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Choosing Home Exterior

October 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Have you stayed in your house for quite a long time now? Are you tired of looking at the same old exterior every time you enter your driveway? If you are then now is the time to think of improving the exterior of your home. This article gives you a brief discussion of five exteriors—exterior paint, vinyl siding, brick covering, stone covering, and stucco finish. Consider one of these coverings for a home improvement project that will surely boost the curb appeal of your home.

Vinyl Siding

Many homeowners prefer an exterior wall covering composed of the same plastic used in water piping (polyvinyl chloride or PVC). Vinyl siding is eye-catching and admired in many new homes and refurbished homes due to the fact that vinyl does not have to be repainted or treated for resistance against weather elements. Although it is thin, vinyl siding provides good insulation in colder climates. You can select numerous finishes and colors for a vinyl siding project and possibly decide to improve the entire home.

Exterior Paint

If the home’s exterior is bare except for concrete, stucco, and paint, or wood or wood-style paneling, it is simple to apply a new layer of paint. If a home has a special effect such as a custom stone, brick, or wood finish or vinyl siding, it would be better to check with a professional before deciding to paint. Some homeowners are willing to pay the extra cost of priming the exterior of the home before applying a new paint color. After a primer is applied, the new color will look more lively and there will be no traces of the previous color of the house. At the local home improvement store, choose from hundreds of colors that a paint professional can custom mix right in the store.

Stone Exterior

Stone contrasts well with other features of the home’s exterior. One option is to put in stone coverings to a few portions of the home while leaving the rest of the exterior intact. For example, some homes include stone cladding along the bottom three feet of the home’s front exterior or ornate stonework around the perimeter of the garage door. Talk with a local masonry company to decide the types of covering that will fit your home improvement budget. Pricing and availability will tell your choices of material. You can be more flexible in the pattern of the stones as long as you don’t have to match an existing stone pattern.

Brick Exterior

While brick is a costly wall covering, its lasts a long time and entails very little maintenance. Occasionally the homeowner will have to to match new brickwork to old brickwork on the property, including the exterior, the driveway, the sidewalks, and the columns supporting the house. Pick a brick finish that complements with other noticeable features of the home’s exterior. If your home has no bricks, you can choose any type of brick pattern.


This style of finish is specifically popular in nineteenth century Tudor-style homes in the U.S. and twentieth century homes in Florida. This inexpensive material is made of cement, lime, and sand. You can slap it onto the concrete block exterior or to wallboard covering a wood frame. Stucco is also comparatively simple to apply to the exterior and can be painted easily. An alternative to stucco because of its tendency to crack and shrink in cold climates is the synthetic stucco, made feasible by the development of durable commercial plastics.

The exterior covering of a home is a significant aspect in its curb appeal. When you think of renovating your home, consider the long-term cost of every type of exterior and what will make you happy. Also consider how the exterior will draw potential buyers in case you want to sell your house in the future. Remember, the right home exterior can transform your plain home into a beautiful one !


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