Statistics indicate that more than 50% of U.S. houses were built before 1980 and have a median age of 39. As a result, the country’s limited and aging housing stock drives the popularity of particular home renovation and design projects.
Many American homes are reaching an age that requires replacements or upgrades to windows, roofing, and electrical and plumbing systems. We explore key factors you should consider to ensure your renovations bring enhanced functionality, style, and energy efficiency to your home.
Popular Renovations by Home Age
Homeowners can prioritize improvement projects based on their home’s age. Use this guide to help determine what upgrades may be best suited for your home and where to focus your renovation budget:
- Homes built in 1960 or earlier: Primary focus on maintenance upgrades like plumbing, electrical and heating. Home exterior upgrades are a top project (64%) for ‘60s homes.
- Homes built between 1961 and 1980: Large focus on interior room upgrades, including kitchens, bathrooms, living or family rooms, and bedrooms. The most popular home exterior project for this age range is a window upgrade.
- Homes built between 1981 and 2000: Equal focus across maintenance and home automation upgrades. These homeowners are more likely to work with professionals.
- Homes built after 2000: Big focus on luxury upgrades like home automation and security and outdoor upgrades, including lighting and irrigation.
When determining renovations based on the age of your home, several key factors come into play:
- Structural integrity: You may experience foundational issues or uncover framing issues once walls are exposed.
- Energy efficiency: Older windows tend to be less energy efficient, which can result in drafts and higher utility bills.
- Style and design: Dated siding, roofing, and windows can significantly make your home appear dated, directly impacting your home’s architectural style and curb appeal.
- Outdated systems: Upgrade your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems for improved safety and functionality.
Consider your home’s age and related factors to help make informed decisions about renovations that improve energy efficiency, enhance aesthetics, and maximize the comfort and enjoyment of your abode. Explore Gentek’s window, patio door, and siding collections, and use the Visualizer to picture your new home exterior.