3 Tips For Installing Vinyl Siding

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vinyl siding is attractive, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. And because vinyl siding isn’t too difficult too install, many homeowners opt to take on this task themselves. But in order to ensure that your home comes out looking just the way you want it to, it’s important to learn a few things first. If you are considering installing vinyl siding on your home, read on. This article will present three key tips. 1. Use the right type of nail. Nails are the primary means of attachment for vinyl siding. Yet many people fail to realize that the type of nail you use can make a huge difference in how your siding looks and performs as the years go by. Choose a nail that meets the following criteria: head diameter of 3/8″ shank diameter of 1/8″ long enough to penetrate a minimum of 3/4″ into the wall 2. Don’t nail too tight–or too loose! A common beginner’s mistake is to forget that vinyl siding expands and contracts according to changes in humidity and temperature. This means that, if your siding is nailed down too tightly, when hot weather comes it will not be able to expand properly. This will cause the siding to bubble and warp in unsightly and potentially damaging ways. Luckily, you can easily avoid this scenario by leaving a small gap between the nail head and the vinyl siding. This gap should be approximately 1/32 inch–that is, not quite the thickness of a dime. This should be just enough to allow the panels of siding to move side-to-side once fastened. Just take care not to leave the nail heads too loose, as this will cause the siding to rattle each time the wind blows. Likewise, it is important to drive the nails in as straight as possible. That way the siding can easily slide up and down the nail shaft as it expands and contracts. Crooked nails will cause your siding to distort in unsightly ways. 3. Use a level when installing your starter strip. When installing vinyl siding, you always start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up. Each subsequent strip of siding attaches to the one below it. But in order to give the bottom row of siding something to hook onto, and to keep it from flapping around, an aluminum starter strip is installed at the base. It is vital to ensure that this starter strip is perfectly level. Otherwise, because of the interlocking nature of vinyl siding, your entire wall will come out looking crooked. Take as many measurements as necessary to determine a level line, and then chalk it on the wall to provide a constant point of reference....

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Finally Getting Your New Kitchen? Don’t Forget These 4 Handy Additions

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’ve been waiting for years to remodel your existing home, or you’re planning for your next custom home, you want to make sure that you have the perfect kitchen. While you’re working with your contractor, be sure to discuss all the options that you want to include in your new kitchen. While you’re planning for all the new appliances, don’t forget to include some new designs for your cabinets, as well. Here are some of the options that you might want to consider. Pullout Shelves You know how difficult it is to get to the items you have stored in the back of your cabinets. If you have mobility issues, it can be even more difficult. Pullout shelves take the hassle out of finding things in your cabinets. The shelves are all attached to tracks that will allow you to pull them out so you can reach things even when they’re in the very back of the cabinet. When you’re done, you simply push the shelves back into the cabinets. Pullout Bins And Baskets Are you tired of fighting with your trashcan, or finding rotten vegetables in your cabinets? With pullout bins and baskets, you’ll be able to reach your trashcan without any problems, and your produce will be able to have the right amount of air circulating around it. The pullout trashcan holder allows you to store your trashcan neatly in your cabinets, while the pullout baskets are perfect for storing produce that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Built In Spice Racks If you love to cook, you know how important it is to have easy access to your spices. It can be a real pain trying to dig through your cabinets to find the right spices while you’re cooking. Now you can have built in spice racks right inside your kitchen drawers. Just pull out the drawer and all of your favorite spices will be right at your fingertips. Tilt Open Drawers Are you tired of trying to figure out what to do with your kitchen sponges and drain plugs when they’re not in use? Tilt open drawers will provide you with the perfect location for those items. Instead of that fake drawer front under your kitchen sink, a tilt open drawer can be installed. Once you open the drawer front, a storage bin will pull out where you can store your sponges and other small items. You’ve waited a long time for the perfect kitchen. Now that you’re finally planning all the details, don’t forget to add these handy items to your design plans. For more tips, contact a company such as Fine Kitchens and Baths by Patricia Dunlop.    ...

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