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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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Does Your Home's Exterior Function as Well as It Should?

The exterior of your home is more than just cosmetic sheathing which provides an inviting aspect to your house when you get home from work or invite friends over. You’ll certainly notice a draft or water leak coming into your home, but the exterior of your house also protects the house’s structure from damage associated with the outdoor weather and when such a function fails it’s less likely to be noticed. The exterior is an intricately designed system. Although rugged and durable to stand up against the weather, it occasionally needs maintenance or even replacement.

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Matching Doors, Window and Siding

Every homeowner has at some point wondered about a redesign of their home’s exterior. You chose the house because you like the layout and the look, but of course you think about how it could be changed. There are computer simulations which can give you a general idea of how siding, windows, shutter, and doors can match or contrast to give your home a particular style. Additionally, here are a few general design concepts that typically work well with most homes to establish the style which your personal tastes.

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