Curb Appeal10 min

7 Exterior Home Improvement Projects with the Best Value

Is your home ready for long summer days of barbeques and lounging? Now is the time to take a look at your exterior and decide if it needs repairs or improvements that will enhance its function and preserve its value. According to the Remodeling magazine 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, the following exterior home improvement projects will also allow you to recoup a large percentage of the project cost when you sell your home.

Entry Door Replacement

Year after year, replacing an old, worn front door with a new steel door is a project that kicks up curb appeal and yields a great payback. In addition to improving aesthetics, a new entry door can also cut down on energy loss.
Average cost recouped: 90.7%

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Manufactured Stone Veneer

Manufactured stone veneers are designed to add depth and visual interest to an exterior – however, combining brick and stone on an exterior should be undertaken carefully. Use these color design tips from the Decorologist to coordinate stone veneer with engineered wood siding or other siding materials.
Average cost recouped: 89.4%

Garage Door Replacement

A garage door is a necessity if you’ve got a garage, but it doesn’t have to be all about function. Because garage doors are often one of the most visible parts of a home exterior, installing a stylish garage door can drastically change its look for the better.
Average cost recouped: 76.9%

Siding Replacement

With innovative siding and house trim products available that offer excellent durability and looks, there’s no reason to continue scraping and repairing traditional wood siding. Many siding products are also available in a variety of profiles, including lap, panel and cedar textured shakes.
Average cost recouped: 76.4%

Deck Addition

Adding a beautiful outdoor deck is one of the most popular improvements because it provides a great place for hosting events with friends and spending family time outside.
Average cost recouped: 71.5% (wood) and 65.2% (composite)

Roofing Replacement

A roof is the first line of defense against water damage, making it a vital improvement if it is not in good repair. While expensive, roof replacement provides better curb appeal and makes a home easier to sell.
Average cost recouped: 68.8%

Backyard Patio

A patio is a great place to go to unwind and relax at the end of the day, and it can also be a respectable investment. Adding a fire pit and kitchen unit gives you another option for food prep when entertaining.
Average cost recouped: 54.9%

 

Get More for Your Money with LP® SmartSide® Siding Products

If you’re aiming to enhance your home’s curb appeal and protect your property value with siding replacement, LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding products are a smart investment. We invite you to learn more about LP products by visiting a retailer or dealer near you.

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Trends3 min

5 Using the Right Siding for Your Modern Home

The modern house design is marked by its simple, yet sophisticated style—a bold rebellion against the ornate Victorian and Edwardian-style homes of the 19th century. Built between 1900 and the late 1950s, modern homes feature intentional asymmetry, strong horizontal composition and large expanses of glass. Inspired by the demand for improved living and entertaining, modern homes feature open layouts and include elements of favorite architectural styles such as Arts and Crafts and ranch.

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Curb Appeal5 min
16 r 4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home’s exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).

Renovation5 min
18 r What’s a HELOC and How Can it Finance Your Next Remodel?

U.S. homeowners have a record amount of available equity at their fingertips—more than $6 trillion to be exact—which is the highest volume ever recorded. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses, like undertaking a much-needed remodeling project, paying off debt or even finally going on your dream vacation.

Curb Appeal5 min
19 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home’s interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It’s important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.