It’s easy to overlook the importance of window siding. How can such a small detail have an impact? Although it may not seem like it, a new siding replacement can make a world of difference!
Window World TX is here to share with homeowners the many benefits good window siding can bring to your home — and wallet. Read on to learn more about the importance of good siding and knowing when to get a replacement.
Vinyl Siding Home Benefits
1. Improved Energy Efficiency
Insulated siding shields your home from exposure to the elements — even Texas heat! Adding insulation and siding together creates a protective barrier, ensuring there are no air leaks that can alter your indoor atmosphere. As the Department of Energy states, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Therefore, taking steps to improve your window insulation can significantly reduce your energy usage and costs.
2. Curb Appeal
Think of windows as the eyes of the house. The style and condition of your window siding can greatly impact your home’s overall look and personality.
Cracked and molding siding gives off an old, run-down appearance, whereas new siding adds new texture and depth. Brickstone is one of the most popular choices among homeowners looking for an exterior makeover, as they are made to resemble nearly any brick or stone. Whether you’re selling or just looking to renovate, new siding can drastically boost your curb appeal.
3. Increased Home Value
Window re-siding is an excellent ROI as it adds tremendous value to your home. If you’re in the process of preparing your home for the market, new siding increases resale value and makes a positive impression on potential buyers.
According to Zonda’s most recent National Cost vs. Value Report, vinyl-siding remodeling increases your home’s value by 67.2% of the project’s cost. Even if you don’t plan on selling your house for some time, new siding is built to last! When installed and maintained correctly, it can last up to 50 years.
4. Easy To Install
Vinyl is exceptionally lightweight and less expensive in comparison to other siding materials. Therefore, it is easier to transport and costs less to install, making the installation process short and sweet! Different materials like brick or stone are more challenging to install, meaning a lengthier and more costly project.
5. Requires Little Maintenance
Vinyl siding is especially popular amongst homeowners as they are very low-maintenance compared to other types of siding materials. Due to its distinct surface material, vinyl siding is damage and moisture-resistant, making it an extremely durable and long-lasting option.
In addition, many of our options come with a lifetime warranty that transfers to the new owners should you sell your home. The only maintenance required after installation is routine cleanings whenever you see fit. You may use a store-bought vinyl cleaner or opt for a more natural vinegar solution.
Signs You Need Siding Replacement
Increasing Utility Costs
An increase in your energy bills can often indicate the presence of an air leak which forces your AC unit to work harder. Air leaks are hard to spot with the naked eye, so if there are no obvious signs of damage to your siding, this may be the issue at hand. Try standing near your windows to see if you notice any drafts coming through. If so, a siding replacement will fix this and reduce your energy costs.
There are many visual signs of water damage when it comes to siding. Mold is the most obvious indication of moisture issues. However, some problems are not as apparent.
If you notice any discoloration or peeling paint, it is evidence of rot and decay. Other common signs include blistering or buckling of the surface. Moisture causes the siding to expand and therefore creates a bubbling effect, so if you notice any bulges, this is definitely cause for concern. Delaying a replacement will only lead to more severe damage down the road.
Wood siding is more susceptible to dry rot than the newer reinforced, impact-resistant, weather-resistant and UV-resistant vinyl siding. New vinyl siding won’t show scratches, comes in many colors and designs (it can even look like wood) and even breathes like wood to prevent moisture buildup.
Old, broken or poorly installed siding is an open invitation to bugs, rodents and other pests in the market for a new place. They can compromise the integrity of your walls as they burrow closer to the interior of your home.
You Live Near The Coast
Believe it or not, there are hurricane-proof siding options available to Coastal Bend homeowners. For example, brickstone full masonry siding was tested by Category 5 Hurricane Celia and bested it! Unlike wood siding, many vinyl sidings are explicitly designed to withstand heavy winds, rain and everything Mother Nature can throw at them.
Explore A World Of Options
Window World TX offers several siding options to fit your unique home needs and taste! Update your siding today with a free at-home demonstration. Contact our offices in San Antonio, Corpus Christi or New Braunfels to see what we can do for your home!