Is DIY Siding Installation Possible?

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Installing your own siding can’t be that hard, right? You can certainly save a lot of money, and all it takes is a day or two of rolling up the sleeves. Is DIY siding installation really doable?

The Truth About DIY Siding Installation

Many homeowners have enquired whether they can just buy their own siding from a wholesale supplier and install the siding without involving a professional service. Unfortunately, the job is not as simple as just snapping on the new siding over your existing material.

First, your existing siding and/or wall may have problems, such as mold or significant wood rot. You can’t just put new siding over it and forget about it. Secondly, would you even be able to detect signs of serious damage?

Do You Have the Right Tools?

Siding installation requires some basic tools, such as a tape measure, utility knife, electric drill, fasteners, etc. You probably already have these in your tool box. However, the job also requires commercial-grade equipment. This includes a break, an expensive tool that bends metal to conform to the shape of the trim pieces. Are you willing to pay several hundred dollars for a tool you will probably only use once every 20 years?

Rules and Regulations

Your municipality may also have rules regarding what you can and cannot do with your home’s exterior. This is especially the case if your home is a condo or your property is part of a homeowner’s association. Do you know how to acquire a permit or know if one is even required?

Leave It to the Pros

Whether it’s siding or windows, leave the installation to professionals with the right tools and know-how. Contact Exteriors Unlimited and view our gallery to see what a finished job looks like. DIY siding installation is not a realistic solution.

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Serving Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Cheney, Sprague, Reardan, Spangle, Rockford, Fairfield, Edwall, Ford, Clayton, Deer Park, Colbert, Chattaroy, Mead, Airway Heights, Davenport, Ritzville, Nine Mine Falls, Rosalia, Oakdale, Tekoa, Colfax, St. John, Endicott, Springdale, Elk, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene since 1984

The Truth About Asbestos-Cement Siding

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Many homeowners are well aware of the health risks of asbestos. However, asbestos is present beyond the interior walls and ceilings. It’s also present in older cement siding. Should you remove asbestos-cement siding or take some other form of remediation? 

The Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is no danger as long as the material remains intact. However, when the material comes apart, anyone in close proximity is at risk of inhaling the airborne fibers. Researchers have linked asbestos to various diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

What About Asbestos Siding?

As long as asbestos siding remains in good condition, it poses minimal health hazards. In fact, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors even noted some benefits of cement siding. This includes its high fire resistance, termite resistance, and the ability to mimic the appearance of other siding material.

Health risks aside, asbestos siding has a few disadvantages as well. Unlike wood siding, which you can refurbish via staining or sanding, you cannot do so with asbestos. In addition, the material is brittle and is prone to cracking if you pressure wash the surface. 

Should You Remove Asbestos Siding?

Removal is an option. However, when inspectors work with old asbestos-cement siding, the standard procedure is normally to cover it with new siding. Removal is more labor-intensive, which translates to higher costs for the homeowner. On top of that, asbestos removal in some areas requires a permit from the city. In any case, we definitely do not recommend DIY removal. This poses significant risk not just to your family but to neighbors as well.

We Seal Asbestos-Cement Siding

Call Exteriors Unlimited if your home contains outdated cement siding. We’ll update your home with new siding and windows. Our gallery showcases more up-to-date siding. Asbestos-cement siding poses a health risk, and sealing may be the appropriate course of action.

New Siding Installment for Spokane Valley Residences

Serving Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Cheney, Sprague, Reardan, Spangle, Rockford, Fairfield, Edwall, Ford, Clayton, Deer Park, Colbert, Chattaroy, Mead, Airway Heights, Davenport, Ritzville, Nine Mine Falls, Rosalia, Oakdale, Tekoa, Colfax, St. John, Endicott, Springdale, Elk, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene since 1984

How to Remove a Woodpecker from Your Siding

remove woodpeckerWoodpeckers peck at trees; that’s a given. However, they actually do not discriminate, as long as the material is wood. If you have cedar or other wooden siding, they may peck at that as well. Removing a woodpecker from your siding is doable and does not require harming the birds.

Why Woodpeckers Love Siding

Why do woodpeckers target your siding when trees abound nearby? Like trees, siding provides a nesting ground for various insects. If woodpeckers can peck through the siding, they practically have an insect and grub buffet. Also, don’t think they will just target a single siding panel. They will go after multiple sections to gain multiple access points.

Visual Deterrents

Some homeowners hang CDs, believing that the reflective material keeps woodpeckers at bay. While the birds may initially be wary, they will quickly ignore them, once they realize they’re not a threat.

You need objects that are even shinier. Good options include repellent balloons, repellent tape, and repellent discs. Continue Reading →

Why Are My Windows Making Popping Noises?

window popping, popping noiseOccasionally, you might hear a popping noise inside or outside the home. This could give you a scare, but the sound is alerting you that something is amiss with your window or siding. We’ll explore the cause of the window popping noise and what to do about it.

What Causes the Window Popping Noise?

One cause stems from the window’s aluminum cladding. Temperature fluctuations cause repeated contraction and expansion of the extruded coil stock inside the cladding. Another cause is improper installation. When installed out of square or plane, the frame’s jamb can bend inward and put undue pressure on the sash. Reinstallation is in order.

Popping Noise from Vinyl Siding

Aluminum windows aside, popping sounds could also occur if you have vinyl siding. Vinyl naturally expands in response to temperature changes. For this reason, installers must not nail the siding too tightly to the exterior wall. They must leave space for the expansion to occur. If you leave no space between the siding and wall, the siding buckles, leading to the eventual popping. Continue Reading →

How to Eliminate Bees Around Your Siding

bees sidingThe siding on your home protects is, as well as adding an attractive visual element to the exterior. Unfortunately, depending on its condition, siding might also serve as a breeding ground for pests. Bees around the siding is especially a problem in the Spokane Valley region.

How Siding Attracts Bees

Siding installation varies; some installers don’t cover the fascia trim, which leaves an opening for bees. The space behind the siding boards provide the ideal space for establishing a colony. Your home is especially prone to boring bees if your siding consists of untreated wood. If the wood is decayed, then that makes the siding even more attractive to these buzzing critters.

Once bees build a nest, you have the obvious danger of stinging insects near your home. But that’s not the only problem. As the bees produce eggs, they attract predators, such as woodpeckers. We don’t need to explain what woodpeckers could do to the siding as they search for the larvae. Continue Reading →

How Do Energy Efficient Windows Help?

energy efficient windows, energy efficiencyMost homeowners are aware that a home interior’s energy efficiency is partly due to the windows. Depending on its quality and age, a window could help or hurt a home’s ability to trap and release heat. So, what exactly constitutes an energy-efficient window?

Traditional Single-Pane Windows

Typical windows consist of a single pane of glass set in a frame. In the winter, this allows warm air to easily escape through the thin glass. In summer, heat can make its way in from cracks in the caulking.

Studies suggest that heat escapes from a single-pane window at 10x the rate of an insulated wall of the same size. Another report suggests a home loses a fifth of its heat through single-pane windows. Continue Reading →

Upgrade Your Home with Board and Batten Siding

board and batten siding, barn sidingBoard and batten siding has long been a mainstay as an exterior design feature for home construction. It creates a three-dimensional effect and is a popular for rural homes, barns, and hay storage sheds.

What Is Board and Batten Siding?

This siding consists of thin siding strips called battens that alternate with wider and more traditional boards. The narrower battens extend past the wide boards to create a layered look. Due to their popularity for farmsteads, some people also refer to board and battens as barn siding. The end result is a rustic countryside look also popular in cottage-style structures.

Pros of Board and Batten Siding

As with other siding options, you have a plethora of choices, including vinyl and engineered wood. You may also opt for real wood, which extends your options to choices like fir, cedar, pine, and redwood. Continue Reading →

Window Safety Practices for Homes with Young Children

window safety children, child window safetyOctober is National Window Coverings Safety Month. As suggested in the title, this pertains specifically to window coverings. However, we figure this is also an ideal moment to discuss general window safety practices for households with children.

Why Window Safety Matters

An average of eight children under 5-years of age die each year from falling out a window. This is the finding according to a 2015 report from the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide.

In response to these preventable tragedies, safety advocates formed the Window Safety Task Force to educate parents about window safety. The organization came up with these suggestions to keep a child within safe distance of a window: Continue Reading →

Vinyl Siding for a Historic Home Restoration

historic home siding, vinyl sidingDo you live in a pre- or early-1900s home? The property clearly has an old-world charm. Nevertheless, with the passage of time cladding surfaces become worn and rotten. We’ll explain why vinyl siding for historic homes is the best choice from both a functional and aesthetic level.

Why Vinyl Siding for a Century-Old Home?

Circa 1900-era homes in the Pacific Northwest mostly contained yellow clapboards with blue or white scallop detailing. This is a signature look for residences of that period.

Vinyl siding comes in many varieties that resemble this type of clapboard minus the upkeep. Installers can often find an exact or near-exact match. In fact, homeowners have their choice of over 400 certified and fade-resistant color palettes.

While clapboards of those days were wood, modern vinyl siding can replicate the same look. Side-by-side, wood and made-to-look-like-wood siding are nearly indistinguishable, even up close.

Vinyl siding also nicely complements other compatible restorations, such as windows and masonry. Continue Reading →

The Appeal of Custom-Shaped Windows

custom shaped windows, geometric windowsWindow replacement is a big investment that pays dividends down the road. However, energy efficiency is only one of the many factors you should consider. While secondary, you should also consider custom-shaped windows. Any geometric shape besides the typical rectangle is a welcome change for most homeowners.

Why Custom-Shaped Windows?

Take a stroll around your neighborhood and look at the homes. 99% of the houses have rectangular windows. That is simply the default choice. Unless you specify a specific shape, you’re going to receive a window with four pointy corners.

A window of any other geometric shape adds to the curb appeal, simply because of  the novelty. After all, how often do you see a residential window with a rounded perimeter?

You can also add custom-shaped windows as an additional fixture above or to the sides of a traditional window. This provides more total window surface to allow in more light. Continue Reading →