Siding in years past hasn’t exactly been easy to maintain. From the power-washing to sanding to painting, most homeowners are sick and tired of all the upkeep. Fortunately, new trends in siding are bringing some much-needed relief for weary homeowners everywhere.
A report released by the American Institute of Architects shows a dramatic increase in new siding materials for the home—materials such as fiber cement board and stone. And according to the 2009 and 2010 Cost vs. Value Report, this type of remodeling project brings one of the highest returns. For example, new siding offers a 23% higher return than a garage addition, and a 15% higher return than adding a second story to your home.
So what do you need to look at before redoing your siding? Here are a few tips.
#1 – Know when to replace.
If your siding is showing signs of deterioration, like sagging cracking, buckling or blistering, you should consider replacing everything. Vinyl, for instance, is extremely hard to color-match and can be difficult to replace, so fixing certain spots probably isn’t worth it.
Also, figure out how long your siding is supposed to last before spending cash to fix it. If it’s on the older side, it might be cheaper to purchase new siding than keep patching what you already have.
#2 – Watch your curb appeal.
When it comes to upping your curb appeal, re-siding might be the simplest option. But when choosing your material, don’t just look at the price out the door. Fiber cement, for instance, may cost more, but holds up much better than vinyl in the long run.
Fiber-cement siding also comes with choices that vinyl siding does not. Boards can be made to resemble wood or stucco and can come in a variety of colors that are guaranteed not to chip, peel, or crack.
Most importantly, consult a contractor to pick the best type of siding for your home. There are options out there—it’s just a matter of picking the right one for you.
Consumer Reports offers information about your siding options. And for the visual people out there, James Hardie has a cool design tool that shows you what your home would look like with various types of new siding. Have fun!