Renovation4 min

Remodeling Spending: A Waste Or Worth It?

If you are considering a home renovation but weighing the cost versus the long-term gains, you are not alone. Some candidates for home remodeling projects get cold feet because they fear that they’ll sell the home before seeing a return on investment. But, consider these facts:

But, here’s the best reason to not delay a home-remodeling project: you’ll recoup most of the cost when you do sell – whether it’s next year or in 2030. For example, a siding replacement recoups 75.6 percent of its investment because it increases average home resale value by more than $12,000.  

Unlike the warranties for HVAC systems or granite countertops, some siding warranties can give you peace of mind for 50 years, like the LP® SmartSide® Siding 5/50 year limited warranty. It is longer and covers more than most fiber cement product warranties. LP® siding products offer five decades of protection against fungal degradation, buckling, cracking and more and the limited warranty also includes damage from hail (see warranty for details). In short, re-siding is one of the highest-value investments that a homeowner can make.

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Trends5 min

Trend Alert: Sleek & Smooth Style on the Rise

It’s no surprise that 97% of realtors say that curb appeal is most important to a potential buyer, which makes keeping up with the latest exterior trends a priority to homeowners. While traditional exteriors like stone and brick can add uniqueness as accents, according to LP industry experts, homeowners these days are gravitating toward sleeker and smoother siding options to cover the bulk of their homes.

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Trends5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.