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THE BIA CORNER
Simple Ways to Brighten Up Your Home's Exterior
With longer and warmer days ahead, now is the perfect time to brighten up your home's exterior.
Keeping your lawn trim and yard tidy is a good start, but there are other opportunities to
boost your home's curb appeal. For example, adding new exterior lighting options or putting
a fresh coat of paint on your front door are a few easy, low-cost ways to update your home's
appearance. Here are other ideas to give your home a fresh new look.
Upgrade Your Front Door
A new door can make all the difference in modernizing your home's appearance. A common
material choice is a wood door, but fiberglass doors are gaining popularity due to their low
maintenance, durability, and affordability. Fiberglass doors can be painted or stained so you
can put your personal touch on your entryway. Purchasing a new door isn't the only option. If
you choose to paint your front door, make sure you select exterior paint so the color can withstand
the elements and is mold resistant.
Modernize Your House Numbers
The most important thing to remember when updating your house numbers is to make sure
they are easily visible and readable. While house numbers come in different types of shapes
and materials, select a set that will withstand the elements and won't rust over time. When
making a color choice, it's best to choose numbers that contrast with your home's exterior for
increased visibility. If you're unsure exactly where to place the numbers, find a spot outside
your home where your eyes are immediately focused, which is generally right next to your
front door.
Light Up Your Home
A simple cleaning of current fixtures and upgrading light bulbs can make a difference to your
home's exterior at night. Most modern homes have a mixture of exterior lights to set the
mood of a home. Pathway lights are a practical addition to ensure walkways are easily seen
at night. Entry lights are essential for safety and security and can add a stylish look to your
doorway. If you want to show off the architectural structure of your home, landscape lighting
is a popular choice. In general, outdoor LED lighting is the best option because of its longevity
and ability to omit a warm and inviting illumination.
Add Personal Touches
Outdoor accessories can polish off your home's exterior. Replacing your doormat is a simple
way to refresh your entryway. The best doormats are made of materials that are resistant to
water and mold. If you have room in your entry, a few chairs or a bench can also add an outdoor
element for entertaining. If you're shopping for outdoor furniture on a budget, the best
time to find discounted items is at the end of the summer, just in time for fall!
For more information, contact the BIA of Lancaster County at Lancasterbuilders.org.
R&A
Steve Cook
2021 President
Building Industry
Association of
Lancaster County
the BIA corner
http://www.Lancasterbuilders.org

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