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How to Choose Siding for Your Home

November 15, 2017
How to Choose Siding for Your Home

Not happy with your home’s outer appearance? You may want to consider siding replacement, as that can instantly increase the value of your home and vastly improve curb appeal at the same time. Siding cannot only make your home look brand new, but it will also provide an added level of protection from the elements to preserve its structural integrity. Together, these benefits will boost your home’s protection and increase its resale value.

In addition, as the temperatures turn colder you may not be thinking of home projects, but this actually might be the best time to get estimates on vinyl and metal siding. Companies in the roofing and siding industry are starting to enter a slower season, so they would be able to complete your project faster than if installed in the summer months. Here are some key points to consider when deciding on new siding:

How to Choose Siding for Your Home

1. Get an Estimate and Review your Finances

If you are wanting to get new siding, it’s best to explore your options of what is available and different price breaks to understand how much money you need in order to complete the project. It is also a great time to speak with your bank if you need assistance or ask if the company provides financing. A payment plan might be the right fit if you don’t have savings available. Obviously, you can save the money, however, if you have damage or leaks, you may not have time to save the cash because waiting will only make the damages worse. If you need advice on if the project can wait, don’t hesitate to reach out to McKinnis. Our qualified Maintenance and Repair Department can come to the property, review the situation and then provide an estimate.

2. Type of Siding

There are many siding types available for purchase. Your choice will depend on your style, the price of materials and the kind of structural protection you need for your home. When you are on a tight budget, vinyl siding might be your best answer. It comes in a variety of shades. When you are simply looking to add color to the exterior of your home, vinyl will be the best option to give your home a new look at an affordable price. Metal siding is another alternative. It is slightly more expensive than vinyl, but it is extremely durable. When you need something tough, metal is a great option. This siding can last up to 25 years.

When appearance is your top priority, take a look at a wood siding. It will give your home elegance and charm. Cedar is one of the most popular materials. This siding is usually recommended for houses in dry climates. Unfortunately, wood has a difficult time withstanding moisture in very humid areas. However, this siding can last a long time if properly maintained. Stucco is another fantastic option. It is made of cement, and it has a cool, stylish appearance and it’s very durable. It is a bit more expensive than other products, but many homeowners believe it is well worth the price.

3. Choose a Siding Installer

It is always best to hire a professional, experienced company to install your siding. They will be able to handle the materials and perform the installation correctly. At McKinnis we provide a 5-year workmanship warranty on any siding installations. And always remember to work with companies that are licensed and insured. McKinnis is Licensed, Bonded and Insured, so there is no need to worry about anything on the job-site, as we have that covered.

Copywriter: Loraine Ellis, Enterprise Publishing
Editor: Traci Matthew, McKinnis Inc.