A per­son­al­ized porch adds to home’s charm

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

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.

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