Re-siding is a major expense. Despite its wonderful benefits, you must make the right choices to reduce risk.
From determining when to buy new siding to avoiding incompetent contractors, here are the key things you need to know:
Two Red Flags Could Suffice
At Twin Cities Siding Professionals, we always say that re-siding is all about timing. If you do it too soon, you would waste the remaining serviceable years of your old siding system. If you do it too late, you might leave your home vulnerable to severe water damage.
Apart from old age, only red flags justify the replacement. Sagging, cracking, blistering, buckling, fading or, worse, missing panels could indicate that your current siding is shot. Water stains, evidence of insect infestation and signs of rot could also be a call for replacement.
If two or more of these causes for concern are present, it’s no longer worth it to spend on a siding repair.
Maintaining Old Siding Isn’t Financially Sensible
As your siding wears, the costlier it becomes to maintain. Its upkeep cycle shortens with time, causing you to spend money to fix minor problems more often. Since these periodic expenses quickly add up, it would make financial sense to invest in new siding with minimal maintenance requirements.
Material Performance Varies
Siding comes in an array of materials, which perform differently, too. By and large, masonry and fiber cement are two of the toughest options on the market. They deliver superior resistance to flame, moisture, win, and ice, and are impervious to pest infestation. However, fiber cement is more attractive because it appeals to all budgets.
Contractors Are Not Equal
If you want to buy Hardie® siding, hiring just anybody won’t do. Hire a James Hardie® Elite Preferred Remodeler to guarantee flawless work and get robust product protection. If you choose a non-certified contractor to skimp on labor, failures due to poor workmanship are bound to happen.
At Twin Cities Siding Professionals, we take pride in being one of the most trusted certified contractors by James Hardie. In addition, we carry adequate insurance and offer our very own 10-year written guarantee on installation labor.
To talk about your siding needs in St. Paul, call us today at (651) 967-0873 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation, in-home evaluation and estimate.