If you’re building a new home or just updating you’re the current one, you’ll soon find out that you have many options for exterior upgrades. You could paint, stucco, add brick or even timber.
Timber is one option that has multiple benefits to the look, function, and value of your home. You can add timber screening, timber fencing, a pergola or timber decking to your backyard or front porch.
Increasing Your Property Value
If you’re building a new home or just updating your the current one, you’ll soon find out that you have many options for exterior upgrades. You could paint, stucco, add brick or even timber. Timber is one option that has multiple benefits to the look, function, and value of your home.
Adding timber exterior accents to your home skyrockets curb appeal. The natural timber look adds warmth and beauty to any home. Curb appeal is that crucial first impression you leave with your neighbours, visitors and possible future buyers. Timber boarding accents are beautiful and well suited to both contemporary and period style homes. According to real estate agents, ROI (return on investment) for exterior upgrades to your home can be up to 150%.
Timber is a renewable resource with a low carbon footprint compared to other synthetic and chemical based exterior options. The timber manufacturing process has a relatively low emissions rate and of course, while trees grow they pull carbon from the air adding to the environmentally friendly factor. Timber has a high potential for re-use, upcycling or recycling, so scrap materials don’t have to go to the landfill.
Timber is one of the most durable materials to use on your home. It has a lifespan of up to 50 years in many applications while vinyl and aluminium only last between 15-20 years on average. Timber not only outlasts other materials, but it’s also easily repairable, obtainable and upgradable, so it’s a far superior choice in most applications.
Choosing Your Design
If you’re unsure where to start adding timber to your exterior, try starting with the front entrance. Trusses, overhangs, and wrap around porches can be inexpensive, yet effective ways to add wood to your home. You can also think about adding exterior accents that are beautiful and functional like gazebos, driveway gates, or even sheds or other storage buildings. No matter what you decide, always remember to properly care for your wood by having it sealed and stained annually.