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Adding new siding to your home can add a fresh look to the exterior. The outside of your home can become damaged from weather and other elements, so it’s important to choose a siding that will be able to withstand it all for years to come. Vinyl is the leading material for siding in terms of price, durability, reliability, and convenience. Wood siding is durable and a traditional look for a home, but requires a lot more maintenance. Knowing the pros and cons of different siding materials can help you choose the right one for you and your home or property.
Gathering Design Ideas
Siding is the first thing your guests will see when they come to your home – along with the roof, yard, front doors, and gutters. Siding out of all these aspects creates the most curb appeal, so putting a lot of thought into which kind you want on your home is important. Looking around online and even taking a drive through different neighborhoods can be a great way of finding out what you like. This way, you can see homes that are of similar style to yours so you can see exactly what the siding would look like on yours.
Because siding protects your home from the outside elements, make sure you take into consideration the climate of the area you live in, into consideration. Think about what siding options are the best for the environment you live in – whether it be high heat, low temperatures, lots of rain, humidity, or intense sunlight. Siding choices with UV protection or insulation can ensure your home is ready for the weather it will go through.
Getting Another Opinion
Before picking a siding based on your own thoughts and opinions, try to get a second opinion from a contractor or a professional home designer. Look at all of your choices and try to take your existing gutters, roof, windows, trim, and color of your shutters into consideration when choosing can be really overwhelming. Getting other input can help you feel more confident in your decision.
Choosing a Good Contractor
To get the right siding for your home, use the right siding contractor. Pick a contractor who is insured and licensed with references and referrals, so you know that your siding will be done properly. It is important to use the highest quality materials and services so that your home’s structure isn’t damaged or altered during the installation process.
Gutter cleaning is an important part of keeping up with the maintenance of your home. Your gutters are a system built onto your house, and need to be able to function properly to do their job and keep you dry. It may even be easier to not have gutters at all, rather than one that aren’t working correctly. A matter of fact, choosing when to clean your gutters can make them last longer and stay in the best shape. After the last of the fall leaves have came off the trees, is when it’s the best time to clean out your gutters for the winter.
Gutters are more than just a convenience, they make the rainwater go where you need it to. Without gutters, the water would flood you mulch and soil, as well as erode it. The pooling water can soak all the way into your home’s foundation and ruin it. There is a drainage system built into your home’s foundation, but it isn’t intended to be able to handle all the rainwater that is missed by your gutters.
Preventing Gutter Damage
Gutters can get clogged, even if you don’t live in an area with many trees. Even a small amount of leaves can get stuck and create a dam for water to get stuck. Make sure you clean them out before the leaves and moisture freeze in place and break your gutters when rainwater tries to pass through. Water is a pretty heavy element, and can weigh down the gutters to make them sag or become unaligned. Try to prevent this from happening by keeping your gutters cleaned out!
Professional vs Do-It-Yourself
For some, cleaning gutters can be a scary and dangerous task – especially if you have a big home. Climbing onto your own roof can be daunting. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up there and scooping out the leaves, call in the professionals. Don’t prolong the cleaning process just because of the danger factor. Gutter professionals do this as part of their job, and will be happy to do it for you.
J&J Home Improvement can help you with your gutter needs. Whether it’s installation or cleaning, we can be the home improvement company for you and your house. Give us a call at 508-436-6374 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you out with your gutters!