House Siding Louisville-A Job Done Right
We know many people are looking to get the best siding for their home for the lowest price possible. While this is not always easy to do, we will do our best to help our clients figure out what they really want and need, help them understand what kind of investment they will need to make to get what they want and how can we help with that.
Most projects are simple, but there are those that a bit more complicated, due to unforeseen factors. This is where we come in with our experience and advices. While we can offer a quality house siding, we can also offer affordable prices. Our client will be presented with all the information, he only needs to make his choice.
We'll talk about various house siding options available in order to help our clients figure out what option would suit them best. This website will be helpful to those who know something about this subject and to those who know little or nothing about it. There are many DIY folks out there, but remodeling, house design and repairs are not everyone's favorite. But that's exactly what we love and know to do, so we are going to help the best way we can.
REPLACE YOUR HOME SIDING OR REPAINT IT?
Should you replace your home siding or only repaint it? Depending on where you live, the weather can influence the exterior of your house dramatically. Climates that are tougher for siding are those with a lot of rain and hailstorms. You may want to replace the whole siding if it is made out of wood. This material will usually rot and buckle early if it has to endure a lot of rain and moisture. The best thing to do is to estimate the value or replacing and repainting and if they are quite close together, you know what to do.
If you already have wood or even vinyl siding, your best bet is to replace it with hardie planks. These fiber cement boards are a good investment and will pay off in the long run. Actually, they are the best cost-effective material you can find on the market right now.
A lot of people are choosing this material beucause it requires less maintenance, waterproofs the home better and raises their home value. One other thing I need to say is that the installation has to be done properly. More often than not, a poor installation leads to water infiltration. And some faulty installed siding, like masonite, Weyerhaeuser and LP siding became famous for the damage they made to the homeowners.
I am writing about this because many people don't know the facts. A lot of people are ready to pay for repainting while they do not know that for the same price they could get entirely new hardie siding! Yes, there are many contractors out there who care little about their reputation and are ready to take a lot of money from the less informed client. This is why it is important to do some research. At least that is easy today, when you have Internet to helo you.
When it comes to cost of siding replacement, it varies a lot because every home is different. But I can surely say that you will need $5 per square foot for replacement - this means tearing off the old siding, getting new hardie boards installed and having them painted. Corner trim and home wrap are included in the price. For example, a 2500 square feet home would need to spend around $9,000 for siding replacement. And when you take into account that some contractors will take $8,000 to repaint a siding that is in really bad shape, you know that something is wrong. You should get at least three estimates to see what would be best for your budget and your home.
There is no house siding material that is completely waterproof and that's the fact. Any contractor that tells you otherwise is not telling you the truth. There are more and less reliable materials when it comes to water resistance and waterproofing. And, besides the type of the material, the quality of installation and protection beneath play a role too.
A Short Word On Vinyl
While this is a waterproof material, the siding is not completely waterproof. This is due to installation - the planks overlap each other and it can happen that some water will come through the seams. High winds can help this process to occur more often. Proper installation will reduce this problem and the water will be chanelled away from the dangerous areas, or should I say, the areas where water can easily accumulate.
Weep holes are often seen in vinyl siding since many brands use the. They are made to help with drainage - any water that is trapped behind the wall will easily drain via these small holes. The air circulation will make sure that happens.
And What About Fiber Cement?
Many contractors praise this material for its durability, resistance and excelletn waterproofing. These cement planks are very dense and long, so there will be less seams for the water to accumulate and seep over the edges. Hardie planks are made to be much more durable than vinyl planks so they can survive high winds, hailstorm and other impacts.
A lot of homeowners notice their vinyl siding has holes and cracks that allows water to leak in. These cracks are often caused by hailstones. Another problem is, the moisture quickly gets to the interior wall and then even more damage has been done. This is why fiber cement planks are superior to vinyl, they won't allow water to come through because they won't crack or chip away. Also, no warping and rottin will occur as well.
What you can do is to add weather barrier beneath your house siding and additionally protect your house. It's something many manufacturers do and your home will be wrapped in securely, while air flow will ensure any water to drain out quickly.
You should talk to your contractor about these options. Some contractors won't tell you everything because they would have to put in extra work, or because more expertise is needed or simply because they are not licensed to do the specific job. Do some research and see what options you have, then make your choice and find reliable, experienced contractor.