When considering gables, trim, windows, doors and other elements of a house, the essential ingredient from which all variations and expressions flow is the basic siding material used for the majority of your home’s exterior surfaces, “field.” It often makes sense to celebrate the horizontal lines of a Ranch home with clapboards that have heavy shadow lines so that the counterpoints of windows, doors, trim, and, perhaps, gable siding, seem all the more activated and zesty. In homes that have horizontal and vertical elements, a neutral siding material (smaller, narrower exposure clapboards of tight shingle coursing) can allow the larger elements of the home to “pop” using reinforcing trim and the “banding” or “gridding” described earlier.
The roof is one of the largest areas of the home’s exterior, but it is something that is usually only noticed when something goes wrong. The roof is the most important safeguard that your home has from weather damage, and it must be given adequate care and attention. During the remodel do not skimp on the price of your roofing materials. You should use the best materials that you can afford, as these materials will be able to stand up to more extreme weather conditions and protect the roof and the interior of the home from damage that can occur when the roof fails. In Pennsylvania you also need to be on the look out for mold resistant shingles, or else you could end up with a roof that has large black mold spots.
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