Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

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Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

When it was time to re-side our home, I quickly found myself overwhelmed by the different siding options. I could side my home in cedar shingles, wood planks, fiber cement planks, vinyl siding or metal siding, just to name a few of the options out there. I spent a lot of time wading through websites trying to figure out the benefits of each material and which would be right for me. While there was a lot of information about the materials, most of it didn't apply to me. It was about installing the siding or buying or selling the siding. I created this so if you are looking for siding, you have a one-stop resource that lays out the different types of siding and their benefits. This should help you avoid having to wade through information that does not apply to you to find what you need.



What You Need To Know About Choosing A Welder

Whether your particular job is big or small, professional or personal, you want to make sure you choose the right welder to get the job done right. Fortunately, there is no shortage of welders working in today's world, so you should be able to take your pick from among a wide range of professionals. Don't just hire the first one you come across however. Take the time to choose the right welder—one with strong qualifications and experience and who can do your job better than anyone else.

Experience Vs. Education

These days, everyone believes in the value of an education, which is why a lot of modern welders are proud graduates of trade schools or community colleges. And, while an education is a wonderful thing, don't let yourself get too impressed or swayed by degrees.

Try and choose a welder who has not just a formal education but some hands-on, real world experience. Even if you're hiring a newer welder, look for someone who has at least worked as a welder's apprentice or had some type of real-life practice. It's always safer to hire a welder with years of experience backing him up, but there's also nothing wrong with giving someone newer a long as you make sure he or she has at least some experience outside of just sitting in a classroom.

Available Procedures

Different welding jobs require different welding procedures. You should know which type of welding procedure is the right fit for the particular job you have in mind. If you're not sure, do a little research on your project and the types of welding recommended for it.

Then, ask prospective welders what procedure they would follow if they were given your project. Hearing their answers and whether or not they'd follow the best possible procedure is an easy way to separate the know-hows from the know-nots.


The best and easiest way to determine whether a particular welder knows his stuff is to ask if he's certified. Not every good welder is certified, but every welder who is certified is guaranteed to be a good one. (For more information on welding services, contact Checkpoint Welding & Fabrication or another company)

While there are many welding certification boards, the one that really means something is the American Welding Society. If a welder has this certification, you can rest assured that his skills have been put to the test repeatedly and proven satisfactory, which should give you great peace of mind when you hire him or her for your project. And, in the end, you definitely deserve to feel confident about the job at hand and about the hands that job is in.