Every 5,000 miles, it is recommended you take your car in to be serviced. They check your oil, kick the tires, and take a look under the hood to make sure everything is running smoothly and you don’t get surprised with a bigger problem down the road. This helps keep you and the people you tow around town safe.
When was the last time you checked under the hood of your home? One of the areas that wear and tear goes most unnoticed is your home’s siding. Siding is the first line of defense against the unpredictability of the Kansas City climate. Damage to your siding can cause leaks, rotting, and future headaches.
A good inspection is important and can reveal whether replacing siding is necessary.
If you do need to replace your siding, there are several different types of materials to choose from. Here is a breakdown on what you can expect from each.
For a classic look, nothing beats wood siding. In fact, other materials work hard to replicate the look of wood. Because it is a natural material and thus biodegradable, wood siding is the most environmentally-friendly option on the market. It is also a very practical choice since it is easy to replace individual pieces if necessary. And in terms of cost, wood siding is affordable, but there will be upkeep down the road to maintain look and durability.
For a wood-like look without extra maintenance, engineered wood takes the top spot. A combination of wood and resin material, engineered wood is more resilient to mold and mildew than natural wood siding, and is better at keeping out insects and pests. But perhaps its greatest advantage is cost – engineered wood can be significantly less expensive than the cost of natural wood. However, it will require thorough maintenance, like regular painting, to keep moisture from causing damage.
Fiber cement is a top choice when it comes to strength and performance. Its durability and resilience against extreme weather conditions can be particularly helpful in Kansas City’s harsh cold, heat, wind, and everything in between. You can rely on products like James Hardie to protect your home from weather, pests, and mold. And because it is noncombustible, fiber cement will not catch on fire or add to the spread – protecting you and your family further. Fiber cement may have a higher initial cost but with lower upkeep, it is worth considering the investment.
Vinyl is a very popular choice for homeowners because of its affordability and low maintenance. With a large variety of colors and textures to choose from, it is also a very versatile option. Vinyl siding material can protect your home from weather conditions, but you need to be careful water doesn’t find its way underneath the siding. This can cause mold, mildew, and become a welcoming space for pesky insects.
You want and deserve a home you feel safe in and we want to make sure you choose the siding material right for you. And whatever option you decide for your home, it is equally important to have it installed correctly. Our expert installers can give you the confidence you need when making this investment. We help every step of the way. Give us a call today at 913-583-9889