The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 17, 1991 · Page 44
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6 EXTR AWest THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, September 17, 1991 n 1 1 r" Sift fMBOVSEiflSSlfc i t i ; i .a i d Advertising Special ...ia MS,. irph Vinyl siding easy to install and offers long-lived good looks Model 12.5 LTH Lawn Tractor 12.5hp Twin Cylinder En(. Automatic Transmission 38" doop dock Floitini Mower Titht 18" Turn Radius Fall Closeout Sale Only 2495.00 ALL Simplicity's New on Sale Starting at 1,403. DUD HERBERT MOTORS 2 LOCATIONS 4050 SPRING GROVE AVE. 541-3290 'A 71- T m-r ' W7 i . I TRUCKING 353 - CALL US FOR SHREDDED TOPSOIL SAND GRAVEL BOULDERS MULCH STRAW PEAT MOSS COAL VINYL SIDING IS the easiest siding material to work with. It is unaffected by the weather and virtually maintenance-free. Photo courtesy ot Georgia-Pacific Corporation. I ' III III l n.Mml.r. n -i-- l THE "INSIDE TRACK" TO GREATER HOME COMFORT: Be more comfortable! Talk to people who are "in the know": us! When it comes to making you and your family comfortable, no one does it better than we do. boards (those virtually free of knots) are ideal for formal settings. There are several grades of wood siding on the market, so unless money is no object, don't over-specify for the prcect you're planning. Re-siding a home is a big project, but it can be successfully completed by do-it-yourselfers. The following tips are general guidelines for homeow ners w ho want to do the ob themselves or get the best results when they hire a contractor. The materials are lightweight and easy to cut, but tough enough to resist scratches and dents. The basic tool needed for applying vinyl siding is a standard circular saw. Tools you'll need for siding installation Here Is a complete list of the tools needed to Install siding of all types: 0 Portable power saw with a fine-toothed circular blade 0 Steel tape measure and carpenter's folding rule Hacksaw and carpenter's crosscut saw Claw hammer . Metal square, 2-foot-long level and line level 0 Snap-lock punch, steel awl, double-action aviation snips, nail slot punch 0 Utility knife, screwdriver, safety goggles How much siding to buy? To figure the amount of siding needed for the job, measure the height and width of each exterior wall, Including gables and dormers, and multiply the dimensions to determine the square footage. Next, subtract the square footage of doors, windows and other uncovered areas. Add 10 to the resulting figure for contingency. If insulation is being replaced or installed for the first time, experts recommend using foil-faced or kraft-faced wraparound or sheathing board. Drop-in insulation is not recommended for use with vinyl siding. 0 The most important step in the installation process is to align the starter strip accurately. To do so, snap a level chalkline around the perimeter of the house and nail the starter strip, with the top edge on the line, into position. Leave a '4 -inch space between each starter-strip section to allow for expansion. Prepare the surface Nail down loose boards and replace any rotted wood. Scrape away the old caulking from around windows and doors, and remove downspouts, light fixtures and any mouldings that will e. interfere with the siding Installation, if you plan to apply new trim flush with the window casings, cut off the windowsill extensions. Install furring or insulation Now is the ideal time to add to or upgrade insulation on exterior walls. Foil-faced or kraft-faced wraparound or sheathing board is preferred: it provides both energy-efficiency and a smooth surface. (Drop-in foam or fiberboard insulation are not recommended if you're installing vinyl siding.) You may need to apply furring strips to the walls to provide nailing surfaces over existing siding. If so, apply the strips over the insulation. Installing solid vinyl siding Since vinyl siding is lightweight and easy to handle and cut, it's a good choice for do-it-yourselfers. The most important step In the installation process is to align the starter strip accurately. Snap a level chalkline around the perimeter of the house and nail the starter strip with the top edge on the line into position. Leave a -inch space between each starter-strip section to allow for expansion. Next, attach the inside and outside corner posts and install "J" channel around the windows and doors. Now, starting at the back of the house and working toward the front, install the first siding panel by snapping it into the starter strip, then nailing It to the wall. After the first course is complete, work your way up the wall. To enclose open eaves with vinyl soffit, apply strips of "F" channel to the inside of the fascia board and the Inside wall. Bend the soffit panels slightly at the middle, fit them into the channels and lock the panels together. For fiUlMiiflS! Before pulling out the paintbrushes this fall, do-it-yourselfers should consider siding. To decide w hich type of siding is best for your home, consider three factors: the look you want to achieve, your budget (allowing for both installation costs and annual maintenance costs) and how much time you'll spend on upkeep after the siding Is installed. Vinyl and hardboard lap siding are an excellent choice for traditionally styled homes. Vinyl, the more economical of the two, Is unaffected by weather and aging and virtually maintenance-free. The color is solid throughout, so scratches and abrasions stay hidden, and matching soffit and fascia systems are available for full protection against the elements. An occasional wash with soap and water keeps it clean and new-looking. Some vinyl siding is designed to resemble wood clapboard and is available in a variety of colors such as blue, gray, cream, almond, sunburst and white. Matching trim prices readily complement a broad range of architectural styles and treatments suitable for any home. Vinyl Is the easiest siding material to work with; lumber, plywood and hardboard require more expertise, particularly for retrofit applications. Hardboard siding is an engineered product designed specifically for strength, durability and workability. Hardboard siding is generally more cost-effective than solid-lumber siding and is manufactured for long-term performance under even the harshest weather conditions. Some hardboard siding is available with either smooth or textured surfaces in a variety of lap and panel styles, Including beaded and beveled edges. Available factory-primed, hardboard siding is ready for a finish treatment of either paint or opaque stain. For contemporary homes, lumber and plywood sidings are generally the preferred choice. The distinctive grain and texture of natural wood are an Ideal complement to the clean lines of modern architectural design. These sidings are usually priced at the upper end of the spectrum and must be finished with a high-quality paint or stain. They require regular maintenance for protection against insects and weather. ' When you buy, look (or warranties and color-matched accessories All sidings are not alike. When shopping for vinyl siding, for example, quality counts: avoid painted metal, which can chip, scratch and dent. Look for the manufacturer's warranty and read It carefully. There's no reason to settle for basic white if what you really want is blue. Vinyl siding Is available in a range of decorator colors with matching trim pieces. To ensure an accurate color match, be sure to purchase trim and siding made by the same manufacturer. Hardboard sidings are not ail alike Performance warranties and the backing of an established manufacturer are Important clues to the quality of hardboard siding. Long-term durability Is crucial: most hardboard siding looks fine right after installation, but many can't withstand the test of time. Avoid purchasing hardboard siding which appears to be scratched, chipped, watermarked, or blistered. Look for a consistent surface and even coloring throughout the board or panel. And buy from retailers who store their hardboard siding under cover and off the ground. What to look for In lumber siding Let your budget and your home's architectural style determine the grade and surface finish of the lumber siding you choose. Rustic or contemporary houses are well-suited to rough-sawn boards with natural growth characteristics such as patches and knots. 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The bottom edge of each plywood panel must be at least 6 inches above ground level. When plywood siding is installed over rigid foam installation, apply a polyethylene vapor barrier (or foil-backed gypsum board, foil side out) on the interior side of the wall to prevent moisture-condensation problems. The proper nailing sequence makes a big difference in the finished appearance of the plywood siding. To ensure a flat, uniform surface, tack each corner into place first. Then drive the first row of nails Into the edge closest to the preceding panel, working from top to bottom. Next, nail down the intermediate studs in sequence, then nail down the edge opposite the preceding panel. Fasten the top and bottom plates last, and use batten strips to conceal butt joints at the panel ends. Creative siding treatments Horizontal or vertical siding applications aren't the only options when it's time for a new exterior look. Chevron and herringbone patterns are eye-catching designs that are easy to execute with either lumber or hardboard lap siding, and they add architectural Interest to otherwise nondescript houses. i" LINDIH F.D.I.C. INSURED Get your pool ready qvinter. Our Construction Loans Are Building A Stronger Community. Before you break ground for your new home, see us for a hard-to-find construction loan. You see, we are one of the few savings and loans to offer the advantages provided by construction loans. But then, we believe in our community, just as you do, and want to ensure its strength and stability for many years to come. For starters, with a construction loan, you pay no interesfuntil you start using the money! It's placed in a construction account for you ... interest free... until your builder needs it. And even then, there Is no charge for the construction draw! Then, when your home is built, the construction loan automatically converts to a traditional home mortgage loan. 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