Choosing The Best Exterior Products For Your Home


Siding

A great exterior home renovation starts with choosing a high quality, durable siding that will be able to last through all types of weather, good and bad. Traditional siding tends to crack and fade over time, leaving ugly stains and discoloration, as well as potentially causing issues to the foundation of your home if water and moisture were to seep through. New, improved siding products are constantly being released, some, such as James Hardie HardiePlank  fiber cement siding products, one of the most popular on the market now, are even coated with a special mar-resistance surface that helps to resist paint peeling, chipping, and deep cracking. These new siding products also come in a huge range of over twenty three different designer colors. Choosing a great siding is important, because you want siding that includes specialized sealer and primer. The sealer and primer’s job is to prevent the green and brown fungus and mildew buildup, which not only affects the structure of your siding, but the overall appearance of your house as well.

This is a great video by “This Old House” that goes over the process of how they install fiber-cement siding: siding that is built to last.

 

Windows

Choosing the right windows to compliment your exterior home renovation is the next key step in the planning process. Windows are picked for a variety of reasons, including appearance, quality, energy rating, design, and much more. There are many high-quality brands of windows that incorporate all of these aspects, such as WeatherLok Windows. There are a variety of design choices that are high-strength and built to last. Whether you are looking for a half-moon window for a bathroom, or a full-length window to really bring in some sunlight to a living room, there are plenty of choices. It is important to take into account not only the appearance, but the cost and energy-saving factor of the window before your purchase. Choosing a window that looks great, but isn’t very well insulated, could cause your heating and cooling costs to skyrocket in the future. Ideally, choosing the right windows will do the opposite, and really help bring down utility costs.

This graphic showcases the different window designs and styles that are available to choose from:

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Gutters & Gutter Guards

Often overlooked, choosing the perfect gutter system goes a long way in terms of hassle and preventing future problems with your home. A proper gutter set-up, along with the installation of a great set of gutter guards, is vital to keeping out debris and and other items from clogging your gutters. A clogged gutter can be one of the biggest contributors to roof leaking and home structural damage. One of the top gutter guard companies, Rhino Gutter Guards, offers a unique product that can be installed onto existing gutter systems. This prevents clogged gutters and also removes the need to go through the annoying, dangerous process of clearing out your gutters of leaves and debris.

 

Exterior Home Renovation Conclusion

In short, it is important to do plenty of research and planning before you decide to go through with an exterior renovation. Whether you are interested in only a siding upgrade, or looking to install a complete gutter guard system, asking companies for quotes, estimates, and consultations, as well as reading the many reviews and feedback of the companies is important. Choosing the correct window design, appearance, energy factor, as well as the right siding type and gutter system, can be the difference between an excellent home renovation and a complete disaster.

 

Resources

The information gathered for this article was found through a variety of online authority resources:

Blue Ridge Exteriors

Home Depot

This Old House

Department of Energy – Energy Saving