There comes a point when superficial measures like a new coat of paint will no longer revive aged, deteriorated siding. If the structure of your dwelling lasts long enough, the chances are good that you will eventually want (or need) to replace the siding. When that day comes, here are 5 considerations keep in mind:
Fact 1: Your siding will tell you when it needs to be replaced.
There are certain warning signs that will indicate to you that your siding is past the point of skin-deep repairs and needs replacement. Visible deterioration and warping, the appearance of mold and mildew, fading and dry rot are all external red flags that eventually become impossible to ignore.
Inside the home, effects such as high cooling and heating costs and peeling paint or wallpaper on interior walls are also indicators that siding is no longer performing its primary function of protecting the structure against outdoor elements.
Fact 2: There are innumerable options when it comes to great siding.
The choice of siding material offers numerous alternatives. A local, trusted contractor is a good source for a professional opinion about what type is best suited to stand up to your local climate. Also, consider how much time you’re willing to spend for periodic upkeep. Wood siding, for example, typically requires the most care while vinyl is the least maintenance-intensive option.
Fact 3: The color makes a difference.
Where summer heat makes air conditioning costs spiral, choosing a lighter shade of siding material that reflects heat instead of absorbing it helps reduce the home’s cooling load. This in turn increases energy efficiency as well as indoor comfort.
Fact 4: Some siding can be altered after installation.
New siding is an element that provides the most dramatic transformation to your home’s appearance. If you want a new look in the future, wooden siding can always be sanded and repainted or re-stained.
Vinyl siding is a little more difficult to alter (simply adding a “new coat” might not wear well).
Fact 5: Siding comes with both short term and long term investment payoffs.
Financial considerations are always an important factor in any home improvement decision. In addition to the upfront cost, however, consider also the long-term financial benefits of new siding. The considerable enhancement to your home’s market value may ultimately more than offset the initial expense of new siding.
Talk to the Professionals
For more information on choosing the right siding and roofing materials for your home, contact Victors Roofing. We service the home improvement needs of Canton, Ann Arbor, and the surrounding area.