Exterior Home Improvements
Improvements to your home’s exterior are critical to fending off the weather, presenting a proud face to the neighborhood, and ensuring the value of your home. Roofing, siding, windows and other parts of the exterior shell of your home are the barrier between Mother Nature and your family—it pays to keep them in good shape.
In this family of articles, we look at buying, improving, repairing, and maintaining all of the components of your home’s exterior, including the yard and landscape. Pick a section below to dig deeper.
Brick is one of the most durable siding materials. It doesn’t need to be painted, doesn’t rot or fade, and weathers handsomely. It also provides excellent insulation for your house.
“Flat” roofs (which usually have a very slight slope) utilize a roofing system that is completely sealed and therefore impervious to leaking, as long as they're designed properly.
Metal roofs are favored for their fire-resistant qualities, longevity, and speed of installation. The material is also surprisingly lightweight and great at reflecting heat from the sun, among other benefits.
Some roofing materials, such as slate, wood shakes, and copper, have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Learn about them, as well as how to repair and maintain them in this section.
Vinyl siding has been a very popular type of house siding in the United States since its invention in the late 1950s, no doubt because it is durable, easy to maintain, rot- proof, termite-proof, and much less expensive than the traditional product it imitates—wood siding.
Exterior Home Improvement Articles
No home improvement project revives, protects and beautifies a house as quickly, effectively and affordably as exterior painting. A new coat of paint can completely
Learn how to prepare walls for vinyl aluminum siding in this expert how-to, with diagrams and steps for preparing, sheathing, and furring walls for siding.
Do you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes? If you do, when it comes to choosing a garage door, be sure to
DIY tips for vinyl, steel, and aluminum gutter installation, including taking measurements In This Article: Gutter Sizes & Profiles Installation Advice While most gutter installations
About Repairing a Roof Yourself In This Article: How to repair an asphalt shingle roof yourself, including repairing torn or curled asphalt shingles and replacing
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