Sunny spring and summer days are perfect for making exterior home improvements. To use your time and money wisely, it’s important to choose projects that are low-maintenance and have a good return on investment. Think about the following upgrades that will reduce your ongoing home maintenance demands.
Fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding – made of a mixture of sand, wood fiber and Portland cement – will never rot, and resists expansion and contraction as the weather changes. That means less caulking and painting for you. Fiber cement is warranted for up to 50 years.
Vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is the most affording siding material (about 20-40% cheaper than fiber cement), never needs painting, and resists rot and insects. Because it is lightweight and easy to install, installation costs for vinyl are low. It has an estimated lifespan of 35 years.
Metal roofing. Metal continues to grow in popularity for roofing. While asphalt shingles deteriorate after 20-30 years or less, a metal roof can perform two to three times longer with almost no maintenance required. It is inherently resistant to fire, impact and high winds, which means fewer repairs.
Composite decking. Forget staining and sealing; synthetic composite decking is the ultimate choice for a low-maintenance, long-lasting deck with the look and feel of wood. Composites are highly durable and resist insects and rot.
Gutter guards. Gutter guard systems block debris from settling in the gutters, keep out pests and protect your home from serious water damage. They fit over existing gutters, so there is no need for replacement. With a quality metal gutter cover, you can enjoy the freedom of never having to clean your gutters again.
Landscaping. There are many options for low-maintenance landscaping if you utilize native plants that don’t require a lot of watering and pruning. As a bonus, healthy native plants create an environment that attracts a diverse array of birds and butterflies. Get great tips on landscaping with native plants and find nurseries in your area.