Manufactured stone, new siding, windows and doors increase your home's resale value and boost curb appeal

Eventually, just about everyone sells a home.

Whether it's your own property – after all, the average American family lives in their home for just 13 years – or the home of a loved one, at some point you're going to have to sell a house. And you're going to want to get the best possible price.

When that time comes, exterior home improvement projects provide two important advantages that work in your favor:

  • Good curb appeal attracts more buyers and can help your home sell more quickly.
  • Exterior home improvements can increase your house value by 5-10%.

In fact, exterior home improvement projects account for nine of the top 10 best value home upgrades, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2020 Cost vs. Value Report.

Best Value Home Improvements

The report1 found that “curb appeal” projects generated higher overall returns on investment than interior remodels. And, several of the top-rated best home improvement projects involve product categories available through ProVia, including:

Manufactured Stone Veneer

The No. 1 best value home improvement project is installation of manufactured stone veneer, which returns 95.6% of one’s investment. Pairing nicely with vinyl siding, manufactured stone can help achieve any design style and provides a nearly unending array of options for upgrading your home exterior, such as:

  • Glamming up an entryway
  • Adding dramatic appeal to your home's façade
  • Highlighting special architectural details
  • Creating a luxurious patio setting

ProVia offers multiple styles of manufactured stone in a variety of color palettes. See our manufactured stone gallery for design ideas.

Vinyl Siding

The No. 5 overall best value exterior home improvement is vinyl siding. You can expect new vinyl siding to provide about 74.7% return on your investment.
New siding is such a good value because the technology of vinyl siding has improved tremendously over the past 30 years, enabling ProVia to offer products that last longer, look nicer and provide good weatherability. (Learn the differences between vinyl siding and fiber cement.)

ProVia offers three types of vinyl siding – insulated vinyl sidingtraditional vinyl siding, and decorative vinyl siding (shakes & scallops and board ‘n batten).

Vinyl Windows

Replacing vinyl windows finished No. 6 in overall best value home improvement, with  vinyl windows recouping 72.3% of their cost. 

Looking for curb appeal with an added dash of oomph? Decorative glass is a great option for new windows that will make your home a standout. 

Aside from the boost in curb appeal and home value, new doors and windows also provide increased:

  • Beauty
  • Durability
  • Security
  • Energy/Thermal Efficiency

Protecting your home's interior from sun damage and allowing simplified cleaning are additional advantages offered by replacement windows. (Read Tips for Choosing Replacement WindowsChoosing the Right Style of Windows and When to Replace Windows)
ProVia offers three high-quality, energy-efficient window lines that meet every customer’s budget (Endure, Aspect, ecoLite) and one luxury line of vinyl exterior-wood interior windows (Aeris).

Energy-Efficient Steel Entry Doors


Adding a new energy-efficient steel entry door provides improved home security and endurance with many options in door styles and finishes to enhance the overall beauty of your home. Steel entry doors were ranked the 9th best home improvement project with 68.8% expected return on investment.

You know you have purchased an energy-efficient door if it has the ENERGY STAR label.

ENERGY STAR qualified doors and windows meet strict energy-efficiency standards. Replacing old doors & windows with ENERGY STAR products can lower household energy bills by 7-15 percent.

ProVia has won multiple ENERGY STAR awards, including the Sustained Excellence Award for Door and Window Manufacturing.

View our full lineup of ENERGY STAR certified doors and windows.

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Maximum Impact

You may want to take a comprehensive approach to maximizing your home's curb appeal and value – say, by pairing a new entry door with manufactured stone and updated fixtures for an eye-catching effect, or replacing your doors and windows at the same time to create a cohesive exterior appearance for your home.

And don't forget the little things. Upgraded hardware, scrubbed walkways, fresh mulch and landscaping, a new welcome mat, attention to small details will enhance the bigger improvements to help you sell your home at the best price.

Not sure where to start? Peruse the ProVia design center for more entry door, window, vinyl siding or manufactured stone ideas. 


  1. Remodeling Magazine's 2020 Cost vs. Value Report