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Vinyl siding can be a an area of intense debate in construction circles. There are many advantages and disadvantages to buying a home with vinyl siding or in deciding to install it on your home. Here, we’ll break down the pros and cons of the popular siding material and how to decide if it’s right for your home. Over the years, advancement in the makeup of vinyl and advances in the technology itself has made it a more popular choice among home owners and builders. Vinyl was introduced in the 1950’s as a replacement for aluminum siding. Originally, vinyl was notorious for fading, cracking and buckling. Now, the material has been perfected to a new, higher standard. Advantages To Vinyl Siding:
  • Cedar is 2 1/2 times more expensive than than vinyl
  • Vinyl siding never needs to be painted
  • Easy to install
  • The material is versatile
  • The color will outlast paint
  • Water resistant
  • Helps to prevent damage from rain and snow
The biggest advantage of vinyl siding is the fact that it simply needs to be power washed from time to time and painting is not necessary. While power washing is an expense, it’s still less expensive than painting the entire house every five years. In the right conditions, the siding also usually holds its color for a long, long period of time. However, there are always exceptions to these rules. Cons Of Vinyl Siding:
  • There’s no time frame of how long vinyl siding will last
  • The durability of vinyl siding depends upon how the material itself
  • Vinyl siding is often installed over old siding, so existing problems could still remain
  • It’s flammable, so grills and other items could pose a hazard
  • It may be hard to find a replacement piece in a matching color when you need it
  • The siding could increase your home’s chances of developing mold on the outside
  • Susceptible to cracks
  • Seasonal maintenance is required
The cons listed above are mere warnings of the problems that could arise when vinyl siding is installed. There are pretty strict construction codes surrounding the installation of siding to help prevent these problems, yet, you should keep them in mind. The problems that could arise with siding also depend upon the type of material that’s used to make the siding. It’s good to do some investigating before you fully decide on the best material for your home’s exterior So, while vinyl siding isn’t a foolproof choice for a damage-free home, it does have some significant advantages over wood siding and paint. Depending upon the climate you live in and the type of look that you’re going for on your home, the decision is ultimately up to you.

You just moved into a new home or you are looking to make gradual updates to your home¬— a good place to start is the master bedroom. But what kind of feel do you want in your bedroom? The color that you decide to paint your bedrooms wall(s) will completely determine the feel that the room will have. Let’s take a look at what/how certain colors create the mood and feeling in a room. Blue & Green: Are you looking to create an oasis where you can escape? A place where you feel calm and relaxed? Cool colors are ideal for creating this feel. These are the best colors to choose for a sanctuary where you can rewind after a long day. But make sure you are choosing soft hues in blue and green, as bright and dark hues will add a completely different feel to your room. A dark blue such as navy is a nice color to choose if you are looking for a cozier, modern feel. White, Gray & Beige: Neutral colors are a good option for wall paint if you have large accent furniture that you want to be the focal point of your room. Bright white is a great way to add a contemporary and luxurious feel to the room. Gray and beige tones can add a contemporary feel or a modern feel to your room depending on which is more your style as well as the style of your furniture. Red, Pink and Purple: These warmer toned colors will not give you the opposite feeling of an oasis— a feeling of excitement and creativity. Brighter tones are best for children’s’ bedrooms, where, darker, richer hues of these colors can create a feeling of coziness and warmth. If you do choose a warmer hued color, especially a dark color, it’s a good idea to consider painting just an accent wall. This way the room does not feel and look smaller than it actually is. You can always consider painting an accent wall with any of the colors discussed above. This gives you the pop of color (or neutral tone) that you’re looking for without overpowering your room. Your furniture can then play off of that color and pull it all together. Be sure to understand the type of feel that you are looking to create in your master bedroom before choosing a color— it will make choosing a color easier. Visit your a local home store to pick out samples and test them on your walls. You won’t truly know if you like a color unless you test them out. You may love a color on the swatch but you may find that you dislike how it looks on your wall or with your furniture. Once you find a color, start painting away. Good luck!



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