After a while, the effects of sun, wind, rain, and storms can cause significant damage to your home's siding, and you're going to have to replace it. But there's a lot to consider before buying new siding willy-nilly -- you have to know your home's current condition, the cost and labor required to replace your siding, and you have to make the decision on what type of siding you're going to stick on your house for the next decade or two before it's time to replace it again. If you're looking for all the information required before replacing your siding, then here's what you need to know.
Clean Bill of (Home) Health
It's usually pretty obvious when your siding needs to be replaced -- signs include warping, molding, and discoloration -- but you need to make sure that any problems with your siding haven't made their way to the structure of your home itself. Check around the windows of your home; the siding there is easier to peel off and get a look behind for any leaking or molds. Repeat this all around your home -- tiny, cosmetic problems on one part of your siding are one thing, but extensive damage will manifest itself in more than one place, and you want to make sure your structure is sound before applying new siding.
Costs Upon Costs
The next thing to decide on is whether or not to have a professional install your siding or whether you can do it yourself. While this decision does depend partly on what type of siding you decide on (more on that below), it's also worth taking into account the cost of both tearing down the old and putting up new siding if you hire out. The costs of paying for labor are often offset by the contractor taking upon themselves the burden of disposing of the old material, which can be costly to dump. However, if you're ready to tackle this project by yourself, make sure you're aware that the standard cost of materials will be added to by the cost of tools and your time.
Style is Everything
Finally, before you go tearing chunks of your home's siding off, you'll need to decide what it's going to be replaced with. The four general categories of siding are wood, aluminum, vinyl, and the relatively new invention of fiber cement. Wood looks timeless and can be matched to any decor, but does take a lot of upkeep to keep it looking nice. Aluminum is less finicky and less expensive than wood, but does tend to dent easily. Vinyl is easy to take care of, cheap, and comes in any color under the sun, but is prone to warping and/or cracking under extreme weather. Fiber cement looks like wood without wood's drawbacks, but is easily the most expensive option, clocking in at $3-$5 per square foot. Click here for more information on siding replacement.Share
26 August 2015
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