You see, salt water wreaks havoc on wood. It's a maintenance nightmare. And while I like the look of real wood, it's a lot of work every few years: scrape, sand, paint, repeat. It's a lot of work, and there are much better things to do with your time!
I know there are options out there. On our own house, we used something called cementitious siding (weird word, I know). It's essentially siding that has a cement core (and it weighs a ton!). Supposedly, it doesn't need paint for 15 years, but we've heard from other people that they had to paint their house in half that time. And once you start painting it, the whole scrape, sand, paint, repeat cycle starts all over again.
And interestingly, the National Association of Realtors just published a survey on the Best and Worst Home Remodeling Projects and vinyl siding was near the top of the list. Why? Low maintenance is something that everyone wants!
|Houselogic - National Association of Realtors|
|Individual Cedar Shake Panel|
But before the siding could go on, the guys had to finish the window trim. We were all really impressed with how nice the wide, white moldings looked around the windows. See the difference here between the large windows on the left, vs the untrimmed one on the right? They really make it pop! We already think it looks pretty great, but they'll be dressed up even more once we install the brackets.
|Brackets are painted and ready to be installed|
Thanks to Mother Nature, the siding project is going a bit slowly (too cold and it snaps….and if it's not cold, it seems to be snowing! What a winter!). But you can already see how nice it's starting to look! What do you think? Tacky or low maintenance??