Just like your home’s roof, siding provides essential protection by repelling water, ice and other debris. It also can improve the curb appeal of your home. However, siding that is cracked or worn may not function properly and can even lower the value of your home. If you decide its time to replace your old siding, keep in mind these important considerations.
1. Repairs or Replacement?
Sometimes damaged siding can be fixed without having to resort to replacement. However, if damage is extensive or if your siding is particularly old, the cost of repairs may make replacement the better option. Find out what kind of repairs can be done before replacing your siding.
2. Time of Year
When you do decide to replace your siding, it is advisable to have the work done in Spring or Fall in order to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures. Extreme temperatures can cause the material to become rigid or brittle, making it difficult to work with.
Another important consideration is your budget. Be aware of the cost of whatever siding material you choose. Vinyl is often the cheapest option and requires minimal maintenance. However, fiber-cement and wood shake may be a better match for your particular preferences.
Your home’s unique aesthetic can be taken into account when you choose your siding. You can choose siding that matches the colors and textures of your home. Additionally, if you’re looking for a specific exterior material, you can find vinyl or fiber cement budget-friendly alternatives.
A long warranty can help protect your investment by providing coverage either for the siding installation, materials, or both. Ask your contractor if they guarantee their work and consider getting a manufacture warranty that lasts for a long time.
6. Window Replacement
You may want to consider having your windows replaced before putting in the new siding. The process of removing old siding can be complicated and may put your window capping at risk of damage. Replacing windows and siding simultaneously will reduce overall costs and possibly save your window capping from being damaged.
Certain types of siding may be better suited to your local climate than others. Wood performs poorly in humid areas while vinyl and fiber cement are more versatile options. When choosing your siding material, make sure to pick one that will not develop climate related problems. Luckily for New England residents, James Hardie has actually constructed a siding specifically for this region.
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