Choosing exterior siding / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Siding Installation here . Solid wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...exterior siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...exterior insulation Also, if installing a final finish to exterior walls over additional wall insulation, see our page on how to install exterior siding so walls can dry . Attaching insulation with metal screws Above are a couple of ways to attach exterior insulation and maintain the highest possible R value ...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...siding © Ecohome Installing siding directly against your weather barrier will greatly reduce the ability of a wall to dry. This isn't very common anymore but it does still happen. Always install strapping to separate the siding from the weather barrier. And a common practice to avoid is installing strapping horizon...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...Exterior Siding & Finishing of Homes Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution is generated in production and manufacturing. Wood is abundantly available to us...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...siding will need repainting every 15 years or so; figure out how far away you are from future maintenance costs. Look around the base of siding and at the corners for signs of rot and water damage. Read more about choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...siding 5. Homes with a workshop 6. Game room or hobby room 7. Whirlpool bathtub 8. Exterior stucco siding 9. Outdoor hot tub 10. Outdoor fireplace Make what you will of this list - we wouldn't recommend rushing to remove all the above, but at the same time it's good information to have in ca...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...siding to it should you want a more traditional exterior look. Interior walls are straight and true, and require only mudding as any gypsum board wall would. And now for the best part; the price. Chris Magwood was reluctant to say exactly how the price compares to conventionally built homes, but that is simply becaus...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...siding, stucco, brick etc - often called the rainscreen: To protect the exterior surfaces of your home from damage caused by precipitation and groundwater. An air control layer, or air barrier membrane: To slow the movement of air through wall assemblies, preventing heat loss and moisture damage caused by condens...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...exterior is understated yet refined; these are beautiful homes that will blend into either urban or rural surroundings. The concept behind the design is family, harmony and good living - all rolled into one. The warm and inviting interior wraps around on one side creating a private and intimate space that can be carefu...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...siding and roofing: the exterior cladding of walls and roofs was done using steel, with the gable end walls finished with local cedar. Both are very durable and both are recyclable at the end of their functional life. Metal is an energy intensive material to extract, but it has a very long and durable lifespan and it i...