Winter isn’t exactly the right time to undertake home renovations, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from making plans as early as now, especially if you intend to sell your house soon. According to Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate, remodeling can give you as much as 49.5 percent in investment returns if you subsequently choose to get into the business of real estate selling. The returns are significantly greater when you choose to replace your siding with better materials:
Replacing exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. Siding pays back a whopping 78% on average. The most cost-effective thing you can do to your home this year is to replace old siding with new, higher-end fiber cement.
Fiber cement is a mixture of cellulose, sand, and cement that mimics some of the qualities of wood. Wood is flexible and reasonably durable, although it can be quite vulnerable to moisture damage—an item that requires serious consideration when talking about the harsh winters in Minnesota. High-quality fiber cement siding, on the other hand, offers better resistance to moisture, greater durability, and fewer maintenance needs. When it comes to quality siding in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and elsewhere in the Twin Cities area, count on a trusted industry expert such as Twin Cities Siding Professionals.
Aside from its exceptional durability, fiber-cement siding also allows you to save on energy costs by as much as 30 percent. As far as return on investment is concerned, Remodeling Magazine says that high-quality fiber cement can recoup as much as $9,300 in Minnesota (as of 2013). Factor in the relatively few maintenance requirements, especially for repainting, and you’ve got yourself one of the best siding options that can protect your household better than some other siding materials.
However, keep in mind that fiber cement needs to be installed professionally in order to be effective; otherwise you might end up with a fancy-looking and pricey home exterior that ultimately gets easily bogged down by heavy rain and snow. Depending on geographic and weather considerations, the siding you want may need additional treatments and finishes to maximize its strength. You’ll need the trusted St. Paul siding contractors such as Twin Cities Siding Professionals to conduct a proper assessment of your siding requirements.
(Article Excerpt and Image from10 remodeling projects that pay back most, MSN Real Estate)