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Umbrella’s and Staying Dry

Like an umbrella and raincoat, your home is protected from rain by the roof & siding

When it’s raining and you need to go out, you’re likely to pull out your raincoat or an umbrella. Just like an umbrella protects you from getting wet, the roof of your house directs the rain to the edges of the roof. Siding is like a raincoat providing a barrier so that water runs down the outside and doesn’t let the inside of your home get wet.

Keeping your home dry should be your second home maintenance priority, following safety which is always number one. Why? Because so much water damage can happen where you can’t see it, causing structural damage... 

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Umbrella’s and Staying Dry

Like an umbrella and raincoat, your home is protected from rain by the roof & siding

When it’s raining and you need to go out, you’re likely to pull out your raincoat or an umbrella. Just like an umbrella protects you from getting wet, the roof of your house directs the rain to the edges of the roof. Siding is like a raincoat providing a barrier so that water runs down the outside and doesn’t let the inside of your home get wet.

Keeping your home dry should be your second home maintenance priority, following safety which is always number one. Why? Because so much water damage can happen where you can’t see it, causing structural damage... 

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Cleaning with a Pressure Washer

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It’s spring and while there are lots of fun things you want to do outside like gardening, there are also some household chores to take care of … that spring checklist we’re always talking about. A tool that can save you time getting those spring chores done is a pressure (sometimes called a power) washer.

Pressure washers are good for cleaning large exterior surfaces like the vinyl siding on a home. A pressure washer is also useful when preparing your home for painting. Don’t just run out and buy one. Plan your pressure washing strategy first, considering the following items:

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Vinyl Siding: Pros and Cons

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For more than 20 years, Remodeling Magazine has surveyed the cost of various remodeling projects compared to the projected value (higher price) when the home is sold. For more than 5 years, vinyl siding has appeared among the top 10 projects and this year was no exception. In the Cost vs Value Remodeling Report 2008-2009, the projected value for installing replacement siding was:

Cost of vinyl siding $10,256 expected to recover 80.7% Foam backed siding $12,528 and should recover 80.4%

Vinyl siding is growing in popularity and is now the #1 choice for siding a home. Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride... 

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How Accurate are Job Estimates

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A handyman business specializes in all of the small jobs most contractors aren’t interested in doing. A company or contractor that installs siding with a crew of 2 to 3 guys over 3 to 5 days, isn’t set up to handle a steady stream of small repairs that take an hour or 2 … although admittedly they have a better stash of miscellaneous siding.

Home Owner Tip – Always save a small quantity of home materials (shingles, siding, special trim, tile, interior and exterior paint, etc) for small repairs where you will want to match the existing materials.

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