The primary purpose of your home's siding is to protect the home, along with foundation and contents within it. It protects the home from rain, snow, wind, and any other strong weather elements. When it is colder, a well installed siding can protect the interior of the home from the cold weather outside. It can also help keep in the heat that is produced for your home, so you can stay warm and comfortable in the winter. Another purpose of the siding is to add beauty to your home. Since the siding takes up a majority of the homes exterior, the attractiveness is an added appeal to any resident. There are many different types of siding and each type has its unique character and appearnace with some requiring maintenance and the other none whatsoever. Schedule a consultation today to find out how you can improve your homes value and save on your energy costs.
RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF A SIDING PROBLEM
If your siding is failing, water is more than likely going to find a way into the frame of your home. Moisture that is trapped there can lead to the wood rotting, mold growth, and other interior damage. This can lead to larger problem with the interior walls down the road. Also, the siding can act as a shield from insects and other extreme weather conditions. By having siding on your home, you can help ensure proper protection to your homes interior. It can help preserve the infrastructure, which can deteriorate with the wear and tear of the environment. Timely siding replacements and fixes can actually save you money on repair bills in the long run.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE SIDING
If you're unsure if new siding might be needed for your home, here are some signs you can look for. If there is warping in the old siding, you may need to have it replaced soon. You may start to notice the siding starting to bend and pull away from the surface of the home. This means that rain water and moisture could be getting behind or underneath the siding, and causing damage to it. There may also be a sign of interior damage in your home. There may be peeling paint or loose and sagging wallpaper in a room. This can be caused from moisture getting between the siding and the framework of the home. There may be signs of small green or black patches on the siding itself. These spots are usually found on the shady side of the home. This can also indicate a moisture problem you have in your home. If you feel along the siding and notice any place that gives in slightly, you may have soft spots. This can be a sign there are rotting boards behind the siding, and should be fixed as soon as possible.
THE BENEFITS OF REPLACING YOUR SIDING
One of the most obvious benefits of siding is the protection that it offers your home from the elements.
Siding helps keeps bugs and other pests where they belong – away from your home.
Siding obviously keeps water and pests away, but it also offers protection from harmful UV rays and wind, which would otherwise weather, age and even tear away the layers of insulation that help your home retain hot and cold air all throughout the year. Some siding style have extra built in insulation for more coverage with a tight seamless fit to the home.
Lastly, and perhaps the most obvious value of siding, is the added curb appeal that comes with every siding job. Weather you're trying to sell your home or just want to update the styling, the return of investment is strong. Book a complimentary consultation today to find out more.
TYPES OF SIDING WE INSTALL
Commonly used for bungalow, Cape Cod and cottage exteriors, wood siding offers a rich look and is durable if maintained properly. If you are attracted to this look keep in mind that it requires periodic maintenance to prevent weather damage.
Wood siding comes in clapboard as well as shakes and shingles. Clapboard siding uses planks of wood installed horizontally with an upper piece that overlaps the lower piece. Western red cedar and redwood, woods known for being attractive and durable, are considered the best choices.More uniform in appearance but thinner than shakes, shingles give you a smooth and consistent look.
Offering the look of masonry, stucco or wood at a lower cost, fiber-cement siding has become a popular siding choice for many homeowners. Fiber-cement siding is low-maintenance, non-flammable and termite-resistant. Available in a range of styles and textures, factory painting or finishes are highly recommended.
The low cost, versatility and easy maintenance of vinyl siding has helped it become the most popular siding choice in the United States. The variety of colors and styles available helps explain this siding's popularity. With a variety spread ranging from all popular siding styles from the past century there is a style for everyone's taste and budget. Some options have built in insulation features that will help better your home's energy efficiency. Most manufactures offer lifetime warranties on their materials.