Replacing your home’s old and outdated siding is one of the simplest steps that you can take to instantly transform and modernize the look of your home, thus boosting its overall curb appeal. Yet, considering replacing your siding represents a significant investment, you are not alone if you have been putting off replacing your dated siding for some time.
However, what many homeowners do not realize is that their siding is not purely aesthetic, it also serves a critical role in protecting their home’s structure, and there are many practical benefits that come with having outdated siding replaced.
In fact, replacing worn siding is one of the most important things that you can do to maintain your home. If your home’s siding is showing signs of age, and you are unsure whether to have it replaced, here is a look at just a few of the benefits you stand to gain by doing so.
Increased Curb Appeal
Nothing makes a home look more old and worn out than siding that has seen better days. If your home has begun to look run down and no longer has the curb appeal that made you fall in love with it to begin with, it may be time to consider replacing your home’s siding. You will likely be surprised by how transformative replacing your home’s outdated siding can be.
In fact, with countless colors, materials, and designs to choose from, new siding can make your home look brand new. Alternatively, if you enjoy your home’s antique charm, choosing a similar siding will allow you to restore your home’s original look. Not only can replacing your home’s siding give it a fresh look, boosting its curb appeal, but choosing a weather and UV resistant material will ensure that your home looks beautiful for years to come.
Of course, not only will replacing your home’s outdated siding boost its curb appeal, but it will also increase your home’s resale value as well. In fact, while replacing a home’s siding is a significant investment, it is one of the best investments to make if you plan on selling your home in the near future, as siding replacement has an extremely high return on investment (ROI), with homeowner’s earning back 80-90% of the project price.
As an added bonus, replacing your home’s siding can also make your home easier to sell, as an attractive home with good curb appeal is more likely to entice prospective buyers.
Improves Energy Efficiency
Many homeowners are aware that having old windows can cause them to spend more money heating and cooling their home, which is why it is often one of the first things homeowners replace during a remodel. However, what you may not be aware of is that replacing your home’s siding can improve energy efficiency as well. You may be surprised to learn that old siding may not be doing much to protect your home from the elements, and replacing your worn siding could actually increase your home’s insulation.
Additionally, if your home tends to feel drafty and/or it does not have sufficient insulation, your contractor could add insulation to your exterior walls when they replace your siding to reduce heat transfer. You could even choose to invest in a house wrap to help prevent wind from entering your home, further improving energy efficiency. Replacing your home’s siding can improve your home’s overall energy efficiency by:
- Reducing heat transfer
- Helping seal your home against drafts
- Reducing the need to heat and cool your home
You will likely be surprised to discover the extent to which replacing your siding and adding insulation helps to keep you comfortable year-round. Even something as simple as choosing light-colored siding could help you to stay comfortable. If you live in a warm climate, light-colored siding will help to reflect sunlight, keeping the summer heat out.
Dark colors absorb heat, so if you currently have dark siding, this could be contributing to your high summer electric bills. Replacing your outdated siding with something light-colored and insulated will then help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Ensures Your Home’s Structural Integrity
Having your siding replaced can also help to ensure your home’s structural integrity. One of the biggest problems with old siding is that it can warp and crack, allowing water to seep into the walls of your home. Unseen water damage is one of the biggest threats to your home’s structural integrity, as even a little bit of moisture can lead to wood rot and widespread structural damage that could end up being extremely costly.
Replacing your siding once it begins to look warped, cracked, faded, or damaged in any way is then an important preventive step to take in order to prevent costly damage to your home. Having aging siding replaced can help protect your home’s structure as it will allow your contractor to:
- Look for signs of water damage
- Perform any repairs if necessary
- Take preventative measures to prevent future water damage
- And inspect your home for any damage that could threaten its structural integrity
If you replace your siding soon enough, you may be able to prevent any damage from occurring, and proper siding installation will keep moisture out of your home for years to come. Replacing your home’s siding will then allow you to rest easy knowing that your home is protected from water damage and does not have any hidden structural problems.
Transform Your Home With Replacement Siding
Replacing your home’s siding is a significant investment that can help to increase your home’s value and curb appeal while helping to ensure your comfort and safety year-round. If your siding is looking worse for the wear, and you believe that it may be time to have it replaced, feel free to contact us to learn more about the benefits of residential siding replacement.