Why is it so hard to make exterior design decisions?

March 28, 2023 | Filed under: Consumer Education,Homeowner Tips,Newsletter Articles


Concerning exterior home improvements, envisioning the result of your time and money investments is often difficult. Why is that? 

Many homeowners may need more knowledge or experience in exterior design or construction. This can make it difficult to envision what changes would look best and what is feasible from a construction perspective.

Lack of Visual Aids

Unlike interior design, where homeowners can use visual aids such as mood boards, 3D renderings, and floor plans to envision their changes, there are fewer tools available for exterior design. This can make it challenging to visualize how changes would look in real life.

Impact on Curb Appeal

A home’s exterior is the first thing visitors and potential buyers see. Homeowners may feel pressure to make changes that increase curb appeal and add value to their homes. This pressure can make it hard to balance personal style and marketability. 

Neighborhood Restrictions

Some neighborhoods have strict rules and regulations about what homeowners can and cannot do to the exterior of their homes. This can limit the scope of potential changes and make it challenging to envision improvements that are both personal and compliant with neighborhood regulations.


Exterior home improvements can be expensive, so homeowners want to ensure they make the right choices. This can lead to analysis paralysis, where homeowners need help to make decisions and envision changes because of the fear of making costly mistakes.

Making Roofing Design Decisions

As the leading manufacturer of metal roofing, we’re here to help you make terrific design decisions for the largest exterior surface of your home: your roof. 

You can use our online Visualizing Tool, or send us a photo of your home and a request to talk via email.