Home Improvement - Choosing a New Home Exterior
Written by: Stephanie Stevens
Have you lived in your house for awhile? You might be tired of looking at the same old exterior as you enter your driveway. If you have money to invest in home improvement, consider the choice of a new exterior. This article provides a brief discussion of five exteriors—exterior paint, vinyl siding, brick covering, stone covering, and stucco finish. Consider one of these coverings for a home improvement project that will increase the curb appeal of your home.
Many homeowners choose an exterior wall covering composed of the same plastic used in water piping (polyvinyl chloride or PVC). Vinyl siding is attractive and popular in many new homes and refurbished homes because the vinyl does not have to be repainted or treated for resistance against weather elements. Although it is thin, vinyl siding provides good insulation in colder climates. You can choose many finishes and colors for a vinyl siding project and perhaps decide to recover the entire home.
If the home’s exterior is bare except for concrete, stucco, and paint, or wood or wood-style paneling, it is easy to apply a new layer of paint. If a home has a special effect such as a custom stone, brick, or wood finish or vinyl siding, you might need to consult a professional before deciding to paint. Some homeowners will pay the extra cost of priming the exterior of the home before applying a new paint color. After a primer is applied, the new color will look more vibrant and will not show the previous color of the house. At the local home improvement store, choose from hundreds of colors that a paint professional can custom mix right in the store.
Stone contrasts well with other features of the home’s exterior. One option is to add stone coverings to some portions of the home while leaving the rest of the exterior intact. For example, some homes include stone cladding along the bottom three feet of the home’s front exterior or ornate stonework around the perimeter of the garage door. Consult a local masonry company to determine the types of covering that fit your home improvement budget. Pricing and availability will inform your choices of material. You can be more flexible in the pattern of the stones as long as you don’t have to match an existing stone pattern.
While brick is an expensive wall covering, its lasts a long time and requires very little maintenance. Sometimes the homeowner will need to match new brickwork to old brickwork on the property, including the exterior, the driveway, the sidewalks, and the columns supporting the house. Choose a brick finish that goes well with other visible features of the home’s exterior. If your home has no bricks, you can choose any type of brick pattern.
This style of finish is particular popular in nineteenth century Tudor-style homes in the U.S. and twentieth century homes in Florida. This cheap material is made of cement, lime, and sand. You can slap it onto the concrete block exterior or to wallboard covering a wood frame. Stucco is also relatively easy to apply to the exterior and can be painted easily. An alternative to stucco because of its tendency to crack and shrink in cold climates is the synthetic stucco, made possible by the development of durable commercial plastics.
The exterior covering of a home is an important aspect of its curb appeal. When you consider renovating your home, think about the long-term cost of each type of exterior and what will make you happy. Also consider how the exterior will attract future buyers. The right home exterior can transform your plain home into a beautiful home!
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