Alure Home Improvements, East Meadows, N.Y.

Exterior Facelift | Bronze

Project name: Against All Elements

Issues with insect infestation — specifically termites and carpenter bees — led the owners of a two-story colonial home built in the 1960s to seek out Alure Home Improvements in order to protect their home while simultaneously improving curb appeal. Concern arose over maintaining the original look and style of the home, and the homeowners sought materials that would not be perceived as lesser quality imitations and yet would not being attractive to the area’s insect population. Ultimately, fiber cement board by Hardie Plank in cedar shake was used on the front façade and lap siding for the sides and rear exterior to help the renovated exterior remain aesthetically respectful of surrounding homes. Painted brick on the first-floor façade was replaced with cultured stone, and chimneys at both gable ends, while troublesome to strip down, continue the use of cultured stone. The fascia boards, soffit, overhangs and window trim were replaced with restoration millwork cellular PVC trim. Low-E, fiberglass replacement windows provide energy efficiency while still maintaining the home’s original character. A steel entry door with beveled glass and sidelites and steel carriage style garage doors round out the insect-resistant home exterior.