Expert Guide to Siding Replacement
What are my siding options?
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is sort of like the chameleon of the siding world. It can have many different styles and colors. It can mimic wood, stone, or stucco, all while being virtually bulletproof. All of these benefits come with a higher price tag than vinyl or aluminum, but most suppliers like James Hardie and LP SmartSide offer great warranties of up to 50 years.
Cedar Shingle Siding
This type of siding is a very traditional choice and it is made of natural cedar wood. It can be stained to be different colors too. This option can be a great alternative of clapboard siding as it is easier to repair damages.
Wood Clapboard Siding
This siding has been around for a very long time, due to its charming look and longevity. Some people want authentic look and feel of real wood, versus the engineered look alike siding. Moisture is wood siding’s worst nightmare. So, if you chose this option you will want to stain and check for damage periodically.
Steel siding is extremely durable. It doesn’t shift like other siding options. If you are looking for a modern feel, steel siding is a fantastic choice.
Vinyl siding is one of the cheapest siding options. It is fairly durable and when parts become damaged and faded (which they will in a matter of years) they are easy to replace. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors, but usually the same smooth design.
Aluminum siding is similar to vinyl in the way that it is on the less expensive side, but it has some serious faults. Aluminum siding can be easily dented and will fade. It is also not a very green option.
How long will it take to replace my siding?
The average two story home siding project will take about two weeks. This includes removing your existing siding and any final touches. Your home will be protected by a weatherproof barrier at this time.
Does new siding increase home value?
Yes! You should expect around an 85% return with new siding. Your home will most likely sell quicker with new siding. The more expensive siding option, the better.
How can I tell if I need new siding?
Visible warps or cracks
High energy bills
Bubbles under the surface
How much does new siding cost?
Engineered wood - $$
Fiber cement: - $$
Vinyl Siding - $
Steel Siding - $$
Aluminum siding - $
Wood Clapboard siding - $$
Cedar Shingle siding - $$
Do your research and get bids
Start to look up local companies in your area, their reviews, credentials (insurance and licenses), and get a couple of bids. Then, look at all of the bids together and think about your interactions with the companies. Do not simply pick the lowest bid- that can lead to a disaster.
What to look for in a siding contractor:
Certified installers for the top brands (James Hardie & LP SmartSide)
Who will be working for you
Years in business
Hopefully, this guide has helped you with your siding endeavors. If you have any additional questions feel free to reach out by filling out our contact form or giving us a call.
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