High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Best Siding For New Homes

Construction & Contractors Blog

When building a new home, there are many huge decisions that you have to make. Perhaps one of the most consequential is choosing the right siding material. Not only will the exterior siding define the style of your home, it also effects the maintenance and energy efficiency of your home. Here are 2 stylish, but very different materials that are commonly used in building residential properties:

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement is a siding material that is becoming more popular. First of all, builders love it because it is modular, like vinyl siding, so it is easy to install. This keeps down the overall cost and even makes it possible for homeowners to install it on their own. Fiber cement siding can be installed on top of any type of sidewall. It is a mixture of concrete aggregate and epoxy, so it looks like concrete but it is much lighter. It can be dyed, which creates a permanent, more fade resistant finish. Homeowners usually want subtle colors, and the concrete texture adds to the hearty look of fiber cement walls. Even though fiber cement is dyed, it can be repainted after the fact.

Fiber cement is also an easy-to-maintain product. It can be scrubbed or cleaned off by spraying it down with a hose. It also has decent efficiency ratings and it does not transfer heat quickly, making it a top pick for sunny climates.

Wood Shingle Siding

Wood shingles siding is very popular. Pretty much everybody loves the way that wood looks. It is one material that has been used in all types of construction for thousands of years. It is naturally durable and stylish. Homeowners love wood because it can be painted solid colors or stained with tinted finishes. You basically have a lot of freedom in design when it comes to wood siding.

Wood is definitely a harder to maintain than fiber cement. If it is not properly kept up, wooden siding definitely won't last as long as fiber cement. The most important thing is to keep your wood sealed to protect it from moisture damage. With wood, you also need to worry about termites, mold, and moss. But, if you keep it sealed with a waterproof sealant, you probably won't have any significant issues.

Wood and fiber cement are very different materials. One is a modern synthetic product, while the other is an ancient, natural product. Depending on your style preferences, both can be suitable for your home. Contact local home builders for more information and assistance. 


16 October 2017