What kind of siding should i put
on my house
What kind of
siding should i put on my house
- There are many different
types of siding materials that you can choose to use on your home. Each
one has positives and negatives associated with it.
If you choose
to use a cedar siding on your home,
plan on having it painted every 4-6 years. The paint will not only add
an aesthetic appeal to your home, but will also protect the siding from
Hardie plank is a recommended siding. This siding
provides low maintenance, but unlike vinyl, doesn't sacrifice the
beauty and character of wood. Hardie Plank siding won't rot or crack,
and it resists damage from rain, hail and flying debris. It's also
available pre-finished with a 15-year paint warranty. Best of all, this
siding is fire resistant. Hardie plank can sometimes come with a 50
The area you live in will dictate what type of
siding may be best for your home. You will probably choose a different
siding if you live down in Florida, Texas or another Southern state
than you would if you lived in Alaska, Washington or Vermont. First,
look at where you live and research which siding choices are best in
Along with various colors and styles to choose
from, siding, whether it is wood or vinyl have different grade levels
and is priced accordingly. Once you have found a style that you like,
shop around for price, always comparing apples to apples.
Vinyl siding is one of the most widely used and
reasonably priced sidings available. Shop around and look at not only
price but how well the siding is rated and how well it is made to
handle the elements of your specific area of the country. Some sidings
have a longer life span than others and some are made more specifically
for areas of cold or areas of warmer weather.
Depending on your neighborhood, you may be
required to place a certain style of siding on your home. Some
communities require that everyone within the neighborhood needs to
place cedar siding on their home. This creates a certain aesthetic
appeal to the neighborhood, and can result in rapidly appreciating
property values. Another advantage is that you won't have to worry
about one home in your neighborhood that decides to do something to
their house that will ultimately affect your property value as well.
Most siding can be installed by the home owner and
1 or 2 helpers with basic tools. Most large home improvement stores
such as Lowes and Home Depot offer in store seminars on how to install
siding. By going the DIY route you will save yourself substantial money
on the siding project. Although many home owners choose to use a siding
contractor for their homes siding installation. Finding the right local
contractor is a very important step in the siding process.
To Choose a Siding Contractor?-Here is a step by step
guide to help you hire a quality home improvement contractor.
Before talking to any contractors the first thing
is create a budget for the project. Without a budget you will be flying
blind and may end up over spending. Having a tight budget will also
help you make decisions about what kind of fixtures, and materials to
purchase. Most products have a wide price range and having a budget
will help keep you in line when making buying decisions.
After you have your budget dialed in get three
estimates from three different contractors. Be sure the estimate is
complete; getting a “written” estimate on the back
business card is not a sign of a good contractor. Getting
three estimates will enable you to compare prices from
different contractors. Reliableremodeler.com
is a great service that will help you get free estimates from quality
contractors for free.
Take the time to talk with each contractor and get
feel for which one you will be most comfortable working with and having
in your home. Be sure and pay attention to things like who shows up on
time and who is prepared to talk about your project. If a contractor
shows up late to your appointment chances are they will show up late
when working on your project.
While you are in the process of selecting a
it is a good idea to make sure they have the proper license, insurance,
and bonding. All three of these items are in place to protect
homeowners. Working with a contractor who isn’t licensed or
doesn’t have the proper insurance might come back to haunt
good contractor will show you copies of these documents when they
present your written estimate.
The next step is to check the references of the
contractor you are leaning towards selecting. Be sure to ask specific
questions about their experience with the contractor. “Did
contractor show up on time?” “Did the contractor
after themselves?” If you want to be more aggressive you can
the contractor for the names and numbers of their last three jobs and
call those instead of their handpicked references. This will provide a
more realistic overview of the contractors daily work habits and
The last step is to select your contractor and
provide you a timeline for the completion of the project. Having a
timeline will help ensure your project is completed in a timely manner.
should I spend my home-improvement budget?-Everyone is
interested in improving their own home - just look
at how many televisions programs there are dedicated to
“doing-it-yourself”. Whether you are doing it
yourself or hiring out the job, how do you decide what to spend your
Given that the average American moves every 4 years, it is important to
think about resale value when planning a project. Just because an
improvement to your home costs $20,000 doesn’t mean your
property’s value has increased by $20,000.
No matter where you live, kitchen and bathroom
remodels generally have the best return on investment. Updated flooring
(other than in bedrooms, carpet is considered pasé) also has
wide-spread appeal. Anything which improves energy efficiency helps
attract buyers. New windows and doors do just that and improve a
property’s look inside and out.
Some improvements can actually cost a seller money. A swimming pool is
a good example of an “improvement” which is
considered a negative adjustment to value in certain areas of the
country. Pools require additional homeowner’s insurance due
to liability for injury/death, they are costly to maintain, and many
areas of the country have water-use restrictions.
Over-improving a home can also be a bad
investment. For example, a house located in a neighborhood with homes
in the $250,000 range would not appraise significantly higher because
it had lead-crystal chandeliers or a 6-car garage. Even if the home is
“worth” $350,000, people looking for a $350,000
home want to buy in a neighborhood with similarly priced homes. Values
are determined not only by the condition of the subject property but
also the value and type of homes which surround it.
When planning, consider carefully whether or not
your schedule and know-how will allow for the successful completion of
your project. There is nothing worse than realizing that you have
bitten off more than you can chew halfway through. Sometimes doing it
yourself costs more money in the long run, not to mention the stress of
trying to live in a construction site! Professional builders always
calculate at least a 5 to 10% “contingency” when
estimating a job for unforeseen delays/supplies so it’s a
good idea to do the same in a do-it-yourself project.
I you are doing it yourself, utilize the knowledge and advice of the
employees at your local home improvement center. They can be a wealth
of information and save you a lot of headache and money in the long run.
If you are hiring a professional make sure to ask
for references. Verify with your contractor whether who will be
responsible to get any necessary permits from the appropriate
government agencies. Don’t cut corners by trying to avoid
paying for a building permit. Conforming to local building codes
ensures that your improvements will be done properly. When you are
selling, if the appraiser notes improvements that are not of public
record, additional and sometimes costly inspections could be required
to make sure that the home is up to code and doesn’t violate
People have varying tastes. Avoid doing anything very out of the
ordinary to your home that cannot be easily changed, but express
yourself. Purple paint never hurt anyone!
The things you will want to avoid are adding items
such as hot tubs, suanas and swimming pools. While one of these items
may appeal to you they may not appeal to a large percentage of buyers
and do little to increase your homes value and may actually cause your
home to sit on the market longer should you ever decide to sell it.
Remolding and improving your home is a great idea.
Spending the money in the kitchens and bathrooms is a no brainier.