From Renee Rutledge on October 26, 2011 in Siding
Replacing your siding is one of the most dramatic ways to improve the exterior curb appeal of your home. Not to mention that it helps maintain the structural integrity of your home through the years. This is a large project that can come with a lot of questions, but its worth pushing forward to get a tough, new coat of armor for your home by winter.
Were here to walk you through the project.
Where to Look for Estimates?
To get a rough estimate of what your project will cost you, you will need to compare a few professional siding bids.
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Note: while some siding boasts easier DIY installment, it’s always good to have a professional complete such an important home improvement task.
Which Siding is Right?
You may be wondering which siding types are best for your home. Indeed, there are many choices out there. The basic materials that have been around forever include stucco, solid board, brick, stone, and shingles and shakes. You also have a choice among vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum and seamless steel.
Keep in mind that certain areas of the country are better off with extreme-weather siding. For instance, if you live in a high-humidity climate, you might want to shy away from brick and stone veneer siding, which mimics the look of actual brick or stone but comes in a solid sheet and creates a small pocket between the siding and the house itselfwhich encourages mold.
On the other hand, hot and dry desert climates might want to avoid the fire hazard of wood. You can talk to a local siding contractor in your area to find out which types are right for your home’s region.
When to Start?
Also consider your timing. Because winter months (and often rainy spring months) are difficult for an exterior project, particularly siding, fall is a great time to complete the project. You may get a less expensive contractor bid today than during the summer, when demand is greater. Plus, you’ll be ready to go when slushy, icky winter weather hits.
It’s best to create a timeline that helps your siding contractor understand their constraints, and keeps your project, not to mention siding costs, on track for a timely late-fall finish. It is possible, but you should start as soon as you can to get your new siding in place and looking great.
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