Siding is protective material on the outside of your home made from weather-resistant material. It’s the first line of defense against the elements, and there are many benefits to replacing the siding on your home when it’s tired or it’s no longer working well.
1. Curb Appeal
When your house is on the market, the first thing that prospective buyers look at is the exterior. When they pull up, the first thing they notice is the siding. If your siding is outdated, stained, has hail holes, or is just the wrong color, replacing the siding can be a cost-effective way to really draw in buyers.
A tired white color can be replaced with a contrasting gray or steel to make the exterior more modern and appealing. In the same respect, if your roof is dark then a bright white or navy siding really goes a long way to draw the eye and get buyers interested.
2. Heating/Cooling Efficiency
Sometimes even with the best of insulation your home can get cool or hot in the off months. This can be both frustrating and a financial drain.
One of the easiest ways to combat this is siding replacement. Your old siding may have some cracks that are allowing your heat to leak out during the winter months and your air conditioning to leak out during the summer months.
Replacing the siding seals your house in better and reduces the energy that is being wasted to the outside environment. It also means the appliances like your heater and air conditioner don’t have to work so hard and they’ll last longer. Keeping your siding updated keeps your costs down.
3. Lower Upkeep
Your home demands to be repainted on a set schedule thanks to the weathering of Mother Nature. A home that has siding retains that color and freshness year after year and far longer than a painted home. While it is true that siding needs upkeep, it is minimal compared to a house that has no siding. Siding just needs to be cleaned off seasonally, usually with a hose and cleaner.
If you live somewhere with inclement weather then you know what that weather can do to a house. Tornadoes throw debris, hail pelts the exterior, and ice storms cause issues too. A home without siding means that the owner has to replace the exterior boards when they suffer weather damage. This can be extremely frustrating and the price isn’t very fun either.
A home with siding protects itself. The siding acts as another barrier between the elements and the boards of the house. While it’s true the siding can get damaged, it is far easier to replace a piece of siding than it is to replace a board to a home and then paint-match it to the rest of the house.
Last, but not least, warranties. These offer just an extra step of protection. Most siding manufacturers or retailers offer a lifetime warranty or at least a set year warranty on your siding installation. A lot of siding companies offer 20 years of protection. It’s important to make sure you replace your siding when this warranty expires because anything after that time frame will not be covered under these useful warranties. This generally guards you against most weather issues like strong hail, wind, etc.
Those are the top five benefits you’ll get from replacing your siding. There are other benefits, and when it comes to peace of mind and your wallet, you should certainly replace your home’s siding when it becomes necessary.