Questions to ask… When Buying New Siding

Ready to get new siding? Remember siding protects your home from damage, as well as provides exterior appeal. When it comes time to repair or replace it, you should take time to find out just what you want from it. Your exterior siding should say something about your home, but also guard against the weather or occasional hockey puck or baseball.

What types of siding are there?

3 Questions When Buying New Siding For Your HomeSurely you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning your exterior. If not, stone and brick are your top choices, as they require the least amount of cleaning. Concrete doesn’t require that much cleaning, and it does not rot or need painted, unless you’re looking to give it a cosmetic overhaul.

Cedar shakes do not rot, but need constant pressure washing and stained every so often. If you don’t feel like painting, vinyl and aluminum may be good choices, but both are prone to bends and cracks. If you love to paint, Masonite and clap board require it every eight to 10 years and more frequently if not done professionally.

What are the benefits of Siding?

Siding is available in eight categories: brick or stone; wood or cedar shakes; vinyl or aluminum; Masonite or concrete; stucco; artificial brick or stone; clap board; or steel or vinyl coatings. The cost, benefits and disadvantages of each vary. Are you planning to live in the home for a long time?

If you’re having trouble deciding what kind to go with, take a look at what the rest of the neighborhood has. This will give you an idea as to what kind of siding could lower the value of your home. Maybe the rest of the block uses higher end siding, like stone or brick, and if you choose a vinyl exterior, you could inadvertently decrease your home’s worth.

Will the siding last a long time?

Siding is not cheap, and you’ll want to ensure that whatever choice you make will last you for a long time. Ask your siding contractor whether they offer any warranties or protection plans should your siding need repaired or replaced.

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