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How to Keep Your Wood Siding in Tip-Top Shape

There’s something about the beautiful texture, grain and color of wood siding that gives it undeniable appeal for homeowners. It’s an attractive choice for your exterior—as long as you’re prepared to care for it properly. Both natural and engineered wood needs a certain amount of regular upkeep (although engineered wood is easier to manage). Here’s what to do to keep your wood siding in lasting shape. 5 Steps to Caring for Your Wood Siding 1.…

The Basics of Lap Siding for Your Home Remodel

Updating your home with replacement siding is a wonderful opportunity to refresh its style and curb appeal. So, if you’re considering replacing your home's siding, why not explore the possibilities of one of the most popular designs—lap siding. Here’s what to know about this highly attractive and versatile style of siding. What Is Lap Siding? You’ve likely seen lap siding on many homes in your neighborhood, because it’s one of the most common—and classic—looks around.…

Cleaning and Care Tips for Your James Hardie Siding

When you invest in long-lasting James Hardie siding for your home exterior, you’re getting one of the most durable and eye-catching materials around. But even Hardie siding needs some basic—and simple!—upkeep so you can be sure to enjoy the most satisfying results from it. Follow these easy tips for keeping your James Hardie siding clean and looking new, year after year. 6 Things to Know as You Maintain Your Hardie Siding Hardie Board is designed…

What’s the Difference Between Contemporary and Modern Homes?

Upgrading your siding? You might be surprised to know contemporary and modern styles are not identical! Each of these two home types have unique elements that you will want to keep in mind as you choose your new siding design and colors. Here are the key elements of each of these two appealing home architectures, so you can plan your home siding replacement wisely. What Is Contemporary Home Architecture? The Contemporary style of architecture is…

What Time of the Year Is Best to Replace My Home’s Siding?

Is it time to get your siding replaced? And if so, is now the best time? Or should you schedule your siding installation for a specific season of the year?At Smart Exteriors, we hear these questions often, because homeowners want to do their siding installation right. And while it’s possible to replace siding year-round, there are some factors to think about as you determine what’s best for your home.What to Consider as You Schedule Your…

The Top 9 Questions to Ask Your Siding Contractor

When you finally take the time and money to redo your outdated, deteriorating, or inefficient siding, the last thing you want is for your siding to fail or not live up to your expectations. Getting a supreme installation is the responsibility of your contractor. So it’s important to hire the right one. Vetting contractors is one of the best ways to make sure you hire a company that fits your specific needs. But what should…

How to Prep Your Home for a Siding Replacement

Are you looking to replace the siding on your home? Whether you’ve already started the siding replacement process or you’re in the beginning stage of deciding whether you want to replace your siding, we want to alleviate your fear that a siding replacement will be stressful. It doesn’t have to be! Many homeowners postpone this essential step because they worry about the time it may take or the disarray it can cause. But as a…

A Look at James Hardie ColorPlus vs. Primed Siding

One of the great benefits of investing in James Hardie siding for your home exterior is its impressive versatility. Along with attractive styles and designs, you have the luxury of choosing exactly the right color. With hundreds of factory-applied hues available, as well as the option to paint a custom shade on pre-primed boards after installation, the possibilities are nearly endless. If you’re considering which makes more sense for your home—Hardie’s impressive ColorPlus™ Technology or…

Find the Ideal Termite-Resistant Siding for Your Home’s Exterior

Natural wood is a beautiful siding material but is prone to costly damage from fire, water, and pests⎯especially termites. Termites can cause more damage to your wood siding more quickly than most other creatures, and unfortunately, once they’ve inhabited your home, there is little you can do to keep them away. Fortunately, there is one way you can maintain the authentic woodgrain appearance of your home's siding without attracting termites—engineered wood siding. Discover why this…

All About Shake and Shingle Siding

Texture is the buzzword when it comes to impeccable-looking siding. Many home exteriors (even newly installed ones) end up looking flat due to a lack of contrasting textures. And while every home’s siding style will be different (and all homeowner’s tastes vary), some of the best texture-adding materials come in the form of shake and shingle siding. As a professional Kansas City siding contractor, we’ve seen how homeowners can utilize these siding styles to curate…