Siding is one of your home's most critical parts, yet not every homeowner gives it the attention that it needs. When well maintained, your siding can last a long time, keep your home insulated, and give your property some curb appeal. However, if you neglect your siding, wear and tear can quickly show, which may require you to replace it.
If you’re considering new siding, many positive benefits can come with the change. Your property value may increase, your electricity bills could decrease, and your home might have a new wow factor.
Since getting new siding for your home is a major project and investment, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Here are the signs it’s time to replace your siding.
Your siding is damaged
Most homeowners consider updating their siding when there are visible signs of damage. If you come across cracked or loose boards, you’ll want to do a thorough inspection of your home's exterior. If it’s just one or two spots that are affected, you can probably hold off on a replacement, but if multiple areas of your siding are showing damage, including rot, you’ll want to start thinking about your options.
Damage to your siding needs to be taken seriously as it can affect the quality of your home. Those cracks you see or any rotting you notice could let water seep into your home. If that happens, it could end up being a costly repair job. Don’t forget to inspect your siding after any significant weather storm, especially hail. If there’s significant damage, such as dents, chips, or cracks, you may need a replacement.
You’re concerned about your electricity bills
What many people don’t realize is that your siding may be directly related to your electricity bills. If you’ve ever noticed drafts near your walls, windows, or even electrical outlets, this could be a sign that something needs to be done. Getting additional insulation can help, but new siding may also be required, especially if you know that your current siding is quite dated. With the right siding, you may see the cost of your energy bills decrease since your home could have better insulation after the change.
You’re tired of the constant maintenance
Depending on the type of siding you have, where you live, and the weather your home is exposed to, your siding may need regular maintenance. Although your siding color shouldn’t change much over time, it may need a good paint job every so often. If you’re finding that you need to repaint every year due to peeling, chipping, or cracking, you’ll probably want to think of a longer-term solution.
When getting new siding, you have many different styles and materials available these days. While all of them will help protect your home, some types of siding require less maintenance than others. Vinyl siding has become a popular choice for homeowners since the materials are easy to clean and can create a modern look for your home. If you go for the classic wood look, you’ll definitely need to give it extra tender love and care.
Choosing new siding for maintenance reasons is not a bad idea. Some homeowners may not want to put in the extra work, while others may not be as mobile, making maintenance difficult.
You want to increase your property value
One of the main reasons homeowners consider new siding is that it may increase their home's property value. Suppose that you plan on selling your property soon, and your home still has its original siding which has seen better days. Getting new siding installed before you list your home could increase your property value.
The increase in value depends on the materials, quality, and style. When speaking to a home installation expert, it’s important to ask them for their expert advice. They can advise you on the popular trends, how much it’ll cost you to get new siding, and what would be a good choice for your home. If you didn’t know, Sam’s Club Members get a 10% discount off Fair Market Value Estimate*.
Even if you don’t plan on selling soon, new siding can bring joy and better curb appeal to your home.
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