A 1940s wood frame ranch house in Jacksonville, Fla., undergoes renovation, including new siding.
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This case takes place in Florida and a home renovation project on a house that has been the family nearly four generations. Contractors are in a race to complete the job. A new baby is due in four months and there are at least six months worth of work. The property is a 1940s wood frame ranch house in a rural section of Jacksonville. The house detective is Wally Conway, who has been inspecting homes in this area for 10 years.
Siding serves two main purposes: It protects a home from the elements and improves appearance. Siding that has been subjected to severe weather conditions, or is old and in disrepair, should be replaced. When that time comes you’ll have some tough choices to make. The deciding factors will come down to material, durability and price.
Wood is a popular choice, but it is the most expensive. It needs to be well maintained or it can quickly deteriorate. Wood siding should be repainted and resealed every three to five years.
Aluminum is the strongest siding material available, and is much more affordable. But it is subject to dents and dings and has to be repainted occasionally.
Vinyl is the least expensive and requires minimal maintenance. But it can become brittle due to cold weather and age. Also, the color will fade over time.
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