Siding replacement can significantly increase the value of your property aside from making your exterior more appealing. It will also improve the protection of your home against weather extremes and harsh outdoor elements. This project can entirely change the appearance of your home and dramatically boost its curb appeal.
Moreover, siding can make or break the appearance of your home, one reason you must choose the right material and contractor to install it. To help you select your new siding, here are things you should consider.
Your HVAC system consumes the most energy among the appliances in your home. If your existing siding is not energy-efficient, expect to see an increase in your energy bills. With air leaks, your system needs to work harder than it should to keep you comfortable.
Meanwhile, new siding can help reduce your heating and cooling costs. The more tightly sealed your home is, the less likely drafts will form, and your insulation will improve. To ensure your new siding can reduce your utility costs, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
Siding makes up a huge part of your home’s exterior. It’s one of the first things people notice when looking at your property from afar. Cracks, holes and other signs of damage in your siding can compromise your home’s structural integrity.
When your siding is severely damaged, you must have it repaired or replaced immediately. However, replacement is often a better option if your exterior sustained major damage. You should delay getting new siding because the longer you wait, the bigger the issue is going to be. Even the smallest cracks can allow moisture to seep into your home and damage wooden components, such as the framing. To keep your home protected, you must invest in quality siding.
The lifespan of your siding depends on the material, installation and maintenance. For example, wood siding can make your home more appealing and inviting, but it requires a lot of care. This material requires frequent refinishing for it to maintain its durability and appearance. Back in the day, those who didn’t want to deal with the upkeep involved with wood chose aluminum siding. However, it turns out that aluminum needs more maintenance because you’d have to paint it once its enamel coating fades.
Today, more sustainable, beautiful and low-maintenance options are available. Vinyl is currently among the most popular siding materials. It’s known for its superior resistance to scratching, pitting and denting. When properly maintained, you won’t need to worry about constant repairs. This material also possesses the look of wood without the necessary upkeep.
You need to make sure that your new siding complements other parts of your exterior, such as your roofing system, windows and doors. Your siding also says a lot not only about your home, but also your personal style and priorities as a homeowner.
Make sure that you choose a siding material and color that you love because modifying it is not easy. With its cost, siding replacement isn’t something you should consider doing every few years. While painting your siding can alter its appearance, it can’t resolve underlying issues or performance-related problems. Still, you can beautify your siding and improve its performance at the same time with the help of an experienced contractor.
When choosing a siding color, you can walk or drive around your neighborhood to see common house colors. While you want your home to have its unique qualities, you don’t want it to stick out. It would also help to consult the color you have in mind with your homeowner’s association if your neighborhood has one.
The success of your siding replacement largely depends on how well your contractor has installed it. Keep in mind that properly installed siding lasts longer and maintains its beauty longer. Major home improvements like this are also best left to the hands of professionals. Siding installation requires the use of proper tools and the right skills. Attempting to do the job on your own can do more harm than good.
Save yourself from stress, hassle and unnecessary expenses by hiring a skilled siding contractor. Before choosing anyone to work on your home, make sure to do your research, read customer feedback and request for references. To get an idea about the cost of your project, obtain at least three estimates from different companies. Also, only work with a contractor that’s properly licensed and insured.
Potential buyers know that siding replacement involves significant cost, and they tend to avoid properties that need more work. Whether you’re thinking about selling your home in the future or not, you can benefit from a new siding. You can also recoup what you spent on your project with the added value it will add to your home. According to experts, homeowners usually recoup more than half of their project costs. Siding replacement is one of those upgrades that nearly almost gives a good return on investment.
When to Replace Your Siding
A type of fungi causes dry rot underneath your siding’s surface. When not addressed immediately, it will eventually eat away at the rest of your siding until only the outer layer is intact. Extensive dry rot calls for a complete siding replacement.
An increase in your energy bills is also a strong indication that you need new siding. However, when your heating and cooling costs increase, you must first look into your attic and roof. If these areas have no issues, your siding may be the culprit. Moreover, severely loose, cracked and damaged siding would need to be replaced for your safety and comfort.
Inside your home, look for signs of water damage, such as loose wallpaper, peeling paint, mildew and mold. Compromised siding will allow moisture to penetrate through the outer layer, where it drenches the wallboard. Mold and mildew can risk your family’s health if it’s widespread.
At Paddy’s, we’re here to assist with your home improvement needs. We install siding, roofing, chimneys, windows and more. Call us at (302) 208-9510, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.