When it comes to home renovations and repairs for your home in Northern VA, it’s easy to remember projects like that bathroom remodel that you’ve always wanted to do, or getting a new dishwasher when your old one starts leaking water all over the floor. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget important repairs and replacement when it comes to things like siding, roofing, gutters, and other parts of your home’s exterior.
We see these parts of our home every day, but often forget that they need maintenance until there’s a leak or some other kind of damage caused by a lack of upkeep. In most cases these exterior elements only need semi regular maintenance, which might just consist of taking a good look to make sure everything looks right. But when something isn’t right with your siding, roofing, etc. it can lead to serious problems for your home’s interior. In particularly bad cases, unchecked issues with roofing or siding could lead to serious structural damage, either from insect problems like termites, or excess water coming in from leaks.
One of the things that gets overlooked the most in terms of home renovation and repairs is siding. Generally, the siding on homes lasts a very long time, depending on the material, and only needs very occasional maintenance, again depending on the material. No matter what kind of siding you have, it’s a good idea to take a careful look at your siding every so often to make sure everything looks the way it is supposed to. Even small damages can lead to larger problems and should be fixed right away.
Vinyl siding for instance might not need any maintenance for 20 years, but it’s still important to make sure that your siding hasn’t been damaged from hail, high wind, or some other type of storm damage. Vinyl is the most popular option throughout Virginia, along with the rest of the country, because it is affordable, lasts a long time, and requires very little maintenance. The main downside to vinyl is the fact that it is not particularly strong, and can be damaged fairly easily by storms or high winds.
Wood siding is another popular option in Virginia, prized for its rustic look and high customizability. Unfortunately, wood siding requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep it looking nice and free of pesky termites or other bugs that burrow and eat wood. Generally this maintenance consists of repainting or refinishing your siding every 5 years or so to keep it looking nice and sealed against bugs. Wood siding lasts longer than vinyl siding and withstands external damage much better, but you must be very aware of any possible infestations that could be happening inside of the siding.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber Cement siding has become a very popular option across the united states, but especially here in Virginia due to our humid climate that can cause wood siding to warp. Fiber cement siding, such as Hardiplank, is usually cheaper than wood, and combines the durability of wood siding with the easy maintenance of vinyl siding. Best of all, fiber cement siding lasts longer than wood or vinyl siding.
Siding for the most part is very easy to keep up with in terms of maintenance, as it only really needs to be checked every so often. I recommend giving your siding a thorough inspection every year or two years, and then doing a quick check after any kind of strong storm. Generally siding is damaged from high winds, falling debris, or hail as a result of a storm. It’s wise for homeowners in Virginia to check their siding before and after hurricane season, since that is our period of highest risk for storm damage.
In the event that your siding or roofing has been damaged or is just worn out, you may be inclined to try to tackle the job yourself. I don’t recommend this as it can be very difficult work that often requires a crew of people to complete. If your siding isn’t installed correctly it can lead to serious issues down the road.
When I had to get the siding replaced on my home in Centreville, I called Metropolitan Contractors, who did a fabulous job installing brand new Hardiplank siding on my home. They were prompt and did a quality job with the installation. I recommend them if you live in Northern VA, but if you’re elsewhere in the state your local contractor should be fully equipped to repair or replace your siding.
When you’re thinking about your next renovation project for your home, make sure to take a look at your exterior to verify that everything looks as it should, and if you know you’re coming up on 25+ years with your current siding, especially if that siding is vinyl, you might want to look into replacing your siding before you find yourself having to do costly repairs.