Tom and Kim have been residing in their Tessman neighborhood home in Brooklyn Park for nearly a quarter of a century. While known for its family friendliness and peaceful atmosphere, its also offers convenient access to freeways, making it an ideal place to live in the northern Twin Cities metro. Interested in continuing to live in their home for the foreseeable future, the couple understood that exterior upgrades were necessary to keep the home in tip-top shape. Their focus was finding the perfect maintenance-free roofing, gutters, siding, and decking solutions. Phase one of this project entailed the roofing and gutters and phase two involved the siding and decking. Here are noteworthy points about each phase of Tom & Kim’s exterior renovation.
Roof: A major consideration for the roof was selecting a long-term material that would positively impact the home’s curb appeal, as the roof’s size was a bit larger than average. Shingles from GAF’s Timberline® collection were utilized. What sets them apart from ordinary shingles is their custom shadow bands, unlike any other shingles within the marketplace. Every shadow band is created though a proprietary manufacturing process that creates a shingle with notable depth and definition. The couple experienced peace of mind when they were informed that the Timberline® shingles they chose to install lead the industry in terms of fire resistance, resilience, and wind uplift defiance.
Gutters: Stately trees adorn the lot the couple’s home is nestled on. Each autumn, without fail, copious amounts of leaves and other organic debris shed from their home. This scenario made it imperative that the new gutters installed on the home be clog-free, particularly since maintaining the gutters would have required exterior access to the home’s second level. LeafGuard® Brand Gutters proved to be the optimum solution. Awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal, they’re the only patented, one-piece gutter system guaranteed never to clog. Equally as impressive is their oversize design which can handle up to 32 inches of rain in an hour. Without a doubt, Tom & Kim’s LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are the last gutters they’ll ever need to install on their home.
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Siding: Without question, the Twin Cities faces some of the most dramatic temperature swings in the nation. This makes it imperative that the siding material used be able to withstand extreme cold and heat. LP® SmartSide® proved to be an ideal choice because the material’s patented SmartGuard® process strengthens the material while also ingraining treatments that reinforce the product’s ability to withstand blunt force and the freeze-thaw cycle. The 7” LP® SmartSide® the couple chose was prefinished in Diamond Kote®. The advantage of this is that Diamond Kote® is accompanied with a 30-Year No Fade Warranty, ensuring that Tom & Kim’s siding will elevate their curb appeal for years to come. To add interest, the home’s shutters were replaced with beige LP® SmartSide® trim. Matching LP® SmartSide® was also wrapped around the support posts on the front deck.
Decking: Part of the allure of Tom & Kim’s home was the fact that it had a charming front porch and also a backyard deck. While both spaces had been excellent spots to relax and entertain, the wood on each had become weathered, making replacement necessary. To provide a look unified look, Brownstone decking from the AZEK Harvest Collection was used. Hidden fasteners provided a smooth surface and an uninterrupted look. While the front porch did not require a railing due to its proximity to the ground, the back deck did. The couple’s material of choice was a black aluminum railing from FortressTM. Not only does this material provide a look of refinement, its also maintenance-free.