The Expert Advice For Your Exterior Remodeling Project | SOD

Starting a remodeling project on the exterior of your home can be daunting, as mistakes can be extremely costly, especially if it impacts your home structurally. These sorts of projects can also take a long time to complete, even more so if you are doing the work yourself, instead of using the services of a professional contractor.

This article will discuss what you need to do to get your exterior remodeling project started, as preparation is key.
We’ll also discuss the type of projects that could be completed to increase your home’s value or save yourself money in the long term.

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Why would I need to remodel the exterior of my house?

Remodeling the exterior of your home can be beneficial in numerous ways, both from a financial viewpoint or cosmetically, if you are planning to stay in your current home for a long time. Below are four reasons why someone would choose to start an exterior home improvement project.

Increase the value of your home

One of the best reasons to invest in a project to improve the exterior of your home is to increase the overall value of your house. This is especially recommended if you plan to sell the house in the near future and want to make as much profit as possible to invest in your next property.

Avoid costly repairs further down the line

Renovating important aspects of your home, such as the roof or siding, can help prevent costly repairs further down the line, with damage, or rot, impacting other house areas, including the interior. An initial financial outlay to replace potential problem areas before they can materialize can be much cheaper than a full repair job later down the line.

Improve the overall appearance of your home

For many people, the home is their pride and joy, so you always want it to look its best. A shoddy, dilapidated appearance gives an awful first impression and completely undermines any hard work you have done to the interior.

Protect the interior of your house

As mentioned earlier, letting a roof deteriorate can result in problems in the interior of your home, such as damp, or even structural issues which can become very expensive to fix. If the roof of your house is showing signs of damage, or it is very old then it is always recommended to arrange a replacement as, in a worst-case scenario, it could even collapse!

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How should I prepare for an exterior home improvement project?

Before any home improvement project, exterior or otherwise, it is important to suitably organize yourself to reduce the chances of any problems or delays. This is why we have included a simple checklist of things to consider and schedule before remodeling your home.

Design and planning

Even if it is a very basic sketch, a rough design can give you a real idea of how you want the end product to look and can help convey your ideas to the remodeling contractor.
Consider the bigger picture – Could your project impact other areas of your home? For example, could it potentially lead to structural, or foundational issues? It is always wise to speak to an expert and have them inspect your home before arranging any major remodeling work.

Will any demolition work be required?

Demolition work is a big undertaking and is not to be underestimated. If you have a preferred time frame for the overall project then be sure to set aside a large amount of time for the demolition phase. You should also hire a container to remove debris before the project begins.

Will you require a carpenter?

-If you are planning to replace doors, walls, or windows, then a structural carpenter would be required to install frames and protect the integrity of the build.
Electrics, plumbing, and insulation – Once any walls have been removed and frames are in place, then this is the time to install any new electrical work, insulation, or plumbing. So ensure you have got your timings correct, to avoid any costly delays.

The Paintwork

The finish of your home is important to maintain a clean and eye-catching look, so it is always sensible to use a professional painter to ensure the job is done to the correct standard.

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How do I know if I need a new roof?

There are a number of signs that you can look out for which signal that it is probably time for a new roof, these signs are as follows:

Check the loft and upper floors of your home to check for light entering through the roof, or signs of water damage/ damp.

Assess tiles and shingles to ensure they are flat and perfectly intact. It is also recommended to check the gutters to see if there is a build-up of shingle grains which signals that they are deteriorating.

Examine the flashing around the chimney, or any protruding feature to make sure it is without cracks or damage. Older flashing tends to be made from tar or cement, but metal flashing is now used for added durability.

Study the roof to check for any signs of sagging which could be a sign of rotting – the ridge of your roof should be perfectly straight.
Check for moss on your roof, as large build-ups are usually caused by trapped moisture as a result of damage.

If you have recently moved into the house then you should check the records to find out when the roof was installed. If it is older than 15 years then it might be time to think about installing a new one, as a roof usually has a lifespan of 20 years.

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What are the benefits of replacing the siding on my home?

Siding not only protects your home from the elements but is also one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home’s exterior. Whether you are installing Hardie siding; Vinyl Siding, Cedar Siding, or any type of Wood Siding, it is best to use an expert remodeling contractor to guarantee the perfect finish.

What are the signs that I need to replace my windows?

High-quality, correctly fitted windows can significantly reduce your annual energy bill, so here are 7 signs that you may need a windows replacement:

  • A worn-out appearance of the frames
  • High energy bills, suggesting heat loss
  • Difficulty opening and closing the windows
  • The windows are not soundproof
  • You can feel a draft through the window
  • The window frames are leaking
  • Your windows are only single-glazed

What should I consider before installing a new Patio?

An attractive patio design can transform your garden into much more usable space, almost acting as an additional room in the house to enjoy the Californian sun. As backyards and gardens come in many different shapes and sizes, you should consult an expert who can create a patio or deck design plan to make optimal use of your space and recommend the perfect materials. Read more about Patio Design Services.

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Why should I use a certified remodeling contractor?

Californian homes are exposed to significant sunlight and heat which is why any exterior work on your home should be done professionally so it is resistant to the elements and will stand the test of time. SOD Home Group has been working on projects across the State since 2008 and has earned a glowing reputation for its high-quality home remodeling in San Jose and beyond.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you achieve your dream home.

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