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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

3 Different Types of Vinyl Siding

by Bradley Castillo

Vinyl siding is one of most cost-effective exterior remodels you can invest in. It is very popular because it not only completely changes the look and feel of your home but also protects the structure and makes it more energy efficient. Of course, not all vinyl siding is the same. This article highlights three of the most popular styles of vinyl siding. You want to consider the key characteristics and installation requirements of each style. This should help you decide what style is best for your property and budget.

Vinyl Sheets

The first thing you have to consider is the style of your site. The three most common types of vinyl are sheet, panel, and shingle. Vinyl sheets are large, like plywood (about 4' by 8'). These are convenient because there are fewer individual pieces deal with. When it comes to covering large areas, you can install sheet siding very quickly. Sheet siding is traditionally more popular in commercial and industrial construction because it is so large. The large sheets can be a little inconvenient on normal homes because you need to make so many cuts to fit around window and door fixtures. Most sheet siding has molded horizontal panels that create a tiered look. This is the same basic look you get with panel siding.

Vinyl Panels

When it comes to residential construction, panel siding is probably the most popular. Most panels are about the same length as sheet siding, but each plank is usually less than 12" tall. Vinyl siding panels are modular, meaning they can be attached to each other with a simple snap. Also, the panels are prepackaged and sold in individual kits that are easy to lift and transport. Panel siding is definitely the vinyl of choice for DIYers. Once the products are installed, both panel and sheet siding will essentially look the same.

Shingle Siding

Shingle siding looks the most unique because the individual pieces are just tiles. They are stacked on top of each other to create the shingled look that is commonly used on wood siding. Shingle siding pieces are obviously easy to handle because they are so small. However, since there are so many individual pieces, the installation is very time consuming.

When choosing your vinyl style, you should first determine which look your prefer. Then, decide whether or not you are going to install it on your own or let professionals do so. Talk to a company such as Cornerstone Home Improvement to learn more about siding.