5 ways to update your home!
5. Update or Replace exterior Siding.
The exterior of your home should be updated. Start your remodeling there. Siding, paint and other exterior fixes bring high rates of return. New siding and windows can have some of the highest returns.
As you begin to cover the frame of your home, it's important to understand the two primary functions of the exterior siding.
1- To provide protection from the elements, such as rain, snow or ice.
2- To provide an aesthetically pleasing look that matches the rest of your house.
Siding That Protects
There are many types of siding you can choose. Wood, brick and vinyl are just a few, but what's important is how well they keep up with water. Water penetration is the the most disastrous effect that can happen on a house. Your house can show all sorts of problems, whether it's structurally or in terms of mold growth if not protected well.
Some kinds of siding are better than others for keeping moisture at bay, and among them are aluminum and vinyl siding, which are perfect for wet climate.
Other materials such as wood, stucco or stone may be aesthetically pleasing but are less affective as water barriers.
If you have heavy rainfall these are not the best choices for your siding and could develop mold if not maintained well.
Vinyl, aluminum, cement and brick, however, do work well in wet climates.
Siding That Looks Good:
Once you've decided the best siding for your region based on climate. it's time to look at the aesthetic side.
Another aspect of exterior building products are their aesthetic value that they give to a house. It is the first thing that a person sees as they drive up to a house. It's important to be very presentable because it adds to the character of the house. Choosing a siding material is a purely subjective choice.
Some homeowners may like the elegant look of brick or the traditional look of wood siding, while others may prefer cultured stone or stucco, which is a combination of lime, sand and water and is actually a modern version of ancient adobe construction.
Siding Cost vary widely, making a choice can be pretty tough, especially when you have concerns about water resistance and aesthetic value.
Siding preference is highly regional, so go with what's most popular in your area. Whether it's brick, wood or any other product that you've chosen for your siding material, make sure to go out and look at examples in your neighborhood. Seeing that choice in a larger context will help prevent disappointment and replacement costs.
New Siding and a few gallons of fresh paint can really change your home's appearance. Get paint color cards and go to a new-home community to see what the most appealing shades are in your area. If you think your home was painted before 1978, test for lead before sanding or scraping.