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Invigorate your domain with a new exterior

March 14, 2009|By NewsUSA

If you're thinking of making improvements to your home, this may be the perfect time to give the exterior of your home a makeover. The added value and the general warm feeling of coming home to a beautiful house everyday are not usually on the forefront of most people's minds.

However, the time of year is upon us to start thinking about our home repairs and to begin updating our home's facade. But where do we start? Ultimately, there are plenty of options if you'd like to change the appearance of your home. Nothing breathes new life into a house like a new roof. While not an inexpensive upgrade, putting a new roof on a house can make a big difference as it makes up 50 percent of the exterior of a home. Asphalt shingles from CertainTeed are a good choice because they're durable and can enhance the style and curb appeal of a home.

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Trim is another option. This can bring out many of the details near windows or deck systems. Good trim products are typically made from cellular PVC with the look and feel of lumber. Restoration Millwork from CertainTeed comes in a natural-white color that's easy to paint and ready to install.

If privacy or a place to relax outdoors with your family is something you're looking for, try accenting your outdoor living space with maintenance-free fencing, decking and railings, like Bufftech or EverNew vinyl products from CertainTeed. These vinyl products are weatherproof and require no painting, staining or sanding and will allow you to put efforts elsewhere.

Siding is an area where options are great. CertainTeed's Cedar Impressions polymer shakes give a home a rich, deep cedar shake look that never needs painting, is virtually maintenance-free, and carries a lifetime, limited warranty.

If you are looking to change the exterior color of a home, consider CertainTeed's ColorMax FiberCement siding, which offer 16 colors to choose from.

Landscaping is another way to update the look of your home. Landscapes are moving away from structured shapes, so if you have a lot of shaped trees that look like triangles or spheres, let them grow out, and prune them more naturally. Plants and shrubs bunched together, in a bouquet style of planting pattern, are also becoming more fashionable; no more of the marching band type of perennial setups.

If you have any questions about purchasing interior or exterior products or to see what your home would look like with a new exterior, visit ColorView, an online interactive exterior style and color selector at www.certainteed.com.

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