The Truth About Repairing Your Home’s Exterior SidingNov 16, 2018
It’s not easy to say goodbye to your home’s exterior siding when it’s served you for so many years. Besides the cost and time it takes, there’s just something in us that resists change when we’ve become accustomed to something. So, when siding is damaged by storms or other elements, homeowners often try to repair, and then repair again the next time it happens. Unfortunately, all those repairs may simply be putting off the inevitable and costing you more money than necessary in the meantime. Here’s the truth about repairing your home’s exterior siding.
Your Siding Isn’t Meant to Last Forever
High quality siding will last for years and even decades. Eventually, however, you will need to replace it. Think of all the elements your siding stands up to again, day after day. These elements are bound to take a toll and eventually wear it down. You may be able to repair small damages in the beginning, but as time goes on, the time between repairs will grow shorter. It may be a better choice to replace the siding when you start noticing problems and reap the benefits of new siding right away.
Repairs Won’t Raise Your Home Value
Sure, you can fix dents or leaks in your siding. You can repair warping or replace individual boards of siding. It might keep your home value from tanking, but it won’t help you when you try to sell your home. Your siding is no better than it was in the beginning, after all, and is probably even in worse shape. On the other hand, replacing your siding with new, higher quality replacement siding is sure to boost the value of your home when you sell it, as well as your home’s comfort while you live there.
Your Siding May Not Be Cut Out For Your Climate
Think about why your siding is damaged. Kansas City can experience hot summers as well as harsh winters, and your siding is exposed to all of that and everything in between. Ideally, it should be able to stand up to the elements and keep your home protected and comfortable. But if your siding is easily scratched, warped, or dented, chances are you need new siding anyway. Your siding should be able to stand up to the climate wherever you live. Consider James Hardie fiber cement siding. Five times stronger than vinyl and far more weather resistant than wood, James Hardie siding can even hold up against the pressure of hail.
None of this is to say that you should replace your siding at the first sign of a scratch, but rather than waste money on multiple repairs through the years, there are many benefits to simply replacing your siding. Contact Johnson County Siding & Window Co. today for more information.