Adding Value to your Homes Exterior
#1: Spruce Up the Siding
It may not be glamorous, but replacing siding is our No.1 pick for home improvements that add value to your home. If your thinking about selling your home in the future, here is your chance to make a great first impression in the real estate world.
If your siding is in bad shape, your home is going to earn the title of fixer-upper. You’ve heard the saying “you can usually judge a book by its cover”. Old siding sets the tone for expectations of what potential buyers may find inside the house. Try adding curb appeal and lower maintenance siding.
Stucco can be applied by a variety of methods, but hand-troweled is considered to be the best. It can be smooth, rough or somewhere in between. Stucco needs to be water tight. If water seeps under the stucco, it will separate the material from the home. In a virgin application, stucco is spread over wire mesh, wood slats, paper and sheathing.
Vinyl siding is made of PVC or polyvinyl chloride and comes in a variety of colors. The panels are installed from the bottom row up by nailing galvanized roofing nails through the slots in the panel, exposing the nail head so the panels can move. The vinyl expands and contracts in hot and cold weather and must slide freely from side to side. Two main advantages to vinyl are it’s inexpensive and never needs painting.
Manufactured siding can be created from almost any material and made to resemble natural wood. Some composite siding is made from shredded wood, binders, glue and Portland cement. James Hardie is a well known manufacturer of fiber-cement products — built to withstand rain, wind, hail and insects — and this siding is available in a variety of colors, boasting a limited 50-year warranty.