When Judy Hartley was building her home, her siding options were inexpensive, but limited.
“The only choices were beige, gray, just the real plain neutral colors so that’s what we got,” explained Hartley. “We went cheap. That’s what we did. And then we lived with it. Then we started to notice other houses. They had more color.”
While Hartley continued to grow envious of her neighbor’s home siding, she decided to give her home a makeover that made her and her neighbors happy.
“We really love it. Our neighbors, of course, are all glad that we did it. There was a total stranger riding by on a bike one day and he said you have the most beautiful house in the neighborhood, so that made us feel good,” said Hartley.
Like many homeowners, Hartley was trying to find the perfect balance of exterior beauty and home protection.
“While many people think about the exterior of their home as an asset as far as beauty of their home, it’s really a big protector of the inside. If you think about it, your siding, the exterior of home is what is protecting you from the elements so you want to be sure it’s in good condition and taken care of every year,” explained Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
If you are in need of residing, professionals recommend looking into siding options that can save you money.
“More people will tend to do the vinyl-insulated siding once they learn about all the sidings because the first question I ask them is do you want more of a maintenance-free product that is going to save you on energy? Sure. That’s why people replace windows. They are energy efficient. Well siding is energy efficient when you are looking at insulated siding,” said Steven Smalley a Siding Contractor.
Completely residing your home can save you money in the long run, however, it is an expensive cost upfront. So if you are happy with the protection your current siding provides your home, it may be time to break out the paint brushes.
“Painting can be one of the easiest way to give your home a facelift. You can change the trim or even the entire color of the house,” said Hicks. “Remember you can paint wood siding, even brick. But do keep in mind if you are going to be painting vinyl siding you want to check the manufacturer’s warranty before doing so because some warranties will be voided if painted.”
The type of paint you decide to use is another thing to consider. Professionals say that while some paint can be expensive, it will last longer and protect the siding better.
Another helpful tip when purchasing new siding is to purchase extra pieces in case you need to do some repair work in the future.