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What you need to know about home siding before buying

If you're considering upgrading the exterior appearance of your home, you may have thought about purchasing new siding. While siding is a very popular choice for homeowners, selecting the type that is right for your needs can be overwhelming. Below are five essential things to keep in mind as you narrow down your selection in a vast sea of siding options. 

Five Things to Consider Before Buying Siding 

* What type will work best for your home?

Vinyl siding is one of the most common types chosen by homeowners, but it is far from the only choice you have. Wood, brick, stone, stucco, and fiber-cement siding are all possible options depending on your unique needs and the budget you are working with. Each type of siding material has both positive and negative features to it, so be sure to carefully analyze the pros and cons of each before making a decision.

* What is the price of covering all areas of your exterior?

Replacing the siding on an entire home is a large project. Various types of siding can have very different costs involved. As with any other home remodeling project, you will want to begin with a specific budget in mind and be sure the siding you choose corresponds to the price-point you need to stick to. 

* What is the impact and thickness rating of the siding you're considering?

Siding is designed to withstand harsh weather elements and other potentially damaging events. You will want to consider how thick each piece of siding is and the impact it can withstand. If you live in an area that experiences poor weather conditions frequently, this is an even more important step. Insulated siding can help boost the impact and thickness rating even more to provide greater overall protection.

* Is the siding energy efficient?

You most likely put a lot of thought into purchasing energy efficient windows and appliances. Why should your siding be any different? In fact, your home's siding covers a much larger surface area than your windows. Ensuring that it has a high energy efficiency rating will save you a lot of money in the long run.

* What warranty is included with your purchase?

Home remodeling and construction projects can get expensive quickly. Ensuring that the expense of your project is backed by an excellent warranty can be a great source of peace of mind as you take on a large project. Warranties can be anywhere from five to thirty years and can even cover hail and other extreme weather damage so be sure to investigate the warranty that comes with your purchase.

The upkeep and appearance of the exterior of your home is a very important part of adding value to your living space. At Hunterdon Siding and Window, we understand the importance of having a home that is both beautiful and efficient. If you are in need of siding or window services, please contact us today to find out how we can fulfill your needs.

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