I hear I can’t use vinyl on my home.  Why?

Recent years have shown that vinyl does a poor job of protecting the home underneath. Moisture is sealed in, so the structure cannot “breathe”. This provides a haven for termites and bacteria which eventually destroy the structure underneath. Cost is often a consideration for choice of siding or window materials, however there are other better options. The Community Development Manager can provide you with information about other man-made materials which offer better durability at reasonable cost. In addition, state income tax credit programs are available to help with renovation costs only if appropriate materials are used. Use of vinyl will disqualify a home from these programs. 

Our Historic Design Guidelines are also a great source of information.  The guidelines were written to assist property owners when planning an improvement project, to ensure that the proposed work will help preserve the historic character of the property and the neighborhood. Remember that any exterior changes to property located within the historic districts are subject to review before the project begins.


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1. What is the HDRC?
2. What does it mean to live in a historic district?
3. Do I need to get a permit to work on my house?
4. What is a COA and how do I get one?
5. Does the HDRC tell me what color I can paint my house?
6. I want to replace my old windows. What will the HDRC allow for replacements?
7. Will the City make me restore my house to its original appearance?
8. What if I can’t afford to fix up my home?
9. I have a plaque on my house; what does it mean?
10. How can I find out the history of my house?
11. Is the interior of my house regulated by the Historic District Review Commission?
12. How do I know what I can and cannot do to my home?
13. Why doesn’t the city make my neighbor clean up his home?
14. Why can’t I do what I want to my own property?
15. What does it cost to get a COA?
16. I hear I can’t use vinyl on my home.  Why?