4 Things to Consider Before Siding (or Re-Siding) Your Home
High-quality, expertly installed siding makes a huge difference for the appearance of your home’s exterior—especially here in Western New York, where our homes face the wrath of unpredictable winter weather year after year. It’s no secret that these long winters can take a toll on our homes, even causing visible wear and tear that accumulates over time. That’s why investing in quality, durable siding is such a smart move. Whether you’re re-siding your home or starting from scratch, Kaz is here to help with tips on materials and preparation before you get started.
- Inspect your home for other repairs first. If your siding is in rough shape, there’s a possibility that simply replacing it might be only a cosmetic solution to a larger, underlying problem. If cracked or damaged siding has left your home exposed, check for any structural issues or water damage and make any necessary repairs first.
- Find a qualified contractor. The siding is often the first thing we notice when we look at a home. In order to make the best impression possible with a flawless final product, you need a contractor who specializes in siding installation. In fact, you need more than just a contractor—you need a meticulous craftsman. When you work with Kaz on any home improvement project, you’ll work with an experienced specialist who has in-depth knowledge of the materials and takes a custom approach to every task.
- Choose the right material. The most popular siding materials are vinyl, wood and fiber cement. Of these three, fiber cement tends to be the most worth the investment. Fiber cement doesn’t change or become warped with fluctuations in temperature and humidity—a plus for a climate where these things varying drastically over the course of a year. It’s especially durable and resistant to fire, rot and termites. Whereas wood siding requires dedication and careful attention to maintain, fiber cement is incredibly low maintenance. And unlike vinyl, it can be molded and manipulated to mimic other styles of siding for a custom look. Plus, it typically comes with a long warranty, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it for up to 30 years.
- Consider the aesthetics. Re-siding your home is an opportunity to start with a blank slate if it’s time to give your exterior façade a refreshed look. Consider contrasting textures or colors to add an element of depth and increase your curb appeal.
- Prep the workspace. Before the contractors arrive, it’s best to make sure the perimeter of your house is free of obstructions or debris. You may also want to remove any window boxes, decorations or shutters. Because work on the outside of your home may cause vibrations on the inside, consider taking down any interior wall hangings as well.
When it’s time to give your siding a facelift or if you’re starting from scratch on a new build, contact the siding specialists at Kaz Home Improvements. We’ll help you choose the right materials, address any aesthetic questions and work with you on a final product that makes your home shine.