Add Curb Appeal With Home Improvement Projects

There are several different ways to improve the aesthetic appeal of a home’s exterior. These design techniques, protective barriers and decorative products can give a home a style boost and sometimes make it more energy efficient. A homeowner can use one or many to change the look of a home’s exterior.

Decorative Stone
Decorative stone is currently one of the most popular trends in home exterior improvements. It is also one of the less expensive ways of increasing property value and giving the home a fresh look. It is available in a variety of styles and colors from various manufacturers and distributors. Decorative stone has a unique appearance on every different application. Textures can be smooth or rugged.

Shingles
Shingles provide visual appeal and protection to the roof. Shingles come in a wide selection of colors, blends, textures and styles that can coordinate with a home’s exterior. Different patterns, weight and materials are also available. Homeowners can choose what suits their climate, roof type and personal taste when deciding upon shingling. If they are unsure, they should consult roofing contractors or shingle and roofing materials websites for ideas and information.

Trim
Trim can add a splash of color to the home, especially around the windows, doors and under the eaves. Trim pieces can match or contrast with colors for siding, windows and doors for a finished look. Trim is available in several different materials, including wood and vinyl. It provides protection and style for the home.

Exhaust Vent
The appearance of exhaust vents on the roof of a home can add or detract from the home’s visual appeal, energy efficiency and longevity of its roofing system. Attic ventilation surfaces through the roof. It can help reduce build-up of moisture, excessive heat and certain types of mold.

Decorative Railings
Ornamental railings, posts and columns add a touch of style and class to a home’s exterior. As a barrier or purely for decoration, they are suitable on the front porch, along driveways and walkways. Ornamental iron also adds flair and character to decks and gardens.

Roof Accessory Paint
When everything on and around the roof does not match, roofing accessory paint can change that. Most commonly bought to match the shingle color, it is available in a wide array of choices. Homeowners can use this special paint on bare shingle spots and flashing. When coordinating exhaust vents and vent pipes are desired, they can be color matched to the shingles for a uniform look across the roof.