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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%

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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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Curb Appeal4 min

How-to Guide: Create Stunning Siding & Brick Color Combinations

If you’re choosing new siding to go with your brick, selecting the best siding color combinations can be a challenge. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the many colors and textures available. To help you achieve stunning siding brick combinations, we’ll take you through the process starting with step one: selecting the best siding material for your home.

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Trends3 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2020’s Top Exterior Home Trends

We’re halfway through 2020, and what better time to see how the exterior trends forecasted earlier this year are holding up? In this blog we’ll examine top siding trends and trending exterior house colors, and catch up with well-known designer Liz Marie Galvan on her insights around the home trends that are on the rise and here to stay.

Maintenance3 min
Myth vs. Reality: How Summer Weather Affects Siding

Summer is almost here. And while more time in the sun brings heightened attention to UV protection and safety in high temperatures, homeowners should also think about the potential effects summer may have on different types of siding. If you’ve ever wondered what the best siding is for hot climates, we’re here to shine a light on hot weather siding myths and learn what is the right siding for warm weather.

Best Color & Siding Options for Tudor-style Homes

Tudor-style architecture looks like it was created from the pages of a romantic storybook, intertwining medieval charm with a quaint English country manor. While the design is reminiscent of the English Tudor period of 1485–1603, the style didn’t appear in the U.S. until the late 19th century.