What is the best home siding material?

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Time for new siding?

A home with siding can look wonderful, or it can look old and worn. Sometimes, home siding cleaning with a power wash can bring it back to life, sometimes it needs painting. Then other times, siding replacement, more expensive, but is the best option. 

If you like the appearance of your current wood siding looks, you can upgrade with a siding replacement with a home siding that looks like wood but is longer lasting. Today’s home siding benefits are various and will give you a bigger ROI than the old school siding that you may have now. 

What is siding on a house?

To enhance a home’s curb appeal and increase the value, home siding replacement is one of the top choices among homeowners.  Over the years, there have been a variety of siding materials, good ideas, and “what were we thinking?” ideas too. Still, there are a few that have come along and stayed. Asbestos siding has gone by the side and vinyl siding has replaced fiberglass and hardboard composite. Then there is a new kid on the block – fiber cement siding. 

Of the sidings are on the market today, the four most popular are: 

  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Metal Siding (Aluminum or Steel)
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Wood Siding

Is siding waterproof?

Because it has an overlapping profile with a standard interlocking system, there is a misbelief that vinyl siding is waterproof. It is not waterproof, but the horizontal pattern that vinyl replacement siding panels are installed, they shed nearly all the water away, which provides some water resistance. 

Believe no sales pitch that your vinyl siding is impervious to exterior moisture because it is not. There are some brands of siding replacement panels that have “weep holes” manufactured at the bottom of every projection edge. These small outlets important to help channel water away so it is less likely of finding its way to the inside of the siding wall through the panel seams or around a door, fixtures, moldings, and windows.

The weep holes also provide an infiltration of air that dries out the inner surface to promote evaporation of any moisture that makes its way in. Contractors will use a house wrap or insulation board as a secondary defense against moisture that can penetrate the siding and contact the sheathing.

Does siding increase home value?

Vinyl siding made the scene on American homes the late 1950s and into the early 60s. It was quick to knock aluminum siding off its reigning high seat. Then, we fell out of love with vinyl as it began to crack, sag creating a bad reputation.

That was then, this is today: A better-manufactured vinyl siding thanks to modern manufacturing techniques. It is an exceptionally high-performing, versatile material today, just what homeowners have wanted all along.

We’ve mentioned in this piece earlier how siding replacement adds value significantly to a home’s value, regardless if you choose fiber cement, foam-backed vinyl, or fiber cement. If siding replacement is something you’ve been considering for your home, don’t overlook these other benefits that today’s vinyl siding offers. 

1. Cost Are Less Overall: Vinyl siding is a cost-effective upgrade for a home, making it the most popular choice for homeowners. Professional contractors charge anywhere from $2,000 to $9,000 to install vinyl siding replacement on 1,200 square feet in most areas of the country. A DIY vinyl installation will cost you around $1,000 less. While these numbers vary from city to city, state to state, the savings to DIY aren’t worth knowing the job was done right and will come with a guarantee and warranty if you were to have problems.

2. Incredibly Versatile: The vinyl available today comes in a wide choice of colors, profiles, and textures. Every home on the block can have vinyl siding replacement installed at the same time, and none of them would like identical. You can choose a vinyl siding replacement that looks like cedar shakes or choose a Victorian scallop style or go with an inexpensive vinyl option for a tight budget. Go with a horizontal or a vertical application, create a look that is yours.

3. Durable and Maintenance Free: Vinyl siding today can withstand the elements better than the siding replacement of yesterday. From hailstorms to heavy winds, vinyl siding is resistant to moisture and pests, so it won’t corrode or rot. Most vinyl siding replacement will come with a lifetime warranty with a 40 year prorate for successive owners. That durability is almost maintenance-free. The original qualities of vinyl siding for years to come, giving you the best ROI possible. No longer will you need to paint again, and an annual simple cleaning is enough to maintain the look you paid for. 

5. Cut Energy Costs: Insulated vinyl siding replacement can prevent the heat from escaping through the wall studs, even insulated walls studs, the technical term is “thermal bridging”.  Insulated vinyl siding replacement will add a layer of protection over the wall studs. This keeps your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer, putting less strain on your HVAC system. Another benefit you can look forward to is energy tax credits, another way of offsetting the cost.

What is the cheapest siding to put on a house?

Cost of siding replacement can vary from region to region, but typically the least expensive is metal siding, which includes aluminum siding and wood siding would be next. Vinyl would come in last in the order of least expensive. 

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What can I use instead of siding?

Technically, you can put anything on the exterior of your home if it is allowed by local and regional building codes or property owners’ association. If standard siding replacement isn’t for you, other materials to be considered would be brick, glass, stone or stucco.

As you are considering which exterior option you want, consider the costs and durability, and the aesthetics and energy efficiency. Each of these things will determine not only the installation costs but the maintenance costs down the road. 

Your home is your biggest investment, it is only normal to want to get the best you can afford for siding replacement. Get several quotes on different options and consider all the pros and cons before making a final decision, remembering that you’ll have this for years to come. Dial 757-633-9949 when it is time for your new siding installation in Virginia Beach, VA.