Boost curb appeal and recoup costs with top three home improvements

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 2:10pm.

When it comes to remodeling, choose a project that enhances your enjoyment and earns back your hard-earned dollars by adding curb appeal and value to your home. 

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, nationally these projects earned back top dollar:

1. Entry door replacement (101.8%)
2. Manufactured stone veneer (92.2%)
3. Garage door replacement—mid-range (88.5%), upscale (82.5%)

Great ROI comes with a new front door

Everyone notices your front door, from guests and family members to potential buyers. So it stands to reason that an attractive new front door upgrades your homes ‘welcome’ factor.

But you may be surprised to learn that investing in a new front door can more than pay for itself with a potential return on investment of 101 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine.

Choices of doors range from steel to wood to designer mesquite, with energy efficiency at the top of the list of features for most options, which helps lower energy use in heating and cooling your home – another big plus for investing in an updated front door.

Manufactured stone veneer provides high return

Coloradoans love using stone on homes, inside and out. And stone veneer makers have perfected the aesthetics of over the years, bringing the quality of this material into the acceptable range even for naturalists.

That’s why Remodeling Magazine’s ROI rating of 92.2 percent has special appeal. 

If you are living in a brick home but don’t love the brick, stone veneer could be the perfect solution and easier to implement than real stone or stucco. Stone veneer products also suit interior fireplace makeovers. 

One other benefit: There are a number of Front Range-based stone veneer manufacturers, which makes choosing this material a local play. Be sure to check your Colorado resources to find good local options.

Garage door aesthetics worth the cost

Most garage doors are street-facing and command a big chunk of curb appeal. So it’s no surprise that garage door replacement appears as a top three home improvement that brings high return.

Many, many choices in styles, construction and materials make choosing a new garage door an extension of personal expression. Equally as important, following are some constructions basics to keep in mind, according to DIY Network.

  • Single-layer garage doors are constructed with a layer of steel, fiberglass, or engineered wood. These doors are lightweight, easy on springs, low cost and provide negligible insulating value.
  • Double-layer garage doors offer an inner and outer skin sandwiched around a layer of polystyrene board. Double-layer garage doors earn a thumbs-up for rigidity and providing an insulating value between R-4 and R-7, a trait desired in sustainably minded Boulder County.
  • Premium construction in garage doors provides inner and outer layers of high-quality steel, wood or fiberglass sandwiched around a thick layer of polystyrene or polyurethane insulation. These doors offer maximum stiffness and insulating values greater than R-15, netting two thumbs-up.

Garage doors come in materials ranging from steel to wood or fiberglass. Architectural features like windows and beautiful wood finishes enhance the aesthetics and curb appeal of a new garage door, sealing its position as a high ROI remodeling choice.   

For more from Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, visit

For more from DIY Network’s garage door article, see





Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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