Re-siding your home offers a great opportunity to not only improve the visual appeal of the exterior, but also to boost your home's energy efficiency. The key to gaining these benefits is choosing the right material. There are a number of distinctive and attractive materials available for re-siding, so how do you know what to choose?
Further, there are some caveats that go along with selecting siding contractors that every homeowner should know about.
And remember, our REALTORS® can help advise you on all the right moves to make when you're getting ready to place your home among Ann Arbor homes for sale.
7 Tips for Re-siding Your Home
- To re-side or repair?
Should you re-side your home or repair your current siding? Sometimes existing siding can be touched up and repaired sufficiently to do the trick. The key is assessing modest-size damage or wear as compared to extensive areas that will require major replacement of siding. Whatever you decide, time is of the essence. Allowing cracks and rot to go unaddressed can allow moisture inside, which can compromise the home's structure.
- Choosing a consultant.
There are plenty of fly-by-night siding installers who will take your money and leave you holding the bag, so don't take the first low-priced estimate you get. Do some checking. How long has the installer been in business? Check references and referrals. Ask for examples of past jobs completed. Look for a website and proof that the installer is well established. Does the consultant have a business address you can visit? Ask about warranties and insurance.
- Opting for the most efficient siding.
If you're searching for a more efficient solution to clad your home, you should probably look no further than insulated vinyl. Vinyl, insulated or not, has a lot going for it, including a wide variety of colors and styles. It's easy to install and can be fitted over old siding. It's low maintenance, lightweight, long-lasting, and less expensive.Vinyl siding can also be quite energy efficient if insulated.
- Opting for high-maintenance siding.
Maybe you're in love with higher maintenance siding — wood, for instance. It's beautiful, for sure, but just know you're in for an annual inspection and maintenance, including restaining every two years and possible repainting every few years. The upside is it will a long time — a century, perhaps — if well maintained.
- Opting for durable, but needs-some-care siding.
Aluminum siding was all the rage at one time because of its great durability. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't scratch and dent and need some loving care and repainting after its enamel coat fades. The price is right, however, for this affordable choice.
- Opting for fiber cement/stucco siding.
Fiber cement/stucco siding is strong, durable, and weather-resistant, and it looks great. Plus, it needs no painting. However, it may not last as long as other types, in that it can crack and need repairs. Furthermore, it can be pricey as installation is tricky.
- Determining a contractor's level of expertise.
Once you choose your siding, determine your consultant's level of experience installing that material by discussing installation protocols. You should be familiar with the ins and outs of installation by this stage of the consultant interview process.
As with any home improvement project, there are some pitfalls involved with re-siding, but once you research your materials and do due diligence before hiring a consultant, your project should work out beautifully. Contact us for more tips.