Siding Your Home - Angieslist
Replacing old or damaged siding on your house with new siding can enhance your home’s curb appeal if you’re trying to sell it, or add long-term value if you’re planning to stay for several years
Homeowners must weigh the pros and cons of the different siding types and choose what best fits their personal tastes and budgets. Homeowners can choose from a variety of siding options to fit their needs. Wood, vinyl and fiber-cement are the most popular choices.
Siding material options:
- Wood: Offers a nice aesthetic appeal to many homeowners but can be pricey, inviting to insects and requires more maintenance than other siding types. The cost of wood generally is $6 to $8 per square foot.
- Vinyl: Easy-to-maintain, low-cost option and doesn’t rot or wear like wood, but it can crack, chip and fade over time, all of which is unsightly and can detract from your home’s curb appeal. The cost of vinyl is generally $3 to $5 per square foot.
- Aluminum: More rigid than vinyl, but can dent and is being phased out. The cost of aluminum is about $5 to $7 per square foot.
- Fiber cement: Has more of a wood appearance and is more durable than vinyl, has become the preferred choice of homeowners in recent years, but typically costs more than vinyl. Fiber cement is fire resistant. The cost of fiber cement is about $6 to $7 per square foot.
Siding Installation Tips:
- At first glance, installing siding may look simple – but if installed improperly, you could void your manufacturer’s warranty.
- Adding siding yourself is also risky – it poses physical dangers, mostly from ladder falls.
- That being said, if you hire a company, choose a siding contractor who specializes in the siding product you choose – or they too could void the warranty, and choose a company who is insured should an accident occur on your property.
- Siding installation can take anywhere from one week to three weeks; depending on the type of material and the amount of trim accessories you need installed.
- Siding is no more mess than a roofing job. You’ll likely have a dumpster on site. Ask the crew how they will clean up the job site each day.
Signs that it’s time to replace your siding:
- It’s a good idea to take a walk, once a year, around your house and check your siding.
- Look for signs of deterioration, rot, or missing pieces. For vinyl siding, check for fading and cracking.
- If it’s time to replace your siding, don’t put it if off – replacing siding will help give your home another shield from the elements.
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