Considerations When Residing Your Home
Keeping your home in good repair is the key to protecting your investment and maintaining resale value should you need to relocate. The outside of your home is an area that demands constant vigilance to ensure that your home is maximally protected. Small issues with your siding can rapidly escalate into major repair bills if not caught quickly – particularly if you live in area with frequent or heavy rain storms.
It might be time to replace your siding if you find large areas of decay or degradation. Also, moisture or water damage on the inside of the home may indicate that your siding is failing even if you can’t locate the specific trouble spot on the outside of the home. Of course, you may want to replace the siding just for a change from that old, lime green ugly stuff you have now!
There are many siding choices available, each with advantages and disadvantages. A common choice is vinyl. Probably its two best benefits are the low cost and low maintenance requirement. Vinyl does not require painting and the better quality brands will generally not color fade. Drawbacks to vinyl are that it can be damaged by general living habits. A rock flung from a lawnmower can do serious damage to vinyl and children’s toys can also be a hazard. And don’t get your grill to close or you will melt your house! A final drawback is that many people just don’t like the look of vinyl.
A more durable option and arguably more aesthetic is wood. Wood is a classic, natural beauty material and generally pleasing to the eye. It is more expensive to install and requires maintenance such as cleaning and painting to keep it from deteriorating. However, pre-finishing the wood with the paint of your choice before installation helps to lower the installation cost and greatly enhances the siding’s durability. Plus, the lawnmower and toys have a much more difficult time damaging wood and any damage done is easier to repair than with vinyl or steel.
Steel is of particular note as it is very durable. This of particular importance if you live in a hail prone area. Vinyl can be absolutely destroyed after a severe storm and wood, although able to survive functionally will be very dented and require cosmetic sanding. The dents will also shorten the lifespan of the wood. Steel, on the other hand, can survive severe storms without any damage. And the lawnmower and toys don’t stand a chance! Even if the steel is dented it would not generally impact the lifespan of the siding. However, if the siding were damaged it would be difficult to repair.
No matter what siding you choose, be sure to get several estimates from qualified, licensed, and experienced contractors. Be sure that the siding will be installed according to manufacturers specifications and that there is a manufacturers warranty.
Take care of the siding once it is installed. Clean it as necessary and inspect on a routine basis to catch trouble spots early. Also, be sure to investigate what additional steps are needed to guarantee your warranty will be honored if it is ever needed. Hopefully, these tips will give you a good start for investigating the siding choice that is right for you. Spruce up your house and call a contractor soon!