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Remodeling With Longevity in Mind

3 remodeling projects that will stand the test of time

If you watch a lot of home-improvement shows, you’ve probably seen a common theme running through many of them: flipping. So many people are eager to buy a home only to quickly fix it up and sell it to (hopefully) make a big profit. Or, maybe they’ll actually stay in the home for a while, but their primary concern is which remodeling ideas and renovations they can make that will bring the best return on their investment when they inevitably sell. 

But what if you’re not in either of these categories? What if you have no plans to sell in the foreseeable future? What if you’re just looking for some worthwhile remodeling projects that will let you get the most functionality and enjoyment out of your home for however long you live there? If this describes your situation, we’ve got three key areas you should focus on.


In order to keep your home in good condition for decades, you have to make sure it’s fortified against threats like rain, snow, wind, and UV rays, and your roof is often the first line of defense against these elements. This is why it has to be able to hold up against everything Mother Nature throws at it. 

Chances are good that your roof is made of asphalt shingles, and if you need a replacement, there’s nothing wrong with choosing the same material again. However, an asphalt roof typically lasts about 20 years. If you’d rather not have to worry about your roof for decades to come, it could make more sense to go with something else, including:

Metal – While common on commercial buildings, metal has become popular with homeowners in recent years. Metal roofs can easily last 50 years, and often much longer. Plus, because they reflect the rays of the sun, they can cut cooling costs significantly. 

Tile – For purely aesthetic reasons, it’s hard to beat tile, as it can add great charm and beauty to a home. Plus, it comes in a variety of different options, including, clay, concrete or ceramic. A tile roof can also last 50 years or longer. A composite option by Quarrix is 67% lighter than other roofing tiles and eliminates any worries of damage from hail, frost or freezing – which is why it comes with a 50-year warranty.

Slate – When it comes to longevity, slate is the top choice. If you’re hopeful that your home will remain in your family for a long time, a well-maintained slate roof will hold up for your children, as well as your children’s children. There are also composite slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and other companies that are just as durable but much lighter than natural slate.


If the roof is No. 1 on the list to protect a home, siding is 1A. While it serves a practical purpose, siding can also do wonders for the appearance of a home. And if you’re looking for new siding that will safeguard your home, look great, and last a long time, you have a few options

Brick – If the Three Little Pigs have taught us anything, it’s that brick is a sturdy material. And while you can go with the classic red, you can now get bricks in a variety of colors. Brick is an excellent material for shielding a home from flying debris, and it’s also fire-resistant.  

Stone – Like brick, stone is an extremely durable material that will hold up well against all sorts of nasty weather. If you’re looking for something to add to your home that will give it a rustic feel, stone siding is a great option. 

Fiber-cement – If you love the appearance of wood but don’t want to deal with issues that could come with it – like termites, for example – you do have other choices. Fiber-cement siding uses sand, cement, and wood fibers to create something that looks like real wood. Plus, it can remain in good shape for decades; the fiber-cement siding from James Hardie comes with a 50-year warranty, but it can last much longer with proper maintenance.


While a roof and siding can boost a home’s curb appeal, for the most part, they’re meant to keep a home in good condition. Anyone planning to be in their house for years to come should also think about improvements that will let them get more out of it, and this is where a deck could be perfect. This is especially true for those living in a smaller home where interior space is limited. Instead of adding on, it could make more sense to create an outdoor living space. 

While you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time outside during some of the hotter and colder parts of the year, we often have glorious springs and falls in New Jersey where it’s almost a crime to stay cooped up inside. A deck gives you a great spot to relax, entertain, and spark up the grill. You can also add things like a fire pit, hot tub, or even a complete outdoor kitchen. 

Treat your home well and it will do the same for you

If you’ve decided that your house is your forever home, concentrating on the areas mentioned above will protect your home and make you comfortable. And whether you want to tackle one or all three, Blue Nail can help. Our pros have years of experience with roofs, siding, and decks, and we can make sure your home will look great and be a pleasure to live in now and well into the future. To get started, you can call us at 973-937-8876 or just fill out our online contact form.

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