Vinyl Siding

Signs Your Siding Needs To Be Replaced

Old SidingFiguring out whether your home’s siding needs to be replaced isn’t always easy. The signs of damage are often subtle, and may not seem to require immediate attention. However, leaving damaged siding on your home can quickly lead to more expensive problems, and it’s important to keep an eye on any damage and address it quickly! Interested in learning more about how you can identify whether or not your home’s siding needs to be replaced? Keep reading below for more information!

Warping

The first sign you should consider replacing your siding is if you notice parts of the system are warping. This means that water has entered your siding and is either warping the boards (depending on the material) or causing damage to the wall behind it. If you notice that your siding is beginning to warp, have it examined by a professional as soon as possible!

Fading

A less damaging concern, but a detriment to your curb appeal, another issue that may warrant a siding replacement is faded siding. Over time, UV rays will begin to wash out the color of your siding, which can detract from your home’s value. If you’re planning on selling your home in the future, replacing faded siding is worth it to spruce up your home’s exterior!

Cracks In The Siding

Another reason that you should consider replacing your siding is if the system is staring to crack or break in areas. Whether it’s a symptom of the siding’s age, or the siding has endured blunt force damage, it’s important to quickly address any cracks in the system, as they offer water an opportunity to infiltrate your home’s walls and quickly cause expensive damage that’s difficult to repair!

Mildew or Mold

Depending on your siding material, mildew & mold could be a major maintenance concern, or they could be a sign that your siding needs a full replacement. If you have wooden siding, mold or mildew will spell the end of the materials lifespan. However, if your siding material is vinyl or fiber cement, it’s possible that you can remove the growth with a bit of soap and hot water. However, you do want to address the cause of the growth, which could be water in your siding, or something as simple as that section of the home getting very little sunlight.

Contact Us Today

If you’re ready to replace your home’s siding this summer, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist with your remodeling needs! You can contact our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Benefits of Vinyl Siding 

Vinyl Siding on HomeThe exterior of your home is important for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Exterior elements of the home like your siding will make or break the curb appeal of your home. Siding is also important for maintaining temperature inside the home by providing insulation, preventing pests from finding ways into your home’s walls, and of course protecting against harsh weather conditions. There are many different materials you can use for siding on your home, but the most popular in today’s market is vinyl siding. Once you learn more about the benefits of vinyl siding, you’ll understand why it’s the siding material so many homeowner’s decide to purchase and install! Let’s discuss a few of the benefits below!

Economical

Vinyl siding is among the most affordable and cost-effective types of siding you can purchase. It’s easy to install, so you won’t be paying high prices for installation like you would with other siding materials like wood or fiber cement. The exact price point for material and installation of your vinyl siding will depend on the size of your house and the manufacturer you choose, but overall vinyl siding tends to be a very cost effective choice for your siding replacement.

Durable & Versatile 

Vinyl siding is extremely durable and can last longer nearly 50 years when properly maintained and repaired in a timely fashion! It’s not likely to be damaged by a storm, but if it is, repairing just the affected section of the siding is cheap and easy! Vinyl is also loved by homeowners because of how versatile the design options are. Vinyl siding can be found in nearly any color imaginable. You can also install vinyl siding in a vertical or horizontal pattern, and even add scalloped accents on certain areas of the home in order to add an extra touch of curb appeal! 

Energy Efficiency 

You’ll save money each month on your heating and cooling bills after installing new vinyl siding. Vinyl is very efficient at keeping outside temperatures from entering the home and keeping the temperature-controlled air that’s inside from getting out. While it’s not as important as your window or roof to your home’s energy efficiency, new siding, particularly insulated vinyl siding, will undeniably make an impact on your home’s energy efficiency. This will not only help your bank account; it helps to lower your family’s carbon footprint too! 

Low Maintenance 

Vinyl siding requires little to no maintenance. You should visually inspect it each spring and fall to look for any cracks, holes, or warping. The damaged areas should be repaired or replaced and that’s it, you’re done with your siding maintenance! You can also clean the siding with a scrub brush or power washer if it gets dirty, as shady areas may be prone to mold or mildew growth in the right conditions.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in installing new vinyl siding on your home this spring, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! You can contact our team today by calling us at  (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Should I Consider Replacing My Siding?

Old Vinyl SidingWhen it comes to your home’s exterior, one of the most important aspects of your property is your siding. Much like your roof, your sidings primary purpose is as a line of defense against the elements. However, it provides so much more for your home, including insulation, and functioning as the single largest focal point of your home’s exterior. Considering how important your siding is to the health of your home, it is important to keep the system in good repair! Interested in learning a bit about why you might want to consider replacing your siding this year? Keep reading below for more information!

Do I Need New Siding?

The first question homeowners should ask themselves is whether they truly need a siding replacement, or if it can be repaired. It ultimately depends on a number of factors. First, you should ask yourself how old your home’s siding is. If it’s been on your home for twenty or thirty years and is relatively weather-worn, what looks like a minor repair could have allowed a great deal of moisture into your home, necessitating more extensive work. However, if your siding is new, or hasn’t been damaged for a great deal of time, you can likely consider repairs instead of replacements. Ultimately, it is best to enlist the help of a contractor, who can advise you on one option or the other.

Are There Any Visible Signs Of Damage?

Next, you should assess the siding for signs of damage. This could reveal itself in a variety of ways, including through visibly broken siding. However, oftentimes, the damage is much less obvious. In addition to blunt damage from falling branches or other objects, homeowners should keep an eye out for signs like mold & mildew growing at the edges of the siding, as well as warping, which can indicate that water has found it’s way into the home.

Do You Have Other Goals For Your Home’s Exterior

Finally, you may consider replacing your home’s siding simply because it feels like the right time. Maybe you’re considering a move in the coming years and want to improve your home’s value. Perhaps it’s simply time to update the look of your home. Regardless of your motivation, sometimes it’s simply time to consider a replacement, and that’s as good a reason as any!

Contact Us Today

If you’re ready to replace your home’s siding this winter, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Comparing Vinyl & Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement from James HardieWhen it comes to replacing your home’s siding, there are so many options it can often become overwhelming. How can you possibly know which material is right for your home when there are so many on the market? While there are plenty of options out there, they’re not all made equal, and it’s important to do your research and find the option that is right for your home’s exterior. To help you get started, our team has put together a guide comparing two of the most popular siding materials in North America, and our companies two most installed options, vinyl siding, and fiber cement. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences and advantages of both options, keep reading below for more information!

Aesthetics

When it comes to aesthetics, both options are fantastic in their own right. James Hardie boosts a truly enormous selection of color options, ensuring that no matter what your home’s exterior color scheme is, you’ll be able to find the perfect option for your home.

However, while fiber cement is available in a wide array of options, vinyl siding is North America’s most widely manufactured siding material, which means it is available in an unmatched amount of color & style options. At the end of the day, whichever siding option you choose will be available in a wide variety of color and style choices, meaning you really can’t go wrong with either option.

Pricing

If you’re looking to replace your home’s siding on a budget, vinyl siding is going to be the best material for the job. One of the major benefits of vinyl siding’s long-run as North America’s most popular siding material is that it is now widely-manufactured, helping to lower the cost of production. Vinyl siding is considerably cheaper to install than fiber cement. However, it is important to note that if you intend to live in your home from decades to come, fiber cement is often the better option, despite it’s higher installation cost. Vinyl siding is inexpensive to install, but it wears down faster, and if you want a siding option that stands the test of time, fiber cement tends to be the better choice, which can make it the cheaper option in the long run.

Durability

Another important factor to consider when comparing siding options is which material offers more durability. Here, the comparison is relatively close. While fiber cement’s major drawback is that it is known to absorb water if not sealed properly, vinyl siding is completely impervious to absorbing water. It can still mildew, and it is important to keep clean, but it doesn’t deteriorate from water damage in the same way that fiber cement does. Fiber cement in general is a durable option that is capable of withstanding nearly anything Mother Nature has to throw its way.

Vinyl siding is immune to rot damage, but that doesn’t mean it is the most durable option on the market. It can be damaged from blunt force, which means if you have any kids in the yard playing baseball, you may want to consider another option. Overall, both options are quite durable, and you can’t go wrong with either.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s siding replacement options, our team at Doing It Right is ready to assist! We have a wide selection of both vinyl & fiber cement replacement options to choose from, ensuring that we can find the perfect option for your home’s exterior. You can reach out to our team today by giving us a call at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!