The outward appearance of a home is just as important, or possibly more important than a home’s interior because the exterior is what gives the first impression. There are many things that can be done to upgrade a home’s exterior such as replacing the siding and the windows and doors or installing a deck or patio. While these exterior upgrades will revamp a house’s look, it is important for the exterior components of the house to be able to withstand inclement weather. Here are some home exterior remodeling ideas to consider.
Windows and doors act as the passageways into the house and the styles of windows and doors can greatly affect the look of a house. Replacing old windows and doors can really enhance a home’s exterior but there are several options to consider when choosing replacements. There are many types of windows that each function differently and may be more suitable for certain rooms. These window types include casements, double hung, garden, escape, sliders, picture, awnings, and bays. The frames are usually vinyl or aluminum and come in many different styles and colors to match the theme of any home’s exterior. Replacing the outside doors of a house can also help the outward appearance.
There are three general types of doors; entry doors, storm doors, and sliding patio doors. Entry doors are the main doors and are a bit more heavy-duty for added security. These doors can be styled and colored to match the exterior décor of any house. Storm doors are installed outside the entry door and are typically composed of a combination of glass, aluminum, and steel. These doors protect the house and entry door from harsh weather. The last type of outside door is the sliding patio door. Patio doors are made from tempered glass and open with a sliding mechanism. They are ideal for leading out onto a deck or patio and for allowing natural light into a room. Replacing the doors and windows of a house is a major step in exterior remodeling. With so many style and color options for each, replacement windows and doors can be worked in to fit any home’s exterior design.
Another major element of exterior design is siding. Siding can be made out of many materials such as wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, and stucco. Each type of siding is available in many style and color options to match any exterior design. The different materials require different levels of maintenance and certain materials may not be as well suited for certain climates. Aluminum and steel are more likely to rust in areas with high moisture and wood siding is always subject to warping or termites. Wood siding also requires more maintenance because the wood may need to be sealed annually to help protect it against the weather. Exterior remodeling companies offer consultations to help their clients choose siding that works best with their home. Replacing the siding of a home can drastically change its outward appearance.
One last way to revamp the exterior design of a home is to add outdoor living spaces with decks and patios. Decks are wooden living areas that are built onto a house and are elevated above the ground as opposed to patios that can be made of many materials, such as stone and brick, and are installed directly into the ground. Landscaping and remodeling companies can either restore old decks or design and build custom decks to the client’s specifications. Decks can also be stained many colors to match the home’s exterior. Patios are just as customizable as they can be made any size and made from concrete, brick, or stone to give it a unique look. Adding an outdoor living space not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of a home, but allows the homeowner and guests to relax comfortably outside.
There are several ways to either change an element of the exterior design of a home or give the home’s exterior a complete remodel. The outside of a home is what gives guests their first impression so it is important that the exterior design of a home is one cohesive, aesthetically pleasing design. It is always helpful to discuss options with a remodeling company to choose the best products for the purpose. So start off small or give your home a makeover by replacing the windows, doors, and siding for a revamped design.