4 Siding Installation Tips worth Knowing

  • By Sunroom Additions
  • 02 May, 2014

You can improve the look of your home to make it look neat and well-maintained just by installing siding. As many home improvement stores and contractors install siding for a fee, some homeowners choose to install the siding themselves to save money. Here are some tips to help with both vinyl and wood siding installation :

  • Make sure the siding is level; if the first siding piece is not level, then the other pieces will not be level. Level sidings by installing a start strip that covers the enter side of one wall. This starter strip should be level and straight so that the remainder siding is level.
  • Do not install the siding too tightly as it can make it warm up or bend which, in turn, makes the overall siding design look bad. Follow the instructions on siding pieces, and make sure the nail is placed in the nailing slots provided at the top of each panel.

These guides help inform you where each nail should be placed and if followed correctly, the siding is easier to install and will look better. In fact, vinyl siding installation is much easier if the pieces are not tightly nailed together.

  • Sidings on the back of the house should be installed first as any mistakes here will not be visible. Moreover, if you start at the back, you get used to the installation process before reaching the front.

It is common for the edges of siding to overlap on either side during the siding installation process. So if you start at the back, the sides on the back overlap instead of those in the front, thus making them less visible.

  • It’s better installing siding on studs as it makes it more secure and less likely to fall or blow off the house. If you can’t see the studs from the outside of the house, use the help of stud finders or gently tap on the house side to hear the difference between the studs and empty space between them.

These siding installation tips prove helpful while installing your siding. However for a neat and professional looking job, it is always better to hire the professionals like those at Sunroom Additions & Improvements in Buffalo, NY, to do your siding installation job for you. Though you have to pay for their services, the end result is well worth it.

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By Sunroom Additions 27 Jun, 2014

In a typical modern home, the major energy consumption is spread across home heating systems such as the air conditioning unit or heat pump and cooling systems such as refrigerators, as well as other electrical appliances. There are many ways to save energy on these, though; like choosing energy efficient windows and appliances.

Why save energy? Of course, you want to cut the electricity bill, but you’re also doing your part for the environment. If you’re interested in making all the systems in your home energy efficient, take note of the following tips:

Insulation

Winter Insulation

During the winter months, most of the energy is consumed by heating systems. Additional or new insulation to your walls, attic, and ceilings is the first the step towards saving some energy. Caulking or even weather stripping ensures that openings (doors and windows) are properly sealed, preventing air leaks and an influx of cold drafts to keep warm air inside while keeping off the cold air.

Summer Insulation

During summer months, these same innovations will trap the cool air inside your house. The air conditioning system is responsible for about 50% of the total energy consumption in homes. Proper insulation may see this percentage reduce by a half.

Using Your Appliances Efficiently

Most home appliances such as ovens, washers, dryers, and dishwashers contribute to the hefty electricity bill that awaits you at the end of each month. Minimizing the use of these electrical appliances subsequently minimizes energy consumption. Pay attention to the following:

- Do full loads of dishes and clothes each time

- Your refrigerator is probably on for 24/7. Check the temperature settings and adjust the setting to the “energy- efficient” setting. You may as well decide to adjust the setting to 37 degrees; this is normally indicated as 3 degrees on your freezer.

- When out on a vacation unplug all the cables from electrical sockets. Just turning off the appliances still lets out some energy.

- If you still have the traditional heating, cooling and lighting systems, upgrade to energy efficient systems.

- Always turn off the lights when not in use and ensure that you shut down your TV when no one is watching. You’ll find that in most homes, lights and entertainment systems are on even when no one is using them.

Be mindful of the aforementioned tips and you could likely cut down your electricity bills by 50%. Don’t neglect new doors and windows; when it comes to energy efficiency, these are the first changes to make. If you need new windows, check with Sunroom Additions & Improvements in Buffalo, NY.

By Sunroom Additions 20 Jun, 2014

Patios  not only make your outdoor environment look superb, but they also provide a place where you can relax and enjoy the afternoon breeze. Whether you have a traditional or a modern patio, it will look neat if you keep your furniture and other patio stuff in the right place. Special storage mechanisms that can keep your patio belongings in place can also add to the glamour brought by your patio. Though there aren’t defined storage ideas for patios, you can get yourself started by considering the ideas below.

Customizing Your Coffee Table

Because every outdoor living area is different, there is always a solution to its storage needs. It doesn’t matter if you have a brick patio, wood deck, or a wrap around porch, what matters is how you take advantage of the coffee table lying in the center of your patio. You can add drawers to your coffee table or even make your table a roughhewn one so as to create a space for cooling and storing your drinks.

Ottoman

Ottoman is one of that home’s furniture pieces that is treasured for the numerous functions it has. This multifunctional storage type of furniture allows you to store several items that you need in your patio.

Take Advantage of Outdoor Cubbies

Cubbies provide convenient, cool, and affordable storage for landscape tools and other gardening gear. Ensure that you label all the compartments so that you can easily access your pots, seeds, and soil.

Utilizing a Storage Bench

Use a storage bench to tuck in pruning scissors, garden hoses, and other garden tools to keep them out of sight. This makes your patio to look organized and neat. While this storage bench forms a good place where you can stash various items, your family and guests can use it to catch a breath of the natural fresh air.

Make Use of Shelves

Design an all-weather shelving unit for your patio where you can tuck towels, plants and even firewood in it.

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