How to improve your home's curb appeal game

Posted October 6, 2016 4:00 p.m. EDT

This story was written for our sponsor, Pella Windows and Doors of North Carolina.

A recent report by Remodeling Magazine shows that seven of the top 10 home value-boosting projects are exterior projects. Meaning a home's value isn't found so much in kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects, but outdoor projects.

In other words, creating coveted curb appeal offers a higher return on investment. So how can you up your curb appeal game and create an even more valuable home?

Improving Curb Appeal Is Simple

The entry door is the heart of a home's exterior.

The right door not only has the power to enhance curb appeal, it allows homeowners to express their unique personality.

Selecting the perfect entry door for your home and your personality will impact your home equity more than a granite countertop ever could, at a fraction of the cost.

Choosing the Right Product For Your Home

One of the most important decisions to make when selecting an entry door is material.

Materials differ in aesthetics, price, durability and safety, so it's important to know your options and select the material best suited to your needs and desires.

The three main options for entry doors are fiberglass, steel and wood.

  • Fiberglass is a durable, low-maintenance choice, especially for humid climates like North Carolina in the summer because it won't warp or swell.
  • Steel doors provide energy savings and are the best option for home security.
  • Wood doors are a great option for those looking to add distinctive style to the home.

"The unique part about having a real wood door is that it's a door made of organic and natural material," said Pella Corporation Product Specialist Alicia Snyder. "And the customization options are quite extensive."

Making a Statement

Choosing the right door material is a great place to start, but style and color decisions are just as essential.

You will want to pick a door that offers the best value while still turning heads. An easy way to accomplish this is to take inspiration from one of the biggest current curb appeal trends: bright and bold, painted entry doors.

According to color expert Kate Smith, people are choosing vibrant colors that reflect a sense of community and culture.

"You never know what’s coming next with entry doors," Snyder said. "Mixed materials, texturing and finishing are becoming other ways to differentiate. And as color trends continue to morph, we are keeping up with them and with what the finishing experts have to say."

Installing a new entry door isn’t just about increasing aesthetics and home value -- there are other benefits, too.

A quality entry door can improve a home's energy efficiency by lowering heating and cooling costs. So if you’re looking to refresh your home's curb appeal while saving money in the long run, a new entry door might be the smartest investment you make.

This story was written for our sponsor, Pella Windows and Doors of North Carolina.