How To Replacing Vinyl Siding on very Old House

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    One of our friends writes that they own a home that was built around the 1890’s and that the previous owner had placed vinyl siding on it. After inspecting some water damage around a window they found that there was some caulking that had failed and some of the window sill and maybe some of the original wood under the siding has failed.

    They are starting to get quotes about repairing and residing the entire …

    How To Work With and Repair Aluminum Siding

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      Aluminum Siding was very popular back in the 1960’s and the chances you are going to run into one of these homes if you’re a contractor is pretty good. If you’re a home owner with Aluminum Siding you should know about the differences in how it is maintained, removed and repaired but if you have extensive problems such as a hail storm hit your home you should consider upgrading your siding to Vinyl or …

      How to clean mold fungus and dirt from your exterior vinyl siding

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        If you own a home with vinyl siding the maintenance factors are pretty low in comparison to other options like brick, stone and light weight artificial stone products. Vinyl is produced to last your home about 30 years give or take and the amount of time that it will last depends on how well you keep it clean and the UV Rays that break it down over time.

        If you are like most home owners …

        How To – Plywood siding residential construction

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          Although normally signing is applied over exterior she then which has been protected by a vapor barrier some contractors to make use of single wall systems.

          In a single wall system the exterior sheathing is the finished product.  Where normally the vapor barrier would be applied over the exterior sheathing the plywood siding is applied directly to the studs.  This means a vapor barrier must be applied from the interior of the home.

          Because plywood siding …

          How To – Selecting the right plywood for residential construction

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            There are a variety of locations within your home where plywood is used.  Plywood can be constructed of either layers of wood that are glued together or chips of wood that are oriented to obtain a specific structural strength.

            Standard plywood is made of layers that are glued together.  When logs go through a plywood mill a thin layer of wood is stripped from the logs in a similar method to a pencil sharpener.  These …

            How To – Sealing Your Gutter Seams to Cure Leaks

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              Proper maintenance of your gutters and downspouts is important to prevent basement flooding or erosion around your foundation.

              A small leak in your gutters or improperly placed downspouts can allow hundreds of gallons of water to enter your basement in a single heavy storm. And the worst part about having a broken gutter is that you don’t realize it until its too late.

              During the first spring rainfalls I noticed that one of the corners of …

              How To – Repairing Damaged Vinyl Siding

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                There are many reasons that your vinyl siding can get damaged but unfortunately there is no way to mend, paint or patch your siding easily. This means that you will need to replace sections of siding rather then actually repair the damaged sections.

                Lucky for the home owner replacing damaged siding only takes a few basic tools and a little care.

                The most important thing when replacing your siding is to get a good color match.

                If …

                How To – Selecting And Installing Cement Fiberboard Siding

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                  Cement Fiberboard siding is no real stranger in the manufacture of exterior sheathing for homes and businesses. The product dates back decades and may have got a bad name in the business due to the use of Asbestos products that are very similar but had to be discontinued and removed from homes because of associated health problems. The fact is back in the 1950’s – 60’s it seemed there was an abundance of asbestos …

                  Installing T1 Siding

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                    Siding comes in many forms but T1 siding is mostly used as an Exterior Sheathing and Siding all in one.

                    Its primary application is in out buildings such as a detached garage or shed but it can be used on homes or businesses with good results.

                    Its maintenance factor will depend on the product that you select and new products that have a weather barrier or textured surface to match traditional siding surfaces are available.

                    The product comes in 4×8 sheets similar to …

                    HowTo – Fixing Leaky Rain Gutters

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                      A leaky rain gutter is never much fun and the problem is you won’t know if you have a problem until it starts raining or you happen to notice while cleaning out your gutters.

                      If you have old gutters they may be made of galvanized steel and over time they can rust however even new aluminum and vinyl gutters can get leaks.
                      Visual Inspection
                      The easiest way to find a leak is by visual inspection.

                      If your rain …