When it comes time to sell your home, one of the most important factors in determining its value is its curb appeal. Even if you don’t plan to sell, you want the exterior of your home to look as attractive as possible. Although most people think of landscaping when they think of curb appeal, your windows are also a critical component when it comes to how attractive your home looks on the outside.
A Whole New Look
New windows can give your home an entirely new look from the outside. The style, shape, size, and framing of your windows give your home its character. With today’s customizable options, you can create a look that is uniquely yours. Even something as small as a new grill pattern in your windowpanes can give your home a new, updated look.
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Define an Architectural Style
If you own an older home, chances are that a previous owner replaced some of the original windows with more modern options. Although this might make your home more energy-efficient, it may take away from the architectural style of your home. Today, there are many window options that can return your home to its original architectural beauty while still retaining the energy efficiency of modern windows.
Wood or Vinyl
Another factor to consider when choosing windows is whether vinyl or wood will work best for your needs. In an older home, wood windows may be the better option as they keep the antique, natural look that was popular many years ago. Today’s wooden windows offer the same energy efficiency that vinyl windows offer which means you don’t have to sacrifice energy savings to keep the older look of your home.
Give It Your Look
Many residential neighborhoods have homes that were all built around the same era. This may mean the windows in your home are exactly like the windows in your neighbor’s home, giving the neighborhood a “cookie-cutter” look. Replacing those standard windows with some that show your own style and character will give your home a unique look that will also improve its curb appeal.
Choose the Right Style
Although you want to create an exterior that looks unique and matches your tastes, you also want to be sure to choose the right style window. The location of the window may help you make the right choice. Although double-hung windows work in just about any location, they may not be the best choice for a larger window area. Instead, consider a bay or bowed window to give the exterior of your home a unique look. Not only will this type of window create a different look outside, but you will also enjoy additional light inside. It can also provide you with an area where you can display valuables or create a nice window seat where you can sit in the sun with a cup of coffee enjoying a good book.
With today’s windows, you are not just limited to white or wood tones for your windows. Vinyl windows now come in a wide variety of colors that are designed to enhance the interior and exterior of your home. Even wooden windows today are available in different colors, allowing you to keep your home’s character while adding a splash of color. You can choose a neutral white or beige to complement your exterior or go extreme with a black or navy blue. Be sure to choose a color you can live with for many years, however. Before installing green windows, be sure that it is a color you will still enjoy a year from now. You also want to keep curb appeal in mind when choosing window colors as a color that is too unique may deter buyers. Drive around your neighborhood and look at the different window colors before you choose something that is not neutral.
There is more to curb appeal than simply installing new windows, however. Even if you replace all your windows with new versions, you must still maintain them properly. Be sure to clean your windowsills well, especially if there have been paint drippings on them over the years. Keep the glass clean and free of smudges or dirt. Remove screens in the winter to protect them from the harsh weather, replacing them in the spring. Keep in mind that peeling paint may be visible from the outside of your home, so be sure the trim around the windows is freshly painted and clean.
Window Coverings and Decorations
When you choose window coverings, be sure to be consistent with the backing of your window coverings throughout your home. When closed, off-white curtain linings make your home look symmetrical. If you are using blinds, shades, or louvers, try to match them throughout the house to keep the look from the outside consistent. Consider adding window boxes on windows that face the front of your property to give it a charming, colorful look. Be sure to remove any dead flowers and be sure to update the boxes with each season. If you cannot use window boxes, place flowering shrubs or trees near windows. Shutters also add a finished look to the exterior of your home.
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It is not uncommon for someone who is looking for a new home to drive around in the evening to view homes that may appeal to them. Consider adding soft lighting near your windows to give your home a warm glow. You can put lights on timers so that they come on at dusk and go off a few hours later. Softly lit windows are inviting from the outside and can increase your curb appeal.
If you are considering new windows or would like more tips on improving the curb appeal of your home, contact us today to see how we can help. RGB Construction has decades of experience helping people just like you improve the curb appeal of their home and helping them choose the perfect windows for their needs. You can reach us by calling or filling out the easy online form today.