If your home has old, damaged siding, you have the option to repair it, or you can have it replaced. With older homes, there are many things that can be done to improve your siding. This can be reducing potential for damage due to water leaks and adding energy efficiency with insulated backing. Here are some improvements that you may want to consider for your home with a siding replacement:
1. Replacing Siding With More Wind Resistant Materials
If your siding has been damaged by storms or high winds, you may want to use a more resistant siding for your replacement. There are many new siding materials that are rated for different wind conditions and can protect your home from future damage. Vinyl siding will have lower wind resistance, while fiber cement and metal materials will give your home the best ratings.
2. Using Water Resistant Materials To Protect From Rot
Using water resistant materials can be another good improvement to do when you replace your siding. This can be materials, such as vinyl siding, which is very durable and requires very little maintenance. Fiber cement materials are also very durable, but will require a minimal amount of care and are not as water resistant.
3. Installing A Moisture Barrier To Reduce Drafts And Air Leaks
Moisture barriers can be another great addition to your home, which can be done with the addition of a house wrap. This will help reduce air leaks in your home. The moisture barrier can also help add better protection from water if you are going to use materials like fiber cement siding. This material can be installed on exposed walls, or it can be installed over foam board insulation that you may have installed on your home.
4. Adding More Insulation With Foam Backing And Backed Siding Products
There are also several ways to add insulation to your new siding. This can be done by installing foam backing boards, which can be installed over existing siding to save money on removal and disposal. Another option is to use newer siding materials that are fabricated with a foam backing to make them more durable and energy efficient.
These are some of the improvements that you can have done with your siding replacement. If your home is ready to have new siding, contact a siding installation contractor and talk with them about adding some of these improvements to your home exterior.