As a homeowner, you are always going to have a lot of different choices to make when it comes time to repair or replace components of your home – especially when it comes to the material that you are going to be using to make these replacements in the first place.
But of all the choices that you will inevitably have to make, finding the right siding to go on the exterior of your home and then finding the best siding repair or replacement contractors to install it is one of the most important.
For starters, your siding is the number one line of defense against Mother Nature and everything that she’s going to throw at your home. You need to choose the right material to protect your home as much as possible while making sure that it is also something that you love to look at.
Secondly, even the best siding material isn’t going to be worth a hill of beans unless you find the very best siding repair/replacement experts to install it correctly for you. Siding looks like a pretty simple and straightforward job from those that haven’t ever been involved in this kind of project or the construction world in general – but nothing could be further from the truth!
Use all of the tips and tricks below to help you make the right choices going forward.
Choosing the right siding for your home
Repairing and replacing your siding starts with choosing the right material, and you are going to have plenty of different options to pick and choose from.
Vinyl siding is easily the most popular of all the different siding options, mostly because it is attractive, available in a number of different colors and patterns, cheap, durable, and almost effortless to install correctly.
Brick and stucco siding solutions would be a great alternative as well, especially if you were going for a very colloquial kind of look in a certain part of the country. Brick homes in the Northeast are incredibly popular, and stucco is going to be found all throughout the South and Southwest.
Fiber cement board siding is quickly becoming a viable alternative to vinyl siding, and it offers a lot of advantages. Much more durable than vinyl (which is already pretty durable), vinyl siding mimics the cedar clapboard siding that used to be very popular with a more heavy-duty and protective material. It’s also pretty expensive!
Cedar clapboard siding and cedar shake siding can be taken advantage of on the right homes, but this is going to require a tremendous amount of expense up front as far as installation is concerned and is going to require a lot of money and time from a maintenance standpoint as well. All the same, these materials offer a finished look and aesthetics that you just aren’t going to get out of anything else.
At the end of the day, the options are going to be there when it comes time to find the right siding material for you. You’ll want to work with your siding contractor to find the right solutions for your needs, choosing the perfect material that offers just the right amount of curb appeal and protection at a price point that you are happy with.
Here’s how to choose the right siding contractor
It’s always a good idea to survey the options available in your area as far as contracting services are concerned before you make any decision whatsoever, and you’re going to want to get at least three bids and three estimates for the project that you have in mind.
This will not only give you a better understanding of the overall process (all three contractor services will have to come out and speak with you directly/inspect your property to give you an accurate estimate), but it will also give you a better idea of what this project is going to cost.
From there, you’ll want to talk directly to these contractors to find out:
- How long they have been in this business
- How many customers/clients they can provide you with contact information for
- Whether or not they are fully licensed and insured
- Just how long they anticipate this project taking
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Take as much time as you have available to really kind of sit down and talk to these contractors one on one, getting a feel for who they are, whether or not their personality really meshes with yours, and asking them any and all questions you have regardless of whether or not you think they might be a little silly.
True professionals will be more than comfortable walking you through the entire process step-by-step, will have completely open lines of communication throughout the project, and will be more than happy to furnish you with as many customer reviews and testimonials (not to mention contact information) as they are physically able to.
Always work with legitimate operations as opposed to fly-by-night ones, and always make sure that the siding repair/replacement contractor you hire is fully licensed and insured. You just don’t want to run the risk of moving forward with a less than ethical or less than legitimate operation, especially when it comes to the magnitude and importance of this project.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks come in handy when you get ready to tackle your siding repair or replacement project!