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Curb Appeal 101:
Enhance Your House with New Siding

One of the easiest ways to make an older home bring a higher real estate value is simply to replace old, stained and worn siding. And, while technology has made a variety of new materials available, you can, if you choose, re-side your house in the same wood, aluminum, cedar, vinyl or stone that might have attracted you to the home years ago. request a cost quote »

While the old, familiar sidings are available, most of today’s homeowners actually choose vinyl siding instead. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that all vinyl siding looks alike. Modern technology has made it possible for you to take advantage of the durability and convenience of vinyl but enjoy the appearance of virtually any type of covering you prefer. Thus, vinyl siding can be made to look like wood shingles, stone, brick or even logs.

In addition to coming in multiple colors and forms, vinyl siding is rigid, strong, and impact resistant. It is factory made from polyvinyl chloride, which is formed in such a way that the color permeates the entire piece. Thus you never have to worry about scrapes that take off the paint. Even if you do have an accident that requires replacing a piece, it’s a fairly simple matter to send a sample to the company and get some pieces made to match.

Many people install vinyl siding themselves, and, if you are handy, it can certainly be done. However, you may find it worthwhile to let a professional install it for you. That way you can have a satisfaction guaranteed contract and are less likely to have to put up with mistakes. Also, take the time to purchase a quality grade. The better grade siding costs little more to install than a cheap grade siding and you may be able to have a lifetime guarantee included.

Aluminum siding has also enjoyed renewed popularity due to the wide variety of colors and styles. However, aluminum is definitely a type of siding that should be installed by a professional. It is very durable and usually will not need painting, but the aluminum panels are difficult to handle and crease easily until fixed in place. Aluminum is similar in price to vinyl.

If you can afford the cost and don’t mind the maintenance, you can still use wood shingles or stone. Wood will need to be painted every few years, but some people believe well kept wood siding increases the value of the home more than vinyl. It’s largely a matter of preference.

Real stone and brick are also still available. However, before purchasing a few tons of stone, check out the modern faux stone. It is factory made stone that comes in thin, preformed slabs. The manufactured nature makes it possible to produce it in a variety of natural colors which rival nature herself. Of course, it is one of the most expensive types of siding available and requires expert installation, but if you have a historic home or an upscale home where aesthetics are a major concern, you may want to get some quotes on stone.

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