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Vinyl Siding

Why You May Want New Siding

Siding on a home, and especially vinyl siding, is expected to last forever outside of a disaster situation of fire or a fallen tree. In general terms and practical consideration, if the vinyl siding is cleaned annually and repaired when problem arise after storms or other physical damage occurs, it will last “forever” regarding the homeowner's lifetime. However, everything on Earth has a breaking point, and even siding can reach a point at which it needs to be replaced to maintain your home's appearance and continue to provide the function for which the siding was designed of protecting the rest of your home from the weather.

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Does Siding Ever Need to Be Replaced?

Vinyl siding is sold as a lifetime solution to a home's exterior. Whether it covers or replaces an existing siding system on an older home, or if it is in fact the outer covering of a new home, vinyl siding is the most efficient system available in today's building systems for efficiency and permanency. However, sometimes siding needs to be replaced. It may be due to storm damage, it may be due to repeated damage over the years, or you may simply want a different style of appeal applied to the outside of your home. Although siding is designed to maintain its structural integrity and protect your home, there are situations in which you may want to replace it.

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The Problems You May Face With DIY Siding Projects

Siding is one of the most popular options when it comes to home exteriors. Millions of people love the flawless, finished look siding gives their home come compared to brick. Unfortunately, the desire to have siding on their homes encourages many homeowners to install their siding without the help of a professional. If you are one such homeowner, consider the following problems many homeowners run into when they install their siding.

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3 Ways Your Windows, Doors and Siding Cost You Money

The average U.S. home loses 30%-50% of its heating and cooling energy due to air leaks around windows and doors and drafts penetrating the siding. Over time, even the highest quality home materials will show signs of wear and tear. A comprehensive evaluation from a trained window and door installation specialist will reveal critical areas in your home where air and moisture are getting in, and your money is leaking out.

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Does Your Siding Match Your House?

Although to some extent the idea of your siding is to set the tone for your house and if doors, windows, and shutters don't match they trim is what doesn't match, there are sometimes an exception to the rule. Of course white or off-white siding is going to match any building it is on, but does it match the personality of you and your family? A tan or gray siding may suit you better if you live on a wooded lot and decorate toward an informal cottage or cabin décor. A brighter colored siding may be more suitable if you're a known fun loving extrovert who throws lots of parties. Then again, the white may be best if you want a sleek formal look of clearly divided clean lines.

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Finishing Your New Home

When buying a new house, everybody has specifics they look to when making the final choice of which house they are going to decide to purchase. Location is always a major consideration and of course the layout of the floor plan and yard is important to suit the needs of you and your family. You're likely going to conduct some painting to suit your color preferences and perhaps install new flooring or cabinetry. These are basic concepts toward making what is just a house become a home. Finishing the exterior according to your needs and expectations is equally important.

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Choosing a Home Design and a Contractor

Whether you're building a new home or buying an older house to renovate, you likely have several styles and designs you love and wish you could buy them all. Unfortunately, you have to decide on the one which you like best as it suits the needs of you and your family. Don't forget how valuable a resource your contractor can be as to advice concerning which options tend to end with the best results and what can be done to incorporate various design styles through mix and match to suit your tastes and needs.

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Can Your Contractor Do More?

You've likely had work done to your house and know of a great contractor you trust whether a family friend or a locally established businessman. Good contractors are great to know and you should certainly keep in touch with the one you have seen do great work. However, often the case is a contractor specializes in one specific type of project and other contractors may be better suited for different jobs. Ideally, you'll eventually find a great contractor who does amazing work with a multitude of renovations and upgrades to your home.

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3 Projects That Aren't DIY Projects

Our team at Window World understands that the cost of living is increasing. Day-to-day expenses are higher than what we remember in the good old days. Unfortunately, inflation has many people taking unnecessary shortcuts. In fact, in most situations, these shortcuts can lead to costly repairs, especially when it comes to DIY home projects.

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Summer Storm Damage

As if the heat of summer wasn’t hard enough on you, the thunder and hail storms which happen in the evening when the temperature drops can really do a number on your house. You and your family worked so hard, saved money, built credit, searched the market, and found the perfect home. You hired a contractor to customize the house to suit your specific needs. Then a storm hits and causes a bunch of damage. You want to sit down and cry, but relax, you don’t need to do that. Instead, make lemonade as you realize it’s the opportunity to make the upgrades you wanted and your house is going to be, better, in just a short bit of time.

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