Your home is most likely your most valuable investment, so it only makes sense to take the time to properly protect its exterior.
EiEiHome spoke to Royal Crown Aluminum Inc., a company founded in 1990 by two young entrepreneurs, to find out what home improvements provide the best return on your investment. Before you begin any project, they suggest that every homeowner ensures the project meets building code requirements and that all permits are obtained.
Here are the most common improvements for protecting your home’s exterior:
The siding you choose will play a big role in the curbside appeal of your house, which affects its value. There are many choices, different materials and colours of siding designed to protect your home from the elements, such as weather, rodents and pests.
Siding should guard the walls of your house from water damage redirecting moisture to the outside of the house so that the structure is not likely to be damaged. Royal Crown experts say, “Keep in mind how much wet weather occurs in your area.” The material you should choose depends on the geographical location of your home.
Soffit and fascia
Soffit helps with the ventilation of the house, especially with areas such as the attic where it draws heat and moisture away from the house. It prevents roof structure and rafter decay. Fascia is the forward facing strip that edges and protects the join between the roof and the walls. Produced in long-lasting materials, it enhances your home and reduces the need for costly painting and maintenance.
The soffit and fascia are just as important as the roof of your house. In addition, the fascias protect the wood element of the roof and give your home a more refined look while making your home more environmentally friendly. The right choice of soffit and fascia will save you time and money on heating and repair over the long term.
The purpose of an eavestrough (or gutter) is to catch rainwater and snow runoff from the roof and direct it into the downspouts and away from your home.
Gutters protect the ground around the house from moisture and help to maintain the foundation. They help control the flow of water from the roof and exterior, preventing ground erosion and protecting the landscaping.
Editor, Dawn Boshcoff