When in need of a change in scenery, some people might automatically think of moving into a different neighborhood. However, more often than not, relocation isn’t even necessary. They just need to spruce up the place they currently reside in.
Outside of completely rebuilding or remodeling a home, a great way to enhance the appeal of one’s house is to update its siding and give the exterior a new coat of paint. Apart from changing how a house looks, replacing old siding can help lower the energy consumption required to maintain temperature indoors. Moreover, new siding can increase a home’s overall sale value.
There are countless types of siding that homeowners can choose from to make their residence more appealing. These include fiber cement, vinyl, cedar, aluminum, and cedar. With so many options available on the market, it is understandable that homeowners in St. Paul become a little confused when determining which would provide their home with the most value.
To get sound advice, experts recommend that homeowners look to certified professional contractors who have lived and served in the area for a long time, as they will know what is the perfect siding for St Paul homes, given the local climate. Angie Hicks from Angie’s List provides additional tips:
- Homeowners must weigh the pros and cons of the different siding types and choose what best fits their personal tastes and budgets. For example, some products require more maintenance than others.
- If you hire a painting contractor to do the job, be sure to talk to him or her about the products they use and the guarantee they offer. Many exterior paint manufacturers provide warranties for up to 25 years. Siding manufacturers are often very specific on how the product should be installed. If installed incorrectly, you could void your warranty. Check first before you paint any product, some manufacturers will void your warranty if the siding has been altered.
- Get at least three estimates and thoroughly research the companies’ local reputations before you hire.
To make sure that the siding project results in an aesthetically pleasing house, homeowners are also recommended to work with a contractor who specializes in design and siding repair in St. Paul. This will help them avoid the additional costs that come with working with separate designers and contractors. It will also help them complete their project in less time.
(Info from Angie’s List: Home siding options, NewsNet5.com, September 28, 2013)