10 Ways to Improve Home Exterior
From adding some much-needed curb appeal, to increasing the potential resale value of the home, there are plenty of reasons to give a little love and attention to the home’s exterior. Here, we’re going to look at ten improvements you can make and why, exactly, you want to make them.
A good way to make sure that the exterior of the home stays durable is protected, and to reduce any potential cracks or air leaks, re-rendering the home is an essential part of exterior maintenance. There are different kinds of render you can use, so it can help you customise the aesthetic of the home. Most importantly, however, it can protect it from issues like penetrating damp and improve insulation.
2) Removing pebbledash
Once upon a time, pebbledash was looked at as a cost-effective way to coat over brickwork and help make the home be somewhat more weatherproof. Now it’s just an eyesore and, for most homes, pebbledash is well past its peak quality and needs to be repainted often to maintain any kind of visual quality. Rendering is one way to replace pebbledash, but if you’re one of those who actually likes the aesthetic, then you can even have it re-pebble-dashed.
3) Pressure wash the bricks
For brick walls, paving, and driveways, you need to make sure those bricks are given the care they deserve. Besides weeding them occasionally, the best way to preserve their cosmetic appeal and integrity is to pressure wash them. You can get rid of dirt, grime, moss, and discolouration by wetting the bricks and leaving high-quality detergent to soak into them. Start by brushing the tougher stains out with a rotary scrub brush before using a pressure washer to delicately rinse them off. Remember to reseal the bricks and mortar once you’re done.
4) Lay new driveway
Driveways that have been bearing the load of cars and people over the years can start to degrade, leading to cracks, chips, and rough, uneven surfaces. Laying a new driveway can help instantly improve the curb appeal of the home, and there are plenty of varieties of paving stones you can use to help customise the look.
5) Landscape or pave the front garden
Similarly, there are lots of options for paving the front garden, creating the perfect path to your front door. Besides paving a path, landscaping the garden with raised flower beds and walls offers not just a visual appeal but practical use, too. For instance, retaining walls can be used to open up more flat, even space that offers the garden more useable space.
6) Add lighting
Does your garden look a little gloomy when the sun sets? Then it’s the perfect time to add some lighting. Lighting the garden path can create a warm, cosy exterior while also ensuring the safety of those who come into it. Meanwhile, adding lights by the front door or front patio can create a much more welcoming face for the home.
If you have decking or patios outside the home, then adding the right furniture can make a big difference. You want to make sure that any outdoor furniture you use can withstand the cold and a little rain, but you shouldn’t skip adding cushions and soft furnishings to help add a little tactile appeal as well.
8) Renew guttering
Bad guttering is bad not just for the look of the home, but also the health. Over time, gutters get dirtier and more worn down, making them rougher and making it easier for debris and dirt to gather. Eventually, this leads to leaks which can end up penetrating the weak points along the roof of the home. If your gutters are well-beyond cleaning and clearing, then it might be worth looking at applying a new coating to their interiors or even replacing them entirely.
9) Refresh those window frames
If the exterior is the face of the home, then the windows are the eyes. Those eyes can look very tired indeed if window frames are starting to chip, crack, or otherwise degrade. For wooden frames, look first at the possibility of repainting or refinishing the frames. If that doesn’t fix them up, it might be time to look at a replacement. For visual appeal and greater control over natural lighting, shutters can be a great addition, too.
10) Roofing works
The roof can catch a lot of attention from across the road, so if it’s looking degraded or discoloured, it can really spoil the aesthetic of the home. What’s more, roofing problems lead to leaks, which can end up spreading mould and damp throughout the home. Make sure to check your roof every year, especially before the rainy autumn season, to ensure it doesn’t need any maintenance, cleaning or repair.
Hopefully, this list of little and large ways you can improve your home’s exterior has given you some ideas. Not only can they improve the curb appeal, but these exterior upgrades can ensure the protection of the interior, too.