If you’re like most homeowners in Barrie and the surrounding area, you take a great deal of pride in your house and want it to look its best all year round. There are many different components that go into having a beautiful-looking and functional property, including the doors, windows, and eavestroughs.
One aspect of your home that gets noticed right away and creates a good deal of the house’s identity is the siding. Siding comes in a wide range of different colours and materials, and it’s important to consider a variety of factors before making your final decision. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure you get the best possible siding for your home.
The Material and Colour
Deciding on a material for your siding is likely one of the first decisions you’ll make. Vinyl and aluminum are two of the most common modern siding materials, each with its own set of benefits. The best course of action is to go over the different options with your exterior renovation contractor to come up with the material that will work best for your unique situation.
The colour of your siding is another factor that you need to consider. It may feel creative to choose a colour that stands out but take the time to consider the long-term effects. Once again, your contractor may be able to help you make a decision based on what’s happening in your neighbourhood, as well as their experience with so many other siding projects.
Durability is one of the top considerations for many homeowners because once they get the job done, they want to just put it out of their minds and let the siding do its job. You’ll want a siding that is resistant to every type of weather, especially with the wide range of weather conditions we get in the Barrie area.
From extreme heat to biting cold and everything in between, your siding needs to maintain its strength and colour for the long-term. It also needs to do its part in maintaining the temperature you want on the inside of the house, so be sure to ask these questions before making a decision.
The last thing you want as a homeowner is to perform time-consuming maintenance on any part of your house, and siding is no different. Of course, you don’t want to let dirt, debris and grime take over and affect the aesthetic appeal of your property, either.
Generally, both vinyl siding and aluminum siding are low maintenance options that won’t require much time to keep clean. Vinyl siding usually just requires periodic cleaning with soap and water, while aluminum siding can be kept looking great with an all-purpose cleaner.
When you are buying new siding for your home, energy efficiency has to factor into your decision. The idea is to keep the heat in during the cold winter months and keep it out when the temperatures are soaring. Modern vinyl and aluminum siding are both designed to be as energy efficient as possible, but it’s still wise to ask your exterior renovation contractor if you aren’t sure.
In some cases, insulation is added behind the siding to help control the inside temperature and save money on heating and cooling. When you have vinyl or aluminum siding installed, it also has venting holes that will improve air circulation and prevent mold and mildew from developing.
If you want to improve your home’s value with every renovation you do, then it makes sense to consider how much your new siding will increase the resale value of your home. New siding is an investment, and prospective buyers will want siding that has all the qualities we’ve discussed in this post.
No home buyer wants to have to install new siding right after they move in, and this will reflect on the price you’re able to get for your house if the siding isn’t in great condition. If a future sale is on your mind, be sure to talk it over with your contractor, or even ask a local real estate agent to get the most bang for your siding buck.
For some homeowners, cost heads the list in just about every category, but you should never make your decision on just cost alone. Installing the cheapest siding you can find won’t help you when it needs to be repaired or even replaced years before it should be. Setting a budget is a good idea but consider all of the pros and cons of each type, style and colour of siding before you jump at the lowest cost.
Quite often, investing a little more in the beginning ends up saving you a whole lot down the road. Vinyl siding and aluminum siding are typically in the low to moderate range when it comes to siding cost, and their benefits make them a popular choice for many homeowners.
Finding a Quality Exterior Renovation Contractor
While choosing the right style and colour of siding is important, finding the right contractor to install it is just as critical if you want the best results. Look for a service provider that has a wide range of experience, lots of positive reviews, and a good reputation in your area. As mentioned above, cost should not be the guiding force behind your decision, but you do want a contractor with competitive prices.
At Weaver Exterior Remodeling, we offer many different home renovation services under one roof, which allows us to bundle pricing and save you money on your exterior needs. Generally speaking, moderate temperatures are best for installing new siding, so if you’ve been thinking of updating the exterior of your home, now would be a perfect time to get in touch and see what we can do for you.