When’s the last time you really studied the appearance of your home exterior? Is it time to consider replacing a roof, siding or windows? Sometimes even a small change can make a big difference.
For example, the color of a front door communicates a strong message. Blue tones convey a place of refuge or retreat; green projects health, tranquility and harmony; red speaks of passion, energy and excitement; and brown tones convey warmth, stability and reliability, according to the Paint Quality Institute.
When it comes to changing out windows, bigger and brighter is on trend.
“Windows are getting more energy- efficient all the time, so you can have the beauty of new windows with the benefit of more insulation, making the whole home more energy efficient,” says Liz McCarthy, senior marketing manager at Feldco, Des Plaines, Ill.
Maximizing natural light while providing good ventilation with patio doors and screen doors that are both attractive and functional is important.
Decorative glass on the front door makes the home more welcoming and changing window styles can create a lighter, brighter look. If it’s been a while since your home’s windows were updated, newer models made from quality products can do a much better job of protecting against ultraviolet light, cold and heat.
People today are interested in cutting their maintenance time and costs, says McCarthy. Because they want low-maintenance, they often turn to vinyl replacement windows and fiberglass doors, which come in a variety of colors, including woodgrain looks.
Low-maintenance siding also comes in a variety of colors and styles, some of which imitate wood grain finishes.
“Replacing your siding or roof can make an old home look new,” says McCarthy.
She urges people to drive around and observe home exteriors they like.
Whether you’re selling your home soon or plan to stay awhile, updating the exterior can be a smart move. ❚