It may be a cliché, but the old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is true not only for you but also for your home. Aside from landscaping, the exterior is the first thing people notice — homebuyers in particular are all about curb appeal.
New siding is one of the easiest ways to give the outside of your home a facelift.
“You’ll probably recoup 60% to 70% of the costs, depending on the siding you go with as well as other factors, such as your region. And you’ll get a little bit of energy savings,” says Jim Eldredge, product manager at Sears Home Improvement.
“Vinyl siding is our biggest product line in the siding arena,” Eldredge says.
It’s come a long way in terms of looks, and maintenance is simple.
“It doesn’t have to be repainted every three to five years. It doesn’t dent or rust. You can just hose it down, and it looks good as new,” he explains.
You can use siding to cover up something that doesn’t look good. For example, repair that rotting wood and then cover it with siding, rather than replacing it with wood that will need more maintenance.
It can also give your home a whole new look, says Eldredge, who works in Florida, where there are a lot of stucco homes. “Vinyl siding isn’t as prominent here as it is in the Northeast, Midwest or Texas. But plenty of people want to change the look of their home and put siding next to stucco.”
Siding panels are thicker than they used to be, and Sears offers three finishes: satin, flat or wood cedar grain. And although most people are using neutral colors — gray, tan, sand and wheat — Eldredge says he’s seeing increased popularity in greens like moss and sage in the Southeast and Texas.
He’s also seeing people use a lot of the darker colors: deep blues and grays, accented by tan or gray.
“We’ve even seen red in a deep, almost brick color, pop up,” Eldredge says.
Color is now saturated all the way through the siding, and because of that, manufacturers are able to offer darker colors and increased durability.
“In the past, when it got hot, you might see buckling,” he says. “But that’s gone away with improvements in the chemical makeup of vinyl and polymers.”
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