If you have siding, it’s one of the most important elements of the exterior of your home. Your siding plays a role in protecting your home, insulating and supporting it, and also ensuring that it has curb appeal.
Over time, siding will begin to show signs of damage and general wear and tear. This is normal, but replacing it can be an expensive project that’s a big undertaking, so how do you know when it’s time?
The following is a guide to replacing siding that can help you figure out what’s next.
Siding is the first line of defense for your home against the elements, and at the same time, it deflects the weather conditions that surround you.
There are many types of siding, and they vary in terms of how long they last and what type of maintenance is required.
For example, wood siding is beautiful and often inexpensive, but it also requires the most maintenance and upkeep. Under ideal circumstances, it can last for decades, but to get that type of longevity, you have to clean it regularly.
You have to inspect it frequently, too, for signs of mold, rot, and pests. If you find anything, you have to quickly work to limit the damage.
Aluminum siding can last for decades, but the enamel isn’t likely to be as durable.
Vinyl siding is popular, and it has some of the aesthetic features of wood siding but with much easier upkeep. You don’t have to refinish it or really maintain it in any way.
Vinyl siding gets dirty, but you can simply rinse it with a garden hose.
Depending on the material, some of the signs it could be time to replace your siding include:
It’s not necessarily cheap to replace your siding, but the project can give a significant return on your investment. In fact, siding replacement tends to have among the highest average ROI rates of any home improvement project, so if you think you might sell at any time in the relatively near future, siding replacement can be worth it.
If you replace your current siding with vinyl, your estimated ROI is 80%. Replacing with wood siding gives you an average ROI of 77%, and aluminum siding is also an ROI of 77%.
We talked briefly about the material options above, but if you’re going to replace what you have currently, how do you decide on new material?
Again, vinyl is going to give you the lowest prices the most color options, and it also tends to be easiest to install and maintain. The average cost per square foot is anywhere from $1 to $8. You have to think about the surroundings of your home, though. If every other home in the neighborhood uses wood or stone, and you use vinyl, you could be lowering your home’s value.
Fiber cement siding is another option available.
Fiber cement siding is made of a combination of concrete, sand, and cellulose. The material is pre-primed and pre-painted and comes at a higher cost than vinyl.
If you think you need to replace your siding, it’s best to talk to a professional before making any decisions.