When you’re in the market for siding, it’s not just about selecting the right siding material. Especially if the house is older or you want to improve your home exterior, new siding can instantly enhance curb appeal. To choose the right kind of siding best suited to your home, focus on cost, functionality and esthetics.
Start with a budget and have a plan. The siding material you pick will have an impact on the total cost of your home improvements project. Also consider other improvements you might want to make in the future. If you plan adding on to your home, building a new garage or constructing a work shop, now is the time to think about how these other exterior elements will be coordinated with the new siding.
Research! Research! Research!
Do your homework. It’s not only the cost of siding materials that varies. Exterior finishing contractors offer different products and levels of service. If you’re having a company do the installation for you, know exactly what’s involved before signing a contract for goods and services. Take advantage of the free estimate many siding contractors provide.
Check Them Out
You can find out a lot about a siding company online. But if you can, ask neighbours, coworkers and friends for referrals as well.
Tour the Hood
Walk or drive around your community and look at homes, particularly ones that have just been built or recently re-sided. This will give you ideas about what you would like and how different types of siding might look. It will also give you some idea of what is or is not allowed if your neighborhood is governed by specific bylaws, heritage building restrictions, etc.
When buying new siding, select siding made from recycled or sustainable materials. Choosing quality siding will help it last longer. Consider a siding material that requires fewer resources to maintain it.
Neutral or Bold
Don’t underestimate the power of color. Your siding can “make a statement” or be subdued – use color to create the right look for your home.
Make your home as energy efficient as possible by matching siding with local climate. In the Lower Mainland, the more moisture-resistant the siding is, the better protected your home will be. You don’t want heat to escape from the inside or moisture to get in from the outside.