One big way you can transform the look of your home’s exterior is to upgrade your siding. If your home has been looking drab and dirty, or it’s just dated and old, you could benefit from a curb appeal-booster like new siding. It doesn’t really matter if you choose vinyl, fiber cement, or wood shakes…what matters is rejuvenating your exteriors to improve curb appeal, value and function.
Let’s examine the most popular types of siding and the benefits of each.
Vinyl siding, by far the most popular option on American homes today, complements all styles of homes. The most affordable option, vinyl siding is easy to install, is available in a variety of textures, shapes, and colors, and is durable and resilient. This last one is a must for New England homes! This low-maintenance siding option enhances property value while keeping upkeep to a minimum. Vinyl siding replacement has an ROI of 95 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2023 Cost vs. Value Report.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
Insulated vinyl siding utilizes a foam board backing to fill air gaps, bringing a higher R-value to your home than hollow-backed siding. In addition to its increased energy efficiency, it brings all the benefits of regular vinyl siding as well, such as low maintenance, overall affordability, and aesthetic value.
Fiber cement siding, a solid and dimensionally stable option, can be painted easily and brings with it a long lifespan. This composite material comprises both cement and cellulose fibers that can easily be shaped into trim, panels, clapboards, boards and battens. James Hardie is a trusted manufacturer of fiber cement products. Moisture and rot resistant, fiber cement has an ROI of 88 percent. This material is also non–combustible, pest resistant, and weather resistant.
If you love the look of wood siding, you have two main choices of species: pine and cedar. Cedar may include Alaskan yellow cedar, red cedar, and eastern white cedar, with each one bearing the color of its name. Pine siding is more affordable than cedar but isn’t as rot or insect resistant. Cedar will not expand, is more dimensionally stable, and will not warp or crack like pine can. It’s smart to add a quality protective finish and stain to cedar shakes to guard against damage from the sun and the elements. You have many colors and styles to select from, and you won’t see dings and scratches as easily because of the natural wood grain.
If you have a traditional house style and like wood’s rustic look, cedar shake siding is a great choice. However, it does require regular maintenance and costs more than both vinyl and fiber cement.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows and Siding to Upgrade Your Home’s Look
Hi-Tech Windows and Siding is your local trusted source for all things siding. Get in touch with us today if you would like a quote and consultation on new siding for your home. Contact us today at 800-851-0900 or Request a Quote online.