Replacing Your Home's Siding? 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Did you know that there are over 15 different types of siding, the most popular of which is vinyl? If you’ve decided to embark on a home improvement project with your home’s siding, there’s a few different things you should keep in mind.

For Wood Sidings

It’s important to make sure your wood is adequately prepared, so it lasts a long time. Otherwise, your siding may start to look beat up after going through several seasonal cycles over the years. If there is not adequate stain in the pigment, your wood siding will get broken down from the sun’s UV rays. Pre-finished, 3/4” wood is ideal.

What’s the Advantage of Siding Over Bricks?

Whether it’s wood, aluminum, or quality vinyl siding, it'll be a lot easier to clean than any other surface since it is smooth and even. In most cases, it can be washed off with nothing more than a power washer and light soap. Since it’s not a painted surface, you won’t need to deal with the maintenance of re-painting or worrying about rot.

So Why is Vinyl so Popular?

There are a few reasons why about one in three homes (32%) use quality vinyl siding. A big point in its favor is affordability; This Old House estimates that vinyl siding costs about 26% less than aluminum, and 11% less than cedar. Vinyl can be given a low-gloss finish so that it resembles wood more closely. The lack of maintenance tends to be what seals the deal with most people, though. When investing in insulated vinyl siding, look for quality materials; premium siding is thicker, which allows it to be more resistant to sagging over time. Quality siding materials are also less likely to get damaged or fly off in high-wind storms; property damage makes up about 36% of all remodeling jobs, after all.

Why Replace Your Siding?

There are definite cost advantages to updating your siding. Homeowners who replace their vinyl siding tend to recoup 80% of the cost on average when the house is sold. Home improvement services are typically worth the money you spend on them -- money invested now is, after all, money invested in the future of your home.