When’s the last time you paid attention to your home’s curb appeal? Your home’s exterior serves as a first impression to visitors, and outdated or damaged siding can make a poor impression. When you’re ready to replace your siding to improve your curb appeal, the most important decision you’ll make is which siding material to choose.
With so many different materials to choose from, it can feel like information overload. We’re here to make it easier for you with this helpful guide on how to make the best choice for your home.
Consider Your Neighborhood and Home Style
Before you do anything else, take a walk around your neighborhood to get a feel for the other houses. Which materials and colors do you see most often? If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, you may have to adhere to certain regulations so your home matches the same style as the rest of the community.
Beyond that, you’ll want to consider your home’s architecture. Certain siding colors and styles will look better on certain homes. For example, a Cape Cod home looks great with shingle-style siding, while contemporary homes look better with siding made from natural elements like wood or metal.
Think About Your Area’s Climate
Next, think about the weather conditions in your area. Here in central Indiana, we get our fair share of rain, wind, sun, and snow, so you’ll want to choose a siding that can withstand those extremes.
At UHQ Construction, we proudly offer James Hardie fiber cement siding, which is one of the most durable materials on the market. We also offer vinyl siding, which is another popular option with homeowners in our area.
Both of our fiber cement and vinyl siding options come in a variety of styles and colors, so you’re sure to find one you’ll love.
Don’t Forget Energy Efficiency
When deciding between different siding materials, opt for an energy-efficient option, which can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature, while reducing energy use. Siding materials come with an R-value rating, which indicates their level of insulation based on thickness and density. The higher the R-value, the more energy efficient the material.
Calculate Your Budget
Finally, before making a final decision, you’ll need to decide how much you’re comfortable spending on your new siding. However, keep in mind that the siding with the lowest price is not always the best value.
For example, while James Hardie siding is slightly more expensive than some other siding materials, it requires less maintenance since it never needs to be painted or stained. Additionally, it has a longer lifespan than other siding materials. So, while you might pay more upfront for James Hardie siding, it could help you save money in repairs over the life of your siding. Keep that in mind when making your decision.
If you choose the UHQ Construction team for your siding project you can take advantage of our comprehensive financing options and special offers to help make your project fit your budget.
Choose the Right Siding Material and the Right Contractor
Now that you’ve read these tips on how to choose the right siding material, you can feel more confident in making the right decision for your home. The only thing left to do is hire the right contractor for the job.
Since 2014, we’ve been serving homeowners like you in central Indiana, becoming the name to trust for exterior remodeling. Request a free estimate from our team today and get one step closer to boosting your home’s curb appeal.