into your home, it also ensures the summer heat stays outside while cool air stays in. Choosing from a variety of window types lets you determine how direct sunlight will affect the temperature in your home. With proper materials and installment, replacement windows will keep your home cool and your energy bill down, allowing you to have your own indoor oasis from high temperatures and humidity this summer, and for seasons to come.


Don’t settle for the heat inside this summer. Gerald Jones Company has the expertise, staff and large selection of replacement window choices to take good care of you and your home. Contact us today to get started with a free, no-obligation estimate (919) 286-1700

How Do I Make My Home Quieter?

One of the unexpected side benefits of home improvement updates is often noise reduction inside the home. If you have a noisy neighborhood dog, traffic noises from a busy road or similar sound intrusion, there’s a good chance we can help with replacement doors, windows and siding.

Replacement Windows 
Older homes often have just a single pane of glass and insufficient insulation. In addition to better performance, better looks and energy efficiency, new windows are often quieter. Thicker glass, air space between multiple panes and better insulating frames all contribute to noise reduction. If noise reduction is important to you, please let us know, because there are some windows that are better at reducing noise than others, and our experts can be sure to provide the best options.

Replacement Siding
If you have older vinyl siding and want better looks, better performance and a quieter house, it’s time to upgrade to HardiePlank siding. This is a fiber cement product with a long lifespan. When combined with additional exterior insulation, you get amazing energy efficiency, and a much quieter home life.

Entry Doors
A quality entry door not only looks great and adds value to your home, a well-insulated or solid door can help deaden sound that radiates through hollow-core doors. Adding or updating a storm door adds another level of protection, energy efficiency and noise reduction, too.

If a yapping dog or road noise is interfering with your lifestyle, relaxation time or simply grating on your nerves, give the window, door and siding experts at Gerald Jones Company a call. Our Durham and Raleigh construction teams are experienced, and with more than 60 years in business, you can trust the job will be done right, by a company that cares. Call us today or contact us online for a free estimate, and to learn about the options available for your home. Call 919-286- 1700 today.

Gerald Jones Company proudly serves homeowners in Cary, Apex, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, North Raleigh, Morrisville, Hillsborough, Roxboro, Mebane and the surrounding communities.