4 Exterior Remodeling Projects That Boost a House's Curb Appeal
Therefore, when considering exterior remodeling projects this autumn, make boosting curb appeal a top priority.
While Miami may not get bombarded with the snow that tends to cause many concrete driveways to crack and degrade, it does face heavy rainfall and is under constant threat of flooding, and concrete does not measure up well in terms of drainability.
As such, when looking into driveway paving ideas, it may be worthwhile to forego the concrete and look into permeable gravel options.
A beautiful home can often be overlooked when sitting next to a damaged garage door, as many garage doors project out past the front door of the home and are extremely noticeable to passersby, so any dents or dings can be a major negative in terms of curb appeal.
Furthermore, the torsion springs used to raise and lower garage doors wear out after about 10,000 cycles (roughly 7-9 years), so garage doors in this age range may have some minor incongruities in terms of balance and fit that will lead to unsightly gaps where the door meets the pavement, so an upgraded garage door can help ensure a flush, clean, and tidy look.
3. Add a Pergola to Outdoor Hangouts
While exterior features such as decks, patios, playgrounds, pools, and outdoor kitchens are all enticing home features, their functionality is further enhanced when paired with a pergola.
4. Replace the Roof Using Synthetic Materials
Concrete shingles are a decent roofing choice for homes in South Florida thanks to their insulative properties that keep houses from getting as hot as those covered with the asphalt roofing that is common across the country.
However, concrete roofing, while capable of being quite durable, requires consistent maintenance to avoid moisture damage, as concrete tiles are capable of absorbing water at a rate of 13% of their total weight, which can lead to cracking.
Furthermore, this moisture, combined with the Miami humidity, is the perfect breeding ground for moss, and when left unattended, can wreck your home’s curb appeal.
As such, consider roofing your house in a composite material that does not require such frequent maintenance and is not at risk of water damage.
These synthetic shingles have all of the elegance of natural concrete, and while they may require periodic cleaning to prevent moss buildup, are not a threat to absorb the water introduced by powerful pressure washers.
Whether it be to attract potential buyers or for pride in ownership, having a home with strong curb appeal should be a top priority for homeowners.
As such, when considering exterior remodeling projects, consider the value of a gravel driveway, an upgraded garage door, pergolas to cover your outdoor hangouts, and installing synthetic roofing.
Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog.
He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design.
Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.
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