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Home Siding

Siding

A home’s siding protects it against the elements, pests, and other hazards. While vinyl siding is the most common, homeowners can choose from plenty of other options. Some siding is only suitable for homes located in specific regions, like stucco only working well in warmer climates. 

The Basics of Siding

This article looks at the different types of siding available and provides additional resources for those wanting to learn more about siding maintenance and care. 

  • Vinyl siding: Vinyl siding is inexpensive, easy to install, reliable, and has lots of variety, making it one of the most popular options in the United States. While there is plenty to love about vinyl siding, it’s not perfect and is one of the least durable options available. 
  • Stucco siding: Stucco is a combination of portland cement, lime, sand, and water. Once mixed and allowed to dry, this combination of materials creates a strong, insulating siding. Stucco also has a distinct look, making it a popular aesthetic choice. However, stucco isn’t ideal for areas with extremely cold winters or large amounts of rainfall, making it more common in Western states.
  • Wood siding: More durable than vinyl siding and possessing a natural, pleasing look to boot, wood siding has been growing in popularity. This type of siding is extremely resistant to wear and tear and can be painted or revarnished at any time. The only major downsides to this siding are its cost and maintenance level, which are much higher than other types of siding.
  • Metal siding: This siding has high endurance, low cost, requires little maintenance, and is environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, metal siding can rust in areas with large amounts of rain. 

Siding is an invaluable layer for protecting your home; it keeps pests away, protects your walls from the weather, and provides insulation for the entire house. If you’re interested in reading more about siding or want to brush up on good maintenance and care practices, check out the articles below. 

How to Make a Flag Holder Stay Put in Stucco | Ep. 172

Want to fly a flag from the side of your stucco home? Keep it flying high even during strong winds by doing when attaching the flag holder.

A Plant Shelf That Won’t Damage Vinyl Siding

This plant shelf will save valuable patio space and not damage your vinyl siding!

How to Remove Vines From Stucco | Ep. 163

Venturing vines taking over your stucco home? Here's how to get rid of them and repair any damage.

Stop Squirrels From Chewing Hardie Board Siding! | Ep. 162

Squirrels are chewing away at one homeowner's Hardie Board siding. We break down her options for keeping them away.
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How to Build Slatted Shutters in 6 Steps

Want to give your home some rustic curb appeal? Then build these slatted shutters. Watch Danny Lipford's how-to video for the step-by-step process!

Scratch Marks on Vinyl Siding

Linda has a 75-year-old bungalow style home with vinyl siding.  She recently hung a large metal decorative star on the outside.  Following a big wind storm, the star left unsightly scratch marks on the siding.
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How to Build Farmhouse Shutters

Want an affordable way to completely transform your house and boost its curb appeal? Build these DIY wood shutters — it's easy!

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How to Update Metal Shutters with Gel Stain

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