Clean Algae Off Siding - Liquid Soap and Oxygen Bleach Not a week goes by that I don’t get a question about cleaning this or that. These questions flow through the Ask Tim page on my www.AsktheBuilder.com website. As it turns out, I happen to know lots about cleaning things. I attribute much of this Read More »
How to Flash Siding Block - You Need Thin Stainless Steel Watch this video to understand one correct way to flash a siding block for light fixtures, hose bibs, appliance vents, etc. It's much easier to install the special stainless steel flashing tape as you're installing the siding rather than to do a repair. CLICK Read More »
Vinyl Siding Comparison - You Can Get the True Wood Look DEAR TIM: I’m going to be building a new home and I have to make a decision about the siding. I can afford wood shakes and love the look, but I am concerned about long-term maintenance. Vinyl siding seems to have so many advantages, Read More »
DEAR TIM: My house is now twenty-five years old. It’s covered with vinyl siding. Every summer I have mold and mildew that develop on the north side of my house. Every few years I remove it. Is there some coating I can apply to the siding to stop the mold and mildew from reappearing? It’s Read More »
Vinyl Siding Trim - The Devil is in the Detail Wide variety of trim types and styles Door surrounds are remarkable Lots of attic ventilation louvers Spend hours looking at online house photos QUESTION #1: The house I grew up in had vinyl siding and the trim around the windows was some thin distasteful vinyl Read More »
Ask the Builder Podcast 4 Highlights: Robert has a cracked floor joist under his bathroom. He needs to fix it fast and easy. I've got the answer. (Featured March 25, 2018 Newsletter) Bob lives in rural upstate New York. He wonders about using chemicals on his lawn above his well. Lots of laughter! Sue Read More »
Fiber Cement Siding Panels Are Man-Made Rock Fiber cement siding panels are excellent materials to cover the exterior of a home. There are thousands and thousands of homes and businesses that have this magic siding on their exterior walls. The panels are so weather resistant for many many years special ones were made as roofing Read More »
Inselbric Asphalt Panel Siding Inselbric is a discontinued siding product. It was made in a similar manner as today's asphalt shingles. Click to see pictures of a house in Cincinnati, OH, that has withstood the test of time. The product name is often misspelled. A few other common misspellings are: Insulbrick Inselbrick Insulbric It's important Read More »
Vinyl siding paint works best when it is a blend of urethane and acrylic resin. Vinyl siding soaks up heat and therefore has a high expansion/contraction rate. Painting vinyl siding with the proper paint will leave a lasting color for a long time.
Installing vinyl siding can be done by a determined homeowner. Paying attention to details is important when working with vinyl siding. Upgrading your exterior insulation, air infiltration and weather barriers prior to vinyl siding installation is also a consideration.