How To Choose Vinyl Siding To Increase Your Home’s Value
We have years of experience in helping homeowners choose and install vinyl siding so we thought it was about time we addressed the issue of how it affects home value. If you’ve just found our site you’ll notice that we don’t employ high-pressure sales tactics and you’ll never get a better price today than tomorrow. The issue of whether vinyl can or will increase your home’s value is far from straight forward, so we’ve created a list of considerations you should mull over before making your choice.
Will Vinyl Siding Increase My Home’s Value?
If siding is appropriate to the style and age of your home, adding siding to your home may increase its market value. This is a subjective issue so it’s worth consulting real estate agents as well as landscape architects for their opinions. Besides vinyl, siding is available in aluminum, cedar, pine and engineered woods, so you will have to properly research which material compliments your home. Your task is to choose a complimentary style of siding in an appropriate material that improves the visual appeal of your home, and this is easier said than done. For example, wood is the best option for homeowners in a neighborhood of historic homes constructed primarily of wood and masonry where adding vinyl siding would diminish a home’s appeal and value.
How About Wood-Effect Vinyl Siding?
High-quality vinyl siding is available in a ‘realistic’ wood grain texture and authentic shades that emulates actual wood. This may improve the cosmetic appeal of your home’s external walls without having to worry about maintenance costs of real wood. In summary, while it’s true that vinyl siding won’t rot or flake as wood can, it still needs to be washed at least once a year. A roofing company can help you with this and will clean your siding with high-pressure water as part of a roof cleaning package. Notice that we said wood effect vinyl is ‘realistic’ – you can still tell it apart from real wood so it may negatively impact upon your home’s value if used inappropriately.
Will The Durability Of Vinyl Siding Affect My Home’s Value?
When choosing between manufacturers, you should always consider the warranty and guarantee. The principal appeal of using vinyl is that it doesn’t need repainting or re-staining as wood does, but this is also its greatest drawback. You see, quality vinyl siding has the color baked through so you won’t notice scratches so much as wood, but vinyl is more easily damaged and may fade over time. For example, a ladder might scratch or dent the vinyl if you aren’t careful and in a storm, debris might fly up and hit the vinyl. This damage will show far more readily on vinyl than on wood. Of course you can always paint vinyl if it’s faded or if you want to change your home’s color but then it’s no longer maintenance-free!
Double Check The Quote And Installation Methods
This is our final piece of advice to consider before deciding whether vinyl siding is right for your home. For a start, always ensure that you get a quote for your entire project, not just a square foot pricing that fails to include all necessary products! Secondly, be skeptical of salesmen who claim that vinyl siding will improve your home’s energy efficiency (by reducing the transmission of heat through the walls). There is little evidence for this claim. Finally, always inquire about the installation method, as you don’t want water to build up behind the vinyl and damage your home’s walls with rot, mold or damp. We wish you the best of luck with your research and you’re welcome to phone our experienced staff for a no-obligation discussion about our vinyl siding!