Siding is one of the most important elements of your home’s exterior. It protects your home from harmful weather elements such as rain, snow, and harsh winds. Depending on your location, the siding could also play a vital role in your home’s security.
Siding provides a common theme on the outside of your home, significantly enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
If you are looking to sell your home, new siding will increase the value of your property after years of wear and tear. Bright new siding will typically increase your asking price and attract more buyers. If your home’s exterior looks a bit ragged after years of long, harsh winters, giving your siding an upgrade can enhance your home’s curb appeal and provide extra protection from harsh weather, pests, and make your home more energy-efficient. But why is siding important?
1. The Waterproof Envelope
Siding protects your home as part of the waterproof envelope. While the roof, gutters, and foundation might act the first line of defense against incoming water, the siding also plays an important role when it comes to keeping the interior of your home dry. Siding provides a level of waterproofing to your home and prevents water damage.
Moisture is one of the biggest culprits in the deterioration of the interior of your home. It can cause excessive damage to masonry and cement, windows, doors, and even the foundation. Excess moisture can also create serious mold problems in your home. Siding seals out moisture and waterproofs your home against water damage thus increasing the longevity of your home.
2. Keep Pests Away
Besides keeping your home dry, siding also protects your home from pest infestation. Siding can effectively seal the exterior of your home to prevent the entry of pests. Fortunately, modern types of siding and siding materials are designed to last a long time with minimal maintenance. They are built to resist cracks and warping common in the past, which makes them insect-proof.
Without cracks and warping, most insects and other pests can’t get past the barrier siding provides. However, some siding materials are more effective at keeping pests off your home than others. Poor quality wood siding, for instance, can rot and wick up moisture, attracting grubs and worms. Termites and some types of birds can also easily burrow into this type of wood siding.
Siding stands as your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather elements such as strong winds and heat. Since these elements have an impact on your home’s overall energy performance, siding can be a good place to look for energy efficiency updates. Energy efficiency performance varies between siding materials, so talk to your contractor about which would be best for you.
The key to reducing heat loss and gain via your home’s outer envelope is to combine energy-efficient siding material with rigid foam insulation and quality house wrap. Wood siding offers the best insulating quality or R-value. Mostly, other siding materials come with additional insulation. Common insulated siding materials include vinyl, steel, and fiber cement.
4. Curb Appeal
Last but not least, siding improves your home’s curb appeal. You can choose from a wide range of materials including vinyl, aluminum, or wood panels depending on your preferences. Wood siding, for instance, gives your house a beautiful classic look. Quality siding also increases the value of your home.
New siding increases your home’s value after years of wear and tear. It enhances your home’s curb appeal. A beautiful home means a higher asking price and more buyers. If you’re planning to sell your house faster and at a better price, consider installing new siding before you put the house on the market.
Why Siding Is Expensive?
Siding is meant to guard your home against fire, pests, heavy spring rains, winter storms, and pretty much anything else Mother Nature decides to send your way. Therefore, a lot of work goes into making sure the siding holds against these elements. Poorly installed siding will come apart easily when it gets wet or is exposed to any of these harsh weather elements.
When it comes to the siding material, you need to make sure that you purchase a durable product. High-quality siding will last a lifetime but it comes at a cost. Siding also increases your home’s energy efficiency and repairs structural damage at the same time. As you can see, siding can be expensive but it’s totally worth the investment.
Additionally, new siding has a high return on investment (ROI). You will be able to recoup a high percentage of your investment on new siding when it’s time to sell. When it comes to remodeling projects, completing an exterior replacement project such as siding will give you the best bang for your back.
Looking for a contractor to install new siding in your home? Contact Midwest Exteriors Plus in the Twin Cities for high-quality siding services.