The exterior of your home acts as a barrier to protect your home from the elements. It is exposed to wind, rain, snow, heat and much more. The siding is a very important layer of defense. It also adds a lot of curb appeal, it is the cover to the book of your home.
Vinyl siding does not have to be painted, but it should be cleaned at least once a year.
The siding can become bowed or buckled in the hot summer days, and freezing temperatures can cause it to become brittle. If it wasn’t properly installed, it can cause the joints to separate. Having a barbecue grill or a fire pit too close can cause heat damage, or melt the panels. It is waterproof and resists water infiltration.
Aluminum and steel siding can oxidize and dent over time, and the color can fade. Aluminum siding wears well on a home, but can be quite noisy. Expansion can cause banging and popping when sunlight warms Additionally, aluminum siding is waterproof, but it should not be a moisture barrier, it wasn’t as common to install an underlayment at the time aluminum siding was in fashion The siding should have small holes along the bottom of each plank. However, if it doesn’t have enough or if the holes are blocked, moisture can trap inside the wall causing mold and unforeseen damage.
Aluminum siding has become pretty outdated and isn’t readably available anymore. it is recommended that clients replace their aluminum siding with a more modern and useful type of siding that can better protect their home.
You should inspect your home’s siding regularly and have a professional inspect it once a year. A siding expert, like those at Heller’s will be able to make any necessary repairs, or advise you when it is time to replace the siding.
When it is time to replace your siding, there are many choices. The most popular are vinyl, wood, and fiber cement. The experts at Heller’s can walk you through the process and help you choose the right siding for your home.
Vinyl siding is great in all weather conditions and easy to maintain. It comes in a wide array of colors and profiles to match any style of home. Simply pressure wash it once a year, to help maintain it’s beauty.
Wood siding can add charm to your home and comes in a variety of stains. However, it is higher maintenance and must be inspected annually to identify and repair any damaged pieces, either by the weather or insects or small animals and birds.
Fiber Cement siding is more durable than wood, but offers the same aesthetics. It is resistant to termites and rot, can be painted and is low maintenance. Coming factory finished in a full spectrum of colors, the finish will last a long time and gives a rich appearance. It resists the oil canning of vinyl in temperature fluctuations, and has a high wind rating. By far, this siding is the most durable and has the longest lifespan.
When you are ready to replace your home’s siding, Heller’s can come to you for a consultation, bringing along samples that meet your needs and preferences. Quality materials and skilled craftsmen will transform your house into a beautiful place to come home to every day.
Whether your home has new siding or the original siding of the home, proper maintenance is always necessary to keep it looking as good as new, and protect your home from the elements. With proper care on your part, and a little help from the professionals, you can keep your home looking wonderful for years to come, and ensure it is properly protected, as well.