Siding Advice and Tips for Homeowners

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Importance of Siding

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Exterior siding can be a valuable addition to your home. For one thing, new external siding can be great for improving the curb appeal of your home. In addition, it can assist in reducing the cost of maintenance on your home over the long haul. In order to truly understand, though, it is important to take a closer look at the important aspects of siding.

Though siding is available in a number of materials, the most popular are vinyl, aluminum and wood. What works best for you will depend greatly upon where your home is located, but vinyl is generally the most popular choice in most any climate. It is easy on the budget and the maintenance of it is virtually non-existent. That non-existent maintenance is perhaps the greatest virtue of exterior siding. It is like a shield on your home that protects it from damage and protects you from the work that comes with that damage.

Another advantage to siding is its ability to help with the cosmetics of your home. Most siding, no matter the material, can be found in a number of colors. Colored siding means no painting so that your home’s color is even and doesn’t peal. That in itself is a huge cosmetic benefit, but it is not the only one. Siding can also be purchased in a number of textures giving you a unique look to go with the color you select. For much less effort and significantly less cost, then, you can give your home a unique color and texture that will have an even look and won’t peal off.

Finally, siding is easier to clean than brick or sheer walls. Whether you choose to go with wood, aluminum, or vinyl, exterior siding offers an easier cleaning surface than the original exterior of your home. In many cases, it can simply be hosed off. If not, though, you will need little more than a power washer and some light soap. Your home will not only have a more even color, but will be easier to clean and thus look better for those passing by.

Exterior siding is valuable to your home for a variety of reasons. It gives you curb appeal that you may not have had before, eases the long term maintenance you have to perform on your home’s exterior, and allows you an easier way to keep the exterior of your home looking clean without having to repaint. Overall, by looking at these advantages, you can see that putting siding on your home can truly be a valuable addition.

Vinyl Siding Cost

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As a consumer, the dollar drives many of your decisions, right? There is no reason you should treat your case for siding any differently than you would any other type of purchase. So once you have started looking at vinyl siding, you should start considering the cost associated with it. What are those costs? There are a few to consider. You must look at the cost of the product, the cost of installation, and the cost of maintaining it.

First of all, the product: there are actually a number of varying types of vinyl siding that offer up a number of price points. For instance, depending on factors like foam in the pieces for sound proofing as well as insulation, vinyl siding can go from less than one dollar rather all the way up to $1.75 per square foot, depending on who you go through to get it.

Secondly, you have to consider the cost of the installation. It is incredibly difficult to put your own siding up, so that is why you will have to have it installed by a professional. Check your area, and find three or four you like. Then, interview them to find out which one will work best for you. It is hard to estimate what it will cost you to have your vinyl installed, since it will be determined by the market in your area in that time of year. The worse the weather, the more installation will cost. That is why you should always get multiple quotes. That way you at least have a way to understand what the market is for having your roof installed.

Thirdly, there is the cost of maintaining your vinyl siding. It is virtually nothing, since that is about how much you have to do to vinyl siding to keep it working well and looking nice. You should clean it once a year, which leaves you with the bill for either a garden hose, or if it is really dirty, a power washer. Other than that, your vinyl siding is maintenance free and so costs very little for you to maintain it.

Cost is a major factor when you have to have any work done to your home. So when you decide that vinyl is what you want your siding to be, then you have to figure out what your budget is. By examining what the product costs, the installation costs, and what the cost of maintaining your vinyl siding is, you can make a better decision about the budget you need to set and the specifics surrounding your vinyl.

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