Upgrade Your Home’s Curb Appeal Without Long-Term Maintenance Woes

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Looking to update your home’s exterior with a look that requires little maintenance? With a few simple changes, you can add character and upgrade your home’s curb appeal without adding items to your to-do list.

Explore endless design and earth-friendly siding options.

Is the siding chipping, staining or rotting? Your siding may need a power wash. If it does need replacement, talk with your local contractor about low-maintenance and environmentally friendly vinyl and fiber cement siding options.

Some styles, such as CertainTeed’s CedarBoards Insulated Vinyl Siding, can increase the overall thermal performance of your wall by up to 30 percent, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Offering color retention along with resistance to wind, water, insect and chemical damage, vinyl and fiber cement siding is engineered to keep a home looking beautiful for many years.

Don’t forget to look up.

Since a roof makes up 40 percent of a home’s exterior, make sure yours is in tiptop shape. Use binoculars to look for missing, cracked, curling or decaying shingles. If any are spotted, it may be time to replace your roof.

Consider asphalt shingles, which can last many years and add dimensional appeal to your home. Shingles, such as CertainTeed’s Landmark Solaris, can also reflect solar energy and radiate heat, making for a lower-temperature roof in the summer.

Create a comfortable “living room” outdoors.

Vinyl fencing displays consistent quality and appearance. It doesn’t require painting, making it nearly maintenance-free and a great alternative to traditional materials.

A low-maintenance option to wood is Galveston with CertaGrain. Using an innovative texturing process, CertaGrain features an authentic wood-like appearance in an easy-to-maintain vinyl design while providing resistance to the decay, warping or splintering that are common with wood fences.

Adding a fence also functions as more than just a means of privacy. A fence provides security, enhances the curb appeal of a home and may increase the property value.

Make sure the work is done right, and partner with a qualified contractor.

Homeowners should be sure to work with a qualified contractor. Check with your local Better Business Bureau and seek contractors who are licensed, bonded and insured.

For more information on low-maintenance home improvements tips, call 800-782-8777 or visit www.certainteed.com.

Invigorate Your Domain With a New Exterior

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you’re thinking of making improvements to your home, this may be the perfect time to give the exterior of your home a makeover. The added value and the general warm feeling of coming home to a beautiful house everyday are not usually on the forefront of most people’s minds. However, the time of year is upon us to start thinking about our home repairs and to begin updating our home’s facade. But where do we start?

Ultimately, there are plenty of options if you’d like to change the appearance of your home.

Nothing breathes new life into a house like a new roof. While not an inexpensive upgrade, putting a new roof on a house can make a big difference as it makes up 50 percent of the exterior of a home. Asphalt shingles from CertainTeed are a good choice because they’re durable and can enhance the style and curb appeal of a home.

Trim is another option. This can bring out many of the details near windows or deck systems. Good trim products are typically made from cellular PVC with the look and feel of lumber. Restoration Millwork from CertainTeed comes in a natural-white color that’s easy to paint and ready to install.

If privacy or a place to relax outdoors with your family is something you’re looking for, try accenting your outdoor living space with maintenance-free fencing, decking and railings, like Bufftech or EverNew vinyl products from CertainTeed. These vinyl products are weatherproof and require no painting, staining or sanding and will allow you to put efforts elsewhere.

Siding is an area where options are great. CertainTeed’s Cedar Impressions polymer shakes give a home a rich, deep cedar shake look that never needs painting, is virtually maintenance-free, and carries a lifetime, limited warranty. If you are looking to change the exterior color of a home, consider CertainTeed’s ColorMax FiberCement siding, which offer 16 colors to choose from.

Landscaping is another way to update the look of your home. Landscapes are moving away from structured shapes, so if you have a lot of shaped trees that look like triangles or spheres, let them grow out, and prune them more naturally. Plants and shrubs bunched together, in a bouquet style of planting pattern, are also becoming more fashionable -; no more of the marching band type of perennial setups.

If you have any questions about purchasing interior or exterior products or to see what your home would look like with a new exterior, visit ColorView, an online interactive exterior style and color selector at www.certainteed.com.