When the time comes to remodel the exterior of your home, it's easy to get carried away and make fifteen different changes when all you really needed was some new siding or a coat of paint. If you have a Craftsman-style home, you need to be especially careful when planning an exterior remodel. You don't want to accidentally get rid of any of the design elements that are hallmark traits of the Craftsman style. Here's a look at three features you absolutely need to preserve throughout your exterior remodel.
Vinyl and aluminum siding may be convenient options for other styles of home, but nothing makes ruins the Craftsman style faster. The Arts and Crafts Movement was all about natural materials, and wood is really the only natural siding material out there. If your wood siding is looking a bit worse for wear, talk to a siding contractor to see whether it's best to replace or repair it. Unless the majority of the boards are decaying and rotten, you can probably get away with just replacing the damaged siding boards rather than re-siding the whole home. Of course, a fresh coat of sealant or stain will protect the new siding boards. Painting is not technically in line with the Craftsman ideal, but you can get away with painting the siding if you choose a natural color like brown or cream.
A Slate or Cedar Roof
Asphalt shingles are common, but they're not made from natural materials and thus they have no place on a Craftsman home. Your home's current roof is likely either made from slate or from cedar. Since slate lasts can last up to 150 years, chances are good that your slate roof does not need to be replaced. But if you have a cedar roof and it's showing signs of wear, make sure you replace it with either another cedar roof or with a slate roof. Slate costs a lot more -- but as noted above, you'll never have to replace your roof again. Cedar roofing is more affordable, but it does require more maintenance. You'll have to keep it cleaned, and once it ages, have it sprayed to keep rot and algae away.
Don't give in to the temptation to do away with your porch in favor of a modern patio. Porches are one of the hallmark elements of the Craftsman home. Without the porch, your home will lose its unique character and won't scream "Craftsman" to passersby anymore. If your porch is in poor shape, see what you can do in terms of replacing floor boards, support pillars, and the roof to restore it to functional condition.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Lassiter Roofing Team.