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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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Renovation5 min

Start Planning Now for Your Dream Exterior Remodel

If you’re considering an exterior home remodel this spring or summer, now is the perfect time to start planning. Whether you want to take on a simple exterior remodel or totally change the exterior of your house, being prepared and building a detailed home project plan can help reduce your stress and help keep you on budget.

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Trends5 min
Your Biggest Exterior Design Trend Questions for 2020, Answered

It’s hard to imagine we’re living in the year 2020. While we’re not surrounded by robotic butlers and flying cars, home design trends in 2020 will feel revolutionary in style, texture and color. Whether you’re looking at new home building trends for 2020 or want to update your current home’s exterior design, we’re tackling your biggest design questions and providing ideas for inspiration.

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2020 Color Predictions to Guide Your Home’s Paint Color Selection

It’s that exciting time of the year when paint industry pros unveil their new paint colors. 2020 is already a landmark event, marking the start of a brand-new decade. Will it be known by bold, upbeat shades or demure neutrals?

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Design Focus: Dutch Colonials

If you live in the Northeast, your home is likely to represent or be surrounded by great examples of Dutch Colonial architecture. While the traditional Colonial home is a quintessential American design, the Dutch Colonial style is different, and made popular by Dutch Colonists who settled in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut areas in the mid-1600s.