Curb appeal. Those two little words don’t carry much meaning before we become homeowners, but mean so much after we sign those mortgage papers. I feel like I’m constantly working on my home in order to keep it looking good. We should all strive to make our home look amazing as a symbol of our pride in our investment. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that our home is likely our largest investment. Choosing the perfect siding is one of the best ways to protect our investment and maintain our curb appeal for years to come. Let’s take a look at a few different ways to use siding to create a unique curb appeal.
Mix and Match
Create the appearance of architectural highlights using different types of siding. Vinyl siding is available in a variety of styles including horizontal panels, vertical panels, traditional lap, Dutch lap, board and batten, beaded, shakes and scallops. Consider using horizontal panels over the body and scallops on the gables.
Accentuate Certain Areas
The windows and entry door should be very noticeable, and siding is a wonderful way to make that happen. Use siding that creates the perfect frame of sorts around your windows. Follow that up with shutters or a complementing paint color to finish the effect.
Create a Visually Stunning Facade
Use faux finishes such as brick or stone to create a visually stunning combination of siding. Use stone on the garage and first floor, horizontal vinyl for the second floor, and shakes for the gables for example. Use your imagination and create the look you love. Complete the look with complementing colors on the windows and entry doors.
Regular Maintenance for Your Siding
Oxidation is one of the worst enemies for all types of siding. Many homeowners are surprised to hear that even vinyl siding can suffer from oxidation, but it’s true. We have to combat moisture, extreme heat and cold, oxidation, and salty air especially on Long Island’s coastlines. This means regular maintenance including but not limited to pressure washing once a year.
Choose Siding that Matches Your Lifestyle
We all want our home to look amazing year-round, but what looks great to one person may not be so good for the next person. Your home, as we mentioned above, is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Use it to create a statement that tells the neighborhood a little about you. Use your home’s curb appeal to showcase your elegant sophistication or some other aspect that is uniquely you.
Give me a call at 631-608-3375 if you’re planning to install new siding and would like some assistance with your siding choices. I’ll be happy to help you choose the best siding for your home and give you tips on how to maintain it beautifully throughout the year.