Renovation5 min

Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Mix Unexpected Materials

Fall temperatures make it the ideal time to lounge outside, so give your outdoor furniture a makeover with 2019 trends in mind. This year, outdoor furniture sets featuring sleek combinations of aluminum and teak are gaining popularity. If you’re not ready to invest in a new set, start small by adding eye-catching mesh aluminum dining chairs to the mix, which doesn’t have to break the bank (hello curb appeal on a budget).

Prep Your Siding for Colder Months

Before the chilly winter temperatures arrive, ensure your siding will keep the warm air in and cool air out by replacing caulk that has cracked, hardened or lost its seal. If you’re a homeowner, particularly in the northern U.S., that has experienced siding cracks due to frequent freeze/thaw cycles, amiable autumn weather makes it a great time for a replacement. Specifically, a material like engineered wood is designed to withstand freeze/thaw damage (offering a durable option that will also boost front yard curb appeal). 

Warm it Up

According to recent research by Zillow, homes that include outdoor features like fireplaces sold for significantly more than expected. An outdoor fireplace will not only add value to your home, but is on trend with the latest craze of elevating outdoor spaces to create a true extension of the home. And who doesn’t want to enjoy the cool temperatures of fall by a cozy outdoor fire? 

Combine Looks with Function

An outdoor shed can be just the escape you need during the restlessness of the colder months (like offering a hobby haven, home office or exercise space). Zillow found homes with features like a shed sold for 26% more than expected and eight days sooner, making it a solid investment too. Complete the look with privacy fencing, possibly in a subtle red or brown that looks great both during fall and year-round. Engineered wood fencing is a new option that offers the natural look of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl.

Fall is a time for harvest moon and hayrides, but it’s also a terrific time to make smart investments in your home’s long-term curb appeal. So, what are you waiting for?

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?