How to Get the Most Out of Your Siding

SidingAs any homeowner knows, there are few things that can immediately ruin the curbside appeal of your home quite like damaged siding. When exterior cladding becomes faded, stained, or damaged, it can be a real eyesore, diminish your property value, and make you the subject of scorn from your neighbors, something no one wants. The problem, of course, is that sometimes siding becomes aged through little fault of the homeowner. These things happen. With that said, there are all sorts of steps that you can take to greatly reduce the likelihood that your siding will fall into disrepair anytime soon.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re concerned with extending the lifespan of your siding:

  • Leave the installation to the professionals ““ This point can’t be overstated enough. Installing siding is more of a science than it is an afternoon project. Entire careers are devoted to learning the best practices for installing siding so that it looks great and also won’t succumb to wear and tear during the first heavy rainstorm or snowfall.
  • Pay attention to weathering, Along the same lines, it is important that you and your siding professional pay careful attention to environmental factors when deciding what type of siding to install on your home. For instance, it might not make sense to install stained wood siding on the home in climates like New York’s, where annual freezes, summer storms, and high winds can take their toll.
  •  Understand the differences in siding materials, While wood is a classic option, it also is more likely to expand, contract, and require more aggressive upkeep on an annual basis. Alternatively, vinyl siding is becoming an increasingly popular option because it does not absorb moisture and as a result it will never rot, chip, or peel. The point is that different materials have their own unique benefits and features, which should be fully explored before settling on any one option.

The right kind of siding on your home can be extremely attractive and greatly upgrade the curbside appeal of your home. You just need to be sure that you’re smart about the investment into your home. To learn more, contact Alure Home Improvements today.