There are many home updates that you make because you have to, such as replacing a leaking roof. Just as there comes a time when you need to replace the roof, it can also make sense to update other exterior fixtures and finishes that make your home look a bit run-down. It may be that they are no longer stylish, they lack today’s low-maintenance convenience, or they have simply worn out.

You may not have even realized that your home’s exterior needs a facelift, but what does a guest at your front door notice?

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What’s Making Your Home Show Its Age?

Even homes that were showcases a decade ago may be starting to look a little tired. Plus, homes that were constructed using lower-grade materials don’t age well. We frequently see things that give a home a shabby appearance, like light fixtures that have begun to rust or pit, doors that have warped or sagged, faded or stained siding, and windows that no longer keep out the elements efficiently.

While all types of exterior remodeling projects can make a difference in how your home looks, some can also make a difference in your home energy costs and how much time, money and effort it takes to maintain your home. Here are some ideas for giving your home this kind of update.

The Big Picture: Exterior Surfaces

Before you start looking at the details, step back and look at the exterior surfaces of your home. Painting freshens everything up, but if you’re looking for a solution that will reduce the time and expense of periodic maintenance, consider replacing the exterior wood with rot-proof, paint-free engineered materials such as fiber-cement siding. When you do that, you can also add extra insulation to your home – which can lower your heating and cooling costs.

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Lighting

Exterior illumination is often thought of as a matter of safety and security. Well-placed light fixtures help prevent visitors from tripping on your front steps and prevent intruders from approaching unnoticed. Lighting can also add a welcoming warmth to your home and the ability to use a patio or deck for evening entertaining. Improved outdoor lighting can also increase the perceived value of your home by as much as 20%, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors.

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Windows and Doors

Step outside and look at what your visitors see as they wait for you to answer the door. Is everything as welcoming as you’d like? Replacing your front door is one of the best ways to instantly increase curb appeal. Today’s exterior doors and frames look better, fit better and are better insulated, compared to older conventional doors. If you’re doing exterior updates, you have a wonderful opportunity to replace doors and windows with the latest energy-saving products. High-performance windows provide warmer interior surfaces during the winter and cooler interior surfaces during the summer, so your home always feels just right. Window and door updates are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home while making it feel “new” again.

The Big Impact

Many homeowners intend to stay in their homes for many years and would like it to feel fresh and current again. With an exterior update, we can make your home look brand new. We can replace elements that are worn with new materials and finishes, add the functionality of new products that reduce maintenance, and help you decrease your energy bills. If you’d like to explore these possibilities, just give us a call!

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