In San Francisco, San Jose & Los Angeles, installing manufactured stone veneer is the home improvement with the largest return. Remodeling defines this project as removing 300 feet of vinyl siding and replacing it with a stone substitute, with job costs ranging between $9,000 and $11,000 in those three California cities. Adding manufactured stone veneer returns 153.6 percent of its cost in San Francisco, 131.4 percent in San Jose, and 130.1 percent in Los Angeles.
In Wine Country, building a composite-based deck returns more than 150 percent on investment, as does upgrading a garage door and replacing a roof using asphalt shingles.
In Santa Rosa, nearly half of all tracked remodeling projects return more than 100 percent on investment but building a wooden deck packs the biggest bang per remodeling buck, returning 175.6 percent of the average $17,087 cost.
Nationwide, upgrading a garage door nets the biggest return on investment, at 97.5 percent of the average $3,611 cost.