For some lucky people, there comes a time when they reach a point in their life where they have the luxury to custom build their dream home. You know you have done well for yourself if that is your situation. Now, for most of us, who might not reach this milestone, there may come a time where we find ourselves in a position where we can afford to select, refinish, or even change the exterior finishing of our house. Isn’t that a great feeling? What an amazing project to start planning! It is time for you to choose what material will best reflect your needs, your taste and will maintain, if not enhance, the value of your property.
There are a few things to consider as you begin to select your material of choice. One of them is the neighborhood; if your house is surrounded with brick bungalows, changing the exterior walls to painted metal or tin might not be your best option. Similarly, if the houses around yours have wooden clapboard, fancy stucco for yours might stand out. You want to find the best combination of product, colour and value to get the most out of your investment.
You are familiar with the most common finishing products: wood, vinyl, metal, brick, and stone. More recently, in modernly designed areas, we have seen more concrete and glass combinations. This last product would be fantastic for polyurethane coating. The choice of colours, textures and durability of this covering allows you to personalize your house while protecting it at the same time.
If you are working with more traditional products, know that stone and bricks are very durable and give out a sense of solidity. You must maintain the grout and repair the areas that need it quickly so your house maintains its value. What is neat with brick is that you can paint it if you are looking for a change of colours or even have it covered with stucco. Make sure you have though this through before you begin, as this is not something that can be easily undone.
For vinyl, wood and metal, the possibilities are endless as you can always sand the surface and cover it with a new colour that better suits your mood. Just make sure that your wood is treated against the elements and that any area needing repairs get fixed before you start painting.
Finally, remember to see your house as a whole, where the attention you place on the exterior must match the care you take of the interior and vice versa. You want your house to be the reflection of your personality and your family, your taste in designs and your priorities. Take the time to think about your design carefully, your choice of material, the colours you pick and your timeframe. When the work is complete, you will be proud to look at it and live in it. Furthermore, you will have added some precious value to your biggest asset.