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The onset of spring weather signals a good time to evaluate your home’s exterior. Mark Clement, co-host of the national home improvement radio show, “MyFixitUpLife”, offers tips on knowing when it is time to replace products.

“The first thing any homeowner needs to understand is that every element of your home’s exterior, from the top of the roof down to the front entry door, will eventually need to be replaced,” Clement said. “The key is to know when the time is right to invest in new products for your home. This means an ongoing evaluation of your home’s current products, researching new product options and contacting professionals for support.”

Clement said replacing older materials with newer, more energy efficient and longer-lasting products is a sound investment.

“We have a 100-year-old home and just replaced the original decaying wood door with a Therma-Tru  fiberglass door, and trimmed it out with long-lasting PVC millwork from Fypon,” Clement added. “We also replaced older windows with Energy Star qualified vinyl windows from Simonton Windows and added a new polymer slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. These are all man-made products that add more life to our house. Plus, we’re saving more on our daily energy bills because of the incredible features of these products.”

Clement also suggested tips for evaluating the condition of a home’s roof, windows, doors and trim. With the roof, look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. Also, check the sides of the roof. The southern exposure side weathers significantly faster than the other sides, and shallower pitches weather faster than steep pitches. If the home has a real cedar roof, consider replacing it with fire- and impact-resistant polymer shake roofs.

Homeowners should also evaluate their windows. If there is condensation between glass panes, the windows are hard to open or close, energy bills are soaring, or if there are drafts coming in around the windows, it’s time to consider replacements. Single-paned windows are the least energy efficient, and you can replace them with double- or triple-paned Energy Star-compliant windows to enhance energy efficiency and conserve warm or cool air. Homeowners should also consider the window frames. Vinyl-framed windows are low-maintenance and can eliminate maintenance hassles.

With doors, if you can see light around the main entry from the inside, the door is hard to close or lock, or the door is warped, it may need to be replaced. Even if you can’t see light, air may be moving through gaps in the weather stripping. On a very cold or hot day, hold the back of your hand an inch or so away from the bottom and perimeter of your door. If you can feel air moving or a cold spot, the door may need better sealing. Consider replacing the entry door with a fiberglass door (which can have four times more insulation than wood doors). Look for a door with enhanced weather stripping, corner seal pad, door bottom sweep and profiled sill that provide strength and stability.

Evaluating trim features is also important. Most houses have louvers placed high above the attic or garage space to allow ventilation, and they can rot over time. Replacing wooden louvers with insect-resistant and rot-resistant synthetic louvers can improve appearance and functionality.

Lightweight and easy to install, weather-resistant synthetic moldings, shutters and entryway surrounds can also upgrade any home.

For more tips, visit www.myfixituplife.com.

 

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