Exterior Home Improvements? Choose The Right Materials To Make Life Easier

by Diane Barnes

If you are planning to make some exterior home improvements, some materials are easier to care for than others are. Follow the tips below, and you will have less work to do in the future keeping everything maintained.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is beneficial in many ways, and especially if you live in an area that gets extreme weather conditions. This is because vinyl siding is manufactured to withstand subzero temperatures, as well as the hottest summer temperatures.

When purchasing vinyl siding, choose siding that is certified for color retention, and you will not have to worry about it fading. Polymer based siding does not absorb water, and water is not trapped behind the siding, which makes it much more durable.

If you choose insulated vinyl siding, you can also save money because it makes your home more energy efficient. It is like putting a blanket around your home that prevents heat or cool air from getting out.

Metal Roofing

If you are planning to put on a new roof, metal is low maintenance. If you do not like the look of metal, you can choose metal roofing that mimic wood shakes, clay tiles, and slate.

Metal roofing is also safer, as it is resistant to fire, especially if you live in an area that is prone to fires. In a case like this, you may be able to get a discount on your homeowner's insurance. When purchasing the roof, choose metal that has a baked on enamel finish with a rust proof undercoating.

Depending on the manufacturer you purchase your roof from, the warranty may be up to 50 years or longer. Once you put a metal roof on your home, you will not have to replace it for a long time, as it can last up to 20 to 40 years.

The little maintenance required for a metal roof includes:

  • Keep trees away: Make sure trees do not rub up against your metal roof. If the tree limbs rub up against the metal roof during wind, it can damage the finish over time.
  • Remove debris: Keep debris, such as leaves and small branches, off the metal roof. In most cases, snow and rain will wash these things away, but you still need to keep a watch out for it. If you see debris, use a brush to remove it instead of a power washer or a garden hose, as water may shoot under the roof.

Choosing materials that are more maintenance free gives you more time to enjoy other things, such as spending time with your family or just relaxing. For more information, contact contractors like Griffitts Construction Inc.