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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips


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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips

I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, so when I saw a local apartment building up for sale at a great price, I decided make the investment. I am a manager by day, so I thought I was ready to be a great landlord. After I had trouble attracting new tenants, I decided to try investing in a few upgrades to see if I could attract more tenants with the added features. I hired a local contractor to work on my first project, which was a fitness room. I remembered that I always looked for buildings with them when I rented apartments! I then had some work done on the grounds and in the apartments themselves. The building is completely full now, so I realized it was a good investment. I decided to start a blog to share my renovating and construction tips with anyone who needs them!

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A Few Things To Know Before You Install Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has a lot of appeal with homeowners because it requires very little maintenance. If you hate the thought of scraping peeling paint and repainting your home every few years, then vinyl is probably the way to go. Vinyl has advantages over wood, and as an added benefit, you can even install siding that looks just like wood, so you get the benefits of both types of materials. Here are a few other things to know about vinyl siding.

Vinyl Expands And Contracts

Vinyl expands in hot weather and contracts when it gets cold. Because of this constant, slight movement, vinyl isn't nailed firmly to your house like wood siding is. Instead, vinyl is hung loosely so it can move. For that reason, proper installation is essential. If you install the siding yourself and attach the panels too tightly, there is a risk of the vinyl warping or splitting. These problems are avoided as long as the siding has room to move.

The loose installation method has another benefit. It allows air to circulate behind the panels. This reduces moisture and prevents the growth of mold under the siding. However, you don't have to worry about strong winds rattling or lifting the siding because while they have room to move, the panels are still secured safely to your house.

Vinyl Siding Is Easy To Maintain

Your siding will get dirty over time. If you live next to a dirt road or factories, or if your house is under shade most of the day, you'll probably need to wash it more often than if you live in a sunny, clean area. To keep your siding fresh, all you have to do is wash it. You can use a power washer every year or so to wash away dirt and mildew. If the buildup isn't too bad, you can probably clean your home with a garden hose and spray attachment. You can use a vinyl cleaner, dish soap, or vinegar and a soft brush to get rid of stubborn mildew stains if you don't have a power washer.

If you have a damaged panel you want to repair, it's easy to unhook it from the panels above and below it and replace the damaged panel with a new one you buy from a home improvement store. Because your siding will slowly fade in color, you may not find an exact match when you need a replacement panel. In that case, you can take a panel off a hidden, bottom portion of your home to use in the repairs, and then put the new panel in the spot where it won't be seen.

Although it takes many years, your vinyl siding may fade enough that you want to freshen the color. In that case, you can paint it with a latex paint that is flexible when it dries. Some manufacturers will void the warranty if you paint their siding, so be sure to check first before you paint. Painting your siding is completely optional, but it allows you to change the color of your home whenever you want. Just be careful about going from a light color to a dark one. Dark colors absorb the sun and make the panels expand more than they would when covered with a light color. To learn more, contact a business like Don Snider Roofing