Siding plays a vital role in the protection of your home, but it also adds tremendous curb appeal and overall value to your properly. Choosing the right siding is as important as choosing the contractor to install it. Big Fish Contracting has nearly two decades of exterior renovation experience and expertise and has successfully completed hundreds of projects, large and small.
The Importance of Siding
Most homes and new constructions are framed and then lined with particle board and a special wrap to hold in insulation and partially protect wiring and plumbing. But particle board and tar or wrap need their own protection from the elements. This is where siding comes in, and choosing the right siding for your home’s needs is important.
Choosing to re-side a home can add incredible value and beauty to your property while also adding important elements like energy efficiency and additional insulation. Re-siding a home is no easy task and requires the appropriate permits, removal processes, and installation techniques to create a technically sound and beautifully finished product. Work with an experienced contractor like Big Fish to turn your dream exterior renovation into a reality.
Signs You Need New Siding
The decision to re-side your home can come from either necessity or want. Siding, like any building material, does have a lifespan and after years pass, may require repair or updating based on the needs of your home. If there are any signs of the following, it may be time to reach out to Big Fish Contracting for a free inspection and estimate!
Bubbling or Blistering
When siding is exposed to intense amounts of moisture and heat, the upper layer of siding can begin to bubble and blister, exposing underlying layers of the siding. If you see signs of bubbling or blistering, it is important to have your siding evaluated and replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Hail, high winds, or debris from major storms can cause chipping, denting, or cracking on siding which can limit your siding’s ability to act as a protective barrier against the elements. If your siding has been damaged due to weather, it’s a good idea to replace it right away.
Sometimes, there’s nothing particularly wrong with siding – it’s still protective and durable, but you may not love the style, material, or color. Outdated siding can severely limit the value of your property and an update can really enhance the beauty and value of your home. Siding will have to be replaced at some point, so why not find something you love early?
Happens when fungus feeding off of moisture causes wood to decompose. Dry rot weakens siding and inhibits its ability to act as a shield against the elements. If you see signs of dry rot, call Big Fish Contracting for an inspection to evaluate how far the fungus has spread and to create a plan to fix the issue.
Cracking in siding creates open opportunities for water to penetrate the underlayment of your exterior wall which can cause major water damage. A few cracked pieces of siding can be replaced, but if you’re noticing cracks around your home, it’s time to re-side.
Siding can loosen over time due to wind damage, the home settling, or even from improper installation. Loose siding cannot properly protect your home and should either be secured properly, or if damaged, replaced entirely.
Siding Material Options
Advanced in the siding industry have lead to a growing assortment of materials and style options to meet all homeowners needs. There are a lot of characteristics to consider and a lot of choices to be made. We have compiled key information on the top four siding materials to help guide your decision making. Check out some basic information below and click through to learn more about each type of siding material.
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding choice for homeowners because it is both affordable and versatile. This hard, plastic-like material is installed on most residential homes and advancements in production have enhanced the visual quality making it similar to real wood.
Engineered Wood (LP Smartside)
Engineered wood siding is a newer offering on the market that combines the attractive look of wood, but is as low maintenance as vinyl siding. This siding material is made of wood fibers and resins that have been pressed into panels and is an attractive complement to any style of building.
Wood siding is the most traditional type of siding and is known for its unmatched natural beauty. It easily shapes to all home styles and with proper maintenance, wood siding can have a long life while adding tremendous value to your home.
Made primarily from steel or aluminum, metal siding is traditionally used in commercial construction. However, its longevity and low maintenance qualities, coupled with the rise in industrial design, have made metal siding a popular choice for residential homes.
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