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Five Springtime Home Improvement Projects

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By tackling Spring home improvement projects outside first, you're setting the stage to create a welcoming home that won't require yearly maintenance updates in the future.”
— Randy Miller, Nu-Wood
SYRACUSE, INDIANA, USA, March 19, 2017 / -- The snow has melted, the temperatures are rising, and it's time for Spring home improvement projects. While the "to do" list may seem daunting, experts at Nu-Wood recommend focusing your time and energy first on key exterior features of the home.

"There's true value in focusing on the outside front of the house," says Randy Miller, sales director of Nu-Wood, a Jasper Plastics company. "This is the part of your home that makes a lasting impression on visitors and neighbors. Plus, having strong curb appeal features can add value to a home when it's on the market for sale."

Miller and the team at Nu-Wood recommend focusing on five key areas of the home exterior at this time of year:

Project #1 - Entry door. Make the main entry of your home a welcoming one by surrounding it with decorative pilasters, a header and a pediment. Paint these pieces a contrasting color to your door to create a regal entry (or order the pieces already painted through the Nu-Wood Classic Color Program).

Project #2 - Shutters. Get rid of faded or rotting old shutters, or those that need constant maintenance. Replace with polyurethane shutters that never need painting. Select a style that complements the architectural design of your home to get instant curb appeal.

Project #3 - Landscaping. Rake out the beds, trim the bushes and plant some flowers. Nothing says "welcome to our home" like a well-manicured yard and some great exterior lighting.

Project #4 - PVC Column Wraps. Hide the ugly structural posts on your porch or entryway with quick-install PVC Column Wraps. Available in tapered and non-tapered designs, Nu-Wood's solid PVC Column Wraps feature exclusive lock-mitered corners for easy installation. Raised and recessed flat panels, along with smooth/plain and fluted profiles are available.

Project #5 - Louvers. Look up on the house. Toward the top you'll generally see a louver that's either decorative or functional (allowing air flow into the attic space). Older wooden louvers are susceptible to rot, decay, insect infestations and even bird nests. Replace these older louvers with no-nonsense polyurethane louvers that stand up to Mother Nature while requiring minimal maintenance.

"Focusing on the front of the home first can give you great satisfaction," says Miller. "While the basement may need cleaning or the kitchen cabinets need refinishing, the largest visual aspect of your home is the exterior. By tackling Spring home improvement projects outside first, you're setting the stage to create a welcoming home that won't require yearly maintenance updates in the future."

Nu-Wood, a Jasper Plastics company, has created easy-to-install decorative millwork for more than 30 years. The company produces polyurethane, PVC, faux stone and brick products that are all proudly sourced, designed and manufactured in America. Lightweight Nu-Wood products resist peeling, rot, moisture and insects, making them an ideal decorative accent product for the exterior and interior of residential and commercial projects. For more information, visit or call 574-534-1192.

Kathleen S. Ziprik
Ziprik Consulting
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