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Siding Makes Sense

Home siding insulation by Arctic Insulation, Cedar Rapids, Marion

Siding Can Improve Your Home’s Value

Chances are when you plan for home upgrades or building a new home, siding is on your list. Especially if you own an older home. It’s a smart move for a lot of reasons. Siding provides a long lasting exterior for your home as well as energy saving insulation against cold and heat. If you have any plans to sell your home, it will prove to be a good investment. Like most major home improvements, you need some time to plan and budget and late winter is a perfect time to do both.

Getting Started

Days of metal siding are pretty much over. But there are lots of other options to choose from. Improvements to the grain of vinyl siding make it seem more like wood than in the past and for a fraction of the cost. But fiber cement or composite siding has grown in popularity, giving a stucco-like finish to home exteriors.

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Siding

Here are the pros and cons of each of these options:

  • Vinyl
    • Pros
      • Probably the most widely used siding
      • The faux wood-grain accents have been perfected and from a distance, it resembles wood
      • It requires no painting
      • It also comes in a variety of colors, although your neighbors would probably appreciate your selection of a more neutral color. It will help resale values, too
      • Easy maintenance – Power wash once a year to keep it looking clean-note some manufacturers recommended soap and water, not high-pressure
      • Cost efficient
      • Insulated vinyl will likely result in lower heating and cooling costs
    • Cons
      • Difficult to spot repair. Usually an entire slat has to be replaced
      • It’s flammable and releases toxins if it catches fire
  • Fiber Cement
    • Pros
      • Considered somewhat “green.” Contains recycled materials
      • Holds paint longer than wood siding
      • Not susceptible to termites
    • Cons
      • Product is heavier and more difficult to install
      • Tends to be more expensive
  • Engineered Wood
    • Pros
      • Looks like real wood despite being made of wood by-products and recycled wood
      • Stronger than wood siding
    • Cons
      • Needs paint every 5-to-10 years to protect the siding
      • Can result in water-related problems if it’s not maintained properly.

Also consider what you want the siding to look like. Planks of wood or shake shingles? Fish scale shingled siding can make a nice accent on the upper exterior of your home, especially if you have an older multi-level home since it mimics the type of meticulous woodwork that once graced Victorian-era homes.

Finally, before you get too far along your path to new siding, make sure you find a reputable installer who can help with siding prices, product recommendations and installation recommendations. Arctic Insulation provides siding and insulation in the Marion-Cedar Rapids, IA area. If you’d like a consultation, call us today for a free quote. 319-261-1000.