Basics of Vinyl Siding for Your Home

Most homes are built with either masonry (bricks, concrete blocks) or siding material installed over wood framed construction. In all cases, the design and materials for the sides of a home are there for both decoration and protection from the elements. This article talks about vinyl siding for homes with framed construction. Popular home siding materials have varied over time and include wood siding, asbestos siding, aluminum siding, stucco and vinyl siding, hardboard composite, and cement fiber siding. In this brief tutorial, we're going to go into some details about vinyl siding, which has gained in popularity due to it's relative low cost, durability and ease of installation. We'll also touch on the impact of new siding in increasing your home's resale value.

That's one reason why you see so many vinyl siding options in pale colors. In order to maintain a deeper color palate, the siding must be a premium grade with la layer of UV protection to keep it from losing that color in short order. And with the premium grades of vinyl siding, the thickness and consistency of the product makes it less likely to crack in very cold weather when it is struck or bumped by a hard object, like a kid's baseball. As with most products, you get what you pay for, so you need to weigh out your options based on what you intend to do with your home. Are you improving the fa├žade so you can sell the house quickly, or are you intending to live there for many years? And are you expecting energy savings from this project? Whatever grade of vinyl you eventually choose for your home, we recommend that you do so with these factors in mind.

Without a doubt, Installation is key to a successful project. Do you know your Contractor? Are they licensed in your state? And are they bonded and insured and able to show you documentation? Check them out on Angie's List or with the Better Business Bureau. Ask about warranties, and always get a written estimate.

Replacing your home's siding with high grade vinyl can improve it's curb appeal, and simultaneously increase it's resale value. There's an excellent, non-biased report called Cost VS Value Report that's published by Remodeler Magazine each year that compiles data on how dozens of home renovation projects affect the subsequent resale of homes. High grade Vinyl Siding ranks high, probably because it improves energy efficiency and the curb appeal of a home at a relatively low cost. Only Fiber Cement Siding scores higher in improved home equity among siding replacement projects.

Michael's company, Best Value Remodeling, has a unique business model, similar to that of an Independent Insurance Agent. Best value Remodeling isn't beholden to a particular product or service provider, so we can recommend the solution that affords you the overall best value for your unique situation. Our website can serve as a great resource for any homeowner interested in learning what to look for when planning a project.

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