Keep Your Home Exterior in Top Shape

Sep 08, 2011, 05:20 ET from DaVinci Roofscapes(R)

MAUMEE, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MS -- Feel like cheating? Forget what the inside of your home looks like for just a bit and focus on your home's exterior.

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"The exterior of your home makes a lasting and daily impression on your friends and family, along with your neighbors," says Mark Clement, professional contractor and host of MyFixItUpLife home improvement radio show. "On the exterior of the home there are three big, critical areas I recommend people evaluate every year --- the roof, the windows and the entry door. Those are key areas because, along with being visual focal points of the home, they help protect a house from severe weather."

Clement offers these tips for keeping your home exterior in top shape:

  1. Check your roof yearly (from a ladder or from a neighbor's home with binoculars) to determine its condition. Look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be "flapping" in the wind.
  2. Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this one.
  3. If you're in the market for a new roof, investigate polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in a wide variety of colors. Some tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes®, have a 50-year limited warranty and are ideal for all types of weather conditions, including hurricanes and hail.
  4. If you can see light around your main entry door from the inside, the door is hard to close or lock, or the door itself is warped, it's time to consider a new door.
  5. Search the web for "Door Designer" and "My Saved Doors" online tools to help select and visualize how a new door will look on your home.
  6. Switch to a high-performance fiberglass door (which has four times more insulation than wood doors). The Tru-Defense® Door System from Therma-Tru Doors features enhanced weatherstripping, corner seal pad, door bottom sweep and profiled sill that all work together to provide strength and stability in your entry door.
  7. If you have condensation between glass panes, the windows are hard to operate, or if there are drafts coming in, then it's time to consider replacement windows.
  8. Investigate your vinyl window options and stick with a national manufacturer that can stand behind a long-term warranty. For his renovation project, Clement selected Simonton vinyl windows. The award-winning company impressed him with its 65-year history and return-on-investment with their low-maintenance ENERGY STAR® qualified windows.
  9. Use stylish window and door trim to accent key home features. Lightweight and easy to install, weather-resistant synthetic mouldings, shutters and entryway surrounds from Fypon are a definite do-it-yourself project for any homeowner.
  10. Wrap it up. Clement recommends using Column Wrap Kits to cover ugly steel or wooden porch posts to upgrade the look of the home.

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