Depending on the quality of installation and the material used, the siding you have installed on your home can last more than two decades. That’s great news considering that you can use it as a way to improve your home and increase its resale value. However, many homeowners often forget about their siding or take it for granted since most siding options have relatively long lifespans.
Despite their longevity, all siding options will, after some time, need to be replaced. Doing so is crucial if you want to protect your home’s interior and foundation. According to a Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, there is a benefit to this, considering that siding replacement delivers approximately seventy-five percent ROI (return on investment).
With options to mimic other materials like wood or stone and virtually-limitless colors to work with, an experienced and skilled siding installation contractor like Sentinel Exteriors can help transform the feel and look of your home. We can help you boost the value and curb appeal of your home; keep it protected from snow, harsh winds, hail, sleet, and rain; and insulate its interior from cold during winter and heat during summer. The good thing about it is that it’s all quite affordable.
Are you looking to have your siding replaced? Get in touch with Sentinel Exteriors by dialing (678) 578-5100 and speak to a professional for more information.
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When Should I Have My Siding Replaced or Repaired?
Here is a look at some of the signs that indicate you need to have your siding replaced.
Damaged Panels or Boards
In most cases, any form of physical damage to siding often warrants a complete overhaul. When siding’s been left unrepaired for a while or has experienced widespread damage, a simple panel or board repair will most probably not be an option as the underlying structure has already been compromised and needs to be worked on to prevent structural damage.
Peeling, Fading, or Cracking from Weather
Peeling, fading, and cracking are all signs of aging and often occur due to frost and thaw cycles and harsh sunlight. Also, if the paint on your siding no longer holds, it could be a sign that it is time to have it replaced.
Moisture or Water Damage
Fungus growth, mold, rotting, and anything else related to water damage is a definite sign your siding needs to be replaced. Swelling or warping may also occur in some siding materials. On steel siding, water damage will display itself in the form of rust.
Interior Wall Damage
While your siding might look great on the outside, if you see mold growth or water damage inside your walls, chances are there’s an issue with your siding – either that or you have a plumbing problem. If the damage is due to faulty siding, consider having the issue checked by an expert as soon as possible. Call us on (678) 578-5100, and we’ll have one of our siding experts come over and inspect the problem right away.
High Energy Bills
Unseen holes or gaps in siding, as well as old or weakened insulation, manifest themselves in the form of inflated electric bills. To create a controlled climate in your house and save yourself money, have worn siding replaced as soon as possible and have extra insulation added if required.
Sentinel Exteriors can help you determine whether your siding can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced. We offer free estimates and inspections to homeowners in Woodstock, GA, and surrounding areas for their home’s siding, windows, roofing, and gutter needs. Get in touch now for more information on what we can do for you!
The Average Lifespan of Different Home Siding Material
Exterior siding can be made using various materials ranging from wood to vinyl to steel, with each type having an average life expectancy. Here is a look at the average lifespan of some of the most common siding materials.
Of all siding materials, Aluminum is the most inexpensive. However, it possesses one of the shortest lifespans considering that it has to be replaced after 20 to 40 years of service.
Just like aluminum siding, wood siding lasts for about 20 to 40 years. However, with meticulous care and a few other factors like paint, the location of your home, and wood type, its longevity can be extended by several years.
Despite being quite expensive, steel siding is one of the most commonly-used siding materials owing to its durability. If installed properly and well taken care of, steel siding can last 40 years or more before needing replacement.
Something worth noting about stucco siding is that it can be installed in two different ways:
- Over a concrete block.
- Over a backer board on a frame wall made of wood.
When installed over concrete, it has a lifespan of 60 to 80 years, and when installed over the backer board, it has a lifespan of 50 to 60 years. However, it’s worth noting that these estimates are both determined by three regular maintenance tasks that involve re-caulking and repainting. That means that the siding needs to be well taken care of for it to last long.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular options when it comes to home cladding and lasts longer than what most people think. With no cleaning and little effort, this siding can last for 60 years; however, it could last for up to 100 years with meticulous maintenance and care.
Fiber Cement Siding
This is another siding material that’s quite popular with homeowners as it is inexpensive, durable, attractive, and requires little maintenance. When properly installed and maintained, fiber cement siding can last for over 100 years. With such a life expectancy, you will never have to worry about getting your siding replaced during your lifetime.
Types of Siding We Offer
Here at Sentinel Exteriors, we offer a variety of siding options to suit your unique needs and your Woodstock, GA home’s style.
As we’ve already seen, vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding materials in America. But what makes it so popular? The material combines low maintenance and lasting performance with some excellent textural appearance and color options. Siding made of vinyl offers far more superior insulation performance than many siding materials and is amongst the most cost-effective options available today. With basic maintenance and care, quality vinyl siding can last for generations.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
Insulated vinyl is just regular vinyl siding backed up by a solid, unbending type of foam insulation. The insulation is filled in the spaces behind the siding’s stepped profile, making it rigid and more resistant to movement and warping than conventional vinyl siding. At the same time, the insulation adds some insulating or R-value quality to the siding. This added layer of insulation makes it perfect energy savings. Apart from that, it also improves noise-dampening while keeping insects and moisture out.
James Hardie Siding
James Hardie siding, also known as cement board siding or Hardie board siding, has been around for a long time. The siding, which was created by James Hardie, is typically billed as a long-lasting, low-maintenance material and is America’s #1 fiber cement siding material and brand. The siding is made of cellulose fibers, sand, and cement, which combine to create a strong, durable, and good-looking material that comes with an excellent warranty, and which does a great job at protecting and beautifying homes.
Hardie board siding generally comes with a limited 50-year warranty and is insect and rot-resistant. Apart from that, it withstands salt spray from the ocean quite well. The fact that the siding is 90% cement and sand means that it is fire resistant and can withstand the harshest of weather.
How Much Does It Cost to Re-Side a House?
Estimating how much it’ll cost to have your siding replaced can be a challenge. The cost of re-siding a home is usually determined by several factors, which include:
Type of Siding Used
The material used to make a siding will determine how much it costs. Of all available options, Hardie board siding is the most expensive but is the most effective when it comes to protecting your home. It’s closely followed by wood, whose costs vary based on the color/stain and cut. Vinyl siding is the most cost-effective, considering that it’s not only affordable but also durable.
In most cases, when siding is being replaced, some other parts of your home’s exterior will also have to be replaced. Replacement items can include crown molding, trim, soffits, and fascia.
Size of Your Home
The size of the area that needs siding replacement will affect the overall cost of the project. Exterior siding is measured and valued by square footage; thus, the more you need, the more it’ll cost.
Removal of Existing Siding
Most contractors will include the cost of removing and disposing of existing damaged siding in their fees.
Inspections and Permits
In Georgia, residents must get a permit whenever major work is being done on their home. It’s worth noting that acquiring these permits does incur a small fee, which is included in your final bill if we pull the permit for you.
Want to know more about siding replacement costs near Woodstock, GA? Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
Choose Sentinel Exteriors for All Your Exterior Siding Needs
Of all siding material options available, two materials stand out for their durability, cost-effectiveness, and beauty – those two are James Hardie siding and vinyl siding. At Sentinel Exteriors, we understand this, that’s why we offer our customers nothing but quality products from trusted brands.
There is a reason why we are considered one of Georgia’s most highly-rated contracting companies. And that is because we always do our best to ensure our clients’ needs are met in a professional and timely manner.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about siding replacement/installation in Woodstock, GA, call (678) 578-5100 and speak to one of our siding experts today.