Siding is a major concern during any home exterior remodeling project. Use this guide to learn more about siding materials and the installation process.
Understanding what your siding options are will help you evaluate what’s right for your home. Vinyl, brick, fiber cement, stucco, natural and synthetic stone, and engineered wood siding are popular materials.
The total cost of re-siding will vary based on your home’s size and design and where you live. Here are some price ranges that will help you better estimate the cost of siding.
Many siding jobs will take approximately two weeks. Most homeowners can stay in their homes during the siding installation process, though there may be a good deal of noise during the day. Large or oddly shaped homes, on average, can take longer to complete. You should consult with the siding professional you hire to get an exact estimate and plan accordingly.
Your siding’s lifespan is highly dependent on how well it is maintained, where you live and what kind of exposures the siding will face. Warranties are one measure of how long siding is expected to last:
Always ask a siding professional about the best time for a siding update. Excessive heat, moisture and cold can delay your project and contribute to structural problems. A pro will be able to provide a time of year that will work best for your home. If possible, find alternatives to replacement for as long as possible with proper maintenance, like cleaning the siding and checking for cracks, holes and minor repairs.
If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.Continue Reading
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.
Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.
Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.