Replacing your siding is currently listed as one of the most advantageous improvements you can make to your home, with an expected rate of return of over 80%. Even though you have a good chance of recouping the majority of your investment, you still want to be sure you have made the right choice of siding material.
Siding is manufactured in many different materials and several varieties of style. So how do you know which is best for your house?
Personal taste. When selecting your siding, you must first decide what look you are going for. Siding is manufactured in wood, vinyl, concrete, steel, brick, stucco, aluminum, and composite; each presents a different look. You also have many different shapes and sizes to choose between, including decorative sidings.
The climate. In making your decision, be sure to take into account the local climate. If you live in a very humid and moist climate, concrete and vinyl might be more advisable than wood, composite, or metal, for example.
Budget. Siding prices vary based upon the material and design. Composites are the least expensive, and wood and concrete will be on the higher end. Your budget may restrict you to one material over another. Just remember, you may get a longer lifespan out of some of the more expensive materials, which will eventually balance the price differential.
Your house has an opinion, too. The age and structural condition of your house may factor into which material you can use. If you are going to invest in new siding, it would be wise to have a contractor upgrade your framing and foundational supports at the same time. The architectural style of your home may also affect the selection. Trailer homes, for example, typically have metal siding instead of wood shake. Victorian homes, on the other hand, almost always have classic and beautiful decorative wood.
Each material has its own pros and cons, with some requiring more maintenance than others. Wood is beautiful, but will require far more upkeep than cement board. Although price often is a determining factor, try to base your decision on all of these elements. Siding is a protective surface for the exterior of your home, but it isn't a fool-proof barrier. Be sure your installer takes the time to adequately prepare the vapor and water barrier behind the siding, and then properly caulk, prime, and paint the siding for a quality installation. Request free estimates from prescreened siding installers in your area for a skilled installation.
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