Giving our home kerb/curb appeal from the outside is about three things – a good roof, how we can alter or improve our brickwork, and how well we utilise our garage space. Let us consider these three aspects of outdoor home improvements.
Sloped, pitched, or gable roofs on properties are appealing as opposed to a flat roof. They serve another purpose, too, because they also defect rain and snow and stop it from collecting on a roof with the potential to leak in. Not only that, if you go for four sides or more, then you have better protection against strong winds such as hurricanes. We all fear those and the damage they can cause our property. There is no doubt that roof shape is the reason why some properties incur damage while others avoid it. The conclusion is not just about luck and the randomness associated with storms but about how sloped we can make our roof to protect our property.
A mansard roof will have four sides, featuring a double slope on each side. This type of roof can, as another benefit, create extra space in which to live. A full attic or the space here used for living is called a garret. Roofs are also available with six or eight sides.
Fascia boards can not only looking pleasing when fixed to the outside of a house but also stop moisture from entering its interior. They can also support a bottom row of tiles or slates. Visually they show that someone cares about their home. Fascia boards are about making a house look more individual as opposed to just one of the other houses down the street.
Garage Doors and Space
Visually, a new door will enhance the look of a garage. Extensions to garages will provide extra space. It is not just possible to extend a garage out, but where foundations are adequate, to add another layer on top of a garage. This is space-saving and practical when you have more than one car to accommodate.
In terms of your garage door, steel is by far the most popular material. The reason for this is that it is a reasonable price to buy and also durable. In addition, it is low maintenance as far as ongoing costs go. Aesthetically, you can choose pretty much any style with it and paint steel. If you desire a look that mimics wood, yet will not rot as wood does, then this and other interesting textures can be achieved with steel.
Canopy gearing will mean that your door panel runs vertically along tracks on its side frame and that there is a spring assembly at the top of the door’s frame. Conversely, retractable gearing results in a door panel that will open on tracks that are horizontal and which go back into the garage. This type of gearing has been designed to be used on garage doors that are electrically operated. Now there is a feature to impress next door with!
If you do not have a garage to start with then, in the UK, you will need to dig foundations that are a minimum depth of 750mm, depending on soil conditions. If it is not any higher than 4 metres and a reasonable size, again if in the UK, then you are allowed to build a garage without obtaining permission. You should check the individual requirements of your country, country, or state, before building the garage. It is a useful extra building to have, though, as it can keep your car secure, possibly lowering your insurance premium, and also house other things you do not have room for inside your home.
Something to consider with garages is whether you want to get from the garage to your house and vice versa via an interior door rather than an exterior one. It is useful in the winter to be able to enter and exit through an interior door, and an outdoor home improvement to give serious consideration.
In summary, three outdoor improvements to our home might be to consider a sloped roof, if we currently have a flat one that is prone to leaking in or needs replacing, to enhance and waterproof our home with a fascia board that is pleasing to everyone’s eye, and to consider our garage space as much as we consider our home one.