Inspired Moments

by Michael Buck

Inspired Moments

The Homeowner’s Guide to Exterior Renovations and Care

by Michael Buck

Whether you’re a brand new homeowner, or have owned for years, at some point it’s likely you’ll find yourself considering a complete (or partial) exterior renovation.

While it may seem a bit daunting at first, this can be one of the most exciting parts of being a homeowner. After all, this is your chance to reshape your home exactly the way you want it.

There are plenty of projects you can undertake to update the outside of your home, but the one that will give you the most curb appeal (and one of the best bangs for your buck), is replacing your siding. 

If you’re thinking about starting your exterior renovation, these resources can help you along (almost) every step of the way.

Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Siding
While it may just be time for an update, you may also need to replace your siding out of necessity. This article has seven signs to look for that may indicate your current siding is at the end of its life and needs to go.

What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
If you’ve decided to replace your siding, you’ll need to select a material. Hardie® fiber cement siding is a long-lasting choice that also gives you nearly unlimited design options.

Siding Terminology
House wrap, vertical siding, battens, fascia, exposure and reveal, blind and face nailing – these are all technical and building terms that you’ll likely hear during your project. Use this article for answers to frequently asked questions about common siding terminology so you can start to speak like a pro.

Home Exterior Makeovers to Inspire Your Project
Explore this article to see what’s possible for your project. While there are plenty of steps between the “before” and the “after” pictures, these five exterior makeover stories will give you a good idea of what to expect at the end of the road.

Exterior Home Design Idea Center
Explore various exterior color combinations, find tips for coordinating your exterior elements (like your siding with your shutters and roof), and discover some expert color design tips. The design idea center has everything you need to spark your inspiration.

How to Find a Contractor
The most important aspects of choosing a contractor are establishing trust and a shared vision. These steps will help you find the right professional for your job. 

What to Expect During Your Siding Replacement Project
Once you’ve reached this point, your project starts to get real and it’s time to get excited. While no two jobs are exactly the same, there are some steps that nearly all siding replacement projects have in common. You’ll find all of those here.

Tips For Maintaining Your Hardie® Siding
You won’t have much to do. Hardie® siding doesn’t need a lot from you to look good over the long haul. In fact, you’ll typically only need a soft brush, mild soap and a garden hose for annual cleanings.

If you’re all set on siding, consider renovating other parts of your exterior. Two visually striking projects to consider are overhauling your landscaping elements, or changing the color of your front door. As any homeowner knows, you’re never short of projects big or small to tackle. But every ounce of effort makes a house feel more like your home.

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