“Nu” Siding

These pictures show a perfect example of a NU LOOK! (Before and after).

Removal of old aluminum siding. Installation of the best insulation Dow Tuff-R, new trim and seamless gutters.
Removal of rear addition screening, installation of vinyl windows; making the room into 10 months of enjoyment.

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Nu Look offers three home insulation options:

Expanded Polystyrene Foam
Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is the cheapest and least used foam board product on the market. This product typically has an R value of 3.6 to 4.0 per inch of thickness. Expanded polystyrene insulation is similar to the foam used for packing “peanuts” and it’s typically used for insulated concrete forms also knows as ICF’s. It is also sometimes used on commercial buildings for roof and wall panel insulation which is typically sandwiched between light gauge metal.

Cost = Cheapest of the foam insulation boards.

Extruded Polystyrene Foam
Extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) also known as blue board or pink board comes in many different thicknesses and edge profiles. This insulation board is probably one of the most widely used foam board insulation products in the residential construction industry. XPS has an R value of 4.5 to 5.0 per inch of thickness. This is the product that I typically use to insulate basement walls. It’s reasonably priced, light weight and easy to use. This product is also used to insulate the outside of foundation walls and even under slabs.

Cost = This product is the middle of the road for these types of foam board insulation products.

Polyisocyanurate and Polyurethane
Polyisocyanurate also known as polyiso is seen in all kinds of commercial building applications and more recently with residential building projects. Polyiso is typically used with a foil facing and it has an R value of 7.0 to 8.0 per inch of thickness. The reflective foil facing makes it an excellent insulation board when radiant heat is involved. The foil facing also makes it very easy to seal with good quality foil faced tapes.

Cost = Polyiso is the most expensive of the foam board insulation products however it’s the highest R value.

Polyurethane and polyisocyanurate are both closed-cell foams. They contain low-conductivity gases in the cells (usually one of the HCFC or CFC gases.) The higher R-Values (R 7.0 to 8.0) are the result of thermal resistance of the gases in the cells. This can lead to a couple of disadvantages including: off gassing of HCFC or CFC gases, and reduced R Value over time as the gas escapes.

NuLook and DuPont: Bringing You Tyvek ® HomeWrap ®

A House Wrap Engineered for Superior Performance

Tyvek_HomeWrap_1DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® is the original house wrap, incorporating unique material science that helps keep air and water out, while letting water vapor escape.

As a result, it can contribute to improved building durability by helping to protect homes against damaging wind and rain that can penetrate the exterior cladding. 

Tyvek® HomeWrap® can also reduce home energy bills by controlling air flow and water intrusion, which helps insulation work better, allowing the HVAC system to work more efficiently. It’s a house wrap engineered to keep homes cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and dry all year round.

How It Works

The unique nonwoven structure of Tyvek® HomeWrap® makes it breathable, allowing moisture vapor to pass through. This helps promote drying in wall systems, to help prevent mold and water damage. In addition, Tyvek® HomeWrap® stops air movement through the walls, helping insulation perform closer to its full R-value, to provide a more energy-efficient home.

Not All House Wraps Are Equal

The superior performance of Tyvek® HomeWrap® is what separates it from other types of house wraps, as shown below.

Perforated Wraps

Perforated house wraps require “micro-perforations,” or thousands of holes, to allow the product to breathe. While this can help keep moisture from getting trapped inside walls, it also gives water and air a way in. Perforated wraps give up a great deal of resistance to air and water penetration in order to achieve some level of vapor permeability. Water and air infiltration can lead to the potential for water damage and make insulation less effective, leading to higher energy costs.

Low Perm Microporous Film Wraps

A low perm, microporous film wrap is manufactured in a two-part process, where a coarse fabric backing with no protection for a building is laminated with a fragile film, in order to pass minimum requirements for water and air resistance. The film layer is delicate and routinely compromised in the real world through tearing and abrasion. These products can perform well in controlled conditions, but they are a problematic choice for real world workers and job sites.

DuPont™ Tyvek® WB is Very Different 

The DuPont Building Envelope system consists of products specifically designed for proper moisture and air management within wall systems. Tyvek® WB is a uniquely engineered product made by spinning extremely fine high-density polyethylene (HPDE) fibers that are fused together to form a strong, uniform web. The tough structure of Tyvek® is engineered to create millions of extremely small pores that resist bulk water and air penetration, while allowing moisture vapor to pass through.

Ease of Installation

Tyvek® HomeWrap™ is easy to install. It is pliable, so it readily wraps around corners, interfaces at joints, and wraps over unique architectural geometries.

Light weight, easy to handle, and fast to install, Tyvek® HomeWrap® is available in 9-foot and 10-foot width rolls, to help minimize seams and offer the potential for reduction in labor.

Support Throughout The Building Process

In addition to its superior performance, Tyvek® HomeWrap® is backed by the quality, integrity and building science resources of DuPont, the company that invented the building wrap category.   Call DuPont™ Certified Installer NuLook Improvements for details or to schedule an appointment.

NuLook wins Consumer Protection Award

NuLook Wins 2012 Consumer Protection Excellence Award!
Win places them in top 3% Nationwide!

Wayne, NJ – North America’s largest roofing manufacturer is pleased to announce that NuLook Distributors, Inc. of Ambler, PA, has received the prestigious GAF Master EliteTM Consumer Protection Excellence Award. This coveted industry award recognizes NuLook’s dedication to helping consumers better understand their roofing options and make educated roofing decisions.

Most consumers recognize that choosing a roofing contractor can be a confusing and sometimes risky decision. In fact,, the Better Business Bureau lists roofing as one of the highest inquiry categories nationwide. As a factory-certified Master EliteTM Contractor, NuLook as been carefully pre-screened by GAF. In fact, only 3% of the roofing contractors in the country have earned GAF’s Master EliteTM status – a distinction that truly sets them apart from the rest – and ensures that NuLook is dedicated to helping every customer make their best and safest roofing decision.

NuLook achieved this goal by installing at least 100 Lifetime Roofing Systems with enhanced warranties for their customer. This commitment to Consumer Protection demonstrates that NuLook is truly focused on installing quality roofs for their customers.

As a GAF Master EliteTM Contractor, they are also dedicated to continuous improvement and training through CARE (Center for theAdvance of Roofing Excellence). CARE is a non-profiteducational institute supported by GAF and dedicated to “changing the industry through excellence and education.”

Nulook Receives Best of Siding Award

NEW YORK, NY, December 5 — Nulook Distributors Inc has been selected for the 2011 Best of Willingboro Award in the Siding Contractors category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

Stucco Remediation

These pictures show a proper three-point stucco remediation repair by removing the old decayed stucco, applying the proper plastic or metal mesh, along with a concrete scratch pad and elastomeric stucco in the color of the homeowner’s choice. Finished with an aesthetic pattern chosen by the homeowner too.
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Updated Basement

Nu Look finished our basement in a little over five weeks. They were able to give my three boys lots of room to run around with their buddies, provide us plenty of storage space, and even sectioned off a room for a small gym. We are quite pleased and have referred NuLook to many of our friends and neighbors. Polite, on-time every day and no hassle!

– Noah

Springhouse, PA
April 2014
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New Addition

Garry and Nu Look provided complete diagrams and installation for my new addition. They even recommended Hardie Fiber cement siding to the exterior of the addition to enhance the appearance while we entertained friends on our back outdoor porch. The interior has a cathedral ceiling with recessed lighting. We use this room to entertain dinner guests too. I was so happy with this project that I hired Nu Look to install a new roof on my home too.

– Jane

Fort Washington, PA
April 2010
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Exterior Makeover

I was looking for a contractor to oversee a new exterior look for my home and add more curb appeal. Again, I chose Nu Look!

A few years ago, Nu Look transformed my basement into a cozy living space for my family. This time Nu Look’s owner, Garry Sklut, helped me coordinate the stonework and garage door installation while his crews improved my exterior walls with Hardie Plank siding, energy efficient Marvin windows, a new front door and seamless gutters. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. They were attentive, always on time and courteous throughout this process too.

– Oliver Schwartz
Ambler, PA
November 2015
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