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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Repairing The Foundation Under Your House

by Kent George

The foundation under your home has to be in good condition to properly support the home and keep everything straight and level. A foundation that is damaged may allow the house to settle in one area and not in another, causing damage to the structure.

Signs of Foundation Problems

There are some things to watch for that can let you know if there is a problem, but catching it before any damage appears to the building is better. Watch for cracks in the walls or ceiling in one area of the house. This is often a sign of settling more on one side than on the other. 

You can also check for cracks in foundation walls or gaps around the sill where the walls meet the foundation. Often it is hard to tell unless you know what you are looking for, but if something seems wrong, it is a good idea to call in a foundation contractor and have an inspection of the foundation. 

Inspecting the Foundation

The contractor that you call in to inspect the foundation will check the concrete and blocks on both the inside and outside of the foundation to see if foundation repair is necessary. If there are cracks in the foundation, they need to see if they go through the foundation or if they are only superficial. If the damage is on the outside of the foundation, the contractor may need to remove some of the soil around the outside of the foundation to get a better view of any problem there. 

Replacing the Foundation 

In some extreme situations, the entire foundation may need replacing. If that is the case with your home, the contractor will raise the house up off the foundation and support it with steel I-beams and jacks while they demolish the old foundation, prep the area for the new foundation, and install the footers and blocks that make up the new foundation. 

The process is pretty common and it can take a few weeks to complete, but if the house is supported properly, most of the time you can stay in the home while the work is being completed. Talk to your contractor about staying in the home and find out if there is anything that you need to worry about when the house is on the jacks.

One the new foundation is complete, the house is carefully set down on the foundation. If done properly, the foundation will last the rest of the life of the house with very little maintenance. 

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