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the tradesmen say it takes to give your house a beautiful exterior. We
are proud of our distinctive colonial-look siding, but we had to talk
with the experts at length to be able to make the right choices. Six
pages, revised and updated with new reader tips, web links and
- Sheathing choices,sources and prices
- HardiPlank, HardiBoard, HardiPanel
- Finding an economical brickmason
- Cultured stone
- DIY rock siding
- Stucco stone
- Soffit, fascia, rain gutter and trim
Excerpt from Report:
"...Q: What do you suggest for a good job?
There are three grades, we use the better grade all the time. Less
warpage. Proper installation, allow for the movement, proper
installation. We don't do soffit and fascia in aluminum. Gutter is
A: A little forethought. How you lap, screws
on exposed fasteners. We hand nail the siding, but soffit and fascia,
we use screws. We started this ten years ago. If the framing is good,
ripples, or 'oilcanning' comes from nailing vinyl too tight. Needs to
A: Attention to detail, The way the J. channel is cut
around the windows, corner posts that are straight, siding matching up
around all the corners. Much depends on the framing.
Quality. Way it's installed, craftsmanship, and the product. We use a
thicker material for fascia, a triple four soffit, which has another
groove in it, and for siding we use the best material out there.
Heartland. Top of the line. Rated No. 1 by the builders. But not
expensive. Not co-extruded, pure vinyl all the way through. It's .044
thick. Almost an eighth of an inch thick. Ripples are because it's not
level, and because it's not pure vinyl. Seams - make them tight, and
away from frontal view of the home.
A: Like it was your own house. Proper thought process. Pride in your work. Framers often make mistakes. Then it compounds."...
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
checked into house kits, and I liked Idaho Precut Homes. It comes
panelized, high quality, 2x6, windows already installed, the only thing
you have to worry about is having your floor in, and have a roofer to
shingle the roof. Even the interior walls come prepanelized, except
that you need the drywallers to come. Doors are pre-hung. Has siding.
Crane lifts and sets it, and you need your crew there to tie it in.
Check on the Web. You can get a 1,500 s.f. house for $23,000. Real
Carolyn & Albert F.
to a modular house. Doing full research on that. Range of prices is
tremendous. Next best thing to site-built. Can build for $30 a foot.
Doesn?t include site clearing and foundation. They bring it in, and
it?s 90% done. They bolt together in day. You just have to paint and
side it, and bring in utilities. Some of them come half-sided. Some
have radiant heating. Timber framed homes fascinate me. Looking for
modular and timber frame combination. They can substitute microlam
beams to get larger spans. Their most expensive house is $42 a foot.
Lowest is $32."
Old Bridge, NJ