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Best Exterior Projects: Why Siding Replacement Is the Way to Go

Your home’s exterior is just as important as the interior when it comes to looks. Whether up close or from afar, your home’s exterior siding can convey a lot about who you are: it reveals your preferred style and provides a peek into your personality.

If your home is starting to show signs of wear, a small home renovation or two can make a whole world of difference. You could opt for a roof replacement, decide to invest in new gutter systems for your home in  Johns Creek, GA, orconsider giving it a bit of a facelift by investing in new siding. With the help of a good  siding contractor not only will your home’s aesthetic drastically improve, so too will its resale value.

Remodeling Magazine, in its 2018 Cost vs. Value report, compares the average cost of remodeling projects, with the value that those projects retain at resale in U.S. markets.

Two among the remodeling projects that deliver the highest return on resale involve exterior remodeling upgrades, either with manufactured stone veneer in place of vinyl siding, or any kind of siding replacement:

Manufactured stone veneer Siding replacement
●       Average cost: $8,221 Average cost: $15,072
Average resale value: $7,986 Average resale value: $11,554
Cost recouped: 97.1% Cost recouped: 76.7%

Replacing vinyl siding on your house with adhered manufactured stone veneer is a major curb-enhancing upgrade that will allow you to recoup easily 97 percent of your costs.

In a similar manner, updating 1,250 square feet of old siding, including factory trim at the openings and corners, at an average cost of $15,072 will allow you to recoup nearly 77% of your total cost..

Reasons for New Siding

There are two main reasons to update your siding. These are either: 1) damage or deterioration to existing siding, or 2) the desire to change the look of your home. Most clients fall into the first category: Old homes typically suffer from siding so deteriorated that water infiltration becomes a concern.

The elements –the sun, snow, wind and rain–bring daily issues that your siding has to be able to withstand over many years. They can all take a toll on your siding.

Common Siding Materials

Do some research to find a qualified contractor to work on your siding installation project; study the material costs as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each material. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by sweet-talking siding pros that deal in just one material.  Contractors may try to persuade you to go with a different product that they’re more familiar with. Study up and make the right choice for yourself.  Consider these choices based on the characteristics outlined here:

Vinyl

  • Comes in a variety of thicknesses, colors and textures.
  • Affordable, and allows for added insulation material.
  • Often has a lifetime warranty.
  • Repels insects and is rot-resistant.
  • Installation is quick.
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  • Lasts up to 25 years..
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  • Costs $9 per square foot, including labor.

Composite board

  • Made from recycled wood pulp.
  • Comes prefinished in your color choice.
  • Recycled and environmentally friendly.
  • Can be treated chemically with insect repellents and is rot resistant.
  • Costs $10 to $11 per square foot, including labor.

James Hardie fiber cement siding

Fiber cement

  • A composite mostly made of silica, Portland cement and recycled cardboard.
  • Durable, fire-resistant and hail-resistant.
  • Insurance companies grant small discounts for installing it.
  • Treated chemically with insect repellent and is rot-resistant
  • Paintable or prefinished options come in many bold color options.
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  • Costs $12 to $13 per square foot, including labor.

Cedar

  • Real wood.
  • Beautiful and easy to replace.
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  • Costs $15 to $16 per square foot, including installation.

Stone and Vinyl House With Cedar Accents

Siding Price Points: Something for Every Budget

The beauty of siding is that it’s a project that lends itself well to every homeowner — it is available at different price points — allowing you to remodel your siding affordably, no matter your budget.

Low-Budget: Known to be the most cost effective and easy to maintain, vinyl siding is possibly the most popular choice these days for your home’s exterior cladding. Rot-proof, termite-proof, highly resistant to pests, vinyl can closely imitate the look of wood siding. Vinyl siding is easy to install and comes in a variety of colors.

Mid-Range: A mixture of sand, cement and cellulose, fiber cement siding isn’t just tougher and stronger than vinyl siding, but imitates wood-grain closely as well. It can be painted in a variety of colors and comes in various-sized shingles. More expensive than vinyl siding, it’s best to leave its installation to professionals.

High-End: More permanent materials, such as brick and stone, give the home a solid appearance and higher durability. Popular materials include brick and stone veneers, traditional cement-based stucco and newer polymer finishes that mimic the look of stucco. Masonry adds value and curb appeal, is durable, requires little maintenance and gives your home a distinctly classy appearance.

Whenever you undertake a remodeling project, you must keep one eye on design and the other on the ROI. Ensure that you’re comfortable with your budget and happy about your home upgrade’s return on investment.

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Author Bio:

Brendon Lipton is the co-owner of Edge 2 Edge Roofing, a commercial/residential roofing contractor that specializes in re-roofs, repairs, cleaning, commercial coating, and Solar. For residential properties, they also paint (interior and exterior), siding, gutter, and window replacement. Edge 2 Edge Roofing has over 35 years of Industry experience ranging from Owner, Manufacturer Rep, Consultant, and Installation Trainer for North Americas largest Roofing Manufacturer

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