The weather is turning, and winter winds soon will be testing siding and roofing. Mainstreet Siding Home Improvements is ready.

Murray Gilbert has been in the business for nearly 50 years and has seen not only the times change, but also materials and building techniques. Today’s siding and roofing is much hardier to get the job done.

“The siding industry has been changing,” said Murray, who co-owns the business with Thomas Maslowski. “Cement siding is becoming increasingly popular, replacing the vinyl that eclipsed aluminum siding in the last 20 years.”

Gilbert says cement siding is a real improvement. It’s attached in long panels and is termite- and fire-proof. The panels are five times thicker than vinyl and are painted to look like wood, right down to the grain. It doesn’t rust, mildew, or mold, and there’s no maintenance. Best of all, cement siding carries a 15- and 25-year paint guarantee.

Roofing has also taken a quantum leap in the last few years, and Mainstreet Siding Home Improvements offers the latest and greatest.

“We’re using longer-lasting, heavier shingles,” he added. “They’re simply more durable, as evidenced by an up to 50-year guarantee. Heavier shingles offer attractive options, such as finishes that look like slate, for example.”

Gilbert knows his business. He started out in home improvements in the 1960s, and then worked for a wholesaler. In 1980, he launched his own company, which he sold in 2000. However, after three months, retirement was over, and he was back in business with Maslowski, an engineer, who was one of his customers.

Both Gilbert and Maslowski are hands-on. They are on job sites every day, supervising and assuring quality. Gilbert believes the company’s highly trained workers, attention to detail and customer service sets it apart from the rest.

“I keep people informed, so they know the status of their projects,” he noted. “Every detail is important, from the permits to where the dumpster will go.”

Mainstreet Siding Home Improvement is headquartered in Mercerville and has clients all over New Jersey and in Bucks County, Pa. The majority of his clients come from Princeton, Lawrenceville, Pennington, and West Windsor.

“We are competitively priced, with an emphasis on quality,” Gilbert said.

For more information or an appointment, call 609-584-9572, or visit them on the Web at

Mainstreet Siding Home Improvements, PO Box 3278, Trenton. 609-584-9572.

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