Small-scale updates may not seem like much. However, they’re quite important, especially if you’re planning to stay in your house for a long time. Much like car tune-ups, they help keep your home in prime condition and extend its life span.
However, not all minor upgrades are worth your money, time and effort. When deciding which projects to implement, you must consider both curb appeal and performance. Here’s three top home improvement projects we think are the best investment of your time and money:
Curb appeal starts with the part of your home that is most visible—that is, your siding. Replacing your old, battered siding with siding that’s beautiful and more durable can work magic on your home’s exteriors. What’s more, according to Remodeling’s “2015 Cost Vs. Value Report,” even a midprice siding replacement in our area can give back up to 81.5% of your dollar.
Siding isn’t all about beauty, either. As an outer layer, it protects your walls from the harsh elements. When replacing your siding, choose a siding option made from materials suited to your area’s climate:
- Steel is low-maintenance yet very energy-efficient. Its surface lends itself well to lovely paint finishes.
- Fiber cement resists rot and warping and can handle challenging Iowa conditions (extreme heat, rain, wind, and snow). It’s built to last and is one of the most beautiful options around.
- Vinyl is homeowner-friendly, virtually maintenance-free, and available in a wide selection of styles and colors. Like fiber cement, it’s not vulnerable to rotting or to small animals that like to gnaw at the boards.
- Cellulose siding is the greenest option, with its eco-friendly manufacturing process. It’s a good insulator, making it very energy-efficient as well.
Not sure which material works best for your location? Talk to your siding expert like Seamless Exterior about it.
Here’s another project that returns a high ROI in Remodeling magazine’s report. It turns out that having your Waterloo, IA, windows contractor install midrange replacement windows for your home can return up to 80.6% of your investment. Not bad, right?
In addition to boosting your home’s looks, windows can also help lower your bills by a significant amount. Some styles are more energy-efficient than others. Here are some we recommend installing for your home:
- Bay and bow
Talk to your window expert about the right style, material, and replacement process that best suits your home.
Your gutters are your home’s quiet heroes. They prevent moisture issues by directing water away from the roof and walls. So make it a point to prioritize improving gutter performance as well. Maintenance can be hard work, but it’s necessary if the gutters are to function at their best.
Have your gutters inspected at least once every year to make sure they’re in good condition. Don’t delay repairs in case of damage. Install gutter covers such as Gutter Helmet or replace your existing gutters with seamless ones for maximum performance and protection.
When it comes to all-around home upgrades, there’s really only one name you should turn to: Seamless Exterior. We’re the expert siding, gutter and windows company Waterloo, IA, homeowners trust. Talk to us at (319) 243-3600 and schedule a free, in-home estimate of any of our services.