Home improvement needs arise throughout the year, and now that the weather is warmer, you can finally put your plans into action and upgrade your property. To help you get started, we’re here to discuss with you different home improvement projects you can undertake, starting with siding replacement.
Signs You Need Siding Replacement
Your home’s exterior is extremely important. It is one of the first things that people notice and it also does a great deal in keeping your home protected against the elements and maintaining energy efficiency. Aged siding is more than just an eyesore — it can also pave the way for home damage and reduced overall function. Call a siding contractor quick if you spot the following signs:
- Bubbling or blistering
- Hail damage
- Outdated or fading color
- Wildlife or pest damage
- Dry rot
- Loose siding panels
- Peeling paint
- High energy bills
By deciding to replace your siding, you are not only enhancing your home’s curb appeal and value, but you’re also getting rid of issues that can lead to serious damage.
Siding Options: Fiber Cement vs. Other Materials
Today, different siding materials are available to you, each offering their own set of advantages. One option though has been steadily gaining popularity: fiber cement. Let’s see how it fares compared to other siding materials.
- Vinyl. Vinyl siding’s best features are ease of maintenance and affordability. Unlike fiber cement siding, however, which is also easy to maintain, it is weak against constantly changing temperatures which makes it prone to brittleness and cracking down the line.
- Wood. Wood siding is unparalleled when it comes to beauty and this comes at a price. It is also durable but requires a lot of maintenance to keep performing well. Fiber cement siding can be made to look like wood, allowing it to harness the material’s beauty but none of the high maintenance it needs.
- Aluminum. Aluminum siding boasts of the same level of durability and affordability as vinyl siding. However, fiber cement siding is tougher than vinyl, so it is also better than aluminum siding when it comes to withstanding outdoor threats.
- Brick. Brick siding’s best selling points are beauty and durability. However, brick siding is heavy, meaning it can require additional construction to support a new installation, which can be inconvenient. Fiber cement siding can also be made to look like brick siding so you can take advantage of the look the material without the need for additional construction. It is also durable, lasting up to 50 years with minimal maintenance.
Aside from siding replacement, you can also get new windows to improve your home. Head on over to Part 2 of this blog series to learn more!