When is it time to replace your home’s siding?
Maintaining your home’s exterior will boost your curb appeal and your property value. Not only is your home’s exterior the first thing people notice about your house, it’s also the first thing you notice every time you come home. You want your home to be aesthetically pleasing for your own enjoyment and make sure the siding is protecting it from the harsh elements. Here are some tell-tale signs you might need new siding:
– You notice loose, cracked or damaged siding
– You’ve noticed a spike in your heating and cooling bills
– There is peeling paint or loose wall paper inside the home
– You’ve found fungus and mold growth
Siding contractors will offer a variety of siding options that will help you get your home’s exterior back into it’s best shape, protect your home from the climate and ensure it’s performing at maximum energy efficiency.
Types of Exterior Siding
There are a variety of different siding materials available. Your siding contractor will help you choose the siding that is right for you home, suits your personal taste and will have as few issues as possible in the future. Siding options include:
Vinyl: Vinyl siding is a popular choice for residential properties. High tech materials combined with modern manufacturing techniques have made vinyl a smart and affordable choice for exterior siding. Not only is less expensive than other types of siding, it is also very durable and virtually maintenance free. Vinyl siding offers great versatility as it’s available in a huge array of colours, textures and profiles. Vinyl siding is also energy efficient.
Stucco: Stucco has also been a popular choice for exterior siding. It is very durable, easily outlasting wood and vinyl and can withstand extremely hot or cold temperatures. It requires little to no maintenance, never has to be painted or reinstalled. It’s also resistant to fire, rot, mildew and mold. It is a little more expensive than vinyl or fibre cement siding but since it lasts so long it is worth the investment. Stucco isn’t recommended in extremely rainy climates as it doesn’t repel water quite as good as vinyl or fibre cement siding.
Fibre cement: Fibre cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and wood fibres. It can mimic the look of wood or masonry siding, but it wears like concrete and can survive the toughest climates. Not only does it look sharp, but it is long-lasting with minimal upkeep and resistant to rot, fire and pests. Fibre cement is an affordable and attractive option.
Cedar: Cedar siding will give your home a warm, inviting and natural appeal. It is very attractive and is more resistant to rot, bacteria and mildew than other types of wood. You can choose from a variety of finishes and the siding is available in a variety of patterns too. Cedar does require more maintenance than the other siding options. It will have to be cleaned regularly and it’s a good idea to paint or finish your cedar siding at least once every 4 or 5 years to keep it looking great. Cedar is also a great insulator and can help prevent the loss of heat in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer. Cedar is a more expensive option and you should also consider the cost of on-going future maintenance when making your decision.
Cellular composite: This cellular PVC siding can mimic authentic wood siding right down to the look and touch of it. It requires virtually no maintenance, is lightweight, offers optimal thermal performance and weather resistance. You’ll never have to worry about it fading, deteriorating, warping or having to paint it. It is a superior siding product and worth considering.