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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Signs That It's Time For New Siding

by Kelly Simmons

It can be easy to overlook old and failing siding on your home, especially if you are concerned about the expense of replacement. The fact is that once the siding begins to go, it is going to be less expensive in the long run to simply purchase new. This is because failing siding leads to increased energy costs as well as added expenses in the event that you end up with moisture damage or mold in your walls due to the problem siding. The following are the signs that it's time to begin shopping for new siding.

Warped boards

Warping is mainly an issue with wood siding, although it can also occur with vinyl siding due to heat or wind damage. When it's wood, warped boards are the result of moisture damage. This means that the wood has become compromised and that the fibers are beginning to break down – one of the first signs of rot. A warped board can't be repaired, only replaced.

Peeling paint

Peeling paint is only a concern if it happens frequently. All paint will begin to peel, flake, or fade eventually. Depending on weather exposure, your siding may need fresh paint in as little as two or three years, although the paint job will generally last longer. The problem is if the paint begins to peel nearly as soon as it has dried. This can indicate that moisture has seeped into the wood and swollen the fibers so that paint can no longer adhere properly. Rot won't be far behind.

Cracks and holes

A small crack or hole in wood or vinyl siding can usually be repaired, and as long as it's repaired quickly rot and mold shouldn't set in. Major cracks or repeated cracking is a sign that the siding has reached the end of its useful life. In the case of vinyl siding, siding that won't stay firmly attached to the house or that flaps in windy weather will also soon be cracking, so it too will need replaced.

Rot

Checking wood siding for rot should be an annual chore. If you come across soft boards, you have found wood that has begun to rot. It will harbor moisture and mold, and it may even attract pests that feed on rotting wood fibers. Plan to have the siding replaced at the first signs of rot.

For more help, contact a siding company like Patriot Construction to assess the state of your home.

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