Siding and Your Home Value: Does One Affect the Other?
The outside of your home is more than part of what holds your home together and supports the roof, right? After all, the type of siding you choose not only adds to the insulation level, but it also can affect the home resale value and gives one a sense of the home’s interior. For instance, when one sees a log home, they typically expect to see a country or perhaps western décor while sleek lines may indicate a more modern decorating style.
The siding on your home sets the stage for everything, so you want to be sure you choose wisely and maintain carefully. In fact, the maintenance is more important that the decision regarding type of siding –so choose siding that you will have the time to take care of. Why? Because, loose or cracked siding is an invitation to moisture and insects thus resulting in costly repair jobs!
If you are considering replacing your home’s siding – or perhaps you are building a home and need to select siding- then there are some things to keep in mind if you want siding that adds to your home’s value. These guidelines for purchasing and product factors are as follows:
- You don’t necessarily have to purchase the most expensive siding on the market to have home siding that will last for decades. In most cases the mid-range siding is a reasonable choice and will still maintain your home’s value.
- Don’t let a home siding installer convince you to purchase a siding that you do not want.
- Talk to several home builders and find out what type of siding holds up best for your region. Some siding is more susceptible to nature’s elements than others are. If you live in an area where high winds are common, siding such as heavy weight, higher end plastic shingles that offer resistance are a better value in the long run than a fiber cement shingle.
- Don’t squelch on the installation. Be sure that the installation team you hire has many years of experience, understands your siding choice and offers guaranties and warranties for their work. Poorly installed siding, no matter how high quality the siding, will negatively affect the value of your home.
Your home’s siding is not just an indicator of the home’s interior. It adds aesthetics, protects your home’s structure and interior from the elements and adds to the value of your home. If you are trying to determine what type of siding will add the most value to your home, talk to a professional.
Many websites provide additional information on the topic of home siding and home values. One such site worth visiting is www.aciprefinish.com.
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