Design Inspiration

Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Love At First Sight

If you’ve been watching property and renovation TV shows, you might think that a home’s value is all in the delivery of an open concept kitchen.

But actually, home buyers often make a purchasing decision as soon as they step out of their car. That’s because curb appeal, the attractiveness of your home from the first approach, is a major factor in choosing to “love or leave” a home.

You might not have realized that the buying cycle starts so soon—but in fact, now that homes have nearly doubled in size a large portion of a modern home’s curb appeal comes from the roof’s sheer size, and the increase in roof style selection.

When traditional (3-tab) shingles, were the height of popularity, and the only shingle choice, there were fewer shingle designs to differentiate your home’s look and increase your curb appeal by being unique.

Have You Thought About How Your Roof May Increase The Value Of Your Home?

Here Are The 5 Best Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Your Roof

1. Complement Existing Home Features

Choose roofing shingles that complement the color of your windows and siding, or provide a striking contrast. Keep in mind that if you are likely to change the color of your house paint, your roof color will outlast the paint on your house. So research using the ColorSelector in IKO’s online Design Center before you choose your new color scheme.

2. Choosing The Right Style

Choose shingles that add to the style of your home, setting and street so you can make the most of your larger roof and your investment. Now that homes are larger, the roof is more prominent. While 3-tab shingles offer the traditional, comforting look of neighborhoods you grew up in, Premium Designer and Architectural Shingles turn your roof into a striking feature. Besides matching your personal style, when a prospective buyer sees your street, the unique shingle designs, and color schemes can contribute to the pleasantness of your neighborhood thereby increasing the overall curb appeal of your home.

3. Add Definition To The Prominent Lines Of Your Home

Roofers used to use 3 tab shingles to cap roof ridges, but you’re entitled to a more refined look. Modern, stylish ridge caps add definition to prominent roof lines outlining the architecture of your home. And, ridge caps aren’t that much more expensive since you won’t need many bundles of IKO’s ridge cap.

4. Choose Quality Assured Roofing Shingles

Every batch of IKO roofing shingles has been closely monitored and designed by computer color-blend technology resulting in a more consistent, finished product. Shingle manufacturers should have a QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) process based on something solid like vertical integration, where one company controls the manufacturing. Check that your shingles are made exactly the same way, even across all our North American manufacturing plants, so that the color you chose is the color that arrives.

5. Know The Effects Of Your Shingles

Know whether the shingle you’re buying will change the look of your home, or keep it the same. If you’re trying to achieve a certain look, level of luxury, or dimension, look for shingles that are made a little differently. Architectural and Designer shingles are designed to accentuate the setting and style of your home. You can elevate the appearance of your home, and potentially change its look, with such shingles. For instance, double layer shingles add depth to your roof so that it catches the eye; individual cut shingles can offer the look of hand-selected slate and this can be achieved from a designer shingle that is easier to install!