When a homeowner is considering to make a change in the exterior of the home and install siding, there are many common concerns. Maybe the biggest reason a homeowner has decided on siding is over maintenance concerns. One thing most people will agree on is the fact that maintaining a home’s exterior can be a draining process, especially as time goes by and simple band-aid solutions don’t cut it any longer.
By choosing siding for your home, you haven’t ended the decision process quite yet. You should examine some of the issues involved. Here are the biggest things a homeowner will face.
1. Will your home’s overall look take a big hit? In the case of older homes, there might be a type of wooden plank siding already existing. Any homeowner who has lived in such a home is aware that the care and expense involved in maintenance is practically never-ending. Should you switch to a synthetic material? Ultimately, it will come down to the amount of importance you place on traditional looks and authenticity. There are some options that bridge the gap between vinyl and classic wood.
2. You must decide if the aluminum siding is the best thing for you at the moment. Whether you had an aluminum exterior already on your home when you purchased it, or used it as a quick upgrade for deteriorating wood, you should think about its feasibility in the present. If you are considering selling your home, aluminum will probably set you back considerably in value, while an upgrade could send the price in the opposite direction.
3. If choosing vinyl, only trust a true professional for installation. Problems with vinyl siding have been noted when the installation process was botched. Buckling can occur and lead to the need for new sections as a way to cover it up. At the same time, there are a number of quality looks that can be achieved through the use of vinyl, making it a versatile option.
4. Will cement fiber stay within any budget? One of the newest options for exteriors is the cement fiber siding that lowers the maintenance significantly as well as vinyl but is made of recycled materials. Aesthetically speaking, cement fiber is a winning option. However, the cost may be prohibitive, as estimates could send any renovation project budget through the roof. Have a clear idea of the costs first.
5. What’s the overall impact? Any change to the exterior of your home will have an impact on energy costs, as the amount of heat or cold air going in or out will be affected. At the same time, your personal involvement with exterior maintenance will be affected, too. Figure out which option represents the best combination of cost, energy efficiency and look.