Renovation3 min

Can You Install Siding Without A Contractor?

If you’re a skilled Do-It-Yourselfer, you can install siding on your own without assistance from a contractor. You would need to carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, plus review and understand the terms of the siding warranty.

But before you tackle a siding job on your own, consider this:

  • In a recent survey, ImproveNet discovered that about one-third of Do-It-Yourselfers are forced to call a remodeling pro to fix their flawed work. More than half of the respondents said that their DIY project took longer than anticipated – and 50 percent felt that the job was physically harder than they’d expected.
  • A re-siding job also involves code-compliant flashing and edging to prevent water intrusion. If done incorrectly, your home could experience mold and rot. The cost of having pros fix those problems would far exceed what you saved from doing the job solo.
  • In the ImproveNet survey, 55 percent of those who had finished a disappointing DIY job felt that it flat-out “didn’t look good.” That’s a phrase you should never hear about siding, which has a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal.

It’s easy to see why most homeowners call an experienced pro to install siding. There are plenty out there who have advanced training (like those who are members of the LP® BuildSmart™ Program). That way you’ll avoid warranty-voiding mistakes – and your siding will be durable and beautiful for years to come.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.