When you are trying to sell your house the first impression your potential buyers will see is what the exterior looks like and the condition it is in. If you have a home that has some years on it and that exterior needs to be made to look more impressive something you can do is look into the best siding to get for it. Narrowing down the type of siding you need from the different siding types will take a bit of research but is worth the effort based on the value it can add to your home and the better impression it will have on buyers.
There are a few questions you need to ask and answer before you choose a siding.
- How much am I going to spend on the siding?
- Is the weather here prone to hail or high winds?
- What style is the house so that the siding fits in with this look?
- Can I install it myself or do I need to hire a contractor?
- How long do I need it to last for?
- Am I willing to do maintenance on the siding?
- How much value do I want to add to the home?
These are a good set of questions to get you pointed in the right direction and narrow down what type of siding is best for you.
Types of Siding
Nowadays there are a range of choices for materials, styles, and colors when it comes to siding, far more than there used to be. Having new siding on your house may get you a quicker sale and is worth the investment. Here is a look at some of the siding options.
Asbestos siding (in older homes)
Years ago a popular material used for siding was asbestos. We now know that this was not a great idea for our health as the tiny hooks in it could get into the lungs and cause Asbestosis, a pulmonary condition. For that reason, it is not manufactured anymore and is no longer available to buy. But there are still buildings out there that may have asbestos in its building including the siding. If you do have a house like make sure there are no broken pieces as that is a danger. There are synthetic siding shingles you can buy is you need to replaces asbestos shingles and you are not willing to just replace the whole siding. If you choose to leave the asbestos there though and you are living there you should get an inspector out to make sure it is safe. There are protective coatings that can be applied to lock in the particles.
Wood has been used for years as a siding option and depending on what kind of wood you want is in the mid to high range in terms of cost. While it does have a very attractive appearance and adds value it is one of the sidings that needs the most maintenance too, there are other sidings out there with a nice finish that have no maintenance. The wood will need staining or painting on a regular basis as it fades, cracks and gets beaten up by the elements. Gaps that form will also need caulking. Another issue that could arise are termites. Termites in your siding could lead to rot, as could water.
A great alternative that has hardly any need for maintenance as it does not staining or painting or caulking. Older versions did have some issues with chalking and fading but there are not coatings available that are plastic or vinyl that protect it and prevent that. That does come at a higher cost though. The downside to this material is it can dent and it can be noisy when hail hits! You can get various styles of aluminum sidings, even wood simulated. The fancier you want it though the more it will cost.
For something low cost and low maintenance look at vinyl siding as an option. It is one of the most popular choices. You can get many colors and styles and it does not dent like aluminum. It may not be quite as aesthetically appealing is the other two but it can still look good and is easier on the pocket.
Cement board siding
One of the more new options for siding is cement board. It has the look of wood siding but none of the maintenance as the cement and board are infused together so rot or insect infestation is not an issue. That look of wood without the maintenance though comes at a cost as this is one of the more costly sidings to get. Part of that though is due to it being new. Another advantage to this option is the warranty you get on it. Most manufacturers give a warranty of up to 50 years so could last a life time in a house. Usually cement boards come primed and you paint it your preferred color.
Key to deciding which to choose is to prioritize what is most important to you. Is it the financial aspect that takes priority i.e. the ones that adds more value, or the one that costs the least. If this siding is for a house you are selling do you care about the maintenance aspect of it, do you think house buyers will think of these things? If it has to be low maintenance that removes wood from the options. If it needs to be beautiful that might remove aluminum and some vinyl. When you have narrowed down the type of siding you need to one or two options you can then start to explore what they have to offer in terms of colors, orientation and style.
When you have an idea of what you want you can look into getting some quotes on having the siding installed. Not all companies that sell siding also offer installation but some do. Likewise there are contractors that just install it they do not sell it. Sometimes getting a contractor rather than going with a company who sells and installs is cheaper. So before you hire anyone get some quotes on the different siding types. Key here is to do some research. A company who sells a particular siding and installs it obviously has a lot of experience with that siding. If you find a siding you like at one place, you may be able to find it for cheaper elsewhere. Set a budget and find something that suits you. Do let a salesperson convince you that you have to make a decision straight away, or push you into buying a style of material that you had rejected already.