If your home’s siding looks a little worse for wear, it may be time to consider a siding replacement. Installing new siding on your home can be a daunting task as several decisions need to be made before your siding project can begin. You need to consider what siding materials are available on the market today, which ones will hold up the best in your environment and which one fits into your budget.
Here is a breakdown of some things that you may need to consider when doing a siding replacement:
Consider Your Budget
Start by coming up with a total budget for your project. This will dictate which options and materials to pursue. Figure out the total square footage of the area you need to have covered in siding to get an idea of how much material you’ll need. The price of siding depends on the total square footage of materials needed, so you’ll multiply your square footage by the base price of your chosen material.
Choose a Material
Siding comes in a wide range of different materials. Homeowners have the option of installing brick, cedar, metal, vinyl, and more. In the US, homeowners prefer the traditional look and feel of vinyl siding. The material is highly durable, versatile, and affordable.
Each different type of siding material has advantages and disadvantages, so choose carefully. Brick is expensive, doesn’t have many customized options, but it does help insulate your home. Wood siding has a traditional, old-fashioned appeal but is costly and not as durable as vinyl or plaster.
It is important to choose a type of siding that will be durable and long-lasting. Some products come with an extended warranty, but others are prorated, proving to be more expensive later on. Ask your salesperson for more information about warranties when you make your purchase.
Many people discount vinyl siding because they assume it doesn’t have as many options or won’t last as long as other materials. In recent years, vinyl siding industry innovations make vinyl the most popular choice on the market. Some brands now offer lifetime warranties, extra insulation, and a greater depth of color options than ever before.
Consult with your salesperson and consider the environment that you live in as well. It’s important to know the level of insulation that your siding offers you and which is better suited to your climate. Certain siding brands allow homeowners to transfer their siding warranties to new homeowners should you ever decide to sell your home.
Factor in Timing
Finally, embarking on a new siding project is an involved process. The best time of the year to start on a new siding project is during the spring or fall, particularly if you’ve decided on vinyl siding. Vinyl is susceptible to cracking at colder temperatures or warping at warmer temperatures, so make sure your project is finished before the temperature changes too much.
If you have questions, please call one of our qualified sales personnel for a consultation. With years of experience in the field, we’re looking forward to helping answer any of your questions.