Colour — published on March 22, 2008

Colourful Curb Appeal …

Creates Lasting Impressions

Whether you’re putting your home on the market or simply remodeling for your own pleasure, nothing makes a stronger statement than the exterior of your home. Recent studies indicate that most homebuyers decide whether or not to view a home’s interior based on its curb appeal — the attractiveness of a home when viewed from the street. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors (American), 80 percent of homebuyers now view a home for the first time on the Internet, making curb appeal an even more critical part of selling a home.

One sure-fire way to increase the curb appeal of your home is to incorporate more color in its exterior. The use of bold, high-definition colors can produce visually striking effects that make a home unique, and, with the growing variety of exterior color options today, you can pick a new hue for the roof and then find a vast selection of siding, trim, fence, deck and railing colors to coordinate.

Choosing the right exterior colours for your home is a difficult decision, but it is getting easier, thanks to the many companies that are broadening the color palette for everything from the roof on down to the deck, to provide homeowners more ways to customize a home and bring life to a neighbourhood.

For example, high-contrast colours have been added to composite decking now to include vibrant shades of chestnut, cedar and redwood. Colour options for cedar-style fencing now to include colours like clay and other natural tones that coordinate well with popular siding, window and trim colors to provide even more options in exterior design.

So while exterior remodeling can be a daunting task, it is the best home improvement investment that you can make.