A Few Updates From Our Handyman Go a Long Way
With Spring Around the Corner, a Little “Curb Appeal” Makes a Big Impact
Eventually it happens to everyone: the elements and time take a toll on the exterior of your home. This can not only cause your home to start to look “shabby” or outdated, it can also make a difference in your energy bills, as those exterior surfaces fail to keep the elements out like they used to.
There are some simple things you can do to give the outside of your house a little face lift and help reduce your energy costs. Our friend, John Sylvestre of Sylvestre Construction, Inc., offers these tips for a big impact:
* Exterior Surfaces: Before you look at the small details on your home, take a look at the entire exterior surface. Schloegel Handyman Service offers a Home inspection where we can discuss the intricacies of all these parts of the home. Painting the siding and trim will give an immediate “freshened up” look. If you are looking for a way to reduce the time & expense of periodic maintenance, you can also consider replacing the exterior wood with stone veneer, bricks or rot-proof, paint-free, man-made materials such as fiber-cement siding. Fiber-cement siding also serves as an extra layer of insulation, which can help lower energy costs. For more information on fiber cement siding, please visit the James Hardie website at http://www.jameshardie.com/main.shtml. Schloegel is a James Hardie Associate Contractor and can assist you with all your widow and siding needs. Don’t forget to consider replacement or repairs to masonry and concrete surfaces.
* Extra Lighting: Exterior illumination not only increases safety & security around your property, it can add drama to landscaping, a welcoming feeling, and the ability to entertain outside in the evening. It can also increase the perceived value of your home.
* Doors & Windows: Replacing your front door is a sure way to instantly spruce up the exterior of your house. Today’s exterior doors & frames look and fit better, and offer better insulation than older doors. High-performance windows provide warmer interior surfaces during the winter and cooler interior surfaces during the summer, so your home always feels just right. Check out the links below to learn more about the different types of windows and some of our preferred window and door options.
* Roofing: Replacing your roof will certainly add curb appeal to your home. With so many materials to choose from, from terra cotta tiles to asphalt shingles with varying colors, you are sure to find the perfect look. Choosing a cool, light-colored roof can also help lower your energy bills during the hot months of summer.
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