Siding For Your Home

It's easy to overlook the importance of siding on your home. That is until it begins to fail, and you are left with mold growth, rotted wood, and other interior damage. Siding not only makes your home beautiful, but it protects it from environmental damage. It insulates your house from the cold and heat. When your siding is damaged, your home is left open to the elements.


What Are The Benefits Of Durable Siding?


Siding has a dual purpose. First, it protects your home while offering insulation from the weather and lowering your energy bills. Second, it adds attractiveness and curb appeal to your home. If your siding is damaged or worn, you may need to consider a residing project.


Why Might You Need To Replace Your Siding?


There are various reasons your siding may need to be repaired or replaced.

  • Hail Damaged Siding. If you've recently experienced a hailstorm, you may want to call a contractor to inspect your siding. Everyone knows hail can cause roof damage, but your siding can take a beating as well. After the storm, look over all the exterior walls of your house. Hail can dent your siding and even create tiny holes or cracks. These damaged areas allow moisture to get in. Even small dents can make your siding weaker over time.
  • Wind Damaged Siding. Hail isn't the only weather element that can damage siding. Strong winds can cause cracks and chips in your siding. Flying debris can create dings or even holes in your siding. During extreme weather, entire pieces of siding can be ripped off your house. This severe damage exposes your walls to moisture and needs to be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Outdated Siding. Siding is the first thing you see when you look at the exterior of a house. Sometimes you can refresh your siding by power washing or giving it a fresh coat of paint. But if your siding has signs of worn, the color has faded, or it has been warped, it may be time for a replacement. And siding has improved in recent years giving homeowners benefits such as energy savings, lower maintenance, and increased durability.


How Does Residing Work?


When you ready to start a siding project, your first step is to contact a siding contractor. They can give you free estimates and help you work with your insurance company if your siding has been damaged due to weather events. Most insurance companies will cover a siding replacement if it is obviously due to a storm or high winds.
When you decide to install new siding on your home, you have several different materials to choose from. Your contractor can help you determine which is the best for your style and budget. Common siding materials include vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, aluminum siding, and wood siding. Each of these materials has pros and cons, which your contractor can help you determine which is the best for your home. Don't neglect your siding. This is one area of home maintenance that you don't want to put off until tomorrow. Call Sullivan & Fortner today!