If you’re planning an exterior remodeling project, it’s natural to have questions about what to expect. As your local exterior home improvement experts, we’re here to answer any questions you may have as you prepare for your project. Check out our full list of exterior remodeling FAQs below.
Exterior Remodeling FAQs
What siding replacement materials are available to me?
Here at UHQ Construction, we proudly install James Hardie fiber cement siding and Mastic vinyl siding. Both materials are durable for our Indianapolis-area weather and come in a number of different styles and color options.
What is the average cost of new siding?
The total cost you’ll pay for your siding replacement project depends on the size of your house and the material you choose. As a good rule of thumb, James Hardie siding costs between $4.70 and $8.50 per square foot. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, ranges between $2.50 and $10.75 per square foot.
What are the benefits of James Hardie siding?
Our customers love James Hardie siding because it’s:
- Designed to withstand the weather extremes we experience here in Indianapolis
- Resistant to damage from moisture and pests like woodpeckers
- Available in a variety of design options
- A non-combustible material
- A low-maintenance material
What are the benefits of vinyl siding?
Similarly, vinyl siding is a great option for local homeowners. It’s a popular siding replacement material because it’s:
- A cost-effective material
- Durable against wind, rain, and hail
- A versatile material that comes in designs that mimic other materials
- Easy to install
- An energy-efficient siding option
Why should I replace my siding?
Replacing your siding can benefit your home almost immediately. Not only can it boost your home’s curb appeal, but it can also help ensure the structural integrity of your home, preventing more serious issues from developing.
How can I tell when it’s time to replace my siding?
If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to think about replacing your siding sooner rather than later:
- Your siding is cracked, rotting, or warped
- There is mold or fungus growing on your siding
- Paint is peeling inside your home
- Your siding is severely faded
- Your siding is blistered or bubbles are forming beneath the surface of it
Will new siding help to increase my home’s value?
It definitely can! On average, fiber cement siding can add about $15,100 in value, while vinyl siding can increase your home value by as much as $12,500.
Do I need to do anything to prep for my siding installation?
No, there’s nothing you need to do to prepare for your siding replacement project. Depending on the state of your current siding, we’ll either remove it before installing the new siding or we’ll place the new siding over it.
Will new siding help to improve my home’s energy efficiency?
The right siding material combined with proper insulation can make your home more energy efficient, helping to lower your electricity bills. If efficiency is important to you, we can help you choose the right material to help boost your energy savings.
How long will my new siding last?
With proper installation and maintenance, vinyl siding can last between 20 and 60 years, while fiber cement siding can last between 30 and 50 years, although it will likely need to be repainted after 10 to 15 years.
Do I need to replace all of my windows at the same time?
No! You can opt to replace a few windows at a time as needed or you can replace them all at once. It largely depends on your budget and the state of your existing windows.
Do I need roof repairs or a full replacement?
If your roof has small areas of damage like curling shingles or missing flashing, you might be able to get away with repairing it. However, if your roof is more than 15 years old and has bigger areas of damage, you might end up saving money in the long run by replacing it completely.
How long will my new roof last?
It depends on the material you choose and how much storm damage it withstands, but generally speaking, a new asphalt shingle roof can last between 15 and 30 years with proper installation.
What are the benefits of replacing my front door?
Your front door is one of the first things that people notice when they come to your home. Here are a few of the benefits of replacing it with a new model:
- Increased security
- Improved curb appeal
- Improved energy efficiency
- Better sound protection against outside noise