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Tim Carter demonstrates how to make your paint job and wood siding last for years. Just follow these helpful tips when installing wood siding. It will make your exterior wood siding look great and last longer.

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Cleaning vinyl siding is no different than washing a car. It is that simple. The only hard part about cleaning vinyl siding is that you might need ladders or have to work around landscaping. Other than that, this is a job just about anyone can do.

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Exterior window shutters can add to the beauty of your home, but only if they hold up over time. AsktheBuilder.com's Tim Carter shares some pointers about exterior wood shutters and vinyl shutters, and which type of exterior shutters you should buy.

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Wood siding has been used on houses for hundreds of years. Engineered wood siding is an improvement on traditional siding as it allows us to make the most of our natural resources. If you want the best exterior wood siding, look for wood that contains natural preservatives and has vertical grain. Western cedar is a great wood siding species.

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Wood siding will suffer bleeding and stains from dissolved natural preservatives if not sealed properly. Cedar and redwood siding darken in color. You can enjoy long-lasting, stain free wood siding if you use primer on all sides of your cedar and redwood lumber or exterior wood siding. Seal all rough cut edges with primer as well.

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Wood stains or stains on wood finishes are unsightly. A stain can be caused by mildew, natural extractive wood preservatives, and even cement and mortar. Follow these recipes for mildew remover and extractive wood stains...but avoid splattering redwood with the lime from cement or mortar! These wood stains are impossible to eliminate.

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