Vinyl Siding’s Hidden Benefits, And Why You’ll Like What This Upgrade Can Do For Your Exterior Remodeling Project

Blasphemy! That’s what some call it. A modern miracle! That’s what others call it. There’s a wide range of opinions about vinyl siding—most of which have to do with philosophy rather than product superiority. Its fans will tell you that vinyl siding never needs painting. Its detractors will tell you that a house just isn’t the same once you strip it of a wood exterior and cover it with vinyl.

Regardless of who’s right or wrong in this argument, vinyl siding is being used on about a third of all new house construction, and It’s a very popular choice for exterior remodeling and construction projects for existing homes.

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY

The big debate has to do with cost. Anything other than an ultra-premium vinyl siding product will cost a minimum of 2x less than, say, cedar or redwood clapboard siding. Even if you choose one of those specialty vinyl siding products, the installed cost will still be lower because it can be put up faster, and it’ll never need painting.

VERSATILITY

Wood siding can be painted. Cedar and redwood can also be impregnated with a durable stain. So, it’s fair to say that you can get these natural products in just about any color you like. However, you’ll discover over time that it’s necessary to repaint or stain again.

Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, as well as textures and profiles. Frankly, if you wanted an exterior that looked like cedar or redwood clapboard siding, you could do it in vinyl. If you’re fond of the Victorian look, you’ll even find vinyl scallops.

DURABILITY

Wood siding is durable if it’s maintained, so it’s just not fair to say that vinyl is a better choice based on that criteria. But let’s be honest. Will you maintain it? That’s often the main reason why homeowners choose to go with vinyl siding when for exterior remodeling and construction. Vinyl can withstand hail impact, and it’s an impervious surface so it resists moisture. Unlike wood, it won’t rot or corrode over time. Some vinyl siding products are rated for a 50-year lifespan.

Vinyl also is nearly maintenance-free. Start with the big headline—painting. Vinyl siding never needs this. Often, the only thing you’ll have to do with vinyl is a simple annual cleaning. This will return the siding to its original appearance and help it repel dirt.

WARM UP TO IT

Finally, some types of vinyl siding are insulated, which helps to prevent heat loss between the studs in your exterior walls. There’s insulation between the studs, but those ribs of wood can bleed heat when they come into contact with your exterior siding.

Consider that aspect when you talk to us about giving the exterior of your home a new look with siding installation. It’s possible that we can help you with your energy bill, too.

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We’ll Build It, But You’ll Have To Clean It. Don’t Worry, Keeping Your Deck Beautiful Is Easy!

If you build it, they will come. “It” is a deck. “They” are the elements and various creatures who live out in the bushes. Decks are great additions to your home. They increase property value and provide new areas to enjoy and entertain outside.

A deck also brings some additional responsibilities. You’ll have to routinely clean this new space. Depending on the building material, you may also have to paint—or at least recondition your deck on a regular basis. Don’t worry. The enjoyment of your new deck far outweighs the effort of taking care of it.

MOSTLY EASY STUFF

You’re not going to have to go out and buy a supply shed full of new tools to prepare for the upkeep of your deck. In fact, you probably have everything you’ll need already—except for maybe a putty knife.

If your deck is assembled from wood or a wood substitute, it’ll likely have small spacing in between each plank of wood. This is to let water drain through when it rains. But it’s also a place where things like leaves and other debris can get wedged.

Off you go to the home improvement store for a putty knife. It may be called a knife, but seldom is the edge sharp. This special tool has a wide and flat blade made of metal. It’s mostly used for scraping or applying assembly materials—but it’s perfect for dislodging things that fall into those cracks. You’ll want to do this on a regular basis.

MOLD

If your deck is mostly in the shade or you live in an area prone to lots of rain, you’ll want to keep an eye out for mold. It’ll grow quickly and can deteriorate your deck’s building material—especially if it’s made of wood.

Usually, all you’ll need to do is wash down the deck regularly with a hose that’s got a nozzle capable of generating a forceful spray. Follow the deck material manufacturer’s guidelines. Use a cleaner that’s appropriate for wood if that’s the composition of your deck. Vinyl decks can be cleaned with dish detergent and water.

GOING UP

Clean your wood rails from the bottom going up. You’ll find it easier to see what you’ve cleaned. A long-bristle scrub brush can help speed things along by getting into the nooks and crannies easier.

It may be tempting, but skip using a pressure washer on your deck. This can strip paint from the wood, or even remove the protectant that was used to seal the wood if it’s only stained. In some cases, pressure washing man-made decking material can void the warranty. If you need some extra scrubbing power, consider a rigid broom.

How often should you clean your deck? It’s a personal preference that’ll likely depend on how often you use it. But think in the opposite direction. If you don’t use it much, it won’t be ready to enjoy because you probably don’t clean it that often, either. Take out that smartphone of yours and put it to use. Set a reminder to clean the deck regularly.

Frequent cleaning will help you make short work of it.

Talk to us about custom decks. We’ll do more than help you with the design. We’ll also take into consideration the trees and surrounding environment so we can suggest the building material that will provide the least amount of cleanup and maintenance for you.

5 Practical Tips for All-Season Energy Savings

Now that winter is easing into spring, many of us are turning our attention to remodeling projects. The cold weather is still recent enough to remind us of the temperatures we want to keep out. There’s a cost factor involved, too. The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program estimates that the savings from replacing single-pane with Energy Star-qualified windows ranges from $125 to $340 a year for a typical home.

The Shape Of Things: New Windows And The Dramatic Change They Can Make To Your Home's Exterior

Most people think of the impact that windows have on the interior of their home. After all, we spend far more time inside looking out through them. The character windows bring to each room will always be a main consideration, but they also can play a major role in creating dramatic changes when you remodel the exterior of your home.

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The kind of car we drive gives insight into our personality. Even the computer we use speaks about what makes us tick. The color you pick for your exterior has something to say, too.

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Some people go for flags. Then there are gnomes, ducks or rabbits, and even the stray pink flamingo. It’s a flash of unexpected color in your front yard. Yes, it’s making a statement.

What’s often overlooked is the front door itself. What color is yours? Here’s what it says about you.

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