The exterior of a home takes the blunt of rain, wind, and deterioration faster than other elements of a home. And if you’re looking to boost the curb appeal of your house, it pays to update worn siding, old windows, and a battered roof. Not only will upgrading these features boost your home’s appeal, they will safeguard your home from future problems.
Embrace new siding
Upgrading a home’s siding is a fast and easy option to boost a home’s curb appeal and structurally integrity.
Old siding is a noticeable eyesore that easily takes on water damage and shows chipped and peeling paint. There are a number of beautiful siding options to choose from today that offer superior durability.
From cedar, cultured stone, or classic vinyl, you can pick and choose nearly any color or style you want to complement your home. Modern siding will not only make your home more pleasing to look at, it will also protect against insect infestation and water leaks.
Increase energy efficiency with modern windows
If you live in an older home you’re likely aware of the horrible inefficiency of old windows. They let in a terrific amount of cold air in the winter while precious warm air escapes, and fail to keep AC inside during the summer.
New windows not only drastically increase the energy efficiency of the home but they’ll add a lovely modern feel and functionality. Consult a professional to find the right style and fit for your home.
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Repair or replace the roof
Replacing the roof is the single greatest choice you can make to increase the home appeal and value of your home.
It’s an expensive project, but one that pays for itself if you plan on selling the home in the near future. Of course, depending on the age of the roof and the shape it’s in, adequate repairs by true professionals may also be a great choice.
A few missing shingles or a minor leak can be repaired at a fraction of the cost of a full replacement. However, there is no mistaking the instant aesthetic appeal and value of a brand new roof. From metal to slate to modern asphalt shingles, there are a number of great, stylistic options to choose from. Metal is becoming a popular roofing material and slate is always a classic choice.
Just make sure to trust a qualified roofing professional to handle the replacement.
If you're embarking on a full roof replacement or seriously considering it, read onward to learn more:
- Appraising a Roof's Condition
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- Guidelines for Choosing a Timeless Roofing Style
Reconsider landscaping features
The landscape around your home should be viewed as an extension of the home’s exterior. It reflects the time, energy, and care you into the home, in addition to how others perceive your property.
Think about what plants, bushes, and water features will complement the home’s siding and overall appearance.
If it’s a bit too much to contemplate, consider hiring a landscaping professional for a consultation. Even minor changes to the landscape like a small flower bed or a few hanging baskets on the porch will speak a great deal about the care you have for your home.
Have the most stylish chimney on the block
Don’t overlook the chimney while updating the home’s exterior. Paying for new chimney flashing or updating the masonry may seem like frivolous repairs, but they can be well worth the expense.
Not only will updating the chimney protect against roof leaks, (a chimney is a common culprit of roof leaks.) it will add a bold statement to the roof and the home. From stone, brick, and stucco, there are many modern materials and colors to match the style of the rest of the home
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Skylights make the room ever so bright
Skylights are a great addition to a home’s appearance and functionality.
From vented to tubular to fixed, there are a number of options for nearly all budgets. When placed properly and installed correctly, skylights allow ample natural light into a room while creating the sense of added space. In addition, vented skylights allow for natural ventilation.
The right skylight depends largely on your home’s location. Because the sun moves through the sky, a skylight needs to be angled just right for your particular area’s latitude to ensure the proper amount of sunlight and limit unwanted glare and high temperatures.
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Invest in the porch
This list is by no means exhaustive, but one of the last topics we’ll cover is making the front or back porch as inviting as possible. Porches provide a natural gathering place when the weather permits, so it pays to make it as livable as possible. A few comfortable sitting options, a grill, and a few plants are a great place to start. Read onward if you don't have a porch roof yet but are weighing the options.
I guarantee once the weather is amenable, you’ll be very happy you invested in the porch.
If you’re unsure where to start, 5 Things to Consider When Evaluating a Porch Roof provides information about a fundamental evaluation.