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Considerations for Using Vinyl Siding in a Historic District

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Vinyl siding has grown in popularity over the last several decades, and it has become the exterior finishing material of choice for most new construction projects. It is easy to maintain, protects the home against water damage, and creates a beautiful exterior design.

Though vinyl siding is popular among new construction, its use on historic homes has been hotly debated. In fact, earlier this month, a high-profile historic community in New Orleans banned the use of vinyl siding in any new construction, while grandfathering in those that already had vinyl siding.

Of course, if you live in a historic district, you will be at the whim of the association overseeing the community. However, if you have purchased a historic or vintage home and are considering renovating it, you may consider using vinyl siding in your updates. Here are a few things to consider to know if vinyl siding is the right choice for your historic home: (more…)

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How to Choose the Right Soffit and Fascia for Your Home

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Soffit and fascia keep a low profile on your home, but they play a big role in protecting your home and improving its overall look.

Just under the edge of your roof is a small lip about four to eight inches high. On some homes, this strip of wood is just painted. However, on most modern homes, the edge is covered with a covering known as fascia. It is a piece of vinyl or aluminum that covers the wood and protects it from water damage.

If the wood along your roof line is damaged by water, the rot can spread to your roof and make your roof vulnerable to leaks or pest infestation.

Your roof also hangs over the edge of your home by a foot or more, leaving an area under the roof edge. Left unfinished, you will see beams, subdecking and open space leading into your home’s attic. This is essential for proper ventilation to control humidity in the attic and prevent moisture damage.

Installing soffit is a good way to provide a finished edge without blocking the flow of air into your home. Soffit a board that covers that edge, and it can be made of different materials and can be vented or unvented.

If you have an older home, you may not have soffit or fascia, or you may need to upgrade it to replace aging materials. Here are a few things to keep in mind to choose the right soffit and fascia for your home: (more…)

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Tips: Know When It’s Time for New Gutters

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If you let your gutters age out, they will stop providing the protection your home needs, leaving it vulnerable to water damage that could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs to the roof, foundation, walls and more. It is important to keep a close eye on your gutters so you can detect the earliest signs of a problem and minimize the damage to your home.

You may be able to repair some problems with your gutters and get more life out of them, but some signs of trouble could indicate that it’s time for all new gutters.

Here are a few signs that it might be time to consider investing in new gutters: (more…)

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The Features of the Lindab European Round Gutter System

 

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Lindab is a European company that has been making sheet metal products for over 50 years. It started in Sweden, but thanks to the quality of its products, business has grown and it has moved to 31 countries around the world.

One of the products on which Lindab has built its reputation is its line of steel, rounded gutters. These half-circular gutters provide superior performance for your home, and are among the most popular on the market.

Here are just a few of the great features of the Lindab round gutter system that might benefit your home:

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