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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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How You Can Turn Your Modern Home Into A Historical Masterpiece

by Kelly Murphy

If you love the unique appeal of historical homes, you may have considered how you could live in one. For many homeowners, however, the purchase of an actual historical home is way out of their budget. Today, you can turn your newer house into one that appears to have been there for a century or more. 

Start With Your Home's Siding

Your home can be sided with old bricks from demolished historical structures in your town. Many construction companies take the time to salvage old bricks, clean them up, and re-sell them. Homeowners that would like a part of their town's history included in the siding on their home can purchase refurbished bricks. Some homeowners choose antique brick to use only as an accent on their home's exterior. Even though they are old, antique bricks do cost more because they must go through a thorough cleaning process. The great benefit of old bricks, however, is how they can help you achieve the historical appeal you want for your home. Talk with a place like Ideal Construction about other siding options.

Choose Window Shutters That Enhance The Historical Appeal

In many older homes, like those from the years before the mid-1800s, window shutters were on the inside, giving the home a distinct look from the outside when they were closed. If you want to enhance your home's historical appeal, considering adding window shutters only to the interior is a good idea. Indoor shutters can also add a wonderful old world charm to the interior of your home.

Remember That Your Front Door Can Have A Huge Impact

Many old doors from actual historical time periods are gone because of their exposure to the elements. However, you can choose modern doors that can be painted to portray the door you have in mind from a particular time period. Distressing or staining solid wood doors can be a great way to create a door that looks old. 

Don't Forget the Chimney 

If your house has a chimney, making it look as though it has been there many years is essential to your efforts for creating a historical look. The shingles on your roof will also need to be ones that add to the effect. Some homeowners choose to add antique bricks to their chimney while having a cedar shingled or old-style metal roof put on. You can learn more about unique, old-looking shingles from an experienced roofing contractor..