If you’ve reached the point where you need new siding on your home, you’re probably aware that you face dozens of options and considerations. Modern siding comes in many materials and styles, which can be daunting for any homeowner. Here are a few things to consider before starting your next siding project.
Consider Your Budget
Start by coming up with a total budget for your project, which will dictate which options and materials to pursue. Figure out the total square footage of the area you need to have sided to get an idea of how much material you’ll need. The price of siding depends on the total square footage of materials needed, so you’ll multiply your square footage by the base price of your chosen material.
Choose a Material
Siding comes in a variety of materials, from traditional vinyl siding to brick or cedar shake. Vinyl has a clear advantage in most American homes because it’s durable, versatile, and cheaper than other siding materials. Other options are brick, cedar shake, fiber cement board, or plaster.
Each different type of siding material has advantages and disadvantages, so choose carefully. Brick is expensive, doesn’t have many customized options, but does help insulate your home. Wood siding has a traditional, old-fashioned appeal, but is both costly and not as durable as vinyl or plaster.
Choose the best option for your budget and your home and consider how long you want your siding to last. Most siding products come with extended warranties. But some warranties are prorated, which means you pay more for repairs the longer the siding is on your home. Ask your salesperson for details about your product’s warranty.
Many people discount vinyl siding because they assume it doesn’t have as many options, or it won’t last as long as other materials. In recent years, vinyl siding industry innovations make vinyl the most popular choice on the market. Some brands now offer lifetime warranties, extra insulation, and a greater depth of color options than ever before.
Consult with your salesperson and consider your environment and climate to find the best option for you. Though all siding options offer certain advantages, some are better than others at providing insulation or boosting your home’s curb appeal. Some options even allow you to transfer your warranty to a new owner if you sell your home.
Factor in Timing
Finally, embarking on a new siding project is an involved process. The best time of the year to start on a new siding project is during the spring or fall, particularly if you’ve decided on vinyl siding. Vinyl is susceptible to cracking at colder temperatures or warping at warmer temperatures, so make sure your project is finished before the temperature changes too much.
If you have questions, please call one of our qualified sales personnel for a consultation. With years of experience in the field, we’re looking forward to helping answer any of your questions.