When it comes to individuals, the inside matters the most. This statement is not true when it comes to your home. If you want your house to look its best, the exterior should be given as much importance as the interior. When you think about it, your house’s exterior is the first thing you will see every time you go home. First impression is also important to guests who are coming to visit you, your friends and even your neighbors. One element that could make a lot of difference in your homes exterior is the siding.
There are two major reasons why property owners change their siding – if it has been damaged or is starting to deteriorate or if you just want to rejuvenate your home’s exterior. According to Tara Dawn, owner of Opal Enterprises, most of her clients decided to change because of the first reason. This happens when they buy a home that is over 30 years old and the existing sidings are almost deteriorating and there is a risk of water infiltration. Exterior siding needs to be changed when needed because these are often subjected to harsh elements such as storms, heat of the sun and human actions.
Dawn said that if your siding is damaged in only a single spot, you might consider patching it but the problem is that there are not many companies who will do the job. The contractor considers patching as a liability. Another problem is that it is hard to find a new siding that will match the color or the exact sidings in your home. Majority of home professionals would just let it sit until everything can be changed as long as there are no risks of leaks and water damage.
There are various materials used in exterior siding but the most common are vinyl, composite board, fiber cement and cedar. Out of all the options, vinyl is the most affordable, fastest to install and it has the highest insulation. Cedar is recommended for rejuvenating your home because of the beautiful wood but is can be quite expensive and requires high maintenance.