November 24, 2014
How to Choose Siding for Your New Home
Choosing siding for your new home or updating siding at your current residence is an important decision. Several factors determine what kind of siding you choose. Read more to learn about some common issues that affect a homeowner’s choices for home siding installation.
The initial cost of siding installation is critical because you don’t want to commit to a project that is outside of your budget. Some of the more expensive siding choices include brick and stone, which require costly materials and installation procedures. If you’re trying to save money, vinyl siding installation costs and fiber cement siding costs are cheaper alternatives to more expensive options.
Some types of siding require regular maintenance to keep up their appearance. Wood siding is especially vulnerable to changes in weather and requires preparation for winter as well as regular coats of paint and caulking. This can be a lot of work for the homeowner, and you should be prepared to invest time and money if you choose wood siding. If you’re looking for an easier option that requires less upkeep, try vinyl or brick siding. Vinyl siding is low maintenance because it doesn’t require painting and is water resistant. It’s also cheaper than other types of siding. If you choose brick siding, expect to wash it a few times a year, but otherwise it’s maintenance requirements are minimal.
When considering house siding installation options, consider the lifetime of various types. Vinyl siding can last up to 40 years, which can be valuable if you don’t want to replace the siding often. Brick and stone siding will usually last the lifetime of the home, but this benefit is partially offset by the cost of siding installation. Wood siding can last from 10 to 100 years, and its durability is highly dependent on how well it is maintained.
This is the first thing many people consider when they are choosing siding for their home. Think about the architecture and style of your home, and from there you can choose what siding complements it. Cottage and bungalow homes look good with wood siding, brick is often used for colonial style homes, and stucco suits a Mediterranean theme. Vinyl siding is common and will allow your home to blend in, while stone adds texture and will add a unique appeal to your property. Make sure to check for any requirements in your neighborhood that may restrict what types of siding you are allowed to install.
This is closely connected with durability and the initial cost of siding installation. If you invest now you will likely see a greater return when you sell your home.
Staff Writer (2014 November 11) How to Choose Siding for Your New Home. Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from housekillers.com
October 10, 2014
Siding buying guide
New siding is one of the most visible ways to give your home a makeover now and make it easier to sell later. And siding isn’t just decorative: Loose or cracked panels or shingles can allow entry to moisture and insects, leading to expensive structural damage. What’s more, performance can vary significantly between and even within types. Use this guide to find a replacement.
Our tests have found significant differences by type and brand–and even within the same brand. Some siding is far less resistant to cracking from impacts in warm and cold weather, an especially important consideration for active families with children. And some is less likely to stay put in a wind storm, based on our simulated 150-mph winds. We’ve also found that some vinyl siding–still the best-selling kind–is more prone to fading under ultraviolet light, especially important in sunny climates and where trees don’t provide much shade.
The thickest and most expensive vinly siding tended to perform best in our tests, although several thinner and less expensive products did almost as well. While you’ll often pay more for the strongest, longest-lived vinyl, we’ve found some very good products can cost far less yet perform nearly as well. Vinyl, plastic, and other synthetic materials are also getting much more realistic: Thanks to better graining and deeper profiles that cast wider shadows, some vinyl siding looks much more like wood for a small fraction of what you’d pay for the real thing. Check under Types to determine which material–vinyl, plastic, fiber cement, or wood–best suits your taste and budget.
Buy the right amount
An installer will calculate how much siding your home needs, but you can make a rough estimate without climbing a ladder–and avoid overpaying someone you hire. Simply multiply the height times the width of each rectangular section of your house in feet, going by what you can measure from the ground, to determine its area. Multiply the approximate height and width of gables and other triangular surfaces and divide each total by two. Then add all the totals. To allow for waste, don’t subtract for doors, windows, or other areas that won’t be covered. Finally, divide the total square footage by 100 to estimate how many squares of siding you’ll need.
Get it installed right
We recommend having a professional install your siding. If the old siding is sound, new siding can go over it. But rotted wood siding should be replaced and the wall behind it checked for damage–something that could save you tens of thousands of dollars in structural repairs later on. If the old siding is removed, have a moisture barrier installed beneath the new siding, and add flashing around doors and windows. Fasteners should attach to wall studs, not just the sheathing. The installer should center the fasteners in the slots and leave a gap as thick as a dime between the panel and the fastener heads to allow for expansion and contraction.
Make it last
You can extend the useful life of your siding with simple maintenance and repairs. Siding is susceptible to leaks, especially where it meets windows and doors. A $5 tube of caulk could ultimately save you thousands of dollars in structural repairs. If you live in a region with cold winters, check the siding under the eaves for water stains, possibly a sign of ice damming. Adding attic insulation and sealing any gaps around pipes and ducts into the attic may help prevent future damming–and may lower your heating and cooling bills as well.
Weigh the look you like against upkeep and cost. Prices listed are per square (100 square feet). Figure on 20 squares and $1,800 to $4,000 in labor for a typical 2,300-square-foot house. Here are the types of siding to consider.
Low price and minimal upkeep make vinyl by far the most popular siding material. Vinyl needs no painting. It won’t warp or twist, and it’s impervious to insects and water. But it can rattle, crack, melt, and burn. Some vinyl products may look like wood from a distance, but not up close. Before you settle on vinyl, consider whether your taste or the architecture of your neighborhood makes the added realism and cost of plastic, fiber cement, or even real wood a more appropriate choice.
This blend of cement, sand, and cellulose looks the most like real wood. Fiber-cement siding is insect-proof, but water can damage it during freezes and thaws. Whether primed or pre-painted, fiber cement must be refinished periodically, though less often than wood.
Although wood shingles and clapboard offer traditional charm, they’re very expensive. Wood is resistant to impact, but it can warp, twist, and burn. And it’s vulnerable to rot, insects, and woodpeckers. Wood can be finished or left natural, and it’s available primed or painted. If it’s painted or stained, it requires periodic refinishing.
When installing siding, there are some features to consider that can enhance the appearance and durability. Here are the siding features to consider.
On clapboard-style vinyl, a profile that’s raised an inch or more deepens shadow lines, making the siding look more like wood. It’s also likely to be more rigid and less wavy when installed.
Double-hem nailing area
The best vinyl siding has a double-layer mounting hem, which provides stronger attachment and better resistance to high winds than does a single-layer hem.
Some vinyl siding comes in 16-foot or longer lengths to reduce the number of seams on long, unbroken walls.
For fiber cement, consider whether the added color choices and cost savings of painting it yourself outweigh the longer durability of a factory finish.
Besides making vinyl siding more rigid, foam backing adds insulation.
Staff Writer (2013 October) Siding buying guide. Retrieved on September 5, 2014 from Consumerreports.org
July 25, 2014
Exterior Remodeling Offers Largest Return on Investment in 2014!
For those homeowners who are looking to take advantage of the sellers market to obtain a profit on a property, exterior remodeling is one of the best ways to increase leverage. People today are looking for houses with curb appeal, and if you have one, then you should be able to move it quickly at a premium price.
Some of the more cost-effective, high ROI exterior modeling projects are as follows:
Siding – Getting your siding done adds a look of luxury to any home. For those buyers who are looking for the details, it is very important. It shows that you care for the house and that you are not only trying to sell it by making huge, ornate changes or distracting people with a good staging effort.
Replacement windows – It has been proven that one of the first things that buyers look at when judging the health of a home are the windows. Replacement windows are relatively inexpensive and can give you a great first impression.
Garage doors – Your garage is a large, easily visible part of your home that everyone will check out. Get the doors done so that you will make a good impression for your buyers.
Decks – A great deck will attract a higher quality of buyer, especially if you’re looking for a family. Having a good deck make sure home more move-in ready, which will appeal to people who do not have the time to purchase a fixer-upper. The more comfortable you can make buyers feel immediately, the more likely that they are to give you a premium for the home.
Patio – Similar to the decks, the patio is the place in which your families will be spending most of their time. Make it look good, and you will certainly reap the rewards in the buying price.
Front door – This should be self-explanatory. The first thing that your buyers will see will be your front door. Do not give them the opportunity to cross your home off of the list before they even step inside because of cracking wood and misplaced joints in your door.