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Siding FAQ

  • Will homeowners insurance cover the cost?
    No, Homeowners insurance may only covers the cost of siding repair if the damage was caused by an event covered in your policy. This usually includes storm damage, vandalism, fire, or smoke.

     

  • Can you replace a few pieces of siding?
    You can replace a few pieces of siding if the damage is in a small section. Be careful that adjacent siding isn’t inadvertently damaged when pulling out the pieces needing replacement.

     

  • How much does it cost to replace rotted wood?
    The cost to repair rotted wood siding depends on how much siding you need to be replace and varies for each contractor. It also depends if there is any structural damage underneath, such as rotted sheathing or framing. This should be discussed prior to work starting and the cost should be in writing.

     

  • Is it worth replacing siding?
    Whether or not it’s worth replacing siding depends on your goals. Replacing siding can increase curb appeal and keep the integrity of your home safe and secure. You could also increase your home value with new James Hardie siding. One report notes that homeowners recoup 82%
    of James Hardie siding costs when selling.

     

  • Is it cheaper to paint a home or  use vinyl siding?
    It’s cheaper to paint a house than to put siding on it. A paint job costs about half as much as new siding. However, a fresh coat of paint won’t fix major damage and may only extend the life of old siding for a few years.

     

  • How much does it cost to repair Asbestos Siding?
    The cost to repair damaged siding with asbestos ranges from $18–$45 per square foot depending on the amount.

     

  • What type of siding last the longest?
    Fiber cement siding is the longest-lasting siding. You can expect fiber cement siding to last 30–50 years.   

     

  • Is Vinyl Siding Energy-Efficient?
    Vinyl siding can improve energy efficiency when paired with proper insulation, reducing thermal bridging and air leakage, and reflecting solar heat, especially if light-colored​​.

     

  • How to Clean Vinyl Siding?
    Cleaning involves rinsing, scrubbing with a mild cleaning solution, and then rinsing again. Stubborn stains may require specialized cleaners​​.

     

  • What are the Benefits of Choosing Vinyl Siding?
    Benefits include durability, low maintenance, aesthetic variety, affordability, potential energy efficiency, a wide range of styles, and being eco-friendly​​.

     

  • What is the Cost vs. Resale Value of Vinyl Siding?
    You could recoup up to 67.2% of the cost of new vinyl siding in home value​​.

     

  • What Is Siding Caulk and Do You Need It?
    Caulking is used to seal siding panels and gaps to prevent storm damage and water infiltration. It's important to know where to apply caulk to avoid potential damage​​.

     

  • How do I select a Siding Contractor?
    Choose a licensed and certified contractor based on experience, community reputation, and the warranties offered on both siding and installation​​.

  • Can siding Be Installed Over Existing Siding?
    In some rare cases, new siding can be installed over existing siding if the old siding is still in good condition, mold free and flat, but it's essential to check for moisture issues or damage first. We typically never recommend going over old siding as many time it will void the warranty and not solve any existing problems.

  • How long does vinyl siding last? 

  • Vinyl siding typically lasts 20-40 years, depending on the quality of the material and exposure to extreme weather.

  • How much does new siding typically cost?
    Costs vary widely based on the home size, siding quality, and labor. On average, homeowners might spend $25,000 to $74,000 for a complete siding replacement.

     

  • Are there Financing/Incentive Programs for new siding?
    Home equity loans, personal loans, or manufacturer financing plans are common. Local or federal programs may offer incentives for energy-efficient siding. Some reputably Licensed contractors do offer financing also.

     

  • Will new siding increase my homes value?
    Yes in almost all cases new siding can significantly enhance curb appeal and increase home value, making it a worthwhile investment.

     

  • How do I Find a Reputable siding Contractor?
    Look for licensed, insured and certified contractors with solid references and experience with siding projects.

     

  • How do prepare my home for new siding?
    Clear the area around your home, remove any fragile items from walls due to vibration, and ensure easy access for contractors.

     

  • How long does siding installation take?
    The time frame depends on the home size and siding type but generally ranges from a one to three weeks.

     

  • How do I Maintain my Vinyl Siding?
    Wash annually with mild soap and water, inspect for damage, and promptly repair any issues to extend its lifespan.

     

  • How do I Deal With Damage to my vinyl siding?
    Small cracks or holes can be repaired, but larger damaged areas may require panel replacement. Consult a professional for best results.

     

  • Is vinyl siding Eco-Friendly?
    Some vinyl siding is recyclable, and insulated siding can improve energy efficiency, but production and disposal impacts vary.

     

  • Can vinyl siding Perform well in Extreme Weather?
    High-quality vinyl siding can withstand most weather conditions, including wind and rain, Cheaper alternatives will fail within a few years, 
    it will become brittle in extreme cold or fade over time in intense sun. 

     

  • Is vinyl siding Energy Efficienct?
    Insulated siding improves a home's thermal envelope, reducing energy bills by keeping heat in during winter and out during summer.

     

  • What kind of Siding Upgrades are there?
    Consider insulated siding for energy efficiency, or invest in higher-quality materials for better durability and longer lifespan.

     

  • What are the Alternatives to Vinyl siding?
    Other siding options include fiber cement, wood, aluminum, and stucco, each with its own set of benefits and considerations.

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