A few ideas and expert advice to help give the exterior of your home a makeover.
Curb Appeal with Carson Arthur
When preparing to sell your home, add a little bit of lighting in front of your home. We now know that buyers will park in front of a house after work and make a decision whether they want to buy it. That is often at night and by lighting up the favorite parts, maybe it’s a bay window or a red maple tree, those are the things they’re going to remember. – Carson Arthur will appear in Season 4 of Home to Win, premiering on HGTV Canada this fall.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED AND INSTALLED LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PLAN?
Investing in a professional landscape lighting plan will improve the overall ambience, extend the use of space and boost the perceived value of the property. A lighting professional brings experience to the table to offer artistic and creative lighting effects that really bring your outdoor space to life after the sun goes down. Working with a lighting professional is the best way to ensure your landscape lighting is effective, environmentally friendly and tasteful. – Tony Peters, www.edmontonlandscapelighting.ca
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PVC DECKING AND HOW DO I ENSURE IT WILL LAST?
Synthetic decks fall into two groups: composite and PVC. The main difference between the two is that the core of the composite board typically contains organic material as a filler; sawdust, for example, is a very popular option. This filler has the potential to absorb moisture which leads to swelling, deterioration, and mold growth. On the other hand, the core of a PVC board is made entirely from high-density cellular PVC with no organic compounds. This completely synthetic material will not retain any
moisture and will remain totally unaffected by our variable climate. Additionally, the capstock – the colored portion that wraps around the core and is exposed to everyday use – is acrylic. This is a highly resilient and durable material that is perfect for high-traffic areas like a deck. For the reasons listed above, All Season Fencing is committed to producing only the highest-quality PVC decking. Combined with the fact that we are centrally-located in Toronto, are competitively priced, and keep a high level of inventory, we are an excellent option for the contractor or DIYer considering PVC decking. – All Seasons Fencing, www.allseasonfencing.ca
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOP TRENDS IN WATER FEATURES THIS YEAR?
FALLING WATER Water features with fast flowing and falling water including long streams flowing into a pond and multi-tier waterfalls with cascading drops and curves are quite popular right now.
LIGHTING Using lighting to highlight the curves and shapes of a water feature is a popular choice. Today’s lighting options are much more affordable and customizable, allowing outdoor features to be enjoyed late into the evening.
PONDSCAPING Decorative landscaping with hybrid tropical plants and low maintenance grasses in an array of colors add personality in and around a water feature or pond. – Jordan Ninkovich, Fraser Valley Ponds, www.fvponds.com
WHAT DO YOU PREDICT THE POPULAR CHOICES FOR ROOFING WILL BE THIS YEAR?
LIGHTER COLORS Recent trends have seen more homeowners choosing lighter colored shingles. It is important to remember that you will have these same shingles for many decades. Choosing a neutral color will allow more flexibility in the future.
TIMELESS QUALITY There are now roofing products available that have a 50+ year lifespan. To ensure your shingles last through the decades, start with a fresh coat of plywood sheeting for better installation of your new shingles to ensure they last longer.
ADDING A SUNROOF Today’s sunroofs offer superior quality so you can bring natural light into the home without worrying about heat loss or leaks. – Army Roofing, www.armyroofing.com
9 SIGNS YOUR ROOF NEEDS ATTENTION
- Missing Granules
- Ceiling Spots
- Missing Shingles
- Algae Growth
- Damaged Flashing
If one or more of these issues is present on your roof, it’s time to contact a roofing professional to have your roof repaired and reshingled before the damage gets worse. – David Churchill, www.goldhillroofing.com