3 Myths About Replacing Your Siding Debunked
Home siding is designed to protect, insulate, and create an exterior appearance that is stylish and attractive. Siding can protect your home from exterior elements that could otherwise cause damage, such as the weather, especially rain and snow, and small pests and insects. Siding comes in a variety of materials that impact its overall longevity and durability. However, most homeowners can expect quality years from their siding with proper care and maintenance.
While siding is designed to last, replacement is common and should be expected with homeownership. Siding is susceptible to wear and tear, causing damage under the wrong conditions. When your siding is no longer functioning as it should, a replacement can ensure years of continued exterior protection.
When it comes to siding, there are three common myths that homeowners often encounter.
Siding Is Unattractive
One common myth concerning siding is that it can cheapen the look and feel of a home. There is a misconception that siding can’t be elegant and affordable. This myth often stems from the early days of vinyl, when it was first introduced as a cheaper alternative than wood. Wood can be a long-withstanding standard of elegance and exterior design. While vinyl may have once lacked the elegance of natural wood long ago, that is a thing of the past today. Vinyl is available in a variety of styles and colors that can provide the exact look a homeowner is looking for.
Siding Isn’t Durable
There is a misconception about the necessity of siding. One common myth is that siding is essentially only used for aesthetic purposes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While many siding options are lightweight, they are still designed for exceptional durability. This protects your home from harsh weather, including hurricane-level winds, and other problems, like pests. In addition to protection, siding also helps your home maintain consistent temperatures, which helps keep utility costs down.
Siding can be a DIY Project
DIY projects are a great way for homeowners to be actively involved in the upkeep of their homes. DIY provides an opportunity to learn and, in some instances, save time and money. However, many home projects are best left to trained professionals. This includes siding replacement. Siding replacement can be more complex than it seems. It is vital that everything is installed correctly. A slight misalignment may not be visibly noticeable, but it will be enough for harmful allergens, pests, and moisture to gain access to the home’s interior. An experienced professional can help with material selection to ensure you get exactly what you want. From there, they have the tools and know how to get the job done quickly and accurately.
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Siding plays an important role in the function and exterior appearance of your home. Siding is vital in protecting from outside irritants that can cause costly damage or an uncomfortable living space. When it comes time to replace your siding, don’t let common myths steer you away from quality siding. Contact us to learn more.