It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
In addition to the roof, the siding is the part of your home that contributes most to energy efficiency. It also comprises the majority of your home’s exterior, making it a crucial factor in curb appeal, as well. From wood to vinyl to fiber cement siding, how do you know what to look for in siding materials? [Read more…]
The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you’ll save month to month. Sadly, most homeowners are content to pay their energy bills each month without questioning whether it could be lower. The good news is home efficiency can be boosted in several ways, some of which start with the exterior of your home.
To improve the efficiency inside your home, consider investing in these three exterior repairs.
- Stop Ignoring Your Roof. Your roof is one of the most important weather-protectants your home has. When installed properly, it acts as a buffer for all types of weather. When there are leaks and damage, however, it can do very little to keep outside air from coming inside. A new roof can provide excellent insulation from the elements and improve the energy efficiency inside your home. To get a free quote, call us today to schedule an estimate. We are a GAF Master Elite Roofer and can offer several options for your roofing.
- Repair or Replace Damaged Siding. Despite the amount of insulation within the walls of your home, the first line of defense starts with siding. If there are significant tears, holes, or rips, the elements can seep right into your home, making your HVAC system work harder just to keep the interior comfortable. We offer siding options that not only improve your home’s appearance but offer the maximum thermal and moisture protection on the market today.
- Upgrade Your Windows. Old windows are one of the most common culprits for high energy consumption. Broken seals, thin panes, and poor installation can all lead to air leaks and drafts inside your home. Replacement windows are a great way to stop unwelcome air flow and instantly improve your home’s energy efficiency levels. We are certified installers of Soft-Lite Windows, which have some of the highest energy-efficiency ratings in the industry. Bring those high energy bills back down by scheduling a free, no-obligation in-home estimate today.
One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is by updating its exterior. And what better time to focus on your home than during National Home Improvement Month?! At Exterior Source, we understand the importance of your home’s exterior. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but it also plays a large role in the curb appeal and real estate value of your home. Here are five projects that can improve the exterior look and quality of your home:
Upgrade Your Siding
HGTV ranks new siding as the #1 way to increase a home’s value. Damaged, cracked or peeling boards can be an eye-sore and will greatly reduce the selling points of your home. Replacing your home’s siding with CertainTeed or James Hardie durable siding will improve not just the look of your home, but provide maximum thermal and moisture protection; help save on energy costs; and drastically reduce the amount of maintenance. You can also add personality with beautiful accents like trim, soffits, and window and door surrounds.
Replace Old Gutter Systems
If the gutters and downspouts on your home are old, chances are they’re starting to cause a few problems — like rust spots and leaks. Exterior Source is the exclusive Englert LeafGuard rain gutters dealer in the Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Tidewater areas. We know the costly water damage headaches that come with non-functioning gutters. That’s why we only install the very best — LeafGuard. With LeafGuard you can “Get It. And Forget It” and, while new gutters may not seem like the most glamorous update to your home, it is certainly one that will pay off in the long run! Plus, they are guaranteed not to clog, or we’ll clean them for FREE.
Become Energy Efficient
Energy efficient windows are a great way to improve your home and, according to Money Crashers, you can expect to recoup 60%-90% of your costs back. We offer Energy Star certified Soft-Lite replacement windows, designed to provide superior energy efficiency, beauty, durability, and are easy to maintain. You’ll immediately reap the benefits of upgrading to Energy Star by increasing the value of your home when you’re ready to sell. Learn more about our replacement window services here.
Revamp Your Roof
Roof issues are one of the most expensive parts of homeownership because they can quickly compile into water damage and structure problems. A replacement roof will improve your home’s appearance while extending its value for years to come. At Exterior Source, we specialize in GAF Advanced Protection® asphalt roofing shingles which are rated #1 in quality and protection. Options like architectural and designer shingles will add a level of sophistication to your home, improving the look of your home now and its sale value in the future.
Style Your Front Door
A front door is the focal point of your home’s curb appeal and gives a sneak peek of the style that lies behind it. Our superior line of ProVia® entry doors are customized to work with your style and needs. Your front door should not just look good, but also provide security, insulation and performance. That’s why our ProVia® entry doors all come with expert installation and lifetime warranties.
Ready to start improving your home? Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation on any of our services, including gutters, siding, roofing, windows or doors!