Coming to terms with a decision to redo your exterior siding isn’t easy.
Siding replacement involves a lengthy and invasive construction process, but it’s also an important task that may result in significant savings over time.
Here are several reasons to replace the siding on your home:
1. Your Siding Is No Longer Functional
Although this should go without saying, many homeowners choose to keep their cracked, warped, or environmentally mottled siding due to budget constraints or lack of time. However, it’s important to keep in mind that damaged siding is also non-functional siding. It will not insulate or protect your home to the extent that newer siding can. This may result in higher energy expenditures or even pest and pathogen issues, all of which can increase the costs of your future bills and home maintenance.
2. Your Siding Is Comprised of Inferior Materials
Siding has become a highly competitive market with certain options offering more for their cost than others. Is your siding:
• Heat and warp resistant?
• Mold and pest resistant?
• Color fade resistant?
• Moisture resistant?
Fiber cement composites outdo their vinyl competitors on almost every level. The repairs and maintenance of certain siding options make their initial budget-friendly price absolutely moot in the long run.
3. You’re Breeding Bugs or Fungus
Termite damage or black mold spores are issues that cannot go ignored for simple safety reasons. Termites destroy the structural integrity of a home, and black mold, as well as many types of fungal spores, are airborne toxins. It wouldn’t make sense to allow the situation to fester, which is why replacing your current siding for a material that’s more mold and pest-repellant is the safer option.
4. Increasing Maintenance Costs
Does it seem like you’re always doling out funds for new paint jobs or siding repairs? This is likely because the siding option you chose does not hold color well, and the material is highly vulnerable to heat, weather, and sunlight. Cheaper siding materials most often result in higher labor and maintenance costs. Products such as fiber cement siding are not only known for their ability to keep paint, but their extreme weather-resistant qualities make them the lowest maintenance option currently on the market.
5. You Want to Increase the Value of Your Home
Siding can last anywhere from ten years to half a decade, depending on the material. However, if you’re looking to put your home up for sale, re-siding your home can increase its value more than marginally. Advertising quality products such as fiber cement siding for your home sale lets buyers know that exterior maintenance is not in their near future.
Siding exists to protect and insulate your home. If your current siding is showing signs of damage, incurring considerable repair costs, or has simply fallen off the side of your home, you are no longer reaping the benefits of a well-sided home. Don’t wait until your energy bills bloat or your home is overrun with pathogenic mold. Keep in mind that solid upfront choices will lead to better long term results. So, select your siding carefully so that you won’t have to make a similar decision ten years from today.
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