Home improvement experts say there are two ways to add instant value to your home. New siding and a new roof. First up, siding is responsible for protecting your home from the elements. It’s a tough job to say the least, and the appearance of many homes can easily be improved by replacing existing siding that has begun to show its age. Vinyl is very cost effective and will give your home an instant boost in curb appeal.

When it comes to outdoor remodeling projects, putting on a new roof is probably the most daunting. As the most important part of your home’s weatherproofing and insulation system, a good roof can save on heating and cooling bills; a bad roof installation, on the other hand, can lead to all kinds of headaches and repair bills down the road. Always check references when hiring a roofing company, and never pay the full cost of a roofing job up front.

Typically, your new roof’s durability is directly related with its cost. Asphalt is the most affordable and the quickest to wear out; tile and slate are the most durable and by far the most expensive. Metal falls somewhere in the middle; its quick installation, moderate price, and 40+ year life expectancy are making it a popular choice among homeowners who want a good balance of value and durability.