Getting new siding can be exciting. You can choose the color and style you want while also choosing an option that will best protect your home from the weather. While there are variations, most siding is rated for winds up to 110 miles per hour, which is more than enough for normal weather conditions. Obviously, extreme weather like tornadoes and hurricanes may still pose a problem. When you live in regions prone to these types of weather, you know what to expect.

There are roughly 15 different types of siding that you may consider depending on your personal tastes, budget, and the region where you live. Of the 15, the most popular are vinyl, fiber cement, and cedar.

Fiber cement siding is highly durable and provides great insulation for the home and can stand up to nearly any weather conditions. It is made of a mixture of wood pulp and cement. which is what makes it so durable. It is rot proof and termite proof, which is valuable if you live in high humid areas where rot an

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Keeping those pesky bugs and bothersome insects away from your patio, porch, and windows call for proper screening. Choosing the best porch or patio screen, however, can offer more than protection from insects. The screen mesh is also used to add a touch of decoration. Whether used on windows or porches.

There are different types of bug screens and knowing their difference can help you find the right one for your project. Here are some of the most commonly used types of screens you should know.

Fiberglass is the most common type of screen material used for porches. Its mesh screen fabric is inexpensive, and it’s efficient in reducing glare from sunlight offering good visibility. Another reason why most people use fiberglass is due to its flexibility, which makes it easy to install and remove when necessary. Fiberglass mesh screen fabric also doesn’t crea

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Whether you’re dealing with severe thunderstorms, natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes or even an overworked electrical grid, there’s a lot of ways you can lose power in your home and there’s no telling when it might go out. In the first six months of 2014, there were 130 reported grid outages. Additionally, power outages are costing American businesses as much as $150 billion per year, the DOE reported, with weather-related disruptions costing the most per event.

When and if that happens, you want to make sure you’ve got a way to get power. A good way to do this is by getting a home generator. There are many types of generators available and it’s important to know the differences in them to figure out which one best fits your needs.

To determine the size of the generator needed, total the rated watts of the appliances and fixtures you will want to operate during an outage. Some loads are easy to determine—a 100-watt light bulb, for example, uses 100 watts. Te

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