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5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding NOW

5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding NOW

The outside of your home creates a first impression of the entire household. It’s not only an issue of curb appeal, your home’s siding is important because it protects the integrity and durability of your home’s frame, walls, and consequently, your roof. 

Additionally, replacing your siding with fiber cement or vinyl siding materials means little to no maintenance to maintain their appeal. Thanks to their durability, you don't need to replace them as often, allowing you to enjoy your space without worrying.

If you are thinking your home’s exterior needs some TLC, a timely siding replacement can save you from worry and cost down the road. Here are the top reasons we recommend professionally replacing your siding now.

Siding repair in action.

Increased Energy Efficiency

New siding prevents your home from losing its warmth during the colder months of the year, it also keeps the outside heat from coming in during the summer. The result: a more energy efficient home with lower energy bills year round. Are certain rooms in your house colder than others? Do the inside walls feel cold in the winter, or do the exterior walls feel warmer than they should? These are all signs that you probably have an insulation problem. It’s been reported that homes can lose up to 35% of heat through the walls. While you shouldn’t rely solely on siding to decrease energy bills, new siding can certainly help. When looking at new siding, check to see what the R-Value is. The R-Value is used to measure how well various building materials insulate. Our team is here to help you navigate all siding options available to you and make the best choice for your home.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Everyone wants their home to look nice. After all, it’s one of your biggest investments and where you spend a significant amount of your life. Proper siding also keeps your home looking nice for longer, since some materials are designed to resist degradation from the sun’s harsh UV rays. With so many materials to choose from, you have a blank canvas to make your home look exactly like how you envision it. 

Example of cracked, broken siding.

Protection Against the Elements

Aging siding does not offer the same level of protection as new, professionally installed siding materials. Siding protects your home against harsh weather conditions like snow, rain, strong winds, and other extreme elements. Properly installed siding protects your interior from the cold weather outside during winter. It also retains the heat produced in your home, keeping you warm and comfortable. With failing siding, water and moisture find their way into your home's frame, causing mold growth, wood rot, and other interior damage.

Improved Home Value

Replacing your home’s siding recoups over 90% of its cost when it’s time to sell. Updating your home’s siding can add some significant curb appeal to your house. Homebuyers tend to judge homes by the outside…if your siding is cracked, fading, or has visible mold, it doesn’t make a great first impression. CNBC reported that replacing vinyl siding can add up to an 89% return on investment (ROI). They gave the example that if you spend about $9000, you’re likely to add about $8000 of that back on to the price of your home.

Siding replacement in progress.

Health and Safety Concerns

Siding is to your house what skin is to your body. Siding is responsible for protecting your home from the elements, and, like your skin, it takes a beating from the elements. If you have aging or damaged siding and start to see rot creeping in between the layers, it’s time to take action for the safety of your family. Siding replacement can prevent moisture-related issues and indoor air quality problems, ensuring a safe living environment for your household.

Was your home built before 1978? If so, there’s a chance that it contains some lead paint.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that around 35% of U.S. homes contain some lead-based paint. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves, and blood. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, and in extreme cases, death. The bottom line: lead exposure is hazardous to your health. If you believe your siding may contain lead, taking action to remove it should be a priority.

Webfoot team replacing siding.

Webfoot Painting's Siding Replacement Services

There’s no need to hire a general contractor to have your siding repaired or replaced. Webfoot's in-house carpenters can handle any exterior project--from smaller repairs to large scale replacement jobs. It's very common that siding or wood trim needs replacement before painting, including replacing LP siding that has deteriorated. We can match nearly any siding type if we're doing partial replacement, or we can advise you on which siding type will be the best value for you and your home going forward. 

Why Choose Webfoot

The first step in replacing your home’s siding is to evaluate the current state of your siding. Look for signs of damage, such as cracks, holes, or warping. You should also check for signs of moisture damage or mold growth, which can indicate a problem with the siding’s ability to protect your home from the elements. If you’re unsure about the state of your siding, it’s a good idea to have a professional siding expert inspect your home.

Webfoot Painting understands that when it comes to siding, you’ve got questions. And why wouldn’t you? Siding plays a huge part in making sure you have a home that not only meets your aesthetic dreams but is also protected for years to come. Webfoot's team of full-time carpenters can handle all your exterior siding needs with the same level of service you've come to know with our painting projects. Interested in learning more? Contact us and let’s get started.

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