When you start to work on the exterior of the home, there are a lot of places where you will need to have work done. If you get started on the project you may be tempted to do the exterior piecemeal, thinking that this will save you money by allowing you to hire the cheapest contractors for each part of the job. Unfortunately, this is the wrong tactic to take, and you will wind up spending more money and suffering more inconvenience than if you had just done all of the work at one time. For your home exterior remodel, there are three things that you need to have done and three things that you need to make sure that your contractor can handle.
The biggest project that you will have for your exterior remodel is the roof. A roof that is installed properly will protect the home from the elements for a long time and keep the structure of the home from becoming damaged by outside moisture. On the other hand, a poorly installed roof will cause premature rot, and mold growth that will cause serious damage to the home. When you talk to your contractor about your roof, make sure that you discuss the type of roof that you want to have installed and what the contractor will do to make sure that your yard stays clean and undisturbed. It is vital that the job be done cleanly, so that you are not dealing with stray nails, shingles or staples months after the project is completed.
The next largest project that you will need to have done for your remodel is the installation of siding on the home. Siding helps to keep water away from the walls of the home, and it gives your home curb appeal. There are several different types of siding that you can choose from, and you will need to work with the contractor to find one that gives you the protection that you want at a price point that you can afford. You want to make sure that the siding is a color that you like and will like for many years, and it should be a color that coordinates well with the roofing that you have chosen. Many companies can provide roofing services, but you will have to do some work to find one that will do siding as well. When the contractor takes care of both projects at once, the contractor will make sure that the trim is updated as well as the siding, so the exterior of the home all looks the same and the curb appeal is enhanced.
Finally, if you are updating the exterior of the home, it is a good idea to have the windows updated as well. Every year there are changes to window technology that makes the windows more energy efficient, which saves money on your utility costs and makes you eligible for certain state and federal tax breaks. If your windows are more than a few years old, you should talk to your contractor about the types of energy efficient windows that are available to you and which ones fit the design of the home and your budget. Your contractor needs to have plenty of experience with window installation, or you run the risk that they will install the windows incorrectly, leading to windows that do not close properly, which negates the energy savings that you anticipated.
A home exterior remodel is a large and complicated process that has a lot of different elements, and when you hire a contractor who can handle all of those elements at once, you will save time and money on the project. Take your time and find a contractor who has experience with roofing, siding and window installation and your home will look better and be more energy efficient than it was when you bought it.
I am Bill Brown, and I wrote this article after I had some trouble with a contractor who could not handle all of the jobs that I needed done. When I discovered his incompetence, I was at a loss as to what to do, so I started looking for roofers. After a couple of hours I contacted Abel And Son and they were able to go over the project with me and come up with a plan to finish the work that had been started. I highly recommend starting with Abel And Son if you are looking to have a home exterior remodel done on your home.