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Homeowner Benefits? - These are the potential benefits that a typical homeowner will realize by following the tips or by installing the home-related products that are discussed in this column.
403 - High-quality
gutter guards eliminate gutter cleaning, clogs
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 12 gutter guard, flexible downspouts and complete gutter system manufacturers listing materials, colors, warranties, dealer-installed or DIY, features, installation instructions, many illustrations, and photos.
Homeowner Benefits: Eliminate gutter cleaning, protect house and landscaping, drier basements
515 - Long-life
architectural asphalt shingles are attractive too
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 12 attractive architectural and other unique-looking asphalt roofing shingle manufacturers listing base mat, styles, fire rating, wind resistance, weight per square, exposure, warranties, features, installation instructions, suggested advantages of using asphalt shingles, illustration with description of styles of shingles.
Homeowner Benefits: Architectural asphalt shingles create attractive appearance
668 - Vented
insulated roofing panels make cathedral ceiling simple to build
Update Bulletin Description - List of 19 insulated vented and stress skin roof insulation panel manufacturers, size of panels, insulation values per thickness in inches, types of insulation (expanded polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, isocyanurate, urethane), descriptions, design and recommended installation details.
Homeowner Benefits: Make cathedral ceiling easy to build, lower utility bills, improve comfort
712 - Durable
insulating house, wall, roof paint improves comfort
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 11 energy-saving ceramic and low-emissivity wall, house and roof paints, particle types, coverages, colors, features/uses, warranties, prices, typical application instructions, cleaning and maintenance, painting tips and chart showing the temperature of coatings and other materials in sunlight.
Homeowner Benefits: Paint contains insulation, improves appearance - indoors and outdoors
735 - New
decorative, no-maintenance siding adds insulation value
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 15 new decorative and standard types of no/low-maintenance exterior siding materials and insulation kits (cultured stone, insulated vinyl, thin brick, plastic simulated cedar/stone/brick, fiber-cement, engineered wood), surface textures, profiles, warranties, features, installation details, illustrations and descriptions of various types of siding.
Homeowner Benefits: Improve appearance of house, add insulation, low maintenance lower utility bills
776 - Many
alternative roofing materials are attractive, last a lifetime
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 20 roofing material manufacturers showing material types, various styles for each material, warranties (up to lifetime), features, chart showing prices, fire rating, estimated life, weights and colors and many illustrations of the various types.
Homeowner Benefits: Select the best roofing materials, long warranties, better appearance
858 - Add exterior
insulation and synthetic stucco
Update Bulletin Description - Manufacturers of exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS), colors and textures (swirl, smooth, sand, stone), features, descriptions of fastening systems and complete do-it-yourself instructions for adding external insulation and stucco; manufacturers of high-efficiency insulation.
Homeowner Benefits: Add insulation on the exterior of house, better appearance
896 - Attractive
residential metal roofs last a lifetime, keep house cooler
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 17 manufacturers of residential aluminum, copper, steel roofing, materials used and finishing methods, profiles and simulated styles (cedar shakes, tile, slate, standing seam), sizes of each panel, colors available, thickness and weights of the shingles or panels, unique features, and illustrations of many styles and contours.
Homeowner Benefits: Very attractive upscale look, lasts for 50 years minimum, no maintenance
Painting Troubleshooting Guide
This DIY Homeower Guide section lists 22 common indoor and 22 common exterior paint problems, their causes and how to correct or avoid the same problem in the future.