A personalized porch adds to home’s charm
The front porch is making a comeback as more people seek ways to enjoy the outdoors and connect with their neighbourhoods from the comfort of their own homes. In fact, 53 percent of new homes are now built with front porches, according to the National Association of Home Builders in the U.S.
This trend reflects an era in which there was seemingly more time to kick back, which is why homeowners are showing a growing preference for low-maintenance front porches, as the need to relax grows along with their busy schedules.
Homeowners also want to give their porch style and unique appeal, as nothing spells monotony like a Street full of homes with the same facade design. Creating a fresh look can be done in a variety of ways, such as using vinyl post wraps, a quick and convenient way to update your porch by wrapping wood porch posts to improve look and longevity.
One problem that home-owners want to avoid is planks, balusters and railings that peel and rot and have to be maintained and eventually replaced over time. While several low-maintenance alternatives to wood are available, vinyl and composite railing and decking stands out.
These new products eliminate maintenance woes. Unlike wood railings, they are available as fully wrapped composite rail with a vinyl cap for a finish that replicates smooth, painted wood from all angles.
For homeowners wanting to refashion their front porch, the addition of new cladding can also do the trick. Siding is now available that emulates classic siding styles - be it board and batten, or cedar shakes - without the long-term maintenance cost.
After refurbishing the front porch, homeowners can kick off their shoes and enjoy some exra outdoor time in style.