Exterior Remodeling Projects that Improve Home Value

Feb 09, 2021

If it’s time to give your home’s exterior the love and attention it deserves, it’s particularly beneficial to not only identify which home exterior remodeling project(s) will accomplish the ultimate vision you have for your home, but also take into account which projects generate the most value.

Modern Roof

The condition of a home’s roof is often a make-or-break deal for potential home buyers. So, if you’re home’s roof looks worn and tired and has passed its life expectancy, not only do you risk compromising a potential sale, but the roof is also more prone to developing various problems, such as cracked or broken shingles, rot, moss growth, failed flashings, leaks, or structural issues.

Replacing your old roof can produce a monumental 109% return on investment (ROI), according to a recent remodeling impact report provided by The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). That is to say, you’d actually be making a profit off of replacing your roof. “Moreover, a new roof and improved ventilation is energy efficient, which greatly reduces the strain placed on your home’s HVAC system, saving you money on your energy bills,” said Scott Cline, J&B Construction owner.

One of the most popular roofing materials used on homes today is asphalt shingles. They’re affordable, simple to install, and have an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Other common residential

roofing materials include wood shingles and shake, clay and concrete tiles, slate, metal, and synthetic roofing products.

Adding Attic Insulation

Attics function as an important thermal barrier between the roof and a home’s regulated internal temperatures. Whether a roof is hot in the summer or cold in the winter, the attic is a central safeguard to maintain stable temperatures.

It is estimated that 90% of home in the United States are not sufficiently insulated. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that boosting attic insulation can lower heating costs by up to 50 percent, depending on the current level of insulation. Based on the Remodeling Magazine 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, the last time attic insulation was measured, adding insulation to a home’s attic will generate an ROI of 107%.

At J&B Construction, the company utilizes Owens Corning Fiberglas™ Insulation to provide enhanced thermal performance throughout the home. “Our attic insulation method encompasses blowing insulation into every nook and cranny of your attic to ensure complete coverage,” Scott said.

“This is by far your best opportunity to reduce energy expenditures and save money.”

New Siding

Siding is another considerably valuable exterior home remodeling project to consider as it yields a 94.9% ROI, according to HomeAdvisor. Replacing your home’s old siding will give your home a much-needed facelift, and similar to replacing your front entry door, new siding will positively impact a potential home buyer’s first impression of your property.

“With a myriad of finishes, styles, and colors available, updating your home’s siding to increase curb appeal while complementing the architectural style of your home has never been easier,” Scott said. “Beyond aesthetics, new siding along with a Tyvek weatherization system will also protect your home from pests and insects, as well as increase your home’s energy efficiency, which means lower energy bills.”

A few popular siding options include vinyl, which typically has a lower cost and requires minimal maintenance; engineered wood siding, designed to defend against moisture, rot, and unwanted critters; and fiber cement siding, which mimics the look of natural wood while exhibiting supreme durability.

Front Entry Door Replacement

A new front door is a cost-effective way to significantly improve the resale value of your home. According to HomeAdvisor, replacing your front door can yield up to 74.9% ROI. “A home’s front door is often one of the first exterior features that visitors and passersby take note of and immediately form an opinion on,” he said. “Not to mention, updating your front entry door can help maximize your home’s energy efficiency as well as safety and security.”

When it comes to construction, there are an array of materials and designs to choose from. For instance, wood is a highly customizable option; fiberglass features an insulated core for increased protection from the elements; and steel is exceptionally durable for optimal safety.

Upgraded Windows

Old, drafty windows with condensation-filled panes, failing frames, and chipped paint are not just

unsightly, they can also negatively impact the value of your home. Installing new windows can substantially enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior, while adding to your home’s resale value. More specifically, new vinyl windows can deliver 73% ROI, according to the Remodeling Magazine 2020 Cost vs. Value Report.

“In tandem with increased home value, new windows contribute to improved energy efficiency as they help maintain a consistent indoor air temperature,” Scott said. “As a result, you’ll become less reliant on your home’s HVAC system. Plus, the new locks and sashes on the windows will improve your home’s safety and security, such as in the event of a fire.”

Typically, windows are comprised of vinyl, fiberglass, or wood. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and operation types in order to accommodate different areas of a home. Examples of some of the main window types include single and double-hung, casement, awning, bow and bay, sliding, and picture.

To enhance your home on the outside and inside while adding value to your home, call J&B Construction at 262-437-0537 or complete our online contact form.

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 The only complaint I have is when I have J&B do my roof in another 30 years or so, is Dave their sales man (a great guy) would not guaranty I could get the same great crew I had this time. They did a fantastic job. Much better than the last roofing company did. A nice bunch of guys. Did a very nice job cleaning up. I'd give them 10 stars but 5 is the limit. If you need a roof done this is the company you want to do it. One more point I need to make. The guys that did the chimney flashing are artists. I went up on the roof when they were done and was very pleased with not only the roofing job but the sculptured sheet metal work. It's kind of a shame it's on the roof and not hanging on the family room wall :). You get the point. Hire em. You'll like em. 
 We live in a historic designated neighborhood and recently had our 30 year wood shingle roof replaced with another wood roof and new gutters. From Day 1 of the project to the final day, the entire team was responsive, professional, and very competent. When some minor changes were proposed by us they quickly and effortlessly complied. After going through this experience with J&B, I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a roof and gutter replacement, whether it be a simple or complicated project. 
 J & B did an amazing job from start to finish. The initial meeting at my home took place exactly at the time that was agreed upon and Scott was thorough in his explanations and transparent about costs. When the time came to begin the project, the team that showed up was friendly, professional and timely in getting the project done. The cleanup afterward was such that it looked like they hadn't been there at all. The roof looks great, there were no surprises and Scott came by to inspect the work and explain the warranty upon job completion. I would highly recommend them. 
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