First impressions are everything, and some may even say your home is a symbol of your success. Keeping it updated and refreshed not only improves your home’s appearance but provides great value and protection as well. If you are thinking of ways to improve your home’s exterior, here are five reasons why it makes sense to replace or install new siding.
- Low Maintenance
Whether you’re installing vinyl or fiber cement siding, both eliminate the monotonous cycle of exterior scraping, touch-ups, and repainting every few years. Since siding is more durable and resists fading, chipping, cracking, or flaking longer, both types of siding continue to look fresh and new for years with little upkeep.
- Energy Efficient
If you are looking for ways for your home to be more sustainable, siding is a viable option. Using better-insulated materials, today’s siding is less likely to allow your home’s heated or cooled air to escape, or the outside air to infiltrate your home. This reduces the energy required to keep your home toasty warm in winter and comfortably cool in summer, which in turn can save you quite a bit of money.
- Long-Term Durability
New siding materials are more water and weather-resistant (fiber cement is fire-resistant too), allowing you to maintain even more of your home’s structural integrity. The flexible material also responds well to extreme temperature changes and is a strong defense against insects and mold. When installed and maintained properly, vinyl siding can last anywhere from 20-40 years, while fiber cement siding can last even longer.
- Custom Appearance
One of the many advantages of new siding is it comes in any shade of color you can think of, along with a variety of options in texture, trim, and accents to choose from. This gives you the opportunity to truly customize the exterior of your home to your liking while giving it a striking design that will stand out amongst your neighbors.
- Increases Property Value
Installing new siding is one of the most effective ways to significantly increase your home’s value. Most realtors and home renovation professionals will tell you that new siding not only enhances the overall look of your home but the increased energy efficiency and weather resistance make it worth the investment.
If you are considering new siding, it is highly recommended that you work with an experienced contractor who can guide you through the best options based on your home structure and budget.
This article was written by us as an Expert Contributor and released in the April 2023 edition of Marple Friends & Neighbors.