2011-09-01 / Local & State

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Even if you aren’t considering selling your home anytime soon, it’s always a good idea to keep it looking great.

Seasonal upgrades can help you improve your home’s curb appeal and make it the envy of the neighborhood. From landscaping to remodeling that increases energy efficiency, now is a great time to give your home a facelift.

There are several ways you can improve your home’s exterior:

Details matter

Simple weekend jobs, like replacing or painting your front door in an eye-popping color, can give your home an instant update. If you decide to paint, look for a warm, inviting color that complements existing materials such as the siding, trim and other accessories. Don’t be afraid to pick a bold color for the door. For example, rich red colors work well and a gloss or semi-gloss exterior paint works best.

Crystal clear

The easiest way to give your home a quick facelift is to clean your windows. The glass can be rinsed with plain water and cleaned with regular or ammonia-based glass cleaners. Use some elbow grease to make them sparkle. Then, clean the vinyl frame with a solution of mild soap and water.

You also should consider replacing your windows with ones that are more energyefficient, which can help you save money on your energy bills. For example, an Alside Double-Hung Window with optional ClimaTech TG2 insulated glass is nearly 96 percent more energy-efficient than a standard doublepaned unit, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. To learn more, visit www.alside.com.

Landscaping design

Landscaping is a great way to enhance your home’s external appearance for a reasonable price and with minimum bother. Consider adding planters to both sides of the entranceway. Use flowering plants and trees, or native perennials that do not need a lot of maintenance. Make sure to clear broken branches, twigs, or leaves from the yard. Trim shrubs and trees to freshen your home’s appearance.

Many homeowners are familiar with Energy Star ratings on appliances, but are surprised to learn that insulated siding can also improve a home’s energy performance. In fact, additions such as Alside’s Prodigy insulated siding does this by creating a blanket of insulation around your home. And the siding looks like it’s handcrafted from wood and comes in a variety of traditional and bold colors – saving you money without sacrificing beauty.

For more ideas on how to enhance your home’s curb appeal, visit www.alside.com.

Get started today on making your home more beautiful and energy-efficient. You and your wallet will be grateful you did.

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