(NewsUSA) – The front porch is making a comeback as more Americans seek ways to enjoy the outdoors and connect with their neighborhoods 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.
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 their 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, some, such as CertainTeed’s vinyl and composite railing and decking clearly stand out.
The company’s new Panorama Composite Railing eliminates maintenance woes. Unlike wood railings, Panorama is a fully wrapped composite rail with a vinyl cap for a finish that replicates smooth, painted wood from all angles. Because of its tough exterior, it is easy to clean and not susceptible to termite
infestation. Plus, it is code- approved, which homeowners can’t get with traditional wood railing. So, it is as utilitarian as it is attractive.
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 extra outdoor time in style.
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