3 Reasons You Should Consider Replacing Your Vinyl Siding

Are you trying to figure out how to improve the exterior of your home? Although it can be frustrating to know where to invest your money, you might be able to solve several issues by getting new siding. Here are three reasons that you should consider having that antiquated siding removed and getting brand new panels installed by professionals like those at A1 Roofing & Siding.

1: Protect Your Home From Impact

If you are like most people, you probably make the mistake of assuming those old vinyl panels are more sturdy than they really are. Unfortunately, many homeowners discover the actual fragility of their outdated siding after their son hits a baseball into the side of their house or after an extreme hailstorm passes through the area. When damage happens suddenly, it might leave you with a gaping hole in your home's exterior.

Older versions of siding are prone to breakage because the panels usually contain a hollow void between the siding and the surface of your home. This space allows the panels to bend, crack, or break if they are subjected to any impact. Fortunately, there are newer forms of siding that are created to be highly resistant to impact. Foam-backed siding is filled rigid foam, so panel surfaces can withstand more force.  

Because foam-backed siding is incredibly resistant to damage, it also has a longer lifespan than other types of building exterior products. In fact, impact-resistant siding is manufactured to last at least 50 years. Once you replace that siding, you can worry about other things while your home stays safe from harm.

2: Energy Cost Savings

Believe it or not, siding is one of the most energy efficient home exterior options. Energy efficiency is rated by R-Value, which is a measurement of how effective a product is at blocking heat loss. The higher the R-Value, the more efficient the material is.

While insulated siding has an average R-Value of R-3 or R-4, brick exteriors only have an average R-Value of .44, or less than R-1. If you decide to combine the benefits of foam-backed insulation with home wraps, you can actually increase the R-Value to around R-16 to R-20. Improving the R-Value of your home exterior by upgrading your siding has been shown to reduce your annual energy costs by up to 5%.

In addition to saving you money, making your home more efficient will also improve your interior climate. Your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter when you don't have to worry about your carefully temperature-controlled air leaking out of the sides of your house. 

 3: Aesthetics

Are you concerned about improving the curb appeal of your home? If you are looking for a way to make the exterior of your home look brand new, replacing old siding is an excellent option. Here are a few ways that new siding can make your home look better than ever.

  • Available in Multiple Colors: If you aren't head-over-heels about that pale blue or musty yellow siding that currently envelops your entire house, you can change the entire color of your home by replacing the siding. Vinyl siding is available in many colors, so you can customize your home's appearance to your personal preferences. 
  • Longer Beams, Fewer Seams: Do you hate the look of the joints that are created between the different vinyl panels? Fortunately, new vinyl planks are designed to be longer than ever, so you won't have to stare at as many of those seams.

Professional siding installers will be able to evaluate your home's exterior and install the siding in the most efficient and attractive manner possible, so that you don't have to deal with a life-long eyesore.   

Replacing your siding will help you to keep your home safe from the damaging effects of hail and wind, while completely transforming the exterior.