Siding and Exteriors 101
This is where your home begins. Welcome to the Discover Resource Library, where you’ll find information and inspiration about all the ways to reshape, refine and reimagine your home’s exterior. Whether you’re building your dream home or remodeling an existing one, researching cladding choices or exploring all the possible home exterior options, this is the place to start.
When it comes to remodeling your home’s exterior, every project is unique. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling the one you’ve loved for years, making product selections and organizing the overall project can be a daunting task.
There are hundreds of elements that make up a home’s exterior – and you’ll want to carefully understand each one to ensure your exterior project is a success. Here, we’ve defined every element so you can see what’s what – and how it all works together to surround and serve your home.
Building a new home or remodeling the one you’ve lived in for a while can be both exciting and intimidating. No matter how big your adventure, success is established by the decisions you make before the first nail is hammered. The first step? Deciding whether to remodel or build from scratch.
No matter the size of your project, your success will be determined by the information you gather first. So before you hammer your first nail or write your first check, make sure you’re clear on what outcomes you expect, how much it will cost, and how you will plan to get there.
If you’re researching options for home exterior materials, you’ll likely run across the terms cladding or siding. Both of these terms can refer to a variety of home exteriors such as metal, wood, vinyl, stucco and beyond. To make the right choice for your home, you’ll want to take some time to familiarize yourself with each type of siding.
Throughout the U.S. and Canada, vinyl siding has become the top choice of homeowners looking for a smart investment and wise choice for exterior cladding. The reasons are plentiful: vinyl siding is beautiful, durable, realistic, easy to design with and requires virtually no maintenance.
Over the years vinyl siding has evolved, advancements in engineering and technology. Technological advancements and deliberate engineering have heightened durability, sustainability, and its realistic appearance. Vinyl siding locks tighter to your home, better withstands the weather, is easier to install and is available in a startling array of fade-resistant colors.
Selecting certified vinyl siding is more important than any brand, style, or color you may choose. Certification authenticates that the siding is of high quality, has passed rigorous testing and will deliver on the manufacturer’s claims. However, just choosing certified siding isn’t enough: Your installer should also be certified. A certified installer will properly install your vinyl siding to make sure it looks great, performs as promised and meets warranty requirements.
There are a few things to consider when you begin your exterior remodeling project if your neighborhood has a Home Owner’s Association (HOA), or if your home is a historic building. Though you may have very specific design goals, you need to make certain that what you want to achieve is in line with neighborhood guidelines and restrictions before work begins.
Accents pull your design ideas together. They are the finishing touch sure to lend an extra pop of personality to your home’s exterior. Accents help you create a cohesive look, where no single element stands out from the rest. To ensure your finished remodel or construction project reflects the vision you have for your home, consider the following details.
Remodeling? Finishing a new build? Don’t forget the trim. Read here to learn how the right trim can put the finishing touches on your design ideas, create a fresh look for your home, and give you the look you have always dreamed of.”
What you may not know is that poor ventilation in your attic can cause even worse problems, like wood rot, mildew, peeling exterior paint, rusted nails and screws, and even roof problems. The good news is that most of your ventilation problems can be easily and inexpensively addressed. And doing so during an exterior remodeling project is the best time to address it.
Now that you’ve researched and planned your exterior remodeling project, you’re ready to install your vinyl siding. Or are you? Before you begin, a bit of preparation is required to help avoid potential issues in the future.
Unless you live in an exceptionally dry climate free of rain, you’ll need a water management plan to handle the rain water that runs off your roof. The right gutter system, combined with a drainage method, meets this need. Without it, water will spill off the roof and collect on the ground around your foundation, eventually working its way inside causing expensive water and moisture damage.