When you decide to undergo home renovations, both interior and exterior, deciding upon the right materials, in both appearance and product, is an extremely important step. One night recently, a friend of mine was looking to redo the exterior of his home. Unfortunately, nearly all of the siding on the home had to be replaced, which can be a costly project. Luckily, this gave him the opportunity to increase the overall value and appearance of his home by choosing siding that matched both the personality and overall environment of the home. Many individuals tend to overlook this aspect of home design, but it is vital! First impressions are everything, and the first thing anyone will see when they come to your home is the outside.
We prefer the siding experts over at Blue Ridge Exteriors, however, you are more than welcome to choose a contractor that you have used in the past and feel comfortable with. Be sure to do your research on the company before you hand over your hard earned money!
Whether you decide to attempt a do-it-yourself siding renovation (if you’re extremely knowledgeable on the subject), or want to outsource the project to the pros, taking the right steps and researching and reviewing the various siding materials and brands available to you are the first steps down the right path. After you’ve come up with your budget and colors you’d like to incorporate, you can decide on a type of siding. In general, there are a large variety of siding options, but one of our favorite brands, James HardiePlank, has some great choices:
- Beaded Siding – This can be a great appearance for your home, and it is currently one of the more popular options around the country. This type of siding is strong, durable, and looks great. In a lot of cases, this can be a very excellent replacement for colonial-style homes, that typically use beaded siding styles.
- Lap Siding – If you live in a climate where the weather can be on both sides of the extremes, you may want to go with a more durable and weather-resistant siding. Lap siding provides overlay on each piece of siding, allowing water and other elements to brush right off.
- Vertical Siding – A very versatile and adaptive siding, this is a great siding option for resisting fungus and mildew, and providing an excellent surface for painting.
No matter which type of siding you decide to go with, it’s important to take the time to see which color would suit your preferences exactly. Make sure to take into account aging of the siding, because the color will tend to fade slowly over time. Many individuals choose to go with a color that is more natural or earth-toned, simply because the fading of these colors isn’t as noticeable. If you decide to go with a siding color that really pops, then it’s important to consider the fading and wear and tear.