Siding is one of the most cost-effective home exterior remodeling options. Most types of siding, even wood siding, don’t need repainting and can last for as long as you own your home. But what if it’s turning 15 years old next month and it still looks okay? There are some valid and compelling reasons for re-siding your home even when it doesn’t look old or damaged.
The siding might be in relatively good shape, but its appearance is outdated. You might also wish to re-side your home after adding an extension. Especially if the siding is an older product or it can’t be easily matched, it might be a good choice just to start from scratch.
Particularly if the siding had already been installed when you first purchased the house, it might be the wrong kind, either for you or the climate in which you live. If you find yourself constantly maintaining the cedar siding, re-siding could help you reduce the time and money you spend on upkeep. The same goes for a type of siding that is not suited to our Pacific Northwest climate. For example, if the interior walls of your home are sporting patches of mold, it could be due to the porous nature of compromised stucco siding.
Have you noticed an increase in your heating bills? If the answer is “Yes,” then re-siding could be the ideal solution. Replacing the existing siding and pairing it with some kind of energy-efficient moisture barrier or waterproof house wrap will help keep heat in during winter months and out during the summer.
Whether you will be an empty nester, moving for a new career opportunity or retiring someplace with less rain in the not-so-distant future, you will be putting your home on the market. The siding might appear all right to you but not to prospective buyers. Re-siding now will allow you to enjoy the benefits of a new home exterior as you’re getting your home ready to sell.