Summer is the season for outdoor living! From backyard parties to front porch sitting, enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of your own neighborhood is a simple pleasure each year when the weather warms up. With summer around the corner, now is the perfect time to assess your home’s exterior for any needed improvements and upgrades. Here we’ve outlined what to look for on every area of your home’s exterior to take the guesswork out of whether your home is in need of a little extra TLC this year.
The quickest way to make a dramatic impact on the exterior of your home is to replace your existing siding. While some signs of damaged siding are apparent to the untrained eye, others lie beneath the surface. Firstly, look for rot, cracks, or warped panels. These issues are not only unsightly, but they can also cause severe damage to your home in the way of water damage or pest control. Any gaps in siding allow water and bugs, such as termites, direct access to your home. If the siding appears to look okay, be sure to check interior walls for mold or water damage, as it could be a sign of leaks in your siding. When in doubt, contact All States Home Improvement to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to have your siding examined by a trained professional.
Fiber cement siding is a great way to increase the value of your home and upgrade its appearance. In fact, Remodeling Magazine has repeatedly ranked fiber cement siding as one of the top returns on investment of all major exterior remodels. Because of its ability to create a unique look to match your home’s particular character and its long-term durability for specific weather conditions, we install James Hardie fiber cement siding on Kansas homes.
When evaluating your windows, you will need to examine the interior as well as the exterior. From the inside, determine whether your windows are drafty, difficult to open, fogged over, or cracked. Next, take a walk around the exterior of your home and inspect the siding and framing around your windows. Is it decaying or falling apart? This damage is not only an indicator you need new windows, but it is also a sign that you may have moisture entering your home that could require additional repairs. Don’t wait for mold to form and spread around your windows before you replace them.
After first checking for leaks in your attic, grab your ladder and get a close-up look at your roof. Shingles should lie flat, so damaged shingles may be a quick sign you need to replace your roof. Here are a few things to look for:
- Missing granules
- Missing shingles
- Hail damage
Depending on the severity and number of shingles damaged, you may or may not need to replace your roof completely. We can help you determine whether repairs or a full replacement is best for you.
If you are evaluating your roof after a recent hailstorm, be sure to check out this blog for helpful tips: What To Do After a Kansas Storm.
A quality, eye-catching front door makes a big difference in the appearance of your home. Whether your existing door is falling off its hinges or it simply doesn’t match your preferred aesthetic, a front door upgrade is an affordable way to upgrade your curb appeal. If you’re considering updating your front entry door, read 7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door.
Upgrade for Energy Efficiency
Sometimes updates have nothing to do with appearances. Skyrocketing energy bills are a quick signal that the exterior of your home needs attention. Whether it’s drafty windows or outdated siding, hot and cool air escapes your home all day long. Not only will replacing trouble areas of your home decrease your monthly energy bills, but it will also increase the resale value of your home.
Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Home Improvement Projects
With nearly 30 years of experience, homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for stress-free home improvements. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, quality siding options, and roofing replacements, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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