Changing Your Face in the Neighbourhood

May 23rd 2014
Changing Your Face in the Neighbourhood

Many homes in the 40 – 50 year old range are being renovated on the outside changing their street face to a much more up to date look. New and existing home buyers like to freshen up the exterior to cosmetically change the look while upgrading energy efficiency at the same time. All of which creates future value for the home.


The most common upgrades include roofing, windows, doors (garage and entrance) and siding. This pretty much covers the exposure to the street and is often referred to as curb appeal or street appeal. Over the past few years there have been grant programs enticing home owners

to add these comfort upgrades to the envelope of their home.


Changes such as exterior siding, windows, doors and roofing will completely change the way your home will perform prior to these energy efficiency upgrades. Let me explain.


  • Roofing: When you remove a cedar or duroid (asphalt) roof and apply plywood sheathing or OSB, the application of your new roof would likely include a stick down membrane under the actual roofing material. This tightens the air cavity and will require the installation of extra venting by the roofing contractor.


  • Replacing windows and doors: Installing new windows and doors with proper weather stripping provides more energy efficiency and again tightens up the envelope of the home. This adds another requirement for additional controlled exhaust ventilation such as Bathroom, laundry room and kitchen exhaust.


  • Siding: Replacing siding and adding extra rigid foam insulation on the outside walls acts as a Thermo Bridging protection. This insulation stops the cold outside air coming directly in contact with the wall studs transferring cold air to the inside of the home. The additional comfort to the home again adds more reason to control potential moisture build up inside the home requiring the extra exhaust fans as mentioned above.


The point I want to stress is the importance of checking with a professional to know what is required before you begin any improvement to your home.


 It’s Just That Easy!