Stan Banker, Homeowner: “We decided to replace the siding because of the deterioration and the curling of the t1 and we were a little concerned about the insulation and the protection of the house. I had done some smaller repairs and I knew I was going to have to do those again so I decided to instead of doing those temporary repairs I would begin to look into something that would be long lasting and be able to serve us for the next 15–20 years.”
David Mills, Re-Side Inc.: “Usually the signs are peeling paint, a soft or rotten wood, or water that’s coming into the house. With vinyl siding it’s siding that’s blown off or it’s siding that has been melted by the grill, or siding that’s been damaged by a hailstorm.”
Angie Hicks, Anige’s List founder: “On a siding project, you are going to expect about an 80 percent return on investment. Again, this is a project that you’re not going to realize the return right away. You’re going to have to live in the house a few years – so it’s not what you want to do right when you are going to sell the house, but think about it a little bit ahead of then.”
David Mills, Re-Side Inc.: “I grew up in a house that was built in 1875 from hardwoods that came from the property. Today you really can’t get wood of that quality. The only siding that I’ll install today is fiber cement siding because of it’s longevity, it’s warrantied for 30 years for labor and material, and then it’s ability to hold paint, resist rot, and resist impact from things like hailstorms.”
Stan Banker, Homeowner: “We like the fiber cement siding because it was a product that seemed to be able to last a good length of time, and it protected us from some common problems such as mold and it would protect us from not being able to deteriorate in the future and it was a long lasting product and of course with siding on the house you don’t want to have to do it every 5-10 years you want something that will last a long time.”
Angie’s List tips:
- Average price varies between $10,000 & $18,000
- Price determined by material; size of the house
Common Siding Options
- Fiber cement: Looks similar to wood; more durable than vinyl; easy to maintain; more expensive.
- Vinyl: Easy to maintain; low-cost option; can crack and fade over time.
- Wood: Offers nice aesthetic appeal, but can be pricey; inviting to insects; needs regular maintenance.