Asked Questions about Siding
There are a few items to address before beginning a complete exterior siding project on your home.
1) Homeowners should remove anything from the wall on the interior of the home so that our siding team doesn’t knock anything off the wall and damage items during the removal and subsequent installation of the siding.
2) Homeowners may want to trim any overgrown shrubs to make it easier for the crew to work on the home without damaging any landscaping or shrubbery. Our siding crew will be as cautious as possible, but sometimes damage to plants is unavoidable.
It is also a good idea to keep any shrubs or trees trimmed and kept a safe distance away so as not to age the home quicker than it should.
When it comes to picking your exterior siding color, most customers look for colors that coincide with their neighbors’ homes as well as their home’s environment. Residing a home is a big commitment and homeowners should pick a color that also reflects their personal taste and design preferences. For more information on color options you can schedule a free estimate with us and see our samples.
James Hardie Siding has a 30-year product warranty and a 15-year paint finish warranty. You can expect James Hardie Siding to last a minimum of 30 years but most likely it will outlast you. It is always a good idea to pick a exterior siding product that best suits your climate to ensure it has an optimal lifespan.
Typically, vinyl siding lasts between 20 and 40 years. This seems like a big window, but its lifespan depends on several variables. The amount of sun your home receives, the weather and other forces can affect how long it lasts.
Nothing on the exterior of a home will ever be maintenance free. Exterior siding requires minimal maintenance, if any at all. Vinyl siding will need occasional pressure washing to remove build up of dirt and grime and fiber cement exterior siding, such as James Hardie, may need a new coat of paint after 15 years. In order keep your exterior siding from aging prematurely, it is crucial that your gutters work properly and are pointed away from your home so that water is not pouring on, and potentially penetrating your exterior siding.
The two most common types of exterior siding that we use are James Hardie and Vinyl siding. They are both industry leaders and we typically position ourselves in the same way.
It can be expensive to replace your exterior siding depending on the scope of the project how much of your siding you need replaced. If you want to replace a part or a piece of siding it can be really expensive because it is challenging to gently remove pieces of exterior siding and some inexperienced contractors may end up damaging it more. The best option for homeowners is to do a complete reside, it is more expensive but you get the best end result. Depending on the product you are using and the size of your home it could take about one to two weeks from start to finish. You can schedule a free estimate with us.
While, the best time to replace your windows is when you are also replacing your siding; this allows the best possible flashing and water infiltration protection. We can prepare your existing windows so that your home is ready, when you are ready to install new windows. Our siding crews wrap the windows so that they properly tie into the vapor barrier on your home. We always recommend that homeowners replace their windows and exterior siding when its the right time for you and your famlies budget.
Remodeling Magazine annually compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 101 U.S. cities. Year after year, exterior siding replacement with fiber cement like James Hardie offers the maximum ROI at resale.