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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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4 Things You Need To Know About Vinyl Siding

If your home's exterior is bringing down the morale of the whole neighborhood, it may be time to consider replacing worn and faded siding. New siding is a quick pick-me-up for homes that look tired and dated, and if you choose the right type of siding, your new look will stay fresh and bright for many years to come. So, what's the best and most durable type of siding for the money? Hands-down, it's vinyl. Vinyl siding is attractive. It's affordable. And it has advantages over other types of siding that you may not realize:

Vinyl Siding Needs Little Maintenance

Unlike wood that needs primed and painted over and over, or aluminum that fades over time, vinyl siding will look new for years to come. It never needs be painted, doesn't fade over time, and isn't susceptible to rot or infestation. In addition, it will never crack or peel under normal conditions. The only maintenance required for this type of siding is an occasional wash to remove seasonal debris. This can be done using a simple power washer once or twice a year. When you compare the cost and man hours involved in painting, staining, replacing rotted boards and fumigating to remove termites from other siding materials, vinyl is the superior choice. 

Not All Vinyl Siding Looks Like Vinyl

Just as the makers of luxury vinyl flooring have learned to mimic a variety of materials such as natural stone, hardwood, and ceramic tile, so have the manufacturers of vinyl siding. If you want a different look for the exterior of your home without the high maintenance, talk to a local supplier about vinyl log or vinyl shake siding. These are types of siding that are still crafted from low-maintenance vinyl, but they look just like wood. If your home lends itself to a rustic or Americana exterior, specialty vinyl may be the low-cost, easy-care answer you need. 

Color Isn't a Problem

That old vinyl siding may have only been available in builder's beige, but that's not the case anymore. Today's vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors to please even the most finicky homeowner. Whether you prefer the comfort and security of more traditional exterior colors such as light, medium or dark gray, or you're bold and fearless with your color choices, there's a shade of vinyl siding out there with your home's name on it. From burnt umber to ultramarine blue, the color options are nearly limitless when you're using vinyl. Just be sure to check with your homeowner's association before going too rogue. 

Vinyl is One of the Most Versatile and Economical Options

Vinyl is versatile in that it comes in various thicknesses, with "builder's grade" being the thinnest. If you're siding a new, flawless construction, builder's grade vinyl is fine. But because the thinness of this type of siding allows bumps and dips to show, it's not recommended for older homes that may have been built using hand tools and a "eye" for detail. For the most professional, seamless look, solid-core vinyl is a good choice. It contains an additional layer of foam that not only helps improve the appearance of your home, it aids in insulation and noise-reduction as well. Solid-core vinyl is a bit more expensive than builder's grade, but it's still the economical choice when compared with other types of siding. 

When you're serious about re-siding the exterior of your home, you'd be savvy to choose vinyl products. They're easily maintained, attractive, versatile, durable, and affordable. Additionally, vinyl is an easy install to professionals who are trained in the business. Choose vinyl siding, and your home will look bright and new in record time.