Home Improvement

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal With These Projects

home-improvementMany people make home improvements to the interior of their home as a way to increase their home’s value. Oftentimes, homeowners forget about making improvements to the exterior of their home, when in fact the exterior is the first thing people notice when they come to your home. There are a variety of exterior home improvement projects you can implement to improve the curb appeal of your home.

Paint or Siding

You can transform the exterior of your home with paint or siding. Chipping or peeling paint can make your home look shabby and unwelcoming. A fresh coat of paint can improve the curb appeal of your home. When calculating how much paint you will need, figure that one gallon of exterior paint will cover 400 square feet of surface area.

If you hate to paint and want to avoid the hassle of repainting your home, you may want to look into siding. Unlike paint that bubbles, cracks, blisters and peels due to temperature changes and moisture, siding are durable. In fact, it can withstand up to 200 mph wind speeds. Once siding is installed, it will never need to be painted; however, you will want to clean it annually with a mild detergent and water.

There are many ways you can enhance the look of your home. Including wood, slate, stone or brick to your home’s facade can change the look of your home.

Gutters

Another home improvement project that can enhance the exterior of your home is gutters. Did you know you can use gutters to accent your home? Try matching your guttering to the accent colors used on the exterior of your home. In addition to enhancing your residence’s exterior, gutters funnel water away from the foundation. Water can cause premature settling of the home, which may result in you needing to add piers to support the house.

Periodic maintenance is vital to the health of your gutters. You will need to periodically remove debris from the gutters. Even if you installed maintenance-free gutters, you will still need to inspect them to ensure there is no blockage in the gutters. If you do not properly maintain your gutters, water can back up under your shingles and damage the structure of your roof.

Doors and Windows

You can update your home by having new windows and doors installed. Outdated windows and doors can make your home look dated. Additionally, older windows and doors are less energy efficient. This will allow cold or hot air to seep into your home, costing you more in utility bills.

Before you purchase new doors or windows, a professional installer will come and measure your door and windows. This ensures that your the windows and doors you order are the correct size.

Roofs

If your roof has missing, torn or worn out shingles, your home will look like it is in disrepair. Additionally, damaged shingles can cause your roof decking to be exposed to the elements. Replace your shingles and roofing felt once they begin showing any signs of damage to protect your home and roof from damage. Shingled roofs will generally last between 20 and 25 years.

Home improvement projects to the exterior of your home will improve the curb appeal of your home and improve your property values.