The Importance of InsulationThe Importance of Insulation

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The Importance of Insulation

After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.


The Pros and Cons of Four Common Siding Materials

The siding of a home is like a coat. It protects the home from harsh weather conditions and provides visual interest. Like a good coat, you need to choose siding that will last for years. It also needs to be within your budget. While choosing siding may be a difficult task, you can make it easier by having a little knowledge before you go shopping.

If you do not know much about siding, don't worry. Here are four of the most common types of siding available today, and their pros and cons:

1. Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most popular types of siding due to its relatively low cost. It is affordable when compared to other options, and it's quite durable. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, so you will probably be able to find something that you like. It's also fairly easy to clean, as it only requires soap and water. While it may be expensive to repair and it cannot be painted, its low overall cost makes up for it.

2. Wood

Wood is another siding option. Although it is more commonly used on cottages, it can be used on any home. It's a nice material and gives a good natural look. Like other types of siding, there some color and style options, although they are more limited. However, it can be painted if desired; although it is time-consuming. A downfall of wood is that it is more difficult to maintain and clean. It is prone to water and insect damage, and needs to be cleaned with a bleach or vinegar solution to kill mold and bacteria. If you want to limit the chances of moisture issues, opt for a resin-infused wood, which will repel water and insects.

3. Fiber Cement

For a thicker siding, fiber cement is a good option. It is made from wood, sand, and cement all mixed together. It is very strong and durable, which makes it a nice option for those who live in harsh climates. While it doesn't come in many colors, it can easily be painted to suit your fancy. If you are concerned about the environment, fiber cement is good too, because it's usually made from some recycled materials.  

4. Brick and Stone

Brick and natural stone are another option for home siding. Both options are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures. If you don't find a color that you like, it can be painted to suit your preferences. It is on the more expensive side, but it is extremely strong and durable; and with proper care it will last for many years. While it can be a little heavy to install, the end effect is truly beautiful. It's also different and unique, as homes with brick or stone siding are less common today.

Choosing the siding of your home is important, so don't rush it. Learn about each material, take home samples, and trust your gut when making a decision. If you have never chosen siding before, consider talking to a professional like Allstate Gutter & Siding to discuss your options more thoroughly.