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Re-siding with Vinyl
Plastic siding is quick to install. sided this 3,200 square-foot house in less than two days. Photo taken April 4, 2002.
Much of what appeals to us about older historic houses, apart from their architectural style, is the graceful moldings, well-proportioned trim, subtle shadow lines, even the slight irregularities in the spacing of the siding — testaments to the skills of this country's housewrights. But in countless slipshod re-siding jobs, where vinyl is slapped up over the existing shingles or clapboards, these details have been obliterated, making the facades of handsome gingerbread houses as plain as sheet cakes. “I've seen a lot of cases where they've sawed off moldings, window trim, cornices, even knocked them off with hammers,” says Tom. “It looks worse than terrible. And it takes away what makes old houses special.”
For those contemplating having a house re-sided, Tom recommends finding a contractor who specializes in old-house work, not just in vinyl siding, and insisting that all the architectural details remain in place. “Run J-channel around them and butt the siding into it,” he says. “Of course, it takes more time and money to do it this way.” A proper paint job may make more sense, if that's the case. Sometimes, re-siding jobs are sold as a way to “tighten up” the house and reduce energy bills. The installers simply nail up a layer of foil-faced foam before the vinyl goes up. Tom doesn't think much of this practice. “The foam panels are only 3/8 inch thick; they don't add much R-value,” he says. “You'd be better off packing the walls with blow-in cellulose.” The final word: If you have any doubts about its effects, don't put vinyl siding on your
There are many important elements that go in to keeping a home protected from wind, water and other weather damage, but perhaps no feature is as underappreciated or as important as the gutters. Without properly functioning gutters, a home can suffer significant damage, not to mention the negative ascetic impact clogged or broken gutters have on a home's curb appeal.
It is important, therefore, for homeowners to know the basics of do it yourself gutter repair. While the installation of a new water drainage system for the home may require the assistance of a professional contractor, most simple gutter repairs can be made without such help.
As with any type of project, it is important to plan properly, and to gather the tools you will need to complete the job. When purchasing replacement pieces for worn out or damaged gutters, it is always a good idea to purchase more than you think you will need. Having additional pieces on hand will help you avoid having to run out to the home improvement center in the middle of a job, and those extra pieces can always be stored for later use.
Many of the gutters in use today are the plastic variety, made to easily snap together, and making repair and replacement of individual pieces a great deal easier. It is important, of course, to get a tight fit when replacing those worn out pieces of gutter, and the area around the repair should be inspected after the next rain to ensure that the area is draining properly.
In fact, checking the gutters is something that every homeowner should do on a regular basis. Check the gutter line a day or two after a heavy rain, looking particularly for areas where water has pooled. These pools of water could indicate a leak in the drainage system, and it is important to address these leaks as quickly as possible, before further damage can occur. Keeping on top of the condition of the gutter system, and making needed repairs as soon as a problem is detected, is one of the best ways to keep your important investment protected.
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