Your home is likely your biggest investment. As a homeowner, you take pride in your home. This means you want it to look great and retain its value. One way to increase your home’s value and add curb appeal is with a full siding replacement. Unlike a partial siding repair or installation, with a full siding replacement you get the best value and the option to completely change the type or style of your current siding.
At Colorado Siding Repair, we walk alongside homeowners to help protect your home’s value and give you the look you want. We lend our expert knowledge to our Colorado clients in order for you to make the best siding selection for your home and budget. We also know the correct information to provide to give your insurance company what they need to approve your siding replacement project.
What is Composite Wood Siding?
Composite wood siding is a product made from hardwood and softwood residual fibers that’s bonded with an adhesive product and sealed with paper laminate. It’s a lower cost alternative to natural wood siding. Also, composite or engineered wood siding requires less maintenance than natural wood.
Today’s composite wood siding offers solid durability and low maintenance in a variety of style options. However, many Colorado homes build in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s had a substandard composite wood siding installed that did not hold up to the manufacturer’s warranty. The products used for those homes are no longer manufactured, but many homes still have this siding.
If your home has defective composite wood siding, it’s critical to replace the siding once it experiences damage. If you have older siding that is warped or discolored, it’s likely damaged and needs replacement. These defective products are much more susceptible to water damage, which can lead to long-term problems for your home.
Get the Best Value with a Full Siding Replacement
A full siding replacement is a smart decision because it offers a better value than a partial replacement. Upgrading to top quality siding increases the value of your home. Plus, you won’t have to worry about replacement siding for decades.
When you elect to replace all of the siding and trim on your house, you have the freedom to choose a better-quality product than your home’s currently installed siding. The better products often cost less on a per square foot basis than the cost to match an outdated product of lesser quality.
At least part of this is due to the added efficiency that comes with tearing everything off and starting from scratch. The other part of the cost savings occurs from the fixed costs, like setup and delivery fees. These costs are the same whether you update one wall or the whole house.
For example, it doesn’t cost Colorado Siding Repair more in overhead to manage an 1800 square foot project than it does to manage an 800 square foot project. When you compare a partial replacement project with a full replacement project, the set costs are reflected within the total estimates to give you a clear view of the savings. It’s worth it to spend a little more in total to receive the aesthetic improvements and added value for your home.
When you choose James Hardie fiber cement siding, the financial benefits are even greater. The product includes a 30-year warranty for the siding and a 15-year warranty for the trim. Also, some insurance companies offer lower premiums for homes with fiber cement siding because the product is fire and hail damage resistant. (https://www.jameshardie.com/why-hardie/lifetime-value) Finally, fiber cement siding increases home values more than vinyl siding.
Repair and Replacement Alternatives
Depending on the type, age and level of damage, a partial siding replacement may work to fix the issue. If the current siding is a better-quality, composite wood material like LP SmartSide, a partial replacement is an option. Though, this still usually requires the entire wall to be replaced in order to ensure the integrity of the replacement siding installation.
The good news is that a partial replacement saves money on an overall home installation. If only a small portion of the siding is damaged, you shouldn’t require a total replacement for your home. The material and paint color usually can be matched for seamless end results.
However, if your home has defective composite wood siding or extensive damage, the best option is a total replacement. In these cases, a new, better quality composite wood siding, like LP SmartSide, may be used.
Another smart choice is to upgrade to fiber cement siding, like the James Hardie manufactured siding. This product is a superior option for Colorado homes. It’s available in a variety of styles and has a solid reputation for durability and longevity. James Hardie names top-quality and highly-respected companies the distinction of being a James Hardie Preferred Professional. Select a company, like Colorado Siding Repair, with this honor to install your fiber cement siding to ensure you receive the best possible product and service.
Signs Your Home Needs Replacement Siding
How do you determine if you need siding repair or replacement? There are a few common signs that show a need for new siding. Rot, cracks, gaps and siding that bulges are all signs of a problem. These signs may also be accompanied by visible or hidden mold. Mold is a serious issue and should be corrected accurately and quickly to avoid further damage and health issues for you and your family.
Another warning sign that your siding isn’t working like it should is higher energy bills. When siding gaps, cracks or no longer aligns correctly, air drafts occur causing unwanted heat exchange. New siding is an investment to not only make your home better, but also operate better.
Faded color or the need to paint frequently indicates your current siding is worn out. This greatly impacts the curb appeal of your home. A poor paint job or faded siding doesn’t reflect the pride you feel for your home. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms with your siding, it’s time for a full siding replacement to get your home back on track.
Retain and Increase Your Home’s Value
The value of your home is determined by a variety of factors. The condition of your home impacts the home’s value regardless of location, market trends, size and neighborhood comparable prices. If your home is in disrepair, like with old or damaged siding, the value will be lower. Your home may also be more difficult to sell.
According to Remodeling Magazine, siding replacement has one of the highest returns on investment with homeowners recouping almost 80% of the costs. (https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/). The bottom line is that a full siding replacement adds value to your home. This is especially true when you select a top-quality product, like James Hardie fiber cement siding.
Maintain your home’s value by choosing to replace your entire siding instead of a partial replacement, and gain the freedom to give your home the look you truly want. It’s a smart investment that pays in the long run.
Add Curb Appeal to Show Pride in Your Home
Arguably, the biggest change you can make to the exterior of your home is with new siding. In fact, the style, type and color of your home’s siding is the main factor in curb appeal. As a homeowner, you know that the outside of your home makes the first impression. Not only is this important to display the pride you feel in your home, but you and your family get to arrive home each day to a welcoming and beautiful exterior.
If you live in a neighborhood with a Home Owner’s Association, you may receive fines or citations if your siding or exterior paint is in poor shape. Most HOA’s require upkeep for your home’s exterior to meet your contractual obligation. Avoid the embarrassing reprimands by staying on top of curb appeal projects, like with siding replacement.
Create a great first impression and take pride in your home with new and improved siding. At Colorado Siding Repair, we help our clients choose the right siding to meet HOA requirements and your personal style.
Best Siding and Trim Option for a Full Siding Replacement
Colorado Siding Repair offers a variety of siding types, styles and brands. However, our preferred siding solution is James Hardie fiber cement siding. You just can’t beat the reliability, durability and versatility of this resilient product.
James Hardie siding is made from sturdy component parts that stand up best to the extreme Colorado elements. While Hardie board is a bigger financial investment than many other products, like vinyl siding, it lasts longer, adds more value to your home and looks much better. Plus, it’s a more affordable option than wood siding.
Fiber cement siding is a superior product due to its protective design. It is built to resist water penetration that leads to cracks, swelling and mold growth. When you invest in fiber cement siding, you’re making the choice to keep your home protected and looking great for years to come.
With the James Hardie brand, you get a wide selection of styles, including lap siding, shingle siding, vertical siding and more. You also have the option to choose pre-painted siding with James Hardie ColorPlus Technology offered in a variety of colors for an even better investment.
However, even though James Hardie is our preferred product, we aim to provide our customers the products and services you desire, this includes LP SmartSide and other siding brands. While we will always provide our expert recommendation, our main goal is to give you the results you want for your home.
How to Select the Right Siding Company for Your Home
Choosing the right siding company may feel risky. After all, full siding replacement is a big investment and expense. However, with the right knowledge and tools, you’ll be ready to make an informed and wise decision.
When selecting any home service company, always check that the company is licensed and insured. This seemingly small thing can make a big difference in the risk you take on during your home improvement project. Be wary of paying a deposit to a company that isn’t licensed or established in your local area.
Reviews, references and referrals are an excellent view into the reputation of home service companies. A quality and experienced company will gladly share references. Most homeowners are more than willing to discuss their experience, whether positive or negative. Plus, a reliable company will have online reviews and most provide reviews on the company’s website.
When selecting a siding installation company, ensure you understand the details of the estimate. Don’t be surprised with add-on charges. A complete siding repair project is a big job. If an estimate seems too good to be true, then make sure you question exactly what’s included in the estimate.
Local companies, like Colorado Siding Repair, understand the unique needs of the area. For Colorado, this means the low humidity, high altitude and regional weather patterns. This personalized knowledge allows our company to find the best products and processes to give your home a beautiful finish while ensuring long-term results and peace of mind.
Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, products and services needed to make your home look its best. Contact Colorado Siding Repair to get an estimate on your full siding replacement. We offer a customized approach to meet each homeowner’s needs and help you take pride in your home.