Home Upgrades – What to Add Now and What to Add Later

Home exterior upgrades? Know what to prioritize first and what can wait.

Have you ever found almost the house of your dreams? It wasn’t perfect, but you saw the potential and knew that you could make it your own. It would just take some upgrades. Often, these upgrades take place inside, and of course, that’s important, because that’s where you’ll live. However, the exterior of the home shouldn’t be neglected for the interior. It’s the exterior of your Plainview home, such as the roof and siding that protects the interior of your home. So which upgrades should come first and what can wait until later? Let’s prioritize the order of your home exterior upgrades:

First: Doors

Your exterior doors do more than just offer entrance into your home. They’re also a major part of your security. If your exterior doors are flimsy or falling apart, they could be susceptible to uninvited guests — whether pests that belong in nature or human intruders like burglars. If your home’s new door is over 10 years old, you’ll want to upgrade it for a stronger, more secure door right away — one that can hold up to the elements as well as force from intruders.

Second: Roof

The phrase “roof over your head” exists for a reason: your roof is one of the most important elements of your home. If it’s damaged, you could have issues with leaks or water damage, that can quickly become irksome in your new home. Consider opting for metal roofing, which is stylish but exceptionally durable and energy efficient. Not only will you get rid of problems with leaks, but metal roofs will help prevent heat loss so you can save money on your heating and cooling costs.

Third: Siding

Next, it’s time to address the walls. When looking at your new home for the first time, you might be tempted to paint the walls inside first, but that’s something that can wait until everything else is sorted out. What you do want to upgrade, however, is your siding, particularly if it’s vinyl siding. Vinyl siding under the pressure of Plainview, TX heat can often buckle, melt, and pull away from the walls, leading to leaks and potential issues with the insulation in your walls. At best, it lasts about 25 years. Seamless steel siding, on the other hand, can last 50 years or longer. It has a similar look, due to its vinyl coating, but it’s much stronger and the seamless nature keeps out leaks, so that it will protect your walls even in the worst weather.

Fourth: Replacement Windows

Once that’s done, the next thing to consider is your energy efficiency. The right siding, doors, and roofs will all help to boost your energy efficiency, but one of the best resources here are your windows. They can also be your greatest enemies if they’re old or inefficient. Too much air leakage or heat loss through your windows can cause your energy bills to spike. The right replacement windows, on the other hand, can help you save as much as 40% on energy.

Ready to get started on your home upgrades? Make sure you have a good contractor. Contact West Texas Exteriors today for a free quote.