As a homeowner it is essential you protect your investment by taking care of your home and keeping it in good repair. Additionally, there are updates you can make to your home to improve its energy efficiency and reduce your home's energy bill. Here are some tips you can implement with your home's exterior to update and improve its appearance and make your home more energy efficient.
Replace Your Roof
Your home's roof covers a large and important surface on your home. Not only is your roof visible to your neighbors and visitors, it protects your home's interior. Having a roof that has seen better days will not only make your home look unkempt, but it can also lead to interior moisture damage.
When it is time to replace your roof, it gives you the opportunity to upgrade your home's appearance and its energy efficiency. You can select asphalt shingles that are lighter in color and coated with reflective particles to prevent heat absorption in the summer. And if you are opting for a longer-lasting metal roof as your new roofing material, you can select metal panels that have been coated with a special reflective treatment to keep the surface of your roof as cool as possible and the interior of your home comfortable in summer. Talk to a roofing professional for more info about options for a new roof.
Paint Your Siding
Another large surface area on your home's exterior that can affect its appearance when it becomes worn and dirty is your siding. Painting your home's siding is a great way to improve its appearance and cover the old surfaces that have begun to show signs of fading or collected dirt, grime, and rust spots. And painting your siding with a lighter-colored paint, especially one formulated to reflect the sun's heat from your home, will make your home interior less hot during the summer and cut down on your air conditioning bill.
Be sure you clean your siding with a pressure washer and a detergent to remove bird droppings, insect stains, and other residues that collect on its surface, and select a paint that is compatible to cover your type of siding. For example, if your siding is made of vinyl, choose a paint specific for applying over vinyl siding. There is a great selection of paint you can use on different types of siding, which you can find at a local home improvement store.
As another recommendation, planting vegetation in your yard and around your home can beautify your landscaping and keep your home cooler in summer. Trees can shade your home's exterior, windows, and outside pavement to reduce the temperature, prevent urban heat effect, and keep your home cooler. Be sure to plant trees strategically on the south, south-west, and western side of your home for maximum shade benefits.