Staining the wood instead of using paint as a finish can be a good option. Stained wood allows the wood grains to show, providing a beautiful display of the exterior of your home. The stain requires less maintenance, as it doesn't crack or chip in the same fashion as paint does. A stained finish on wood siding is generally less expensive than a painted finish to install and maintain. The prep work involved, and the maintenance frequency is significantly less.
When it is time to maintain your homes exterior finish, you must determine what products and methods you will use. The first step is to clean the siding surface to remove stains and dirt. If your siding is already painted or stained, utilizing the same finish is most logical. It is very difficult and labour intensive to remove all the paint and then stain with a professional looking finish.
Using a quality caulk that will allow for expansion and contraction, as well as stand up to the elements is essential. We advise spending a couple of dollars more per caulking tube initially, as you will save much more on maintenance and repairs in the long run. We really like LePage Quad Max water sealant. This product is resistant to bubbling and cracking and has no shrinkage. The caulking comes in a variety of colours, or can be later painted to achieve a desired colour.
If you would like to remove old paint, and stain the siding, you will likely have to remove all the old siding to properly refinish it. If restoring your homes wood siding is not practical doing it yourself, or is not feasible to your budget, you might want to consider installing alternative siding options.
Other siding options options include: Engineered Wood Siding, Vinyl \ PVC Siding, Fiber Cement, Fiberglass, Metal, Brick \ Stone, Brick \ Stone Veneer, Stucco & Synthetic Stucco. All the various siding materials have various costs, life expectancy, maintenance requirements and overall curb appeal.
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