Let’s face it. By the time the snow starts to recede in March (hopefully!) we are already thinking about home improvements and priorities for home budgets. Major renovations such as replacing exterior siding or roofing require some background research and planning. Siding and roofing can greatly enhance your home’s exterior design and curb-appeal. What colours and style will help you achieve the look you are after? It’s a big decision, along with what materials are used.
Many contractors start to book roofing and siding work in Feb-March, so that once the season changes, they can hit the ground running and if you want to be at the top of their list, now is the time to make some choices.
One way to accelerate the process is to visit a Spring Home Show. Here are 4 reasons why you might want to attend one in your area.
1. Talk to the Experts
Home Shows are great opportunities to connect with people offering a product or service you are interested in. When considering metal roofing or siding for your reno, you probably have lots of questions about product features, installation, and warranties. How does metal roofing compare with asphalt or wood? What does superior durability mean in terms of product lifecycle and costs? How do warranties work and how do they compare? If a manufacturer, like Vicwest, is presenting at the show, you’ll have a unique opportunity to connect with knowledgeable experts that will take the time to answer your questions and find out more about your project. Sometimes questions we didn’t think about at home come up in conversation. Representatives can also connect you with contractors in your area and make recommendations for your project.
2. See & Touch
Home renovation projects such as re-roofing or building a new home or cottage, present owners with a plethora of products and materials. While your contractor may have some samples and brochures, attending a Home Show will likely present you with more samples to see and touch. Seeing the wide range of colours available for metal roofing may get your creative juices flowing – you might pick out a colour based on seeing it against other choices. Live. 3D. Real. Do you know the difference between profiles? How about finishes such as embossed or stone-coated? Attending a show can help you make the best choice for your home.
Whether you are planning on building a cottage, rural retirement property, estate home, or just know that your roof needs replacing on the horizon, a Home Show can be a source of inspiration, design ideas, and more. What’s the latest design trend? Are high performance products the perfect solution for weather durability? Are you inspired by making ecological choices for construction materials and home design? Research, review, and you may find that you are excited by the choices homeowners have today.
While it’s great to see actual samples, it’s also a good idea to pick up brochures and product information. Colour pictures in brochures can be shared with family members and neighbours so you can get feedback on the materials you are choosing. If you are planning a DIY, Show representatives often have technical literature that can be helpful for installations. Colour charts and information about finishes are also a good reference to have. After the Show you can put your feet up and go through the literature at your leisure. Vicwest brochures for example contain information about the many benefits of metal roofing.
Vicwest Building Products will be exhibiting at 2 up-coming Spring Home Shows. Mark your calendar and come and meet with us if you live in the area.
THE PEI PROVINCIAL HOME SHOW | Charlottetown
March 8-9, 2019
Vicwest Booth 508
THE SPRING COTTAGE LIFE SHOW | Mississauga
March 21-24, 2019