Is your family preparing to sell your house and move? Are you a real estate agent looking to improve a property? Alternatively, are you just feeling particularly motivated to do some extensive home renovations? Whatever the case, one of your biggest goals is probably increasing your home’s curb appeal.
Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior
Whether you’re covering up damage or just upgrading, working on curb appeal gives your house a facelift and lets you enjoy your residence that much more. Depending on your budget and time commitment, you can take curb appeal pretty far and accomplish a good amount. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Repaint the outside
- Care for your lawn
- Get a new mailbox
- Clean your gutters
- Upgrade your roof
1) Repaint the Outside
Over the span of time, hail damage and normal aging can cause the external sides of the house to look drab and dreary. A fresh coat of paint can give the outside of your house a new life by covering up the damage and extending the life of the exterior walls. Deciding what color to paint the outside is a big decision.
Pro Tip: If your home is monitored by a homeowner’s association (HOA), contact them for approval before painting. Failing to get approval from your HOA may create future problems or unwanted fees.
2) Care for Your Lawn
There’s nothing more eye-catching than a front yard with green grass and blooming plants. Keep your lawn healthy by regularly trimming the grass, picking the weeds, and keeping all of the plants watered. If your area is particularly shaded, be sure to choose plants that don’t require too much sunlight. Be sure to care for your yard regularly so that you can prevent brown spots.
3) Get a New Mailbox
Did you know you can customize your mailbox? Unless your neighborhood has certain restrictions, the options are endless for what mailbox you could choose. From different materials like metal or plastic to different grains of wood, your mailbox is one of the first things seen when pulling up the driveway. Buying a new mailbox could be the one element that makes your house stand out from your next-door neighbor.
4) Clean Your Gutters
If you’re preparing for heavy rain, cleaning your gutters is an important maintenance step. Removing leaves and sticks from your gutters can help prevent roof leaks and in turn, can enhance your curb appeal by lessening the messy appearance.
5) Upgrade Your Roof
Depending on the age and type of roof, its recommended for homeowners to replace their roof every 20-30 years. Currently, asphalt shingles are the most popular and are offered with a number of different color options that can help accentuate the style of your home. If you’re not able to replace your roof entirely, consider having it repaired or cleaned to keep it in the best shape for you or any future homeowner.
Give Yourself a Newly Renovated House
Even a few changes or a few hours spent on restoration work can make a big difference in your home’s appearance and curb appeal. Once the job is done, you’ll have given yourself a house that’s at least partially new! Your home improvement efforts will not go unnoticed.
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Let’s face it: home renovations are expensive! And many homeowners don’t plan for significant renovations like replacing a roof until damages make it necessary. The sudden time-sensitive requirements and the money needed to pay for them can come as a shock. Fortunately, homeowners have a few good options to cover the cost of their work.
One of the best options you have for paying for your roofing project is financing. Through a trusted financing group like GAF, it’s easy to get approved and start your project quickly. Let’s take a look at how roof financing can help speed your project along!
Why Choose Financing?
How much money do you have available at a moment’s notice? If you’re like most Americans, probably not enough to cover all the expenses of repairing a roof. Financing not only helps you out with immediate payment, but it also gives you time to spread out your long-term expenses as you pay back the loan. You can immediately hire a roof repair company to get started and protect your home again!
When you apply for roof financing through our partnership with Hearth, a leader in the financing industry, you’ll only have to complete a simple three-step process:
- Answer a few questions to see which loan plans you’re eligible for. This step does not affect your credit score.
- Review your options and find one you like.
- Receive your money! The funds will be sent to you in 1-5 business days.
That’s it! The whole process is very quick and simple so you can get started on restoring your home immediately.
Why Not Wait?
It’s true that you don’t have to choose financing for your project. In theory, you could just perform temporary repairs and save for the full amount. But considering the importance of having a reliable roof to protect your home, the risk simply isn’t worth it. Temporary fixes like tarps are only designed to work in the short-term until your roof is back in shape. Don’t count on them to protect your home and belongings while you wait.
Pro Tip: Once you’ve been approved for financing, choose roofing materials designed to survive severe weather. The more durable your new roof is, the fewer repairs you’ll need in the future!
Pay for a New Roof
You deserve to have your roof fixed quickly to avoid any further complications or damages to your house. If financing is the best option available to repair your roof, why not take advantage of it? Pay in amounts that fit your budget in a timeframe that fits your schedule. Don’t wait too long!
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When you think about insulation for your home, you probably think of keeping the heat inside during cold weather. While this is certainly one application of insulation, a different type of material can actually help keep heat out. Believe it or not, using the right kind of insulation in the right places can actually repel heat and keep your home cool in the summer.
If you’re looking for the best insulation to keep heat out, you can’t go wrong with the two most popular and effective choices: weather stripping and radiant barrier insulation. Properly used, both will seal your air conditioning inside and repel the heat outside. How can these help your house as the weather stays warm?
Some of the most common places for climate-controlled air to escape is around your windows and doors. A crooked window or door could be raising your energy bills significantly by providing a constant slow leak. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Strategically placing weather stripping around the edges will block most leaks and allow your home’s climate to balance itself out again.
Pro Tip: Be skeptical of any window company that claims to be able to reduce your energy bills with replacement windows. These claims are borderline illegal, often incorrect, and have gotten several companies sued. Save your money and install weather stripping instead.
Radiant barrier insulation does more than just keep cool air inside. This reinforced layer of aluminum lines the inside of your attic roof and reflects heat back outside. Even this thin layer of insulation is surprisingly effective–a study shows that proper installation of a radiant barrier could save between 10-15% on energy costs. Just make sure your roof builder knows how to properly install insulation!
A Few Mistakes to Avoid
Of course, insulation material should be handled with care and isn’t effective in every place in the house. Keep these common errors in mind as you plan your insulation project:
- NEVER put insulation on or near active knob and tube wiring–that’s a great way to start a fire. Have the hazardous equipment professionally removed first.
- Avoid insulating spaces that won’t affect the transfer of heat much, such as exterior walls. You’ll just end up spending a lot of money for very little change.
- Don’t block any ventilation or HVAC ductwork with insulation–this will only make the problem worse.
Your air-conditioned home is your refuge against the high temperatures of any Houston day. By researching and installing the best insulation to keep heat out of your house, you’re sure to continue enjoying the comfort of a climate-controlled house for years to come.
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Are you thinking of upgrading or replacing your roof? What materials are you planning to use? Not all roofing materials are created equal, after all. Most homeowners generally try to find the most cost-effective, longest-lasting roof material they can.
Different types of roofing material are appropriate for different home locations, as well as previous damages done to the roof. While certain types of roofing materials last longer than others, it’s also important to remember that some types may not be appropriate for a particular setting. The best thing to do is to look at the different types of available materials and see which is the best fit for your home.
High-quality asphalt shingles are still the most popular choice for the majority of homeowners. The slightly higher cost of these roofing materials are more than worth it–well-made shingles will last 20 years or more. Roofing shingles are also among the easiest roof materials to replace or patch following roof damages. These popular materials stand the test of time!
Pro Tip: Some homeowners opt for wood shingles and shakes. Similar to asphalt shingles, wood shingles have an expected lifespan of about 20 years but can last much longer in mild weather.
Roofing tiles made of concrete, clay, or slate have a staggering life expectancy of 100 years! Even so, tiles are more of a challenge to install or maintain than shingles. For instance, the building materials are significantly heavier and more expensive, making a project with them more difficult. Additionally, poorly made shingles can crack or split during severe weather such as a hailstorm. While tiles are certainly an elegant and durable choice, it pays to double-check their quality and make sure your local weather won’t cause you problems later on.
Metal roofing generally lasts 40-60 years and is arguably the strongest of any conventional building material. However, certain types of damage (like a dent or rusty spot) require most of the roof to be replaced since the metal is likely all a solid piece. Additionally, between materials and installation costs, you’ll end up paying more overall for a metal roof. Talk to your roofing contractor to see if it’s in your best interest to opt for metal.
A Roof that Will Last for Decades
A well-constructed roof of long-lasting roofing material will survive for decades in most cases. Depending on your home’s location, your current roof’s condition, and your own preferences, you can easily opt for an excellent roof to protect your home for years to come.
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As important as your roof’s functionality is, no one wants an ugly rooftop. A pleasing color can complement your home and increase your property value. Plus, different roof colors absorb heat at different rates, helping balance your home’s energy consumption. This choice can make a big difference!
Your choices in shingle colors are generally restricted to a few shades. Unfortunately, you’ll probably never get a neon green set of shingles. But the choices you do have can make your home look classy and help balance heat flow. Which color is best for your home? These factors can help you decide.
For Houston homeowners, keeping out the heat is a constant problem. Fortunately, a wisely chosen shingle color can reflect a decent amount of sunlight. Darker colors tend to absorb huge amounts of heat, so if your home gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider a lighter earth tone or even off-white shade. This color will prevent your air conditioning from working overtime and keep your energy bills low.
Pro Tip: A lighter shingle color will repel heat more effectively, but it will also show algae and mold growth pretty clearly. Keep a light-colored roof clean!
Your House Color
A shingle roof will last between 10-30 years depending on environment and maintenance. You’ll want it to look good and complement your house color! While you could definitely find a matching color for a seamless house, why not go for a contrasting color that just looks good? For instance, for a brown or earth-tone house, go for a grey or dark blue shingle color. A white-walled house might look good with slate gray or black shingles. Some roofing companies will even mix different shades for a checkerboard pattern! It all depends on your preference and what looks best with your house.
The Neighbors’ Roofs
What decorative choices did your neighbors make for their roofing shingles? You don’t have to copy their ideas, but cool roofs could be a source of inspiration for you. Are there any colors or patterns that catch your eye? Would they complement your own home too?
A Decorative and Functional Choice
Choosing a shingle color may seem largely trivial until you consider its potential impact on your energy efficiency and property value. Don’t settle for a boring shingle pattern. Ask about different colors you can choose from and find one that works best with your home and preferences.
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