Siding is an incredibly prominent—but often forgotten—element of a home's exterior. It protects a home against the elements, it creates attractive curb appeal for the exterior, and—according to Consumer Reports—it can even make it easier to sell your home. Because of the work siding does to protect a home's exterior, homes with older siding may need to have it replaced with higher performing, new siding. If you are a homeowner interested in listing a home in the near future, new siding can protect your investment and boost curb appeal.
Learn more about the advantages of professionally installed new siding for your home.
Deterioration and Damage over Time
There are times when power washing is not enough to get your old siding looking like new. Current shingles or siding panels can become cracked or loose. This can permit insects and moisture easy entry under the siding and may affect the supportive woodwork and envelope within a home. There are different types of siding now available to you when previous siding has become faded under ultraviolet light or be less resistant to windstorm forces. When it comes time to sell, you can repair and replace loose shingles and damaged siding with properly installed siding to protect your home and make it look like new. Different types of siding are available, including vinyl siding, plastic siding, fiber cement siding and wood siding.
Siding Comes in Many Styles
Depending on your preference, there are various types of siding that can capture a specific home aesthetic. Homes with wood shingles or clapboard may twist, burn, and be susceptible to insects and rot. A siding professional can replace old wood shingles with new wood siding or with fiber cement siding. The benefits of fiber cement siding are that it is both insect- and fire-proof. Homeowners can choose from factory-primed, pre-painted wood siding or fiber cement siding options. Factory finishes may help new siding last longer. These types of siding may protect and enhance the look of traditional homes.
Plastic siding comes in both shakes and shingles. This type of siding requires little upkeep and is more resistance than vinyl siding to impacts when the weather turns cold. You may want to invest in plastic siding if you want the look of cedar and experience significant amounts of cold weather in your region. Plastic siding is more expensive than vinyl siding but offers additional benefits to homeowners.
Vinyl siding is an affordable choice for new siding that has become the most popular siding choice. Vinyl does not require painting. It will not warp. It is not vulnerable to water and insects. However, vinyl may crack, melt or burn. You need to think about your preferences and the appearance of homes in the immediate neighborhood before making a final choice on the type of new siding that would best suit the look of a home and your budget.
Re-siding Adds to Home Value
Adding new siding is considered one of the best choices to improve home value. Your decision to replace or re-side your home can increase resale value, according to recent findings. In addition to boosting curb appeal, re-siding can also serve to control energy costs.
Depending on the type of siding chosen and the size of the project, re-siding projects can increase home value from approximately 78.1 percent to 87 percent of the cost of the project. Resale value for this type of exterior project continues to hold steady. You can recoup much of your investment when closing on a well-maintained home in a seller’s market.
Improve the Appeal of Your Home
Cracked or discolored siding needs some attention as it can be a major turn-off to potential buyers. New siding make your home more attractive to potential buyers and reduce your energy costs.
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