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Should you invest in new siding?

Posted 10-07-2019 at 01:11 PM by Windows on Wash

As we move into fall, now is a great time to start thinking about those home improvement projects you have been putting off all Summer. Perhaps you have been delaying them because you are unsure whether or not they are a worthwhile investment. When done correctly, most home improvement projects offer an excellent return on investment (ROI) while also making your home more beautiful and more comfortable to live in. Take new siding, for example. If your home is looking a bit worse for wear on the outside, siding is a home improvement project that not only improves the curb appeal of your home, but also bumps up the overall energy efficiency of your home’s envelope. Read this article to understand why, and when, investing in new siding is a good idea.
New Siding Offers a Great ROI

If you are a homeowner who is concerned about the cost of investing in new siding, we understand. Siding can be a significant investment, yet thankfully one that offers a great ROI. According to Remodeling’s Cost Vs Value Report 2019, you can recoup as much as 75.6 per cent for new siding. One reason new siding offers such a good ROI is because it boosts the curb appeal of your home while also ensuring it is sturdy and protects you from the elements. When it comes to choosing new siding, there are plenty of options on the market (which we will get to later), so you can not only find the look and feel you want, but also increase the overall value of your home.
Siding Protects Your Home & Boosts Its Energy Efficiency

New siding is more than a cosmetic enhancement. In fact, the real benefit of siding comes from its ability to protect your home from the grip of Mother Nature. From winter storms to heavy rains, tropical storms or hurricane-force winds, good siding is vital for keeping your home and family safe.
Furthermore, new siding also increases your home’s energy efficiency while also repairing any structural damage at the same time. When your home improvement contractor removes old siding on your home, it is the perfect opportunity to replace or add in extra insulation before installing the new siding. Also, when choosing your replacement siding, it is important to remember different siding options offer different levels of insulation. You can ask your home improvement contractor which siding is the most energy-efficient, or read more about it here.
Additionally, when removing old siding, your contractor can simultaneously repair any structural damage to your home caused by leaks, rot or other factors, without the mess and extra costs incurred by disrupting the interior of your home.
Which Siding is Best?

When it comes to new siding, vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices among homeowners. This is due to vinyl siding’s durability, stylistic options, toughness and the fact it does not show off scratches because color permeates right through to the core. Vinyl siding is lightweight and can also be retrofitted over existing siding. It requires very little maintenance and will last you a long time.
Fiber-cement siding is another popular siding choice thanks to its durability and low-maintenance, and also its resistance to inclement weather, bugs and insects, and fire. It is thicker than other siding materials, meaning it offers better insulative properties, which ultimately helps lower your utility bills throughout the year as it keeps warm air trapped inside in winter, and cool, conditioned air inside during the summer.
Wood siding is another excellent option if you like the look of natural materials. However, it does need repainting or re-staining periodically. It is one of the most eco-friendly options on the market and can easily last a hundred years or more with proper care and maintenance.
So is it worth investing in new siding? There are many benefits to replacing your siding, and it is certainly worth the investment.
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  1. Old Comment
    I agree with everything except the insulative part. Fiber cement siding is typically R 0.50 and vinyl is R 0.61, but vinyl allows air circulation negating it’s R value. Underlayments can provide insulation and air barriers, but siding itself does almost nothing.
    Posted 11-30-2019 at 09:48 AM by Old Thomas Old Thomas is offline
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    In most of our vinyl applications, we are going with the incorporated insulation to provide additional R-value and rigidity.
    Posted 11-30-2019 at 06:50 PM by Windows on Wash Windows on Wash is online now

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