Are you tired of having a home that is starting to look worn out and past its prime? Are you looking for a relatively easy way to update the look and feel of your house's exterior? Once thing that can help to improve the look of almost any home is a brand new siding installation. If you've never shopped for siding before, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. To help you make the best decision possible, here are some things that you may want to know:
- Is it okay to just repaint the existing siding? It's possible, but it will depend on how old the original siding is and what it was made out of. A metal or vinyl siding installation will obviously last for a longer period of time than wood siding. However, the exact lifespan of each can depend on your climate and the siding's original finish. In extreme climates, metal siding can sometimes corrode or vinyl siding may gain a chalk-like residue. Unfortunately, paint is just a preventative. Once your siding starts to decay, your best option may be to replace everything.
- Can money be saved on siding installation by doing it all yourself? Some types of vinyl siding are easier for a layman to install, with pieces that snap into place and that use a minimal amount of nails. Other types of siding, including wood or metal siding, may be best when left to professionals. At best, you may simply damage one or two pieces of siding and need to replace them. At worst, you could cause damage to your actual house, necessitating significant repairs. By hiring a professional in the first place, you can avoid wasting both time and money on trying to learn a skill that you may never need to use again. In addition, hiring a professional may be a manufacturer's requirement for being able to make any warranty claims.
- If a home doesn't already have siding, is there any additional benefit to adding some? If your house doesn't already have siding installed, you may be considering simply giving it a fresh coat of paint and leaving it at that. While a fresh coat of paint can help with the aesthetics, a new siding installation can actually do more. Besides adding beauty and value to your home, you can ask to have additional insulation added between the new siding and the house itself. If your home feels cold in the winter and hot in the summer, this added insulation may make a significant difference in your utility bills. While you may still have to repair or replace the framing around your doors and windows in order to stop drafts, the insulation under the siding may significantly improve the energy efficiency of your entire house.