Out With the Old, In With the New — When to Replace Your Siding

siding contractorsIt’s easy to take your home’s siding for granted. It’s on the house, protects the house, and is just there — until there starts to be issues with how well your siding is holding up. If you live in regions where you get inclement or rough weather frequently, your house will probably take quite a beating, thanks to the wind, rain, snow, and other debris flung at your house as a result of the elements. At some point, you may need to get siding contractors in to help get your siding looking ship-shape again. Before you call siding contractors though, you’ll want to have an idea about what kind of siding you want to replace your existing siding with and what to look for in siding companies and contractors to begin with. And, of course, you should know the warning signs that it’s about time to call in a siding company for siding replacement. 

Types of Siding 
One of the first things you should know is that siding is measured in squares of 100 square feet (10 x 10 feet increments). There are fifteen different kinds of siding but the most popular types of are cedar, vinyl, and fiber cement, and a high percentage of homeowners have siding made from one of these varieties. 

Cedar is the most popular of these three types and can last up to 25 years with the right maintenance. “Proper maintenance” means that a new coat of paint, sealer, or stain should be applied on your siding every three to seven years, so it’s definitely not a set-it-and-forget-it type of siding. 

Vinyl, on the other hand, is extremely low maintenance. Good quality vinyl siding doesn’t need to be painted or caulked and cleaning is easy — all you need is mild soap and a garden hose. 

How Do I Know When I Need My Siding Replaced? 
Most of these cues are visual. It might start looking shoddy from the outside — cracks or gaps are evident in the siding or it’s starting to crumble and peel away. You might also consider changing to a different kind of siding (one that’s more low maintenance than your current choice) if you find yourself lacking the time and energy to conduct proper maintenance. Lack of maintenance will lead to your siding’s disrepair, so if it’s time for new siding installation, you might consider switching your type of siding entirely. 

Another tell-tale sign that it might be time to call in the siding contractors is if you see a substantial increase in your energy bills. Faulty siding is more likely to let drafts in and so you’ll expend more energy heating and cooling your home, raising your bills. 

And of course, if you see signs of rot or mold, it’s time to start looking for siding companies to come evaluate and make a plan for replacement. Keep in mind too, that replacing insulation when you replace siding is also a smart move. 

What Should I Look For In a Siding Company? 
Shop local. Find a siding company in your area who’s been around for awhile, has a good reputation, and who can direct you to other locals who they’ve completed jobs for successfully. You should always ask about what kind of warranties or guarantees they offer and what happens if siding needs repair after the initial installation. Make sure they have the right insurance, licenses, and certifications as well. 

Siding contractors should also be knowledgeable about the different kinds of siding, how they’re installed, and be able to offer you advice on what they think might be the best for your home, depending on your needs, the home’s appearance, and the area you live in. And of course, you’ll want to know how payment works — what the schedule is like, what you’ll be paying for, and so forth. 

Don’t let your siding slip too far into disrepair. It’s an important part of your home’s overall health and can wind up saving you money in the long run. Plus, new siding can have a positive effect on home resale value, if you’re considering that down the line. 



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Wesley Parker
Wesley Parker
2020-10-12
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After multiple bids I'm happy I chose Side Pros. They were on time every day, well priced, and the siding looks fabulous. Would absolutely use them again.
kyle oberdorf
kyle oberdorf
2020-09-22
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I have very fast service, quick estimate and a professional experience with Russell. Don't hesitate to give them a call!
Jennifer Bradbury
Jennifer Bradbury
2020-08-16
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Side-Pro fixed an issue with some wavy sideboards on my home. The team that came out was fast, effective, professional -- and genuinely nice guys. They explained what they were doing, answered all my questions, and got the work done beautifully and ahead of schedule. Afterwards they followed up promptly to make sure I was satisfied and to let me know they were available for any future questions or concerns. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone needing similar work done.
Jim Acker
Jim Acker
2020-08-13
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Side Pro was a pleasure to work with from the start. I learned in the bid process that most siding and window companies are sales teams only and all the installation is sub-contracted out. It was important to me to use a firm that was accountable for the end to end job and Side Pro used full-time employees for my job. The sales person knew a lot about siding and gave me some great recommendations. He submitted a competitive price and then walked through the full job with me and the job foreman. Then the job foreman took over and was very responsive to all my questions and change orders over the course of project. The installation team was also excellent. They cleaned up every day and did really top notch work. I am very particular and they worked to understand what I was after and made it happen. Great job. The job site had COVID procedures posted, which were followed by the crew, and a safety officer dropped by on two occasions to check up on things. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better customer experience and recommend Side Pro to anyone considering new siding.
Chris Parker
Chris Parker
2020-08-06
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Top tier siding experts. We chose them for our hardie board installation
Evan Beck
Evan Beck
2019-10-24
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Side-Pro did a FANTASTIC job installing the Cemplank siding and Hardieboard trim on our new shop. The price was great and the work was top-notch. The two gentlemen doing the work were efficient and professional. Communication with DJ, the project advisor/estimator was very good. Overall I am very pleased and will definitely use them again! Highly recommended.
John Weiss
John Weiss
2018-08-30
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I am VERY satisfied! I called for a repair job. Several other companies either would not give an estimate, or could not do so for several months. I got the job done, as requested, within a couple weeks. Karl their repair specialist is pleasant to work with, as well as competent.
Ryan Sanders
Ryan Sanders
2017-12-22
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I needed crawl space vents installed with very short notice. Side-Pro set up an appointment and got the work done in a matter of days! The contractor who did the work busted his butt and was very nice. The work is excellent.


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