As we all know, when it comes to buying a home the biggest obstacle is usually money, and especially the annual household income of each prospective home buyer. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the median cost of a new home in the United States was 221,800 dollars. Obviously, with a median household income of roughly 51,000 per year, the typical American family will not be able to afford to build a new home. Therefore, homeownership will often mean choosing a newer or older home that fits the needs, desires, and budget of each home buyer.
Since most prospective home purchases will not be new custom made dwellings, a few tradeoffs will be in order. However, this does not mean that an older home cannot become the home of your dreams, because there are plenty of affordable exterior siding options and replacement windows ideas that can add considerable attractiveness, durability, and value to any home. Even if the home could use some updating both inside and out, beginning with the exterior is the fastest and most effective way to inject vibrancy into a home, regardless of its age.
When it comes to updating the exterior of a home, vinyl siding replacement, as well as vinyl replacement windows and doors, are becoming popular options among some smart homeowners. It should not be surprising that the primary reasons for this are the beauty, durability, and energy efficiency that vinyl replacement products offer. In fact, of all the available exterior siding options on the market, vinyl siding is the easiest to care for, and periodic cleaning with soap and water is all it needs to maintain the look of fresh paint.
Like vinyl siding, vinyl replacement windows provide excellent insulation from winter cold and summer heat, and can offer up to a 70 percent ROI when used to replace older wooden windows. Furthermore, vinyl windows are also easy to clean and more impact resistant than glass windows. The durability of vinyl windows actually makes them an excellent choice for homes with children.
Since vinyl siding and replacement windows are available in a wide range of colors and shades, they can be matched to virtually any existing siding or trim color. In fact, vinyl building products offer so much flexibility of design that there are options available to fit styles ranging from modern ranches to Victorians to colonials. One thing to remember is not all vinyl materials are created equally, so it is always important to keep in mind that you will always be happiest with the highest quality vinyl windows and exterior siding options.