Vinyl siding requires replacement after about 10 to 20 years because constant exposure to various types of weather can leave it mildewed, bulging, and buckled. Insects, such as ants, wasps, termites, and earwigs, can also take shelter in old and compromised material. When left unaddressed, an infestation can lead to further damage that calls for more extensive and costly repairs. Review these tips if it’s time to replace the vinyl siding on your home.

Do:

Think about color.

Consider your property’s aesthetics when selecting a siding color. The right hue matches or complement’s a home’s trim, as well as any standout features, such as large evergreen shrubs or mosaic tile walkways.

The chosen color should also accommodate the regional climate. If you live in a relatively sunny area, look for lighter siding that does not absorb ultraviolet sun rays. Excessive heat gain increases monthly utility costs because the air conditioning system uses more energy to maintain a cool interior.

Work with an experienced contractor.

Discuss your vinyl siding project with a building contractor. Working with a remodeling company can be beneficial, depending on the scope of the project and your level of experience.

If you prefer to install the siding, follow a contractor’s advice regarding tools and materials. For example, you should cut siding with a circular saw blade since it is designed for vinyl; wood blades can damage the material and cause injuries. Avoid nailing the siding too tightly, as well. It needs room to expand and contract in reaction to temperature fluctuations.

Don’t:

Ignore HOA guidelines.

If applicable, review your homeowners association’s (HOA) regulations about exterior home improvement projects. Most of these organizations require members to submit proposals detailing the timeline, color choices, and remodeling company you wish to work with when revamping your home’s look. Furnishing these details and revising the plan as necessary will avoid HOA fines and project delays.

Wait too long to start.

Waiting too long to tackle siding replacement can increase your energy bills due to the worn nature of the vinyl and insulation. Allergic reactions can also occur because of mold and mildew growth, and deteriorating materials encourage pest infestations.

Old, damaged siding also affects curb appeal, which can result in HOA complaints and fines. If you wish to sell your home soon, a timely replacement project results in an attractive listing point.

Start your exterior remodeling project with quality vinyl siding from Tri-State Wholesale Building Supplies. Since 1970, the building supply center has served homeowners, remodelers, property management companies, and building contractors throughout the Greater Cincinnati, OH, area. They provide composite and PVC decking, Earthwise® windows and doors, vinyl railings, and various other products to revamp homes and businesses. Call (513) 381-1231 with inventory questions, or browse available materials online. Connect on Facebook for more home improvement tips.