Siding Replacement: 5 Things to Consider

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Has the time come to consider replacing your home’s siding? Have you recently inspected your siding only to find some cracks or areas that are warped? It may be a very good time to think about addressing these issues with a siding replacement. Are you curious about the process? Here are five things to consider for your potential siding replacement. 

1. Do you need new siding?

There is a difference between needing siding repaired, and needing siding replaced. If your siding has simple cracks or small holes you may be able to repair these issues on your own. You can also contact a local siding contractor to assess the damage for you, and they can either make the repairs or recommend if you need to do a siding replacement. 

Another thing to take into consideration is the age of your siding. As siding ages, the color fades, making it difficult to match up with newer siding. Replacing your siding adds to your home’s curb appeal and resale value. 

2. Is it the right time?

Believe it or not, some times of the year are better for siding replacements than others. This has to do with how vinyl siding reacts to extreme heat and cold. Moderate temperatures tend to be the best time to have siding installed, making fall and spring the best time for this project. 

3. Will insurance cover the replacement?

Was the siding on your home damaged due to a hailstorm or fallen trees? Making a few phone calls is important. First, call a trusted local siding contractor to assess the damage, particularly from a fallen tree. A knowledgeable contractor will also be able to tell if damage has occurred from recent storms in the area. Second, call your insurance company to see if the damage is covered under your homeowner’s insurance. 

4. Should I hire a professional?

Saving money is always foremost on everybody’s mind. Siding replacement may look like an easy job on the surface, but it can be complicated. There are many advantages to hiring a skilled siding contractor for this job. These include having the right tools for the job, access to materials at a lower rate, and the ability to complete the job quickly and efficiently with few if any mistakes. 

5. What are your siding options?

This is a great question. There are various materials to choose from, with vinyl being the most common. There are also different styles of vinyl siding to choose from. And the sky’s the limit when it comes to color choices. Siding contractors will have multiple samples and color swatches to help you choose the right look for your home. 

Siding replacements can be a big job with a number of things to consider. If you are looking for a trustworthy local siding contractor, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors a call. Let’s talk about the possibilities for your home.

How Does Siding Increase Curb Appeal

how does siding increase curb appeal

Whether you plan to stay put in your home for some time or are looking to place your house on the market, home improvements are always a great investment. In particular, one area of focus should be on curb appeal. How people perceive your home is a big deal regardless of whether you are staying there or planning on selling. One of the easiest ways to increase your home’s curb appeal is to replace your siding. Let’s take a look at how siding increases curb appeal. 

Every home renovation has a tangible return. These include financial returns and efficiency. There are also intangible returns that are more focused on the quality of life. Curb appeal impacts more than just property value. A home exterior that is pleasing to the eye and looks up to date brings a sense of pride to the homeowner. The old saying is true. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. 

There are certainly tangible returns relative to dollars we can look at as well. Every year Remodeling Magazine produces a Cost vs. Value Report. This report outlines various home improvements and how they impact a home’s resale value—siding replacement year after year ranks high as one of the most cost-effective improvements to undertake. The average vinyl siding replacement job in the Mid-Atlantic region increased resale value by $11,249. If you are looking to sell your home, new siding is a quick way to increase your home’s resale value and you can easily expect a 60-70% return on your siding investment. 

If the time has come for your home to have a facelift, vinyl siding is by far the most affordable and long-lasting solution. Vinyl siding is easy to care for too. It does not need repainting like wood, and it does not dent or rust like older aluminum. When vinyl siding gets dirty, you simply hose it down. 

Another great thing about vinyl is the nearly limitless options. There are so many options on the market today that you could give your home an entirely new look by merely changing the texture, color, and accents of your siding choice. Common neutral colors like gray, tan, sand, and wheat are the most popular, with colors like moss and sage gaining popularity. Darker colors like deep blues and grays with lighter trim are becoming a more frequently used combination. 

Bottom line, if you are at all concerned about how your home is perceived by passers by and visitors, a change in siding will give your home the curb appeal boost it needs (and deserves). Give Bealing Roofing &Exteriors, Inc. a call, and let’s discuss the many options in siding available to you. 

Why Winter is the Best Time to Replace Siding

why winter is the best time to replace siding

Many don’t consider the winter months to be an ideal time for exterior home improvement projects. For some projects, that is a correct statement. For others, such as siding replacement, winter is an excellent time to tackle the job. Here are a few reasons why winter is the best time to replace siding. 

Convenient Timing

Most siding contractors are not as busy during the winter months. Their lighter schedules make it easier to fit siding jobs into their schedule. Also, this openness in their schedule allows them to schedule the work when it best suits you. 

Don’t Worry About Landscaping

When the winter months arrive, siding installation crews don’t have to worry about working around blooming plants. During spring and summer, installers must carefully work around these plants to ensure they do not flatten bushes, hedges, or flowers around the outside of your home. However, during the colder months, plants have entered their dormant stage. This allows installers to work freely without the risk of damaging plants and flowers. 

Upkeep is Minimal

Vinyl siding is engineered to withstand the elements. This includes wind, precipitation, and severely cold temperatures. Siding protects your home’s exterior from warping, twisting, and rotting. For these reasons, wintertime is a perfect time to replace vinyl siding. Also, there is no post-installation work to do, like painting with other types of siding. 

Keep Heat Inside Your Home

This is perhaps the best reason to have your siding replaced during the winter months. Your old siding likely has cracks, gaps, and seams that are an easy way for heat to escape from your home. Heat escape can cause you to lose thousands on your heating bills over time. Having new siding installed can quickly pay for itself. Once the installation has been completed, you will find heat stays inside, and your heating bills will be reduced. Make the leap this winter, and invest in your home by replacing your siding so you can start realizing these cost savings now. 

Value 

New siding has numerous benefits, including long-term benefits. As an example, new siding will increase the overall value of your home and its curb appeal. One of the best ways to increase how people perceive your home is by improving the look of your home’s exterior by having new siding installed. 

Are you looking at getting siding installed this winter? Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call. Our commitment is to you, and we think that will show in our pricing, methods, and workmanship. 

What You Need to Know About Your Home’s Siding

what you need to know about your home's siding

Your home’s siding is an important feature. Siding acts as a shield and protects your home from the elements. Siding also enhances the curb appeal of your home. It can be changed to give your home an entirely new look. By choosing the right materials, color, and siding contractor, you can save big time. Make the wrong decisions, and you get headaches and lost money in return. Read on as we reveal what you need to know about your home’s siding. 

Repairs vs. New Installation

As your siding ages, you will inevitably have to face this question. Small dings and dents will occur and even cracks and holes. The color of your siding will fade. If it’s from the 80’s or 90’s, or earlier, chances are, it has become brittle and has a high likelihood of cracking. At some point, you will have to face some important decisions. 

If you face a crack or hole, if it is small enough, you may be able to get by with a repair. That is, if you can match your siding color. Matching the color to outdated siding can be quite a challenge. You will want to contact an experienced siding contractor to talk through what the possibilities for your situation are.

Types of Siding

There are many options when it comes to siding materials. Below are some of the more popular.

  • Fiber Cement – Fiber cement looks great and is extremely durable
  • Vinyl – Vinyl siding is inexpensive and reasonably durable
  • Stone Veneer & Stucco – If you are after a look of elegance and sophistication, you can’t go wrong with Stone Veneer & Stucco 
  • Cedar – Cedar lap or shingles look great but their drawback is the elements and time can weather them

Siding Color

New siding can completely transform the look of your home. Not only will this enhance the look to you every time you pull into your driveway, but it also makes your home more attractive to buyers and will boost the value of your home. 

When choosing your siding color, drive around your neighborhood and see what other homes have. You want to pick a color that pleases you, but you don’t want to be the only yellow house in the area either. Pick a color that blends in well with surrounding homes. If you are also replacing shutters, gutters, and your roof, make sure you chose a color combination that doesn’t clash. 

Hiring a Contractor

Everyone wants to save some money, but cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to siding jobs. This may seem like a DIY job, but you likely do not have the tools or time for the job. Choose a reputable local siding contractor with a proven track record.  

Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., is an established local siding contractor that values our customers. Our commitment is to you, and we think that will show in our pricing, methods, and workmanship. 

Everything You Need to Know About Siding Repair & Replacements

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As sure as the sun will rise eventually, you will have to face doing something with your siding. The big question is, do you repair it or replace it? Well, that depends on what you are trying to deal with. Here are a few scenarios, and the best course of action for each.

Problem: Minor Holes and Cracks

Occasionally you may find a small hole or crack in your siding. This can result from stones kicked up during mowing or a stray baseball hitting your siding.

Solution: This type of damage can be repaired. Using exterior caulk is your best bet for filling in small holes. Overfill the hole, let the caulk set up, then trim off the excess. 

Problem: Larger Holes

Sometimes something larger may hit your house’s side, causing a much larger siding defect that will need to be addressed. 

Solution: This type of damage can be repaired in most cases. If you are dealing with a one-to-two-inch size defect, you will want to cut it out and patch it with another siding piece. The challenge is finding the right color siding, and even if you do, the question is, will it match the older faded siding of your home. If the color is unique or your siding has faded significantly, you may want to consider replacement siding. 

Problem: Missing Siding

Yes, this happens. Nails loosen over time, and with a good gust of wind, off comes your top row of siding. 

Solution: This can be fixed. Retrieve the siding piece that has dislodged and nail it back into place. If the siding cannot be found, you will need to try and find matching siding. As noted above, if you are dealing with a unique siding color or serious color fade, your best option may be replacement siding. 

Problem: Warped Siding

As your siding faces the sun’s constant beating, vinyl may warp over the years, particularly on sides of your home that are in direct sunlight all day. 

Solution: Replacement. Warped siding is unsightly and usually occurs in large sections, making it difficult to simply repair with a few siding pieces. 

Problem: Bubbling

If you see bubbling, you have a potentially serious issue on your hands. Bubbling occurs when water has infiltrated behind your siding and has caused the subpanel below your siding to bulge. 

Solution: Replacement. You will want to get this addressed with a siding replacement so the entire area can be exposed and properly dealt with. 

Problem: Color Fade of Vinyl Siding

As time passes and your siding is subjected to the sun’s rays’ daily pounding, it will fade. 

Solution: Replacement. Color fade is a curb appeal issue. If you have had your home and siding for ten years or longer, it has likely faded badly. Take the leap with replacement siding, and you’ll have a house that looks brand new.

Is siding replacement or repair in your future? You can trust Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. to get the job done right at a price you can afford. 

How Do You Repair Broken Siding

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As a local siding contractor, we have seen it all and heard it all. Sometimes we are asked, “How do you repair broken siding?” Here are a few scenarios that require repair and how to go about completing the job.

Occasionally, you may find that a mysterious nail hole or crack has appeared on your vinyl siding. This could come from several things such as stones kicked up during mowing, or perhaps a stray baseball hit the house’s side. There are three methods of repair that can fix this issue. Which one you choose depends on how bad the damage is. 

Method 1: Making MINOR repairs with caulk

1. Purchase a suitable caulk

Exterior caulk made for vinyl can be used to fill in nail holes and small cracks. Shop around as you may be able to find a caulk that closely matches your siding color. If you cannot find a matching caulk, find one that can be painted.  

2. Fill the area in

Using a caulk gun, push the tip into the hole or crack you are filling. Dispense caulk from the caulk gun until the hole is filled, and caulk begins to emerge. Be certain to fill the entire hole as well as the area behind the panel you are working on. Take a damp rag and wipe off the excess caulk until it is flush with the siding surface. 

3. Final clean up

After letting the area sit for a few days to cure, use a razor blade to cut away excess caulk.  

4. Paint non-colored caulk

If you could not find caulk that matched your siding close enough, you will want to paint it. If you have a small piece of your siding, take it to the hardware store, and they can closely match your color. Clean the area to be painted thoroughly. Take a small brush and paint the repair area. 

Method 2: Repairing a LARGE hole

For a larger hole that caulk cannot fill, you will want to cut a piece. 

1. Cut

Use a straightedge and mark out approximately a 2-inch square around the area you need to be replaced. Use a utility knife with a fresh blade to cut along the lines. Your cut should extend to the bottom of the panel you are working on.  

2. Remove the section

Use a zip tool to remove the section you cut out. A zip tool is also called a siding removal tool. Pull slightly downward and unhook the section from the panel below.  

3. Cut a patch

Cut a new section of siding from a spare piece that is 2 inches wider than what was removed. Be sure to keep the bottom lip intact.  

4. Caulk the area 

Hold the repair section up to the area you will be replacing and trace it with a pencil. Add some caulk approximately one inch in from your pencil marks.  

5. Install the patch

Snap the new section of siding in place. Use some duct tape to hold the section in place until the caulk has time to cure. After the caulk has cured, the tape can be removed. 

Method 3: Give Bealing, Roofing and Exteriors, Inc. a call 

If this sounds like a job beyond your capabilities or the repair is more extensive, give us a call. We have the experience to make any repair you need and get your siding looking like brand new!

How do you Replace Siding on a House

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Siding, whether wood or vinyl, is durable but it’s not indestructible. Accidents happen whether caused by you or events out of your control such as weather. Time even takes a toll on a home’s siding. This is why it’s important to frequently do an inspection and look for issues. If you think a siding replacement is in order, you may be asking, ‘how do you replace siding on a house?’ Here’s a few tips to get you started. 

Signs you need to replace siding

The first thing to do is know the indicators that your siding may need replaced. If you are reading this article, there’s a good chance you have already noticed one or more of these, and that’s why you are here. Closely inspect your siding for the following:

  • Cracks
  • Warping
  • Holes
  • Soft or rotten areas of wood siding
  • Siding starting to fall off
  • Pieces out of alignment
  • Pieces missing

If you spot any of these issues then here are your next steps:

Replacing vinyl siding

To replace vinyl siding, you are going to need some supplies on hand.  If you are only replacing a section of siding or siding on one side of your home, you will need to match the siding as closely as you possibly can. You will need tin snips, 1” galvanized steel nails with a 3/8” head, and a hammer. Here’s how to tackle siding replacement in four easy steps:

  1. Remove the damaged pieces of siding as well as the nails used to attach them to the subpanels.
  2. Use your tin snips to trim a piece of new siding to fit the shortest gap exposed. You will want to hang the siding pieces from the lowest area upwards. Overlap the pieces on the side of the new piece by approximately one inch.
  3. Vinyl sizing interlocks to maintain watertight protection. The bottom channel of the new piece of siding will snap into the top channel of the last original piece of siding you left hanging. Carefully snap the new piece of siding into place. 
  4. Apply slight pressure upwards and nail the new piece of siding into place. Do not drive the nail head tight. Leave a slight gap so the siding can expand and contract as the seasons pass. 

Repeat these steps until all sections of siding have been replaced. 

Vinyl siding is easy to work with and it may seem like an ideal job for you to tackle on your own. You may also want to consider hiring a local siding contractor to tackle the job for you. This is particularly true if you are doing a complete home siding replacement. Time equals money and your time has value; hanging siding takes time, and if you have never hung siding before, it’s a job that will take you even longer. 

If you are considering a siding replacement project, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We can handle any size of siding project, and we deliver great value and service every time. 

How Much Does Siding Installation Cost

How Much Does Siding Installation Cost

A major factor for homeowners when choosing siding is cost. Upgrading your siding will have some great benefits. This includes energy efficiency, curb appeal, and resale value. By and large, replacing siding is certainly an investment. Remember that you get what you pay for. Cheaper costs in siding installation will also reflect in how well the job is done.

The most common siding used in our area is vinyl. It is a cost effective way to enhance the beauty of your home. The average cost of vinyl is between $3.50 to $7.50 per square foot depending upon what vinyl you choose. The final cost to install vinyl varies based upon a number of factors.

Your home

Simply put, the larger your home the more it will cost. Siding takes up the largest surface area of the outside of your home. The larger your home, the more material that is needed.  Another factor relative to your home is the design. Is it multiple stories? Have roof gables or eaves? The additional corners and seams that need addressed will increase cost as well. 

Condition of your current siding

If you are doing a complete re-siding job, your old siding will need to be completely removed. This will add some more to the cost of the job for disposal. If you live in an older home, there may also be some issues lurking behind your existing siding that will be discovered during the removal process. These include potentially rotten wood and wood damaged by termites. Both can be repaired. Also, if your walls are wavy or uneven, your contractor may suggest adding flat, rigid insulation under your new siding to help level the walls. 

Product choices

This is by far the most contributing factor to cost. The reason for the wide price range at the beginning of this article is due to this reason. Not only are vinyl siding colors numerous but other options are as well. Premium profiles, accent trim, and vinyl thickness all play a role in the final cost per square foot. There is even the option of insulated versus uninsulated vinyl siding. 

Installation

Depending upon what your final choice in material is will determine how the installation process will go. Some materials add additional steps to the installation process which will add cost. Adding materials such as house wrap or rigid insulation under uninsulated vinyl siding will also add to your bottom line. 

Return on investment

Factoring in all of the above items still shows having new siding installed is a wise investment. A 2017 study showed that 76.4% of the cost in siding is recouped.  Additionally, properly installed siding with house wrap and insulation board will put money in your pocket through energy savings. 
If you have been considering a siding replacement project, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We can handle any size siding project and we deliver great value and service every time.

Common Siding Installation Mistakes

common siding installation mistakes

If you are looking for a great way to enhance the look of your home, new siding is the first thing to consider. A simple change in color can make your home look totally different. However, siding is only a worthwhile investment if it is installed correctly. This is why it is a good idea to hire an experienced local contractor to do the work for you. If you are considering replacing your siding, be aware of some common siding installation mistakes that can be detrimental to the job. 

Settling for Inexpensive, Low-Quality Siding

The saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” Price should be a consideration but not the ultimate deciding factor on your purchase. Low-quality vinyl siding can crack, fade and sag in a much shorter period than a more robust option. To get the longevity you want out of your siding it’s a good idea to spend a little more upfront and avoid long term repair costs that will haunt you later.

Siding Nailed Too Tightly

As temperatures change, siding expands and contracts. If the siding is nailed too tightly, the movement will be restricted and the siding could potentially buckle and crack. As a general rule, there should be a clearance of 1/32 between the siding and the nail heads. 

Siding Nailed Too Loosely

If the siding is nailed too loosely, it will tend to sag when temperatures increase during the summer months. As you can see, how nails are installed is critical to how your siding looks and performs.

Joint Overlap Too Great

Where two pieces of siding meet, there needs to be an overlap of the ends. The common practice is to overlap siding by 1” to 1 ¼” maximum. Overlapping sections of siding by any greater amount will limit the siding’s movement as it expands, causing a wavy appearance.

Improper Clearance

Siding should not be set directly against the roof or trim. Siding should also not sit directly on the ground. If this happens, the siding will capture moisture. Moisture can always cause problems. When moisture becomes trapped behind siding, it can cause rotting and mold issues. Long-term moisture can even cause the siding to break down.

Not Installing Foam Insulation Behind the Siding

Foam insulation behind the siding serves as an additional barrier for your home and also provides resistance from damage. Foam insulation also provides a barrier from noise, aids in minimizing seam issues and contributes to less maintenance.

To ensure these mistakes do not occur during the installation of siding on your home, make sure the contractor you choose is licensed and bonded and has experience with siding installation. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. has the expertise and knowledge to make sure your siding job is completed with the utmost care and attention to detail. Give us a call and see how we can make your next siding project mistake-free. 

Things to Consider when Replacing Siding on Your Home

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Things to Consider when Replacing Siding on Your Home

Considering replacing the siding on your home? This is not a simple task. Many decisions need to be made, including color and material. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing new siding for your home.

When to Replace Your Current Siding

The first thing to consider is, does your siding need to be replaced? To do this, inspect the siding for warping. If you find warped vinyl siding, you will want to take a screwdriver and poke beneath the warped area. Does the layer below the siding feel rotted in any way? It’s a good idea to replace your siding now before it gets worse.

Do you notice peeling wallpaper or flaking paint on the interior walls of your home? This damage is a good indication that aging siding is allowing moisture to seep behind the siding and into your walls. Warped siding should be addressed soon before things get worse and lead to costly interior repairs.

If you currently have wood siding, dry rot is a common problem as it ages. To detect dry rot, tap areas of the siding with the handle end of a screwdriver. If you find dry rot, you may be able to replace the areas that have succumbed to the elements. It’s always a good idea to contact a local siding expert to evaluate the situation as the damage may go deeper, including structurally.

Choosing the Right Color of Siding

Many homeowners view siding color as being merely aesthetic. But there could be a few things to consider that may impact your decision.

Look at the colors used in your neighborhood. That canary yellow you are leaning towards may have looked great in the picture, but if everyone else in the community has gone with more subdued colors, your house with look unnatural. Also, if you live in a neighborhood governed by a homeowner’s association, they may have  specific rules regarding color options allowed. Be sure to check with them before making your final decision.

Take note of the colors of your doors and window frames. Now try to imagine them with the new siding colors you are considering. Do they complement each other? Also, do you feel you may be changing either or both your doors and window frames?. The time is right to consider upgrading these all at once.

Material Considerations

It’s all about the look. Much like your color choice, there are several siding styles or types to choose from. Consider once again what the rest of the homes in your neighborhood have used. It may sound strange, but if all the homes on your block have one type of siding and you choose another, this may lower the value of your home.

Consider upkeep as well. Do you want the added commitment of repainting wood siding every few years? Would you rather this be a one and done project that vinyl affords you?

Of course, financial concerns will weigh into your final decision. Pick the best option you can afford. Keep in mind that your new siding will affect your home’s value. What may seem like a significant expense for high-quality materials will likely prove to be a wise investment in your home.

One of the first things people notice about your home is your siding. With the right planning and a good siding contractor in PA or MD, you can make the right decision now and reap the benefits for years to come.