5 Summer Renovations that Add Value to Your Home

Looking to add value to your home this summer?  How about dressing up its curb appeal?  Maybe you are just looking to give your house that rejuvenation that’s so long overdue.  A home is the single largest investment most consumers make.  Improving your home’s appearance or upgrading some of its features is a tried and true way of adding to its value.   And when it comes to making changes that make a difference on your home, S&K Roofing Siding and Windows is the Maryland home improvement expert ready to help. S&K has come up with 5 summer renovation projects that can completely change the look and feel of your home while also adding to its value.

1. First Impressions
‘Curb appeal’ is the amount of visual interest a home draws at first glance.  A well-manicured, tastefully landscaped lawn will create a welcome first impression for visitors.  One of the easiest ways to create curb appeal is to tame excessive greenery around the outside of the house.  Simply mowing the lawn, weeding, trimming trees and shaping other foliage can go a long way towards giving the desired look.  Always make sure that no trees threaten the integrity of the home and remove dead branches.  Next, planting a variety of seasonal flowers can create visual interest through their contribution of color to the landscape.  Make sure to choose flowers that fit the style of the home, the climate and the soil they are being planted in.  Finally, adding pathway and garden lighting can give your home an elegant look at night.

Focusing on entryways and patio doors can also add to a home’s value.  The front door makes a strong impression on visitors and potential home buyers.  There are many maintenance free style doors that include attractive options such as glass inlays.  These doors offer a variety of colors and can simulate the look of wood.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries a wide variety of entry way doors from Therma-Tru, ProVia and Andersen.  In addition to providing aesthetic appeal to your home, a high quality door also provides your home and family protection.  If you are not looking to replace your current door, simply polishing knobs and door knockers and replacing damaged or tarnished hardware can spruce up the look of older doors.

2. Inside Out Appeal
Patio doors are likely the most used doors in your home. Patio doors are not only functional, but offer an opportunity to improve the ‘inside out’ appeal of your home. A patio door is much like a large window allowing added views to the outside and additional light to your living space.  Replacing old patio doors with high-quality new doors can offer long lasting quality, security, energy efficiency and style.  Adding French style doors, for example, can provide a luxurious look and feel.  Manufacturers today such as ProVia and Andersen offer a wide variety of patio door styles that will not only add value, but greatly improve the aesthetics inside and outside of your home.

3. Energy Efficiency
The third home renovation project you may want to tackle this summer is replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows.  Windows that are drafty, in need of paint or just plain outdated can take away from the overall aesthetics of a house, and drain your wallet.  While window replacement may prove to be a daunting task at first, making smart decisions on your replacement windows will not only add to a home’s value it will decrease energy cost and consumption.

Window manufacturers such as B.F. Rich, Viwinco, Pella and Andersen all offer a wide array of quality replacement windows.  When choosing your new replacement windows make sure to be an educated consumer.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows suggest that you choose windows with premium grade insulated vinyl frames, vinyl sashes, multiple panes and low-e coated glass.  Advancements in window technology over the past decade make these replacement windows the best choice for overall durability and energy efficiency.

4. Protect and Beautify
Nothing speaks more to a home’s quality then a solid roof.  Homes with dirty or unkempt roofs are not only an eyesore but could potentially cause major damage to the structure of a house.  Common signs that a roof may need repair or replacement are leaks, cracked, warped or missing shingles, loose seams or deteriorating flashing.  Outside, look for excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts.  Inside look for peeling paint, cracks in the wall, discolored paint or water spots and peeling wallpaper.

Roofing systems have drastically changed over the years and new products on the market can last up to 50 years.  Roof shingle styles have greatly improved as well with the addition of composite roofing that mimics slate and cedar, and architectural asphalt shingle roofing that provides attractive dimensionality. S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries roofing products from manufacturers such as CertainTeed, DaVinci Roofscapes, TAMKO and GAF who offer a variety of roofing options that will no doubt add to a home’s visual appeal and value.

While replacing a roof may cause a bit of sticker shock, letting it deteriorate will prove to be even more costly. If your roof is showing signs of age, have it looked at by a professional. A good contractor will tell you how much more life it has. And when you are in need – or simply ready – for a new roof, have fun shopping the many options that will not only protect your home, but give it added beauty as well.

5. Outdoor Living Offers Resort Appeal
Finally, when looking for value-added summer renovation projects, nothing beats composite and cellular PVC decking.  Composite decks add to a home’s living space and also boost its value.  Replacing an old deck with a new composite deck can create a resort –like setting especially when surrounded by gardens or possibly even a water feature.  Add features such as gazebos, built-in seating areas, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchen islands and grills to your composite deck and you have one appealing space!

Composite and cellular PVC decking offers many features that just can’t be matched by traditional wood decking.  These maintenance-free decks never need staining or sanding, and require little upkeep other than cleaning. Add a rainbow of color choices and the possibilities are endless.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries the finest quality cellular PVC and composite decking and railing products in Maryland from manufacturers like CertainTeed, Azek and TREX, just to name a few.

Summer is a great time for renovation projects.  Whether you are looking to sell your current home or simply trying to add value, these 5 renovations could make the difference.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows would like to help with your summer renovation plans.  Located at www.SKRoofing.com our web site will give you all of the information you need regarding your upcoming project. Good luck!