5 Unique Window Treatments to Make Your Windows Stand out

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Your windows are more than just an investment for your home. They also can be another way for you to express your personal sense of style.

Here are 5 unique window treatments that make your windows stand out from the crowd:

Vintage Hankie Curtains

Do you have a collection of vintage handkerchiefs from a relative? Or are you fond of thrifting for interesting finds?

Turn all those gorgeous old hankies into a unique window treatment by sewing them together.

The beauty of this type of window covering is the handkerchiefs are sheer enough to let light through, but opaque enough to give you privacy.

Shabby Rag Ribbon Valance

Give your room a little sense of whimsy with a shaggy rag ribbon valance.

You can use vintage fabrics, scrap fabrics, or patterns that coordinate with the rest of your room to craft an interesting handmade window addition.

Pair your new valance with some cream or white sheer curtains and you’ve got a fun addition to your home.

Doily Upcycle

Similar to the vintage hankie curtain, sew together all those beautiful old doilies to create a fun, funky window treatment.

If you don’t want to have a bunch of different doilies for a curtain, find an old lace table runner and use that. You can even add ribbon, fabric, or small doilies to the edges for some added interest.

Plant Valance

Why stick with just fabric for your windows?

With some strong twine or hooks, hang small vases from your curtain rod and add flowers. 

Change things up as often as you want for a fresh new look, or buy some silk flowers for a more permanent installation.

This idea is a great way to bring some small plants into your home even if you don’t have the shelf space to house them.

Barn Doors

Barn doors are a big trend in home decor, but they’re usually reserved for acting as actual doors.

Putting smaller barn doors on your windows is a great way to block out the light and bring the trend into your home without committing to a large-scale change.

Experienced Home Exterior Renovations in Maryland

At Select Home Exteriors, it’s our job to make your home look the best it can. Whether you need new windows, have a roof that needs replacing, or just want to switch out your siding, our team is with you through the whole process. Schedule a free consultation today!

Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

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Your home has vinyl siding, and it’s still in great shape. There are no holes or gaps, and you think you can get several more years out of it.

But there’s one thing that’s bugging you: It isn’t the right color.

Whether you’ve got boring neutral siding and want something a little more bold, or the previous owners went a little too wild with their imaginations and you want to tone it down a little, you may be wondering if there’s hope for your unfortunately colored vinyl siding.

Good news! You can paint your vinyl siding with some preparation and know-how.

Before You Paint

Hold off on getting out all those brushes and paint cans; there are a few things you need to keep in mind when preparing to paint your vinyl siding.

Check Your Warranty

Before you paint your vinyl siding, check the warranty. 

If the warranty is still active, confirm that painting your siding won’t void the warranty. If it will, you may want to wait and save up to replace the siding.

For warranties that do permit painting, be sure that you follow all the manufacturer’s stipulations for type and color of paint to use. Using the wrong products, even if painting is allowed, will still void the warranty and leave you out of luck if you find a defect.

If the warranty isn’t active, you’re good to go!

Using Primer

Whether or not you use primer depends greatly on who you talk to about painting your siding.

Some people recommend using primer all the time, while others recommend it only in cases where the siding is pitted or shows signs of other deterioration.

A good rule of thumb is to follow the recommendations of your paint manufacturer regarding primer. If primer is recommended on the can for your colored paint, then you probably should use it.

Just remember that paint sticks to the layer beneath it, so be sure any primer you use is formulated so your paint will stick to it.

Expect Expansion

Your siding takes a beating, and you need to make sure the paint you choose is up to the job.

Vinyl siding is manufactured to expand and contract with the weather conditions. This may mean you’ll see a gap in your paint colors at the seams during colder weather.

Choose Color Carefully

Vinyl siding is created to absorb a certain amount of heat. Because of this, you shouldn’t choose a paint color that’s darker than the color of your current siding. If you do, you run the risk that the siding will become too hot and crack.

How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Painting vinyl siding is a big job, but it’s not something that’s insurmountable as long as you’re prepared. 

Here are the steps you need to follow to paint your vinyl siding:

Gather Materials

To paint your vinyl siding, you will need:

  • Garden hose with spray nozzle
  • Bucket
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • General-purpose cleaning powder
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Soft-bristle brush, sponges, or rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Masking material
  • Paint roller with ½-inch nap roller covers or spray paint equipment
  • Paintbrushes

Mix the Cleaner

In your bucket, mix a cleaning solution of ⅓ cup powdered detergent, ⅔ cup cleaning powder, and ⅔ cup oxygen bleach for each gallon of water.

Clean the Siding

Begin by rinsing your siding with the hose with spray nozzle. This removes any loose dirt and debris.

Next, gently scrub the siding with your cleaner and a soft-bristle brush, sponge, or rag. Work in small sections from the bottom up, thoroughly rinsing each section as you finish.

Hand-scrubbing is much more effective than power-washing, getting your siding better prepared for the new layers of paint.

Allow the siding to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Mask off Trim, Doors, & Windows

Using your painter’s tape and masking material, cover any areas you don’t want painted or where you wouldn’t want accidental paint drips. This includes doors, windows, trim, and any hardware.

Prime Siding

If you’re using a primer, carefully apply it to the siding using your roller, paint sprayer, or brush.

For roller or paint sprayer applications, always backbrush, meaning you follow up the roller or sprayer application with a brush to smooth out the surface and remove drips or heavy application.

Allow the primer to dry per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Apply Paint

Paint your siding using the same technique you used for painting, applying an even coat to the siding. Allow the paint to dry per the manufacturer’s instructions, then apply a second coat.

Clean up the Painting Site

Once the paint has dried, remove all masking materials and make any touch-ups that may be necessary.

Professional Vinyl Siding Installation in MD

At Select Home Exteriors, we realize your home is your biggest asset. That’s why we work hard to help you keep it in the best shape possible, whether you plan to live there for years or are preparing to sell. Our professional siding installers make quick work of your siding installation project, taking exceptional care in everything we do. Schedule your free siding consultation today!

9 Ways to Repurpose Old Windows

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When you renovate your home, you’re likely left with old fixtures that you don’t know what to do with. 

If you’ve added new windows to your home, take advantage of one of the hottest trends in home decor by repurposing those old windows into something fun.

Here are 9 ways to repurpose your old windows:


Looking for a unique touch in your master or guest bedroom? 

Rather than the traditional wooden or fabric headboard, hang several windows above the head of your bed to create a light, airy headboard.

You can hang as many or as few windows as you want to create a more dramatic effect. It’s best to use identical windows for this project to maintain symmetry.


If you’ve got a large room, such as your family/dining room, that you’d like to add some visual definition to, old windows are a great option!

Hang windows securely between the two spaces you’d like to define, attaching rows of windows to one another if you’d like.

This creates a visual separation between two areas without heavy furniture such as bookcases.

Mini Greenhouse

Growing your own food is a great way to save some extra money, and creating your own mini greenhouse can keep you in fresh greens all year long.

Construct a wooden box out of lumber, then use windows as the lid. This allows sunlight and warmth to reach your plants so you can have great produce even when it’s colder outside.

Chalkboard Calendar

Need a great-looking way to keep everyone’s schedule or your meal plan visible?

Either replace the glass of an old divided window with a chalkboard slab or paint the glass with chalkboard paint for an erasable calendar.

Alternatively, you can put a board painted white behind the window and write on the glass with dry-erase markers.

Stained Glass Window

If you’d like to add a classy touch to your home but don’t want to fork over the money for a professionally done stained glass piece, turn an old window into a custom piece of art!

Sketch the design you’d like for your window on some paper and place it behind your window for easy tracing. 

Create outlines with clear silicone caulk, then fill in your design with pieces of colored glass or colored glass stones you can find at the craft store.

Artwork Backdrop

Larger mats and frames make even the most simple artwork stand out.

If you’ve got a special piece you’d like to highlight, or want to take up some extra space on your wall or mantle, add an old window behind the framed artwork for a little boost.

This method adds space and gravity to your art without adding the heavy materials you’d need if using another frame.

Fireplace Screen

Keep your fireplace ashes where they belong while being able to enjoy the beauty of your fire by creating a fireplace screen out of an old wooden-framed window.

Attach legs to the bottom to keep it level, and be sure that you keep the window far enough from the flames when it’s in use that it won’t catch light.

Jewelry Organizer

Keep all those necklaces untangled and close at hand by turning an old window into a DIY jewelry organizer.

Attach small screw-in hooks to the edges of the window’s frame, and hang it on the wall securely. You can even add a little cotton batting and some fabric to turn one panel into earring storage.

Pot Rack

Free up some cabinet space by moving your pots and pans storage overhead.

Remove the glass from an old wood-framed window and use chains and hooks to secure the window to your ceiling, low enough that you’ll be able to reach your pots and pans but not so low that you’ll hit your head on them.

Some S hooks on the edges of the window frame can be used to hold those pots and pans for easy cooking.

Professional Window Installation in Central Maryland

Your home’s windows work hard. Get the high-quality brands you deserve, backed by exceptional installation and top-notch customer service when you call Select Home Exteriors. Our professionals will never pressure you to buy more than you need, and we’re available to answer any questions you may have about your project. Schedule a consultation today!

6 of Our Favorite Decks on Houzz

Decks provide the perfect canvas for outdoor entertaining. You can make them as simple as you want, just complimenting your home’s exterior, or elaborate to really draw the attention of passersby.

At Select Home Exteriors, we love building gorgeous decks for our clients, giving them the space to host barbecues and watch kids jump into the backyard pool, while adding an extra element of style.

To help you get a jump start on your deck planning, we’ve found 6 of our favorite decks on Houzz, the source for all things home renovation:

Traditional Deck, Baltimore

This 20’x20’ covered deck space is like an outdoor living room! With ceiling fans, a built-in fireplace, and mounted TV, it’s a great spot for a family movie night, or a date night in. 

We love the barn doors to protect the tv when not in use. 

This area is just one part of a much larger deck concept, including dining area and built-in cooking area, making this a complete outdoor entertainment space!

BBQ Deck Project

This deck with built-in grill and smoker is every man’s dream! 

The rock facade throughout gives the cooking area a nice rustic feel, while tying together the bright white cover with the darker color of the floor. Simple corbels add some visual interest without being too busy.

Atlanta Backyard Retreat

The sleek lines of the concrete fire table and the floating cedar bench give this deck a clean, contemporary feel. The light brown cedar theme continues in the pergola over the dining area, as well as the privacy screen walls, providing a cohesive look throughout.

Traditional Deck – New York

This exotic Ipe wood deck with an unobstructed view of the garden is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day. 

Our favorite part is the unique lines provided by a custom curved bench, made from laminated redwood.


Get the look and feel of a Japanese-inspired spa getaway with this deck! 

The wood is unfinished, allowing it to age and gray beautifully. With a concrete single block fire pit and a sunken-in round hot tub, you’ll never want to leave!

Trex Deck and Pergola

We are loving the contrast of the bright white pergola and posts with the dark composite flooring and black balusters throughout this outdoor kitchen. 

Two tiers break up the deck into separate “rooms” for cooking and dining. Lighting installed on the posts and the stairs ensure you can enjoy this space at all hours.

Custom Deck Design & Build in Maryland

Did our favorites from Houzz get your creative juices flowing? 

Whether you want a deck just to sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or you have dreams of elaborate outdoor get-togethers, the team at Select Home Exteriors can make your dreams come true! Our custom deck design and build services give you exactly the deck you want so you can feel your home is complete. Schedule a consultation today!

Should I Hire a Roofing Contractor or DIY the Job?

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As you’re up on your ladder doing some gutter cleaning, you notice a few missing shingles. Or, perhaps you’ve seen a small wet spot spreading on the ceiling of your attic, a sure sign that you’ve got an issue with your roof.

Getting up on the roof to nail down a new shingle or replace a few problem areas isn’t that big of a deal, right? It’ll save you a ton of money over hiring a roofer, and the job can’t take too much time, can it?


Before you try to tackle that roofing project on your own, whether it’s a small repair or a full replacement, here are 4 reasons to consider hiring a roofing contractor:


Roofing is dangerous work.

If you aren’t experienced with walking along your roof, let alone trying to balance yourself while holding a hammer, one misstep can spell disaster. You could damage your roof or your home, or seriously injure yourself.

Roofers, on the other hand, know how to walk and balance while doing their work. While accidents do happen, they are far less likely to happen to an experienced roofer than they are to a homeowner trying to DIY a fix.


While it may seem that you’re saving tons of money by doing the job yourself, you have to consider that your inexperience may lead to other issues that need corrected.

You could incorrectly fix the problem, causing you to re-buy the materials necessary and have to spend more time working on a solution. Or, your work could cause another, more serious and expensive, problem with your roof that needs to be fixed.

In addition, those simple missing shingles you see could be the sign of a larger problem that needs to be remedied before more damage is done. 

An experienced roofer knows what to look for and can spot problems that you may not notice, getting them fixed earlier and for less money than if they were left for longer.


If you get injured while up on your roof, not only do you have to pay for your medical bills, but your homeowner’s insurance premiums take a hit.

Roofing contractors, on the other hand, carry special insurance to protect homeowners in the event that one of their workers gets injured. This leaves you with less financial and legal liability, which could make a big difference in your normal operating budget.

Liability also extends to your roof’s warranty.

In many homeowner’s insurance policies, as well as the roofing manufacturers’ warranties, there are clauses that state the warranty on all materials is voided unless repairs or installation is done by a licensed, certified contractor. By taking on the job yourself, you’re running the risk of not having a true defect covered by your insurance or the warranty if something happens down the road.


You may be the most careful, conscientious DIY-er in the world, but your work is unlikely to rival that of someone whose entire job is to install and fix roofs.

A quality contractor will get your roofing job done quickly and correctly, and can service any further problems you may have with your roof. This gives you peace of mind knowing that, even though you may have spent more money at the outset, you’ve got the protection of the contractor’s experience and knowledge backing up your project.

Skilled Roofing Contractor in Central Maryland

At Select Home Exteriors, we have years of experience working on roofs of homes and businesses throughout central Maryland. We know what types of materials hold up best in the climate, and we recommend only those brands that we’ve seen withstand the test of time.

Our team works hard to make sure that your roofing project gets done quickly and correctly, and you get to carry on with your day knowing your roof is in good hands. Schedule your roofing consultation today!