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%

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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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?