Residential siding comes in all shapes and sizes, which can make the siding replacement process an overwhelming experience for homeowners who are doing this for the first time. In today’s post, let local home remodeler Empire Roofing & More help you with this discussion of things to consider when choosing new siding.
Siding is a major part of your home’s exterior. The siding with the right style, color, and material can dramatically boost your home’s curb appeal. This is why you should take all the time you need to choose color combinations and styles. Take the time to research the options that are associated with your home style, obtain siding samples, compare colors, and ultimately make sure it will work with the rest of the exterior.
Siding can be made from wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, among other options. Each has its own pros and cons, all of which you have to consider. Popular options like vinyl and fiber cement are known for their low maintenance requirements and wide selection of factory-applied colors. Wood shake and clapboard siding offers a natural look that’s hard to replicate, but they have high maintenance requirements. Most roofers and siding contractors offer several options, and can help you choose the right siding for your home.
Think about how much effort you are willing to expend keeping your siding looking good. As we touched upon above, traditional siding made of wood needs more maintenance work to prevent moisture damage. This means you should be able to keep up with scraping and repainting every few years or so. Low maintenance options like vinyl have molded-in colors that do not require paint at all, though you have to pick quality siding, otherwise you might end up with siding that obviously look like plastic.
The right kind of siding can help improve your home’s energy efficiency by augmenting exterior wall insulation. This helps reduce thermal transfer and maintain indoor temperatures, which helps reduce the workload on your heating and cooling systems and keep your utility bills low. Ask your contractor for insulated siding options.
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