What Is The Best Siding For A Home?

Making the decision to put sidings on the walls of your home is not one that should be taken simply for décor purposes, although most modern siding materials can enhance the outward appearance and even the value of your home. Siding materials also offer protection to you and your home. There are various types of siding materials available, which sometimes makes the choice of material a difficult one.

Polymer sidings are the best siding materials for your home. Polymer sidings provide a greater choice in design and colors and offer superior durability and visual appeal. The low maintenance factor and their neutral chemical composition make them a better choice for your home and the environment!

Buying a family home is a long-term investment that is quite a substantial financial commitment. It makes sense to look after your investment as much as possible to ensure it remains in top condition. The changes and improvements you make to your home can be simply to preserve your investment, while others can help to improve the resale value of your home.

What Is The Purpose For Siding On A Home?

Sidings have multiple purposes for the homeowner and what it offers your home. The degree of these benefits will often be determined by the type of material that you choose for your siding, but we will get to that topic shortly.

Sidings provide the following enhancements to your home.

  • A fresh look for your home. Installing siding on your home can immediately give the exterior of your house a facelift that will make your home look fresh and new.
  • Protection from bad weather. Siding material is not only intended to improve the look of your home but also to offer protection to the walls of your home from the elements. Sun, rain, snow, wind, and cold weather can quickly cause the walls of your home to look old and worse for wear. Siding material not only protects your home but can offer the residents additional protection from heat and cold due to the additional insulation benefits that the siding material offers.
  • Wide range of designs. The broad range in the styles and design of siding material gives you the freedom to choose the particular look and texture that you want for your home siding.
  • Add value to your house. Adding a durable, good quality siding to your home can increase the value and, therefore, the resale value of your home. Of course, the amount of the value increase will be dependent on the siding material that is used.

What Is The Best Siding Material Choice For Your Home?

Traditionally, sidings were made of wood shingles or panels, or sometimes even stone. These natural materials have their beauty, but their lifespan and beauty fade very quickly and require frequent maintenance and upkeep to keep them looking good. The difficulty with stone, which is sometimes called cladding, is that it is expensive, difficult to work with, and heavy. 

Modern siding materials offer more durability, less maintenance, cheaper cost, and a wider range of choices with regards to design and texture.

When it comes to modern siding materials, your only really have two main choices that make sense, and out of the two, there is one that stands out as the obvious choice!

Vinyl and Polymer cladding are the most commonly available siding materials that most homeowners will choose between for their home.

From our perspective here at TNT Home Improvements, there is only one sensible choice for siding material, and that is polymer siding material. 

We have an article that details the specifics of why polymer is a better siding material than vinyl if you would like to read an in-depth comparison, but here is the summary of polymer siding benefits.

  • Durability. Polymer sidings offer greater durability.
  • Customizable. There is a greater choice in style and visual effect in polymer sidings.
  • Low Maintenance. Because of its durability, the level of maintenance required is low.
  • Greater visual or curb appeal. The wider range of design choice allows you to give your home a unique appeal.
  • Seamless joints. Polymer sidings have less visible seams than vinyl sidings, and the seams are more easily hidden.
  • Environmental awareness. Polymer is a more neutral substance, unlike vinyl, which has large amounts of chlorine in its makeup, which poses an environmental risk, especially in the event of a fire.

What Color Siding Provides The Best Resale Value?

As a rule of thumb, lighter, neutral color sidings offer substantially more resale value to your home than very dark or bright flashy colors.

This, however, is a general statement that is usually true to form, but there are other factors that could impact your color choice. You should consider these before choosing a siding color. These are some of those other factors of your home and your neighborhood that you should investigate before deciding on a siding color.

  • Neighborhood trends. If your neighborhood has other houses that are more brightly colored, and you go with plain, neutral colors, your home will not stand out. People looking to buy in a bright, colorful neighborhood will be looking for brighter colors on the home, which could jeopardize your sale options and resale value.
  • Location of your home. If your home is a coastal home, the general trend is either for brighter colors or pastel blues and greens. If you live in an inland area that has more trees around, the appropriate color choices would be more earthy, natural colors and styles.
  • Architectural style of your home. If your home is Victorian style or colonial style, the buyers for these homes usually have a particular color palette in mind when they go shopping for a new home. If your siding color scheme does not match the architecture, a potential buyer may not give your home a second look.
  • Homeowners Association regulations. Some neighborhoods have an H.O.A. that sets regulations to maintain a certain level of quality, style, and design of homes in order to help keep up the overall value of the homes in the area and to keep a certain look and feel across the neighborhood. Going outside these regulations could result in costly fines or the cost of changing the siding. If you have a homeowner’s association in your neighborhood, it would be worth your while to consult the regulations to find out if your color choice is acceptable before you go ahead with the project. 

If there is no real particular style or color trend in your neighborhood, then you are free to add the siding color of your choice to your home. Just be aware, before you go too wild, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you choose bold colors that appeal to you, the next potential buyer may not like the color combinations. 

For the purpose of retaining or improving resale value, it would be prudent to go with more traditional colors for your sidings.

What Color Siding Fades The Least?

Color is not only an important décor decision when choosing the siding color for your home, but also how good your home will look in years to come.

All cladding types will fade over time, but you can limit the visual effect that this will have on your home by making a wise color choice from the outset.

Dark colors are more susceptible to fading, and the fading becomes more apparent sooner than with lighter colored sidings. This is another reason that more delicate colors and gray colors are more popular color choices for sidings than black or other dark or bold colors.

Conclusion

Giving your home a facelift will not only make your home look good and save you on maintenance costs, but it has the potential to improve the desirability of your home and thus the resale value.

If you are still finding the question of siding choice, style, and color to be a bit of a minefield, then that is what we at TNT Home Improvements are here for. We can assist you with professional advice on the right color and style choice of siding for your home.

We have been helping homeowners make these choices since 2005, and our expertise can be a valuable asset in making the right decision to get the best siding for your home!

Painting Vinyl Siding

TNT Home Improvements is a leading construction company providing a wide range of exterior construction services to Loveland and the surrounding regions. Our extensive experience and passion for a job well-done has made us a prominent figure in the local construction scene and we are proud of the first-rate exterior services we provide our valued clients.

We handle a wide range of projects including the construction of beautiful patios, patio covers, decks and the installation of windows and siding. All of our projects are carried out with the highest level of diligence to ensure you gain the most value from your investment. Call us today to get an estimate for any projects you have in mind for your Loveland home.

What a Homeowner Should Know About Vinyl Siding and Painting Vinyl Siding From the Experts.

Any savvy homeowner is going to be on the lookout for the most cost-effective ways to protect their property value. The structure of the home must be protected from the elements by formidable roofing as well as a sealed and watertight exterior. One of the most popular and impressive options for protecting a home’s exteriors is the use of vinyl siding.

While there are many different siding options, vinyl is certainly a cut above the rest. This impressive construction material comes with a wide set of benefits that improve the value of your property and investments in a number of ways.

Vinyl siding is waterproof, which means it will keep the inner structures of your home free from moisture. It is also a highly durable material that will last for years to come and there are even ways to extend its usefulness.

Vinyl siding is also an especially low maintenance option that will only heed an occasional wash down with water and a brush to keep your exteriors looking sharp and beautiful. Finally, vinyl siding is an especially attractive siding option. Available in so many textures and designs it can allow you to attain the highest levels of curb appeal, which is important to good living and if you are ever considering a resale.

Vinyl Painting

At TNT Home Improvements, we bring special skill and experience to installing and maintaining vinyl siding in an effort to enhance the value of your investments. While vinyl siding is a very long-lasting material with extensive benefits to the property and property owner, it does require a professional touch. The only way to ensure your vinyl siding will serve you well and that additional attention extends its service life is to have your exterior needs addressed by an experienced local professional. This is where TNT Home Improvements steps in to ensure you get every bit of value from your home investments.

One way to breathe new life into vinyl siding just beginning to look its age is with a proper paint job. Applied properly and at the right time by the right professionals, there are a number of benefits you can expect from painting vinyl siding.

Following is our professional perspective on this potentially budget-saving operation.

What you should know about Painting Vinyl Siding.

Not all homeowners are aware of the possibility and potential advantages of painting vinyl siding. You can take your current look and completely transform your vinyl siding with the right coat of paint and the aesthetic possibilities are limitless. It is actually much easier to paint your vinyl siding than it would be to paint a wood or brick wall.

Nevertheless, there are many minor considerations that must be factored into your plans for painting vinyl siding. Without experience in this task, there are many ways to botch the results. When applied effectively, a painted vinyl siding will look better, last longer and save your cash, but the reverse is also true.

This is why we recommend you contact TNT Home Improvements exterior constructions for expert advice on how to properly improve your vinyl siding.

Choosing the Right Colors

You will have to consider how the heat of the sun will play a role in the proper bonding of the paint and the vinyl siding. If your vinyl siding is a lighter shade and you apply a very dark paint, you will notice that the vinyl siding will start to absorb more heat and this can cause warping and other disfigurements.

On the other hand, when applying a lighter paint on a light-colored siding, a poor choice of hue and the desired effects may not be as dynamic.

The proper house paint comes in an extensive range of vinyl safe color choices that will make your home look completely new and increase the longevity of your siding.

Advantages of Using Vinyl Paint for Siding

Improved Curb Appeal – the advantage you and everyone else will experience the most profoundly will be the aesthetic improvement. If you have recently had landscaping, a patio or deck installed, you may find that a color adjustment can complete the look. Or, maybe your siding is beginning to look a bit old and worn? A paint job can freshen those looks and make everything seem new.

Preserve Your Budget – Rather than replace your vinyl siding when it has become faded and unattractive, a painting job will only cost a fraction of the costs of replacement and many paint jobs come with guarantees. Be sure to ask your exterior experts about guaranteed paint jobs.

Hide Partial Replacements – Sometimes your vinyl siding may become damaged by hail or other accidents. In such a case replacing the damaged panels will mean a few portions of your home’s exterior will appear off-color. This can be very detracting to curb appeal. Here is another time when painting vinyl siding will ensure your home looks great for longer.

Things to Consider:

There will be a few things to consider before you can be sure a paint job is the right move for your vinyl siding.

1. A Good Cleaning

Often despite your best cleaning efforts your vinyl siding still appears old and dingy. You may be thinking of having it painted, but sometimes there is an even more cost-effective solution. Vinyl can become embedded with fine particulate matter, airborne grease and dust that becomes baked into the surface by the heat of the sun. To remove all this, a good pressure washing is in order. Vinyl siding can endure in good conditions for as long as 50 years. Be sure to have it regularly pressure washed to restore its looks and protect its longevity.

2. Warranties

Some vinyl siding comes with a warranty that will be void if the siding is painted. You will need to check this detail before beginning.

3. Painted or Replaced

Remember that there is always the chance that your vinyl siding is too far gone to paint. In this case, the only option will be to consider having your siding replaced. Call our expert exterior professionals for a full inspection of your home’s siding. If your siding needs to be replaced, we will be there with the most affordable plans and cost-effective solutions for the task at hand.

Final Notes on Painting Vinyl Siding Loveland

At TNT Home Improvements we know how to ensure your vinyl siding painting project works out best and achieves your goals for economy and beauty. Call us at 970-663-2868 to get an estimate on your project. If you have any other questions or concerns about your exteriors count on our knowledgeable representatives for insightful information or click here to learn about our siding services.

The Best Ways To Add Shade To A Deck

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Outdoor living spaces can add a great deal of value to your home. When you have a deck or a patio, you won’t have to stay cooped up indoors all day. When the weather is cooperating, you’ll be able to step outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

With that said, it isn’t always comfortable to have sunlight shining in your eyes. If you’re looking for ways to add shade to a deck, here are a few solutions you’ll want to consider.

Patio Furniture

If you’re looking for a temporary solution to your lack of shade, the right patio furniture can help. For example, a table that comes equipped with its own umbrella can provide some shade on a sunny day. You could also pick up a swing or lounge chair with a built in shade cover. Patio furniture comes in many styles, and you can find outdoor furnishings that will give your deck the look you want.

With that said, deck furniture isn’t a perfect solution. If you don’t want to have to worry about the sunlight when you’re on your deck, you’ll want to explore some of your other options, such as canopies, pergolas, and patio covers. You’ll want to make sure you can enjoy your deck, even when the sun is at its hottest.

Try A Pop-Up Canopy

If you’re looking for a short-term solution to your lack of shade, you might find that a pop-up canopy works well for you. These canopies come in many different sizes, and they can easily be stored when they’re not in use.

While a canopy like this can detract from the appearance of your deck, it’s a fast way to get shade when you need it. If you do invest in a canopy, you don’t have to limit yourself to using it on your deck. You can also take your canopy with you so that you can get shade on the go, especially if you like to go camping.

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Plant A Tree

Trees are a fantastic source of shade, and they can also provide clean air around your home. While it can take a long time for a tree to grow, you don’t have to start growing a tree from a seed. Instead, you can buy larger trees that will start providing shade right away.

Trees can be a major investment. Many people are shocked when they see what it costs to purchase trees. However, trees can also greatly increase the value of your home. If you don’t have room in your budget for trees, or if you’re looking for a faster solution, pergolas are able to filter sunlight in the same way that trees can.

Install A Pergola

If you’d like to enjoy the sunlight when you’re sitting on your deck, but you’d also like a little more shade, then you won’t find a better solution than a pergola. A pergola can help filter out sunlight so that your deck won’t be bright. Because of the way a pergola is shaped, plenty of sunshine will still be able to shine through. A pergola can enhance the look of your deck, and it can also make it a more comfortable place to relax.

Most of the pergolas we build are a 50/50 sunlight to shade as far as what light is let through. If you were looking for something that is more adjustable you could go with a louvered pergola. These are powered by motors that let you open and close the louvers above you to let in more light or completely close it shut. If you want more control over the amount of shade this is a great option.

We can build a pergola above your deck so that you’re able to get some much-needed shade. A pergola can add a lot of architectural interest to your home, but it can also be highly functional. If you want to improve your deck’s appearance and get more shade at the same time, then a pergola is the perfect solution.

Hang Patio Curtains

If your pergola or deck cover still isn’t providing the kind of shade that you need, you may want to hang curtains around your patio. Curtains will allow you to block out even more of the sun’s rays so that you can get extra weather protection when you’re on your deck.

If you do decide to hang curtains around your deck, you’ll want to search for curtains that were specifically designed to be used outdoors. Choose curtains that are made from a durable, weather-resistant material that won’t fade in the sun.

Patio And Deck Covers

As mentioned above, a cover is one of the best ways to add some extra shade to a deck. Fabric covers, like a canopy, are a popular option. But if you want something more permanent and something that matches the look of your home than I highly recommend a deck cover.

We offer a range of options for patio and deck covers and will be able to build something that’s perfectly suited to your backyard. Your patio cover can complement your existing roof lines and match your shingle colors. We’ll be able to talk to you about your options for covers and answer any questions you might have. Once your cover is fully installed, you’ll have an easy way to get some extra shade.

Add A Gazebo

If you’re happy with the look of your deck, but would still like a shady place to relax in your yard, why not add a gazebo? Gazebos are designed to provide protection from the elements, and they don’t have to take up much space. It’s more than possible to add a smaller gazebo to your yard.

A gazebo can be a fantastic outdoor reading space, and it can even be a way to entertain friends. If you have room for a gazebo on your property, it’s another option that you could consider.

Adding Shade To A Deck Is Easy

If your backyard gets a lot of sunlight, you might think that your yard isn’t well-suited for a deck. However, there are all kinds of simple ways that you can get the shade that you need.

If you’re struggling to get shade when you’re on your deck, there are plenty of solutions you can try. Once you have a reliable source of shade, you’ll find yourself spending more time in your backyard.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more about deck building and shade solutions. We can build a beautiful deck in your yard, and we can make sure that your deck has all of the shade that it needs. Call us at 970-663-2868 so that we can tell you more about patio covers, pergolas, and other shade solutions. Click on this link to learn more about our patio cover services.

Want to Spend More Time Outdoors? Look into Deck Building in Fort Collins, CO

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Studies have shown spending time outdoors is good for our mental and physical health. One simple way to get outside more is to step out onto your deck. If your home does not have this incredible feature, look into deck building in Fort Collins, CO. Adding a deck (or improving your old one) offers homeowners the D.E.C.K.S. experience:

  • Design your own paradise: A deck is a customized feature that allows you to design your outdoor space to meet your personal needs. Have you always dreamed of having a hot tub? Include this in your design. Do you love gardening? Incorporate space for flower or vegetable pots in your deck. Do you love to host parties? Create great multi-tiered space for socializing. Whatever your outdoor paradise looks like, TNT Home improvements can make it a reality.
  • Experience nature: View beautiful sunrises or sunsets. Sit and watch the birds. Take in the other wildlife. Step out of your home and into a haven inside nature, yet conveniently attached to your home. A deck allows you to enjoy these sights and sounds of the exterior landscape without leaving the comforts of home a few feet away. A deck brings you to nature and nature to you.
  • Create new living space: Many homeowners would love to put an addition on their home. Often, space or cost are limiting factors of this dream. A deck is the perfect solution. It adds affordable living space and an attractive new feature to your home. Your square footage inside remains the same, but you have an extra “living room” out back! You get to enjoy expanded space without the high cost or hassle of a typical room addition.
  • Know your neighbors: A deck is the perfect space for entertaining. With this diverse space, you can host neighborhood barbeques, invite others over for a relaxing afternoon in the hot tub, or enjoy some s’mores roasted over your fire pit. Spending time on your deck will also increase the chances of encountering your neighbors while outside. In no time, you can get to know everyone on your block.
  • Soak up the sunshine: Spending all winter indoors can get depressing. Our vitamin D levels drop. Our energy droops. Our personal “solar power” gets depleted. A deck provides a great outdoor space to step out and soak up the sunshine. Due to its convenience, we can even get a little sunshine in the winter. Sit out on your deck for a few minutes each day to get fresh air and fresh perspective year round.

Your D.E.C.K.S. experience awaits

With so many advantages, you can’t afford not to consider deck building in Fort Collins, CO. Your deck will offer a convenient and affordable way to get outdoors. Spring and summer will be here before we know it, so look into this fantastic option today. Enhance your lifestyle, your home, your neighborhood and your personal health with this simple addition. The professionals at TNT Home Improvements are happy to help you design and construct the deck of your dreams. Start making the dream a reality today.