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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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Trends4 min

Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Renovation5 min
Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

Trends3 min
Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.

Maintenance3 min
When to Replace Old, Decaying Siding

Fungal decaying siding can cause a multitude of problems such as improperly heating and cooling your home and even compromising its structure. Many times, fungal decay is hidden and homeowners may not know how to spot the warning signs. And if they do, it can be difficult to gauge whether it’s time for a siding replacement or repair. But have no fear. We’re offering an in-depth guide on the signs to spot fungal decay and, more importantly, what to do next.