Boost Home Curb Appeal

(StatePoint and Jeremy Everett) Taking steps to boost curb appeal makes good sense for any homeowner. Not only does it help make a great first impression on guests and neighbors, but certain updates can actually increase your home’s resale value when it comes time to put your property on the market, as well as helping your home to sell quicker.

To maximize the time, money and effort you expend, consider the following remodeling projects, which were all ranked highly by Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report:

Manufactured Stone

According to Remodeling Magazine’s findings, manufactured stone has the largest return on investment of all home remodeling projects with an average of 95.6 percent of the cost of the project recouped. There’s a good reason for this. High quality manufactured stone is an eye-catching way to add beauty and elegance to interiors and exteriors. Manufactured stone can literally be stone, or be made of durable plastics made to look like real stone.

When seeking out manufactured stone products, look for long-lasting products that mimic the look of natural stone, such as those from ProVia, which combine deep shadow lines with authentic coloring to produce dramatic effects. The manufacturer has achieved an authentic look by selecting natural stones from unique geographic regions for every master mold and by using only raw pigments and oxides to attain a rich color that lasts for years. To use tools that can help you visualize stone and grout style and color combinations, view instructional videos or learn more, visit

Garage Door Replacement

If you are like many homeowners, you typically enter your home through the garage. Give yourself a treat to come home to each day with a garage door replacement, which provides the second largest return on investment, according to the report. Not only does this upgrade present an opportunity to boost your home’s aesthetic appeal, it also has the potential to beef up your home security and lower energy bills. Whether you want the garage doors to make a bold statement or blend into the woodwork, there are many ways to customize, including panel design, colors, hardware fixtures and window placement.

Don't forget to opt for the insulated garage door to help cut your energy usage of your home, if you have an attached garage. This is also the perfect time to install a whisper quiet garage door opener to prevent disturbing your family when the garage door is opened when others are sleeping.

Siding Replacement

With a return on investment of over 70 percent, there’s a strong case for replacing your siding with something new. Vinyl siding is an especially good choice of material for those who value easy installation, good value, durability and minimal maintenance. Many homeowners choose to even mix siding, manufactured shakes and scallops, and manufactured stone on their home exterior for a unique face-lift that’s sure to impress passersby and potential buyers alike.

Neglected in the listing of exterior siding products in the Remodeler Magazine is composite sidings. Composite sidings offer superior energy efficiency to fiber cement board siding installations, superior durability to vinyl siding, and aesthetically give the impression of wood or cedar installed on the home.

By selecting home exterior projects that offer the greatest return on investment, you can be sure your renovations go far beyond what meets the eye.

At Easy Windows & Siding, LLC we carry multiple lines of vinyl siding from Alside, Heartland, and Royal Building Products to reside your home. We do this so we can solve your home's unique issues. For example, we carry the Ply Gem Solar Defense lines of siding that are warranted by the manufacturer to withstand abnormal heat sources and not to distort. Solar Defense is the only siding warranted not to distort due to highly reflective surfaces like low-e glass in windows and doors.  We have also performed seamless vinyl siding installations in combination of board-and-batten (vertical siding) and vinyl shakes to give the home a craftsman look.

Insulated vinyl siding offers the maintenance free beautiful vinyl siding you've come to expect from leading manufacturers combined with full back insulation to make the siding 3 times stronger to impact and increase the R-value of the walls by approximately 2.8. Read additional information about insulated vinyl siding here.

Other Improvements to Consider: Replacement Windows

Vinyl replacement windows offer over a 70% return on investment for the home owner based on resale value alone. In addition, they can increase the energy efficiency of the home up to 40%, reduce maintenance costs on the homeowner, and increase the safety of the home. Vinyl windows offer a greater return on investment than replacement wood windows by 3.4%, that likely mirrors the return on investment over composite and fiberglass replacement windows.

At Easy Windows & Siding, LLC we carry Alside Vinyl Windows and Pella Fiberglass Windows to enhance the beauty and energy efficiency of your home. We realize that every window project is different where some homeowners only want the best, and some want a value priced high quality solution.

2020 NATIONAL AVERAGES: Top 8 Projects

Manufactured Stone Veneer $9,357 $8,943 95.6% +
Garage Door Replacement $3,695 $3,491 94.5% -
Minor Kitchen Remodel | Midrange $23,452 $18,206 77.6% -
Siding Replacement | Fiber-Cement $17,008 $13,195 77.6% nc
Siding Replacement | Vinyl $14,359 $10,731 74.7% nc
Window Replacement | Vinyl $17,641 $12,761 72.3% -
Deck Addition | Wood $14,360 $10,355 72.1% -
Window Replacement | Wood $21,495 $14,804 68.9% -