Exterior Transformation Relies on Easy-Care Products

MAUMEE, OHIO – Where others saw ruin, contractor Steve Roth saw potential. That’s why he bought the dilapidated 1900s era two-story home during a foreclosure sale in Archbold, Ohio.

When Roth purchased the traditional farmhouse style two-story building it had rotting wood siding and original single pane glass windows. Now, with vision and low-maintenance building materials, Roth has transformed the structure into a duplex home and plans to use it as a rental property.

“This house desperately needed a facelift,” says Roth. “I started by replacing the old windows with energy efficient Simonton replacement windows plus a few Hy-Lite acrylic block privacy windows. The vinyl frames on all these windows are easy to maintain and match up well with the new vinyl siding on the home.”

The next step for Roth was to change out the exterior doors with easy-care Therma-Tru doors. After that he set out to transform a single, dark entryway into two unique settings for the duplex. For one he created an accent wall in the entryway area with panelized brick product from Performance Brick. On the other he used a balustrade system from Fypon and a customized trellis system to highlight the entry.

“Every product I used has a synthetic tie-in that makes it easy to maintain,” says Roth. “When it came time to look at accent pieces I turned to Fypon urethane and PVC products. I trimmed out every window and door opening with Fypon by using pilasters, crossheads and mouldings. I even added character to the house by using PVC Column Wraps to surround ugly wooden posts on the front porch area.”

The original home featured a small rear entryway with a crumbling concrete step. Roth, who envisioned a larger opening and a more family-friendly exterior, exchanged the single entry with a double French door to add light into the home and provide fast access to a new deck. Installed in just one afternoon, the composite deck and QuickRail™ synthetic railing system are both made to last with minimal upkeep. And, the Fypon urethane moulding that trims out the project also adds a low-maintenance element.

“This house has been totally transformed,” says Roth. “I’ve truly been able to create a home renovation project that showcases the value that low maintenance products bring to a project. Now that the home has been successfully remodeled, the upkeep on this property will be a breeze.” 

Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon, LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit www.fypon.com.