Is your house’s siding in disrepair? Has your house become an unsightly eyesore on your street?
If so, it might be time to look at replacing your house’s siding. This may seem pretty daunting, but house siding installation is not as difficult as it seems. Let’s quickly review some of the key things you should think about before getting started.
Preparing for House Siding Installation
As you prepare to replace your house’s siding, you will need to determine what kind of siding you will be installing. Will you be replacing only certain portions of your siding, or will you be replacing it all? Will you be matching the same style as you had before or changing your house’s look?
Some indications that you need a replacement rather than just a repair are:
- Animal infestation
If your siding’s damage is starting to spread to multiple points, it is generally more efficient to just replace all of it. Depending on where you live and what type of siding you install, the siding will usually last between 20 and 50 years.
Home insurance does not typically cover the cost of total replacement of siding, but it may cover the repair. Regardless, it does not hurt to contact your insurance company and confirm your policy coverage.
Before you get started, make sure you plan the layout and measure how much siding you will need. You will then need to decide what type of house siding you will install.
Types of House Siding
There is no one perfect siding that will work for every house. Deciding on what kind of siding you will need depends on the climate in your region. You should also consider how quickly you are looking to receive a return on your investment.
Consider the following types of siding:
- Vinyl board and batten
- Natural wood
- Engineered wood
- Vinyl cedar shakes
- Fiber cement
- Cement Hardie board
- Stone veneer
From this list, vinyl is the most commonly installed siding material on homes in the US and Canada because it is the most affordable option. Vinyl siding is also very low maintenance and comes in a variety of colors and styles.
Cost to Install Siding
One of the first things you should consider when preparing to replace your siding is whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor.
Hiring a contractor who specializes in siding replacement may cost you a little more than doing it yourself, but you will typically be guaranteed to minimize future maintenance. Unless you’re a licensed handyman, hiring an expert will invariably be more seamless than your own installation.
Due to supply chain impacts during the pandemic, construction material costs have experienced a 5% to 10% increase. Vinyl siding typically costs between $3 to $12 per square foot and tends to be a little cheaper than metal siding. For the most accurate price for your area, you should contact your local hardware store.
Prices may vary from one supply store to another, so try visiting multiple stores and negotiating a better price.
Typically, the overall cost to replace exterior home siding is between $5000 and $14500, but your exact price may vary.
Keep on Reading
We hope you have enjoyed this brief overview of house siding installation. By now, you understand how to prepare to replace your house siding, the different types of house siding, and a rough estimate of the cost to install replacement siding.
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