Condominium communities and townhomes have meticulously landscaped grounds. It is only right that the exteriors be well maintained too. Maintaining the exterior of the building serves two purposes. First, just like an impeccable landscape, clean exterior surfaces provide a building with curb appeal, which has actually been proven to increase the buildings bottom line.
Second, by keeping the building's exterior clean, it reduces the chances that mold and water will seep into the building's interior walls and cause severe property damage. How, and how often, the exterior of the building is maintained will depend on which type of material the exterior has been made from.
The Best Choice
The most common exterior surfaces for condominiums and townhomes in the northeast are vinyl siding, brick and wood, or a combination of any of the three. "The estimate in our market is that 90 percent of our market is vinyl," said Mark Gluhosky, regional manager of Kamco Supply Corporation of New England. "Vinyl is the most predominate exterior surface in the northeast, but typically the side and the rear of a townhome and condominium building will be vinyl, but the front may have brick, stone or even wood."
According to Jeff Wilson, who has appeared in episodes on HGTV and the DIY Network and is currently the voice of the Best Practices series on www.HGTVPro.com, brick and stone are, hands down, the most durable exterior siding for a structure. "Installed correctly, there's no doubt that they handle the weather," says Wilson. "Of course, they cost appreciably more thantheir alternatives."
Next in line, according to siding experts, is vinyl siding—not only the most popular of sidings in the condominium and town home buildings, but also the best value of any exterior material.