By Brooke Chaplan
When you're ready to upgrade your home for added curb appeal before listing it, or if you just want to refresh your property image, don't forget the windows and siding. These important elements help to frame the appearance of your home to attract interest and admiration.
Having your home resided is one of the most significant improvements you can make to refresh its appearance. By choosing from many different kinds of siding in a spectrum of colors, you can coordinate the size, style and shade of siding with your interior design and windows, as well as lawn decor like fences, paths and walls. New siding instantly updates a home to make it appear neat and appealing.
Choose new entry doors that complement your home's updated siding to create a balanced look. You can have your doors painted in coordinating colors that flow with your siding choice. Alternately, select door shades that serve as vibrant accents to your home's siding. Natural wood that is polished or stained also looks great and adds a neutral element that goes well with siding choices like wood or vinyl. Keep this in mind for your patio door (or door frame), basement door and garage door if you have them.
For window frames that are outdated or damaged, or if they are beginning to show wear and tear, replace your frames with new ones that go with the exterior siding. Avoid frames that are too different—these will stand out in contrast to the siding you have selected for the upgrade. You can choose from various frame materials that should work with or be similar to your new siding style and door frames. Try to replace all of your frames at once rather than just some of them in order to achieve a consistent look.
Your glass windows themselves should be chosen to contribute to the streamlined effect of the siding and doors. Avoid filtering glass or beveled glass if that style doesn't fit with the rest of the exterior. Choose window styles that suit the home's interior design and structure. For example, you can select double-hung window styles or rollout designs. Keep the curb appeal of your home in mind while deciding which type of window replacement will look best in each room.
A home represents the lifestyle of its occupants. For your next upgrade, choose windows and sidings that optimize your home's appearance and the impression it makes on the public.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, N.M. Looking to replace your windows? Chaplan recommends Window World. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Chaplan via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.