Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Exterior House Siding

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The exterior surface of your house, whether it is traditional wood lap siding, vinyl or metal siding, or masonry (brick veneer or stucco), needs care and maintenance to ensure its beauty and functional integrity. Here are links to several articles that will help you understand your siding materials and how to maintain them.

  • 01 of 08

    House Siding Options: From Plywood to Vinyl

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    This article offers a basic overview of some of the more popular siding options for residential use, including:

    • Plywood siding
    • Fiber-cement siding
    • Vinyl siding
    • Aluminum siding
    • Cedar shake siding

    The article also gives an overview of the main benefits and drawbacks of each siding type.

  • 02 of 08

    The Most Popular Siding Choices for the Home

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    Few home improvements or repairs can improve the appearance, curb appeal and value of your house like new siding. This article reviews various lap siding options, including wood siding, vinyl siding, aluminum siding, and cement fiber siding. It includes information on the aesthetics, features, costs, and maintenance implications of each siding option.

  • 03 of 08

    How to Repair Wood Siding

    Wood siding comes in many forms, but by far the most familiar is traditional wood lap siding, in which long planks of wooden siding are installed so they slightly overlap, forming a durable and fairly waterproof siding surface. But damage can occur, either because of weather, insects, or even pecking birds.

  • 04 of 08

    Repairing Vinyl Siding

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    Vinyl siding on a house is the least expensive and most fragile of all home siding materials. This tutorial discusses how to locate hard-to-find patterns and colors when you are making repairs, as well as how to make all manner of major and minor repairs. You'll learn about the "zip tool" that is essential when removing and replacing sections of vinyl siding. Careful step-by-step instructions offer foolproof guidance.

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  • 05 of 08

    How to Install Vinyl Siding

    Vinyl siding has become one of the most popular of all alternatives to traditional wood siding, thanks to its low cost, good durability, and easy maintenance. The article also provides a brief summary of the different types of vinyl siding: beaded seam, smooth siding, and shingles/shakes.

  • 06 of 08

    10 Common Exterior Paint Problems and How to Fix Them

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    If your home's siding (and in some cases, brick) is painted, it will need to be maintained. Problems addressed include:

    • Blistering Paint
    • Alligatoring and Checking
    • Efflorescence
    • Chalking
    • Sagging or Running
    • Mildew
    • Rust Discoloration
    • Peeling Paint Due to Poor Adhesion
    • Peeling Paint Due to Exterior Moisture
    • Peeling Paint Due to Interior Moisture
  • 07 of 08

    How to Tuckpoint Mortar Joints

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    Brick veneer walls are a type of masonry siding found on many homes, in which a surface layer applied over wood framing is bonded together with cementitious mortar. The mortar joints play a significant role in the structural integrity of the wall. They not only hold the bricks together, but they also bear the compressive weight of the wall and keep water out. The mortar is also the weak link in the brick wall system, because if water is allowed to get past the mortar and into the wall, wall failure may occur.

    The process of repairing a mortar joint in a brick wall is called tuckpointing. This article shows how to make this repair the professional way, with true mortar rather than caulk products.

  • 08 of 08

    How to Replace a Damaged Brick

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    On brick homes, the surfaces are typically a "veneered" brick wall—a brick skin or "siding" applied over traditional wood framing. This article shows how to replace 1 to 4 broken bricks in a brick-veneer wall. Detailed step-by-step instructions offer everything you need to know, from selecting the right bricks to final cleanup.