Replacing your siding is a big investment for your house, and a lot goes into deciding if new siding is the right call. If you’re on the fence about new siding, you have a lot of factors to consider, and there’s no “one size fits all” answer.
Our team at Midwest Roofing is always here to help with all your siding needs and we also want to help you make an informed decision. Be sure to keep a few things in mind before investing in new siding.
Evaluate Your Current Siding
The first step is to take an honest look at your siding and evaluate the state it’s in. Siding does a lot more than make your house look good; it also improves energy efficiency and protects your home from wind, rain, and snow. If your siding is starting to show its age, it might be time to think about replacing it.
But not all siding issues need a complete replacement. You may be able to pick and choose a few key areas to have repaired, but keep in mind if some of your siding is starting to deteriorate, the rest is likely not far behind. If much of your siding is in disrepair, falling off, or has sustained storm damage, then it should be replaced as soon as possible to protect your home.
Look at Different Siding Types
The most common types of siding fall into three basic categories. You might choose your siding based on budget, longevity, or simply because you like the way it looks. In any case, it’s important to weigh your options carefully:
- Vinyl siding – The great thing about vinyl siding is the colors are essentially “baked in.” This means the color options are virtually limitless, and any color you choose will never wear away or fade. Vinyl siding is highly affordable and low maintenance. It’s fairly durable as well but may not last as long as other, more expensive types of siding.
- Composite siding – Composite siding offers the look of classic wood siding but without the potential drawbacks. It’s impervious to insects and moisture, as well as being fire-resistant. Diamond Koat is an excellent composite siding, which is made of high-quality composite material and available in 30 colors.
- Fiber cement siding – Some of the most durable and long-lasting siding on the market today is fiber cement siding. It’s easy to maintain and can complement any home design. High-quality fiber cement siding like James Hardie will last decades with proper care and is also surprisingly affordable.
Ask Yourself How Long You Plan to Stay
Before you commit to a particular siding option, ask yourself how long you plan to stay in your current home. If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, vinyl siding is often the best option, because it’s an easy and affordable way to quickly make your home’s exterior look nice. One small piece of advice: pick a popular color!
On the other hand, if you plan to stay in your home for a long time, then the type of siding you choose is more a matter of personal taste. Consider the cost, as well as the lifespan of the siding and the amount of maintenance it requires. Vinyl siding might still be your preferred choice, but many homeowners who plan to stay in their current home for many years prefer the look and longevity of composite or fiber cement siding.
Consider the Impact on Home Value
There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to the value of property, and some siding companies might tell you new siding can increase your home’s value. Generally speaking, this is not the case. The value of your home is determined more by economic conditions, and by the value of other properties in your general area.
There are certain home improvements which can add significant value to your home, but generally speaking, new siding is not one of them. New siding does improve your curb appeal, which can help your home sell more quickly if you’re thinking about putting it on the market.
If you’re still on the fence about which type of siding is right for your home, feel free to reach out at any time. We are happy to come take a look at your home and help you decide which type of new siding will best meet your needs. Our team is always happy to offer expert advice. Contact us today to learn more about working with Midwest Roofing. We’ve had the opportunity to help countless homeowners in the Columbia and Springfield areas with all their roofing and siding needs over the last 12 years, and we’re excited to help with yours.