August 3, 2015 Guest Post
If you’re in the process of choosing siding for your home, you probably realize how daunting the task really is. There’s lots to consider with this type of home improvement project, from cost to colors and beyond. Will you do the siding yourself or will you hire a professional to get it done? Will you go with the standard siding style or something fancier such as shingles or scallops? Your decision will be based in large part on your budget, but the style of your home or business, and your location also play a big role.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Siding
With so many factors playing into your siding decision, it’s a wonder how anyone gets this job done! But once you know the basics, and arm yourself with the proper knowledge, you’ll be a pro at siding options in no time. Better Homes and Gardens advises considering six basic issues when it comes to siding:
The first thing issue to consider is water resistance. Choosing a siding material that is resistant to water will last longer and stretch your home’s value as a result.
Next up is ease of installation. If you’re a DIY’er and want to tackle this project on your own or with some buddies, make sure you choose siding that gels with your skill set and requires only basic tools.
Energy efficiency is another important factor. BHG recommends checking the R-value rating to take full advantage of energy savings. Check into what you will need for insulation as well.
It should go without saying, but make sure aesthetics is at the top of your list too. You’ll be looking at your home as you come and go for many, many years so make sure you absolutely love the color, style, and corresponding enhancements such as shutters and trim. Even if you plan to move after rehabbing the home, you’ll need to choose a style and color that complements the home and surrounding neighborhood, and that would appeal to potential home buyers.
Versatility and Durability of the Materials
Keep versatility of the materials you’ll be using in mind. Is a particular style too complicated for you to handle? Does a particular siding type present an added challenge over others? Be sure to assess what adjustments or added expenses you’ll need to tack on if so. Durability is another thing to consider. Not only do you need to make sure the siding type you settle on is able to resist extreme temperatures common to your area, you also should be certain it will stand up to normal wear and tear.
Do Your Homework
If you’re just starting out on your siding journey, you’ll need to do your due diligence first. Consulting trusted resources like Consumer Reports is a wise idea. There you can find unbiased reviews on not only types of siding but also specific companies in your area. Consumer Reports can provide you with buying advice as well as unbiased ratings and siding reviews to help you choose the best method. If you plan on hiring a professional sider, check out reviews on the company and ensure he or she has the proper licenses and insurance in your state. Meet with several companies first before you make a decision to assess a good fit.
This article was written by Jared Miret, husband and home handyman. His is happy to share his knowledge and skills with you. He urges you to consider the environmental benefits of metal paneling during your search for siding for your business.