Kerb appeal

Kerb appeal is all about the exterior of a property making a good first impression.


While it’s easy for housing developers to focus on the interior, it is important to remember that the exterior of a property is what everyone, from visitors through to potential tenants and buyers, will see first.

In recent years we have seen tenants and homebuyers increasingly judge the appearance of a home’s exterior, resulting in nearly a third of Brits being willing to pay 25% more for a property that looks stylish from the outside – highlighting the importance to housing developers of investing in the of aesthetics.

An appealing exterior will give tenants a greater sense of pride in their home, meaning they are more likely to keep up with the external maintenance and take better care of the property overall.

As a result, this should reduce maintenance and repair costs for housing associations, particularly at the end of tenancy agreements.

Creating social housing developments with kerb appeal will not only be appealing to those who will live in the property, it will also benefit the wider community by boosting the overall look of the area – making it a more attractive place to live for prospective purchasers.

Entrance and garage doors make a significant impact to the exterior appearance, so the design should be carefully considered to suit the style of property and create a harmonious look.

Not only do entrance and garage doors bring aesthetic benefits, but they can also enhance the security and thermal efficiency of the property, which is why Hörmann UK has developed a wide range of entrance and garage doors to support its suppliers and installers in offering the highest standards in style and substance.

The Hörmann Thermo65 offers impressive thermal efficiency, with U-values up to approximately 0.87 W/ (m2. K) and the Thermo46 approximately 1.1 W/ (m2. K), providing greater efficiency when compared to traditional entrance doors.

As a result of the impressive thermal efficiency, tenants will benefit from savings on their energy bills, which not only improves their standard of living but will help social housing developers work towards meeting the government’s Future Homes Standard – which was announced in the Spring Statement and will be introduced in 2025.