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PAGE 10 PRESS & DAKOTAN n TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 ingHome pr S Improvement Taking A Top Down Approach To Home Exterior Updates Whether you want to boost the beauty of your home for your own enjoyment or you re looking to sell in the near future, experts recommend taking a top-down approach to evaluate the outside of your home. When making updates to your home exterior, it s helpful to think of how all the parts of the whole work together to create a unified look, says Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color. With that in mind, here are a few remodeling ideas to get you started: The Roof A new roof not only adds aesthetic appeal, it can add value too. Indeed, Remodeling s Cost vs. Value 2020 report shows that a roof replacement can have a return-oninvestment of over 60 percent. Composite roofing is particularly durable, long-lasting and lowmaintenance, and an all- around smart investment. Not only does a high-quality roof help home-sellers get foot traffic, but the lowmaintenance aspect really resonates with house-hunters. An attractive, more affordable alternative to the real thing, the composite slate and shake roofing options available from manufacturers like DaVinci Roofscapes, for example, reduce pesky maintenance concerns, offering impact-, fire- and wind-resistance, as well as the peace of mind that comes with a strong warranty. This is also a good choice for both those with a clear color palette in mind, and those who might need some direc- tion, as free resources on the DaVinci Roofscapes site include a Color Visualizer offering users the ability to see how different colors may look on their home exteriors, as well as a variety of free e-books with project inspiration and advice. To learn more, visit www.davinciroofscapes.com. Using these free color tools can be both fun and you add accent panels with composite siding or go for the whole house, this can add a hassle-free aesthetic benefit to your home and boost its value. have noticed that the tiles contract and expand in fluctuating weather conditions and temperatures. What s more, the color of these oftentimes thin and flimsy materials can fade quickly. Rather than replacing siding with more of the same, consider composite siding built to resist impact, fire, mold, algae, insects, salt air and high winds. The hand-split shake siding available from DaVinci Roofscapes is made of virgin resins, UV and thermal stabilizers, plus a highly-specialized fire retardant. Whether empowering, says Smith. They take the guesswork out of crafting a pleasing exterior color palette for the home and help create increased curb appeal. Siding If your home sports traditional siding, you may Walkways Cracked or uneven walkways and steps are not only an eyesore, they can present a tripping hazard to you and guests. Evaluate whether it s time to give yours an overhaul. Be sure to select low-maintenance materials that complement the look of the other elements of your exterior. This is a good time to consider lighting that adds drama to the walkway at night and makes for safer walking. Sprucing up? Go for highimpact projects that boost curb appeal and add value to the home. v StatePoint Proper Pruning Is All About The Right Tools If you are like most homeowners, you need to prune trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants in your yard from time to time. But do you know which tool is best suited for each particular job? Experts say that choosing tools wisely is key to maximizing beauty, and minimizing damage to plants. There are a few things to keep in mind as you go about selecting tools for your pruning jobs, big and small, and landscape designer Doug Scott of Redeem Your Ground in Atlanta, Ga., is sharing a few insights to get you started: For most basic pruning around the yard, bypass or hand pruners, also known as garden or pruning shears, are go-to tools. Best for making clean cuts through living plants and tree branches, they work much like a set of heavyduty scissors and are capable of getting into tight spots for close, precise cuts. Scott advises against a common pitfall here: the urge to save money. Since pruning shears see so much use, it makes sense to buy the best ones you can afford. From my experience, inexpensive models simply don t last very long, he says. A well-cared for, high-quality set of bypass pruners however can be a lifetime investment for the average homeowner. For larger branches, Scott says anvil-style shears can be a good choice, which feature one sharp blade closing against a flat, wide blade and work much like a knife cutting against a cutting board. However, he warns that they should be used selectively, as they crush plant stems more than bypass-style pruners. When it comes to branches of more than 1/2-inch (12.7 millimeters) in diameter, loppers are the best choice. Like hand pruning tools, there are bypass loppers, which operate much like a large, long-handled set of bypass shears, while anvil-style loppers use just one cutting blade. Bypass loppers generally cut with more precision, while anvil-style loppers are typically capable of generating more cutting force, Scott said. Still have questions? New online resources can help. Scott has partnered with Exmark, a leading manufacturer of commercial mowers and equipment on a new video series for DIY homeowners called Done in a Weekend. Among the videos is Cut It Out, which explains the differences between different pruning tools, as well as provides tips for pruning more effectively with less effort. To view the video, as well as access the other videos in the series, which cover a range of home and garden topics, visit Exmark.com/ DIY. Regular pruning is necessary to keep your yard looking beautiful and well-maintained as well as to improve the health of plants. Be sure you re equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to do so effectively. v StatePoint Michele Gordon Yankton, S.D. 605-665-3572 Austin Koch Tyndall, S.D. 605-589-3572 kochinsurance.com A BETTER TOMORROW STARTS WITH A BUNDLE Cover all of your bases with coverage that bundles home and auto insurance. We re happy to provide you with peace of mind no matter where you are. Trust in Tomorrow. Contact us today. Trust in Tomorrow. and Grinnell Mutual are registered trademarks of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. 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