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  • Home Help: How freeze-thaw cycles can damage siding

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  • Tip of the Week
    Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home’s value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same.
    Weather attacks a home’s siding year-round with freeze-thaw cycles, sun, severe storms, wind and water. These elements, when combined with other threats from termites and household wear and tear, can leave any siding materials damaged.
    How do other popular siding products compare to engineered wood siding and trim? You’ll need to do your own research to decide, but here is some information to consider.
    Fiber cement vs. engineered wood
    Fiber cement siding is typically more brittle than engineered wood, making it more susceptible to breaking or cracking such as from an errantly thrown ball.
    Vinyl vs. engineered wood
    Although vinyl siding is popular in some parts of the country, it will fade over time to a different and unpredictable shade. It is difficult to refinish. Vinyl becomes more brittle in the winter in colder climates and as such is susceptible to cracking from impact against it. Even in warmer seasons, pliable vinyl siding is susceptible to damage from impact from stones thrown by a lawn mower or baseballs or from hail.
    Traditional wood vs. engineered wood
    Traditional wood typically requires more maintenance, including painting and scraping, than other siding materials. It does not resist warping, cracking and splitting as well as other siding materials.
    Engineered wood siding resists warping, cracking and splitting. It is typically factory pre-primed, enabling it to take and keep paint well, delivering optimal adhesion and consistent application. For all these reasons, treated engineered wood siding is a very good option compared to other types of siding.
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    Home-selling Tip
    Sellers often focus on big-picture issues and overlook the small details that win buyers’ hearts. For example, while it’s important to paint the walls a neutral, appealing color, don’t forget to repaint baseboards, window trim, ceilings and inside closets, too - all significantly affect the overall look of a room. Even when you account for the extra time and paint needed for trim, painting remains one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to freshen a room’s appearance.
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    Decorating Tip
    Incorporate color in your home through key decorating elements such as upholstery fabric, accent rugs, window treatments and wall art. Choose colors that speak to you of spring, whether it’s an Easter egg pale purple, a cheerful sky blue or a bright grass green. Replace heavy winter drapes with translucent sheers that admit natural light and give rooms an airy, open feeling.
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    Garden Guide
    Hungry deer will eat almost anything, but it is possible to plant some vegetation that deer are less likely to eat. Interspersing plants like yarrow, fuzzy lamb’s ear, catmint and hellebore, may offer some protection for plants that deer find desirable.
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