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Four Tips to Upgrade a House’s Dated Exterior

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Is your home’s exterior looking dull and dated? Does it need an upgrade so it looks fresher and more modern?

Creating an updated and more lasting appeal for the exterior of your Florida home involves considering elements of both style and function. There are many exterior options available on the home renovation marketplace, but expert advice and comprehensive research are required to select the right upgrade for your home. It needs a contemporary, fresh appeal while still working with your home’s design and ensuring the tough Florida weather stays out.

1. Fiber Cement Siding for Structural Value

An important consideration in Florida is protecting your home against the many storms we experience throughout the year. Consider siding options that combine quality aesthetics and robust structural performance. A leading option is fiber cement siding. It is tough, durable and  needs almost no maintenance. Just paint it and you’re good to go. This kind of exterior siding is fire resistant and sheets can be cut into a variety of sizes to take on the shape and appearance of panels, wood siding boards, clapboards, even shingles. This product will not only upgrade your home’s exterior appearance but also give it extra protection against the elements.

2. A Porch Can Modernize Your Home

A porch can give a home’s exterior a makeover while adding style and comfort. Porches can be designed to suit any style of Florida home. For this kind of exterior upgrade, also speak with the contractor about possible lighting and architectural detailing that can be added. Porches are rarely a single feature addition. They often combine several elements to create a charming and yet also modern addition to older homes.

3. Revitalize Your Home with a New Door

shutterstock_87934537Adding a new front door instantly adds appeal to a home. It’s the area that guests notice first more than any other. The ideal front door for the Florida climate is rugged yet stylish. It should help keep the heat out, keep the comfortable temperatures in, and be resistant to strong winds. You might even upgrade your home’s single front door to a grand double door for a look that is truly impressive. The contractors will work with you to ensure it works functionally and also with the architectural style of your home.

4. Storm Proof Your Florida Property

Florida homeowners understand the importance of protecting their investment against the challenging weather. Storms are a concern every year and so elements like window shutters and impact-resistant windows can help improve safety. Shutters can also create a very different and appealing look.

Likewise, better roofing can secure a home while making its exterior more up-to-date. Consider options like non-combustible roofing materials and updated downspouts in feature colors.

Your house exterior upgrade project may take time and careful consideration to reach a successful conclusion, but with expert guidance, you can do it. Give that outdated exterior a facelift that will last for years to come.

Greg NelsonGreg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.

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