Exterior

These guides offer tips for maintaining your home's exterior, so you can make a lasting impression on friends and family as well as effectively market it to prospective buyers if you ever intend to sell.

  • Applying Liquid Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    There are several options when redoing the siding of your house, each offering different looks and levels of energy efficiency. Aluminum, vinyl, stucco, and steel are some of the more familiar siding options. A less commonly known exterior siding option is liquid, or spray-on,...

  • Installing or Replacing Faux Brick or Stone Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Whether you're putting up new siding or replacing the old, you'll have many options to choose from. Faux stone and brick siding are two of the nicest options available, giving your home a high-class look without having to build real brick or stone walls . Here are some...

  • Building a Mortared Stone Wall

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    There are many reasons to build a stone wall-- as a decorative piece for your yard, as a retaining wall, or as a garden wall. Building your stone wall with mortar will give it better structural integrity and will prevent stones from falling out of place. Before you get...

  • Installing Metal Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Though wood siding is the most common type of siding used for houses, it is pretty high maintenance. A more self-sufficient option is metal (usually aluminum or steel) siding. If you decide to have metal siding installed on your home, you can expect good insulation at a cheap...

  • Repairing and Replacing Vinyl Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Vinyl Siding is one of the most commonly used types of siding. It's also one of the most fragile. The vinyl panels surrounding your home can become cracked due to extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, and physical pressure. Chances are, if you have vinyl siding...

  • Repairing Wood Shingle Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Wood shingle siding is an excellent option for your home. In addition to giving your home a traditional look, they can be changed to match your style by having them painted or stained according to your preferences. Despite their appearance, wood shingles don't always stand up to...

  • Installing Stucco Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Stucco siding is a tried-and-true option for siding your home. This strong cement mixture has been used is some variety since the time of the ancient Greeks, and many of those buildings are still standing today. So, if you want a strong materials for siding your home, and one...

  • Installing Vinyl Siding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    If you are thinking about putting new siding on your home, you may want to go with vinyl siding. This type of siding is pretty durable, easy to install, and low maintenance. So, if you need to redo the side of your home, vinyl siding is a great and affordable option. The...

  • Exterior Painting and Staining

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Though not an essential component to the structural integrity of your home, your siding does have a very important, functional role. It is what protects the structural pieces and the interior from the elements like rain, wind, and other hazards. Keeping this in mind, painting...

  • Window and Door Trim

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    The trim on your doors and windows is an aesthetically essential component to the outside of your home. Fortunately, whether you're installing some for the first time or replacing old pieces, it is a simple prospect to install exterior trim. What You'll Need First, you'll need...

  • Exterior Trim Repair

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Wood rot can happen to any home, especially in the trim. These are by far the most susceptible areas to fungal rot, because they are the most likely to get a lot of moisture and heat. In some cases, you may just want to replace the damaged trim altogether. In others, it may be...

  • Fiber Cement Siding - Install

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    The siding on your home makes a big impression, and it also keeps rain, wind, and other outdoor hazards from affecting the structural integrity of the house. There are a number of different materials that can be used as siding, one of which is durable, relatively easy to work...

  • Paint Removal

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Before you start a new paint job, you have to take care of your old one. Painting over peeling or loose paint is only going to lead to peeling on the new coat. Of course, you may just want to get rid of all the paint on something, permanently. Either way, there are tools and...

  • Power Washing

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    Power washers are very useful tools when it spring cleaning time comes around. Even if you just had a new paint job on your home last year, dirt, algae, and a number of other varieties of grime can dull the exterior. A power washer can make the otherwise time-consuming and...

  • Installing a Wrought Iron Fence

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

    A wrought iron fence is an attractive and dependable way to keep intruders off your property. Fences don't come much sturdier than these, but there is a lot that goes into installing one. Chances are, if your area doesn't require you by law to have a professional install it,...

  • How to Keep Your Home's Exterior Looking New

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on March 27, 2013

    Your home's outer appearance makes a lasting impression on friends, family, neighbors--and perhaps most importantly--prospective buyers. Whether you have recently purchased your dream home and want to maintain its fresh, manicured appearance or you have just placed your house on...

  • Great Ideas for Your Outdoor Remodel

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on July 9, 2013

    Homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in creating outdoor living spaces and beautiful backyards for their homes, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Ninety-seven percent of...

  • Pool Maintenance Tips

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on July 9, 2013

    During the summer, your pool is likely your main source of fun, excitement and relaxation. Whether you're spending a nice, quiet afternoon floating gently on a raft and sipping a nice cold drink or whether you're having a big backyard get-together, when the temperature...

  • How to Wash Your Home's Exterior

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on August 7, 2014

    Cleaning the exterior of your home is an easy way to improve curb appeal and the overall look of your home. Instead of taking the leap of committing to a new color for your home, washing the outside of your home can drastically change the look. Read on for tips on how to wash...

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