After a long winter of freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and high winds carrying debris, your home’s siding may look worse for wear. Our coastal Delaware residents might be looking forward to a good spring cleaning, but inclement weather along the shore this past season means your siding may require even more care.

The coming spring season is a good time for undertaking any large home project, and it’s important to add “replacing and updating siding” to your project list. Updating your siding is essential for reinforcing your home’s protective barriers. While it may incur a higher cost upfront, new vinyl siding may help cut down on energy bills with improved energy efficiency. If you’re looking to sell your house in the future, updating your home’s siding can increase your ROI by more than 50%, according to general consensus among experts.

In this guide, we will help you identify signs that your siding needs replacing and prepare you for the project.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Siding

Identifying signs of wear after a severe storm or season of inclement weather is essential for every part of your home. Cleaning your siding is important when ensuring its durability and assessing damage. Debris and buildup of dirt, grime, or algae can hide weak spots. Some of the most obvious signs your siding needs replacement are:

  • Tearing
  • Cracking
  • Warping or gapping
  • Buildup of mold or mildew
  • Rot

While vinyl siding is considerably more durable than alternative materials, such as wood, it is not impervious to damage. Doing full inspections of your home throughout the year can help you identify problem areas and address them before they become more advanced and expensive issues.

Types of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding comes in various colors and textures, but there are four basic types to consider:

  • Horizontal lap vinyl – This is considered to be the most “traditional” option of the four. It comes in a few different styles, including dutch, beaded, and flat. Some available textures and colors can imitate the look of real wood.
  • Vertical vinyl – This option consists of wide boards running from the bottom of the home to the roof. Smaller boards, called “battens,” are used to seal the spaces between the wide boards, allowing for better weatherproofing.
  • Vinyl shingle – For homeowners that prefer the traditional, rustic look of shingles, this may be the option for you. Shingle vinyl comes in a variety of colors and textures that imitate the look of wood materials, such as cedar. However, this is a more expensive option and does require maintenance year-round.
  • Vinyl shake – Similar to vinyl shingle, vinyl shake offers a rustic look in hundreds of textures and colors. However, unlike vinyl shingle, vinyl shake is a much thicker and more durable material. It’s typically the most expensive option, costing almost double the price of vinyl shingle. In return, it requires little maintenance.

Knowing the available types and costs of vinyl siding is extremely important when budgeting out your siding replacement project. Let’s dive further into these costs so that you can determine a realistic budget.

Cost of Vinyl Siding

Budgeting out home projects is the first step before you hire any contractors, including Advance Inc. It’s important to be realistic about your available funds and the options you can afford. Vinyl siding is typically the least expensive option because it is lightweight and easy to install. However, there are some factors that may impact the cost of your siding replacement project, such as:

  • Type of siding – This includes your aforementioned choice of horizontal, vertical, vinyl shingle, or vinyl shake siding.
  • Size and design of the home – Larger homes have more surface area and will require more materials, increasing the cost of labor. If your home has a more intricate design around the eaves, gables, and corners, it will likely require more labor to properly cut the siding to shape.
  • Removal of original siding – The cost of siding removal is also dependent on the size and intricacy of your home. A larger, more complex structure will result in higher labor costs.

Replacing and updating your home’s siding is no easy task, but we hope this brief guide gives you the confidence and knowledge to kickstart your project.

Here at Advance Inc., we are proud to offer reliable resources and exceptional services to our community and customers. If you’re looking to replace or update your vinyl siding, contact us today to speak to a representative. Or, browse our website to see available services and materials. We look forward to helping you with your home improvement!