What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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4 Vinyl Siding Options And Upgrades

Vinyl siding remains one of the most popular cladding options in the United States thanks to its durability, versatility and relatively low cost, with an average price of around $12,000 to refinish the average home. While traditional vinyl siding has a smooth finish and clean lines, homeowners may be surprised to learn that modern vinyl siding comes with many options and upgrades beyond simple things like color or thickness. If you're considering vinyl siding, consider whether these four add-ons or options might be the perfect choice for your home.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

Standard vinyl siding is uninsulated, while insulated versions come with rigid foam insulation permanently bonded to the inside of the vinyl. This not only makes the product sturdier and more solid, but also comes with a host of other benefits, including longer lengths -- which means fewer seams -- greater rigidity and fewer rattles. It also helps to boost the energy efficiency of the home by 1 to 11 percent depending on where you live, resulting in lower energy bills and improved comfort for family members.

Seamless Siding

Most vinyl siding comes in pre-cut pieces. During installation, installers slip these pieces together to fit your home, resulting in seams. If you hate the look of these seams, or worry that water could sneak through, consider seamless vinyl siding. This product comes in a large roll, which can be cut at the jobsite so it's the same width as your wall. 

Liquid Vinyl

Like the look of vinyl siding, but don't quite have the money for new vinyl? Liquid vinyl siding allows you to mimic the look of solid vinyl at a fraction of the cost, generally between $3 and $6 per foot. Liquid vinyl is similar to paint, but much thicker and more durable. It is sprayed on to create a vinyl-like coating over whatever your home is currently made of, whether its wood, vinyl or aluminum siding or some other finish altogether.

Fancy Finishes

If you're hesitant to buy vinyl siding because you think it all looks the same, think again; modern vinyl comes in countless finishes and textures, many of which closely resemble more expensive materials like stone or wood. For example, you can find vinyl siding with a beadboard or board and batten finish, or embossed to resemble wood shingles or cedar shakes. Some vinyl siding is also designed to look just like brick, natural stone or even traditional logs for a rustic, log cabin look. 

To learn more about vinyl siding, contact a company like MAK Construction Corporation