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Add Curb Appeal with Vinyl Siding

Your old home looks like the worst home in the neighborhood. You’ve just recently finished a DIY home remodeling project inside and are ready to give your house some curb appeal on the outside, but what to do? Adding vinyl siding to an old home is probably one of the most cost effective and quickest way to give your home and a brand new look. Old Siding and SoffitThe cost to remodel your homes siding is relatively cheap compared to the paybacks you can attain when selling your home.

If you’ve spent the entire winter inside remodeling your home it’s time to get outside and think of the exterior. There are many different types of home vinyl siding available that will give your home a cosmetic facelift. Vinyl siding comes in many styles and colors to choose from. I reccomend going to a specialty store that deals predominantly in home vinyl siding. This type of store will have the most selection and qualified people available to help you in your decisions. The big box stores generally only carry a couple different styles and colors. Don’t limit your project to a couple colors. Try and stand out from the neighbors – this is what will set your home apart and possibly add more curb appeal value for your vinyl siding installation.

Remodeling the siding of your home with vinyl siding is quick since in most cases you can apply new vinyl siding directly over the existing siding. If in your case it is neccesary to remove the existing siding then I would reccomend getting a dumpster dropped in your driveway. Removing old siding adds up to a huge mess. My DIY home remodeling project turned out to have two layers of siding which led me to opt to remove both layers before installing new vinyl siding.

Permits typically aren’t needed to remodel the siding on your home, but I would check with your local zoning board before doing so. It’s better avoid conflicts in the middle of a job.

The finished vinyl siding product is going to not only add curb appeal but will protect your investment from the elements as well. Installing vinyl siding is worth the effort in my opinion. The application goes on really fast and you will be able to see your results immediately. Your neighbors will as well.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - April 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

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How to Install Soffit and Fascia

Installing soffit and fascia can add increased value to your fresh DIY home remodeling project. Soffit and fascia can also add protection from the elements as well. Not to mention it will also keep pests out of your attic such as birds, squirrels and wasp’s etc. The expense of installing soffit and fascia is relatively cheap for the DIY individual.

Before starting your soffit and fascia installation a material list will need to be developed. Measure the length the roof over hangs your wall in a horizontal manner. Next measure your total length of all walls. In convert all measurements to inches and multiply the total length of walls times the amount of roof overhang. This will give you your total amount of soffit needed. Convert your final number to feet by multiplying by 12. The amount of J-Channel needed will be your total wall length and the same length of fascia will be required as well.

When shopping for soffit and fascia I prefer to use a store that is dedicated to supplies of this nature. I used a store such as “ABC Roofing and Siding”. The folks that work at these stores are experienced and will generally provide useful advice when purchasing soffit and fascia supplies. They will also be able to provide a lot more choices of types and colors of soffit and fascia available. I was able to take a complete diagram of the exterior dimensions of my home and have them figure what was needed to complete my soffit and fascia installation. A specialized store of this nature for the DIY home remodeling type persons can be  a huge help compared to the big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. I think you will find that you get a lot more value from a specialized store as well.

The Soffit F-channel is installed onto the home wall horizontally from the roof overhang edge. Install the soffit F-channel in a level manner all the way around the home. Once the F-channel is in place the soffit can be cut to the desired length. Soffit usually comes in sheets of 10 foot in length. The soffit widths can vary from 12 or 16 inches typically. Soffit is cut length wise using the measurement from the wall to the roof eave overhang edge measurement. The cut soffit is made to join at the ends.

Soffit is then inserted into the F-channel that was previously installed onto the wall. Using screws or nails you can then fasten the soffit to the roof edge. Continue this process all the way down each wall.

Once all the soffit is installed, fascia can be hung into place which overlaps the soffit nailed to the roof edge. Fascia will  finish off the project hiding all the soffit edges. Fascia is installed up under the roof drip edge and overlaps the soffit nailed to the roof fascia board.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by muellerd - April 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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