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How to Build a Low-Maintenance Home

While there’s no such thing as a maintenance-free house, it is important to invest in the right materials that will go the distance for you and your home. Read our guide to the best materials to make your home a low maintenance one.

How to Repair Stucco

Read these steps for repairing cracked and buckled cement-plaster siding.


How to Clean Vinyl Siding

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter, Mauro Henrique, goes over all of the basics of using a power washer to clean exterior vinyl siding.

How to Remove Mildew From Siding

Cleaning mildew off of your house the right way is safer and more effective than using bleach

How to Repair Board-and-Batten Siding

Three durable water-table trim options to guard against rot

How to Patch Wood Siding

TOH general contractor shows how to handle fragile clapboards to make a seamless exterior repair

How to Repair Water-Damaged Siding

Replace water-damaged siding with fiber cement

How to Use Two-Part Epoxy to Fill Rotted Trim

Seamless and easy to use, epoxy is a smart option when the rot affects a small area

How to Replace Rot-Damaged Trim

Mike Vietri of Vietri Construction demonstrates the basics of replacing a pine plinth block placed too close to a stone step

Replacing Corner Boards

Trade weather-beaten wood trim for a lower-maintenace alternative.