If it's time to put new siding on your home, you'll get to choose between wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiber cement. Fiber cement is a popular option because it offers several benefits over the other materials. Here's a look at how these different types of siding compare.
Fiber Cement Versus Wood
Fiber cement siding looks a lot like wood. That's because it is made from wood pulp. However, the wood pulp is mixed with cement, so while the siding maintains the wood-like appearance, it is much more durable.
If one of your pipes develops a crack, it will continue to leak, costing you money in wasted water and water damage. Hiring a plumber to repair or replace your pipe is the best option, but if you are not able to hire a plumber immediately, you might need a temporary solution.
Pipe Repair Preparation
Before you begin working on your pipe, turn off the main water supply. Afterward, you will want to run all faucets that are above the leaking pipe until no more water comes out.
No too long ago, if you lived in the country, you had to walk to the well and hand-pump the water to the surface so you could use it for washing, cooking, bathing and other household uses. Even after city water systems became commonplace, many rural households still used these basic mechanical devices. Today, wells are still used in many outlying areas. However, modern technology has made it possible for water to be delivered directly to household faucets via automatic well pumps
Vinyl siding provides a low maintenance alternative to wood, since it doesn't have the periodic need for sanding, painting, and sealing. Although low maintenance, vinyl isn't completely no-maintenance. If you want to to keep it looking in peak condition, regular cleaning is a must. For most homes, the siding will only need cleaned once a year. If you lift in a moist or shaded area that is prone to mildew or moss, you may need to clean twice yearly.
As the saying goes: "If you dance to the music, you must pay the piper." The beautiful colors of autumn leaves put on a spectacle that can last for weeks. However, as the chill of winter approaches, and the leaves fall, many homeowners will only think of cleaning up the leaves accumulating on the ground. They should also be looking up at their gutters, which are likely filled with wet clumps of leaves that need to be removed.