Investing in new siding for your home is not something to be taken lightly. The overall cost of even the least expensive siding on the market adds-up, so it is important to make sure you are happy with your selection before your own siding is ripped off and the new boards get installed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your upcoming siding job, don’t worry! This guide is here to help.
As you read on, you’ll discover a selection of key things you should think about during a residential siding project. Remember, the team at Hatch Homes is here to serve you, no matter where you live in North Carolina or South Carolina. If you have any questions about siding materials in general, specific products, or our exterior renovation services, do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time!
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Different siding and cladding materials have different levels of durability. Before you order new siding for your Carolina home, make sure you’ve done your research and know which material best meets your needs and preferences. If, for instance, you like the look of wood siding, but you aren’t fond of the fact that real wood siding boards often require replacement every decade or so, modified wood siding might be a good option for you.
Or, if you would prefer to avoid wood and wood-look siding altogether, vinyl and fiber cement are both excellent options. Vinyl siding is the most popular choice among American homeowners. It is generally rated to last for somewhere between 20-25 years. High-end styles may last even longer. Fiber cement siding, on the other hand, is so durable it probably won’t need to be replaced for 30-50 years.
Every siding material has its own maintenance requirements. Depending on how much upkeep you’re willing to do, certain exterior cladding options might be automatic “No’s” for your household. Wood siding typically requires the most maintenance, largely due to the fact that it has to be painted every year or two unless you’re going for a raw wood aesthetic on the outside of your Carolina residence.
Both vinyl and fiber cement are low-maintenance materials, although fiber cement requires the absolute least amount of post-installation care of any siding product available to today’s homeowners.
When homeowners begin exterior renovation projects, they almost always have an end result in mind. It is crucial to find a siding option that fits your desired aesthetic. Wood siding, for example, will have a historically accurate appearance if you live in an old North Carolina or South Carolina house that was built before vinyl or fiber-cement were invented. Wood is also a good look for those who like a rustic, farmhouse vibe.
If you have questions about Hatch Homes in general, our service offerings, or our team’s skills, don’t hesitate to call our office at your earliest convenience. Remember, we’re here to help you have a successful siding project! We know the idea of a major exterior renovation can be overwhelming, so we aim to do everything we can to assist our clients from day one until the job is done.