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5 INCREDIBLE HOME EXTERIOR MAKEOVERS TO INSPIRE YOUR PROJECT

Everyone loves the wow factor that comes with an incredible transformation. That’s why home improvement shows make such a big splash with their reveals.

Renovating your home’s exterior gives you the opportunity for your own splashy makeover. Not only will your home look fantastic when the project is done, but new fiber cement siding also provides a high return on investment.

The projects below are fantastic examples of what is possible with a stunning remodel. They all have different sets of circumstances, but they all look amazing (especially when you see where the project started). Use these five incredible home exterior makeovers to inspire your project.

Removing Vinyl Siding for a Refreshed Exterior

This split-level home in Calgary, Alberta had new owners who were eager to refresh the overall look of the exterior. In addition to looking dated, the cream-colored vinyl siding was worn and damaged, and needed to be replaced.

The homeowners contacted Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors for a full upgrade. Hubbard installed new HardiePlank® lap siding with ColorPlus® Technology in Deep Ocean, and HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. They also removed the old brickwork, which was replaced with gray stone for a more modern flair.

In addition to beautifully standing out in the neighborhood, the home’s new siding will help it stand up to Calgary’s cold-weather climate and sometimes extreme hailstorms.

Saying Goodbye to Troubled Stucco

In the suburbs around Philadelphia, it’s not uncommon to find homes clad in stucco that are now experiencing problems. This West Chester home was no different. Over the years, moisture had infiltrated its exterior walls, which was causing the original stucco to fail and develop mold.

That’s where Edward Griffin Construction came in. The company removed the disintegrating exterior and replaced it with HardiePlank lap siding in Gray Slate and HardieTrim boards in Arctic White. The contractor also had the opportunity to enhance the look of the home with a few design changes.

“We changed the right elevation to an A-frame from two dormer windows,” the company said. “Paired with a porch being added to the front entry way, we believe the house looks so much more impressive now.”

The look was finished with an inviting red front door, metal roof accent on the porch, and new dark shutters to match the home’s color palette.

No More Engineered Wood Siding

Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Carp’s Complete Exteriors was called to the home when the homeowners began noticing trouble with their exterior. The engineered wood siding was rotting and needed to be replaced, which is not an uncommon issue in the area, said company President Chad Carpender.

The homeowners, Carpender said, opted for James Hardie fiber cement siding because they wanted a long-lasting and durable material.

Carpender worked directly with the homeowners and used virtual design software to help them select a color palette. They chose HardiePlank lap siding in Khaki Brown, and HardieShingle® siding accents in Iron Gray. Carpender’s company also installed a handful of other accents, including a cedar garage trellis, cedar porch columns and soffit.

The homeowners now have a stunning new exterior with a rustic flair.

An Old Farmhouse Renovation

Originally built in the 1880s in a northwest Chicago neighborhood, this old farmhouse was covered in vinyl siding during a previous renovation.

With the exterior falling apart, there was an opportunity for the owners to breathe new life into their home. They contacted Erdmann Exterior Designs to help restore some of its historic charm.

“The goal of the project was to make the house into more of a modern version of the original, while not getting caught up in the trendy all-white farmhouse style,” said company owner Kyle Erdmann.

For the new exterior, Erdmann used smooth HardiePlank lap siding, HardiePanel® vertical siding, and HardieTrim batten boards in Countrylane Red, along with HardieTrim boards in Monterey Taupe.

“We’d never done this color combination before and it exceeded all of our expectations,” Erdmann said.

The result was a beautiful, long-lasting new look for the home that paid homage to its roots.

Upgrading a Weather-Worn Wood Façade

Facing south, the front of this home in Vancouver, British Columbia, is subject to intense sun and other damaging weather. Over time those factors took a toll on the cedar shake siding, and it was time for it to be removed.

The homeowners called AZ Siding to help them select and install a new material that would stand up to the sunshine and other elements of the Vancouver climate.

To maintain the authentic look to which they had grown accustomed, the homeowners chose to replace the original shake with staggered-edge HardieShingle siding. They also chose Evening Blue to maintain a similar color palette.

The new fiber cement siding gave the homeowners a low maintenance solution and a beautiful upgrade to the front of their home.

If you need even more inspiration for your home, you can see hundreds of great styles and color palettes that other homeowners have used for their projects on the #myhardiehome page.

-by Michael Buck, James Hardie Blog: https://www.jameshardie.com/blog/5-home-exterior-makeovers?loc=refresh

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT ROOF SHINGLE COLOR FOR YOUR HOME

Getting ready to reroof your home? When it’s time to replace your roof, you may also want to consider changing up your roof color.

Are there better color options than what you have on your roof right now that would enhance the overall exterior look of your home and potentially boost curb appeal? It’s easy to just pick the same roof color that you already have or that your roofing contractor suggests. However, a new roof is a big investment, and you might as well pick the roof color you really want so that your home feels like your home.

Get a sense of what your home would look like with different combinations of roof colors, siding and trim colors using our Design EyeQ® Visualization Tool

Already love your roof color? Great! Ask your contractor if the same, or a similar, shingle color is available with enhanced performance features if you’re looking to upgrade your roof’s durability.

Choosing the right color for your home begins with having the confidence to say you want something different.

Here are the top 10 tips from roofing industry experts that can help you get it right – from color to style – with your next roof.

1. Think of your roof as a canvas to express your personal style.

A roof typically accounts for about 40 percent of your home’s overall exterior. With a wide range of beautiful dimensional colors and styles available in today’s asphalt roofing shingle market, you can bring the same energy to designing your exterior that you do to your interior. Here is the list of the wide range of Owens Corning shingles available in your area.

2. Take the time to put your ideas into a mood board.

Just as any design project, your exterior has several elements — from window shutters and trim to siding or brick — that will get tied together with your roof. For additional inspiration and help narrowing down what colors will work for your home, explore versatile shingle and color pairings with online mood boards, or style boards. From trendy to classic, your mood board or style board combinations can help you discover the architectural aesthetic that makes the statement you want with your next roof.

Exterior Mood Board Tips from Home Renovation and Design Experts, Karen and Mina

3. Avoid feeling limited by what you already have on your roof – unless you love the color, of course!

When the time comes to replace your roof, take a moment to reconsider which color roofing shingles might improve your home’s overall look. While you may be tempted to play it safe and replace your current roof with the same exact shingle color, use this home exterior project as an opportunity to refresh your home’s appearance and boost its curb appeal.

4. Explore bold, high-contrast designer shingle options.

If bold dimensional color plays a big part of your personal style, then consider the same for your new roof. From bold and dynamic to subtle and classic, you can use color to help make a statement with your next roofing shingle color. Look no further than TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors Collection and our Shingle Color of the Year. With the right roofing shingle color, you can enhance your home’s exterior and complement its natural surroundings and design elements.

5. Compare the actual impact on cost if you want to upgrade your roofing shingles.

The actual cost difference between roofing shingle product lines may be less than you think, so moving up to an architectural shingle in a designer color could actually be within your budget. Of course, only a roofing contractor can give you an estimate that is based on the specific details for your home and the products you select. But getting the roof shingle you really want may only add a few extra hundred dollars to the total project cost.

Ask your contractor to show you the cost difference between the roofing shingle options you may be trying to decide between so you can make an informed decision about your new roof.

6. Communicate your roof color and style ideas with confidence.

There are many different options for roofing shingle styles and colors available, so don’t limit yourself. It’s completely acceptable to request additional large format shingle samples or to see more variety when working with your roofing contractor to find the right shingles for your home.

The best practice is to do your preliminary color selection using the manufacturer’s website, then ask the contractor to bring those sample colors. This eliminates back-and-forth and multiple appointments.

7. See the shingle color IRL (in real life). 

Experts recommend checking out homes in your neighborhood with the same roofing shingle color installed.  If you can find a home with a similar roofline and pitch, you’ll get an accurate sense of how the shingle color will look in natural lighting.

Ask your roofing contractor for a list of recommended homes so you can drive by and see the shingles in action at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.

8. Think big picture. 

Shingle colors can have a chameleon effect once they are matched up to another color on the exterior. So, don’t focus too much on trying to match up your colors exactly—just know that the color granules will look different once they’re paired with another color. Take the sample board your contractor has brought and lean it against your exterior to view it from a distance to get a sense of how the granule colors will blend together for an overall effect once installed on the roof.

Or better yet, see #7 above.

9. Evaluate the impact of lighting.

The overall appearance of a roof can vary depending on the time of day and corresponding light. Take your samples outside in the morning, afternoon and evening to make sure you consistently like what you see before deciding on a favorite color.

10. Consider working with a home designer.

Unsure what color will match your yellow siding or red brick home?  You can always hire a design professional with a trained eye to provide a second opinion. Often for a day rate, you can work together to find a roofing shingle color that will help you confidently tie together exterior design elements like siding, trim and paint colors.

But our guess is that you can do it successfully and confidently all on your own if you follow the above tips. Online visualization tools, like our DesignEyeQ®, can help you get a sense of what your home would look like with different combinations of roof colors, siding and trim colors.

Choosing your next roofing shingle color can be an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Think of your next roof as an opportunity to reimagine your home exterior design aesthetic.

– Owenscorning: https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/roofing/tools/how-to-pick-the-right-roof-shingle-color-for-your-home?

A&B EXTERIORS LLC IS PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSITE

As a company, A&B Exteriors is focused on excellent craftsmanship and our passion for community outreach. We want our website to reflect these values while having a fresh, updated look.

The A&B team closely collaborated with Pesola Media Group of Yorkville, IL to reimagine our website. As your trusted partner for roofing, siding, gutters, windows and doors, we wanted to provide our customers with valuable information regarding our approach to home exteriors. We wanted to provide ample information to help our customers make the right decisions for their home.

This modern website design reflects our industry expertise. As a leader in home exteriors, we wanted a website that is innovative, sleek, and informative about our services.

We may have a new look, but we haven’t lost sight of our traditional principles. Our goal is still the same. We aim to gain our customers’ loyalty through honesty, perfection, quality craftsmanship, and expertise in order to make their house their home. To stay true to our mission, we have added a Team page so you can become acquainted with our staff and their expertise before they visit your home.

It’s all about staying true to our philosophy of excellent service. Customer satisfaction is at the core of everything we do and has always been our number one goal. Our new website is mobile friendly which allows homeowners and businesses to utilize our information while on many different platforms. Take a moment to explore our new site design and be sure to check back regularly for more information about our products and services.

If you have any questions or feedback about our new site or our home exterior solutions, please get in touch via our Contact page or email –a_bexteriors@yahoo.com

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