You might be surprised at how many homeowners will spend a small fortune on interior decorating only to completely ignore the home’s exterior. Not only does this leave visitors confused when they enter a house that looks so-so on the outside to see a glamorous interior, it also gives a bad first impression that can linger even when they’re inside. So if you’re doing some interior decorating, set aside some of your budget for the exterior as well. Here are five ways you can boost curb appeal.
No paint job lasts forever, especially an exterior paint job. The elements take their toll over time and the exterior will need repainting. If it’s been a while or if it’s just looking bland, it may be time for a fresh coat of paint. If you’re really attached to the existing color, you can keep it. If you’re feeling brave, you can go with something new.
Be bold with colors (but not too bold)
Your home doesn’t have to be a light, neutral color. If you decide to be adventurous with paint color, you should still consider whether it will clash with the neighbor’s homes. It’s okay if your house stands out a little but it shouldn’t be glaring. If you prefer a more muted color for the exterior, you can still add a little flair by choosing a less traditional color for the trim.
You can also have your home’s exterior rendered. This is one potential way to add some color to your home’s exterior without having to paint it. In addition to stucco or instead of it, you might consider wooden cladding which looks great and modern-looking homes.
The front porch
If your home lacks a defined porch area, or if your porch has been neglected, you can make some improvements in this regard. The front porch should match the architecture of the rest of the home. It should have a small roof. Depending on space, you may be able to add a couple of rocking chairs and perhaps a small table. You can repaint posts or railings as well as the front door. Upgrade the porch lighting and house numbers as well. Finally hang some planters with fresh flowers as a finishing touch.
Be aware of any restrictions
Finally, make sure you’re following the rules for your community. If you’re planning on adding a porch to your home, for instance, there’s a good chance that your city will require you to obtain a permit before beginning this project. If you belong to a homeowner’s association, you should look over their rules for home exteriors as certain colors or features may be prohibited.
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.