Beware the Pitfalls of New Siding Beware the Pitfalls of New Siding

Many homeowners replace their 30+ year old siding, with the hope of revitalizing their home, and adding to the value of one of their largest investments. This move may make the tax assessor take notice of the added value at the time, but it may not impress a prospective home buyer in the future.

The home buyer sees a home that is several years old with recently replaced siding, and wonders what is underneath it. Once the structure is covered up, any prior damage or replacement of rotten areas are covered up. Structures that are quite old with recently installed siding have an even more negative effect.

When you are planning on replacing the siding on your home, garage, or outbuilding, you should always include a photographic journal of progress in your plans. It doesn’t matter if the siding replacement is a do-it-yourself project, or if it's contracted out. A complete photo journal should be kept, with good quality pictures, denoting all aspects of the job from beginning to end. Regardless of what your range of pictures may encompass, the most important thing to remember is to have good "before and after" pictures.

The type of siding that you choose for the structure can also add or reduce its value. Many different types of siding have evolved though the housing market over the years. Some of the siding variations are still available today, and some of them are obsolete.

Asbestos siding was very popular in its day, but now asbestos it is known to be toxic and to cause cancer. If asbestos siding is to be removed and destroyed, it must be done within local and federal hazardous waste material guidelines.

Asbestos became popular quite a few years after the era of asphalt siding, which was commonly used in the early part of the last century. Asphalt siding proved to be extremely flammable and soon became unpopular. If you are installing siding on an old structure that is covered with asphalt siding, it’s always a good idea to remove it; you don’t need it in your walls.

Depending on your location, choosing the siding to coincide with other structures around you is a common practice. The most common and practical siding in use these days is vinyl, with upscale housing more prone to using different types of wood and cultured stone sidings.

Regardless of whether you're using vinyl, wood or stone, a plan (or diagram) can be made of the siding layout of the home or structure. Finding a way to make a home stand out with a pleasing appearance is a good way to increase its value. Most siding is applied horizontally. By using vertical and diagonal applications; you can easily add some class to the appearance of your investment, and increase its value at the same time.

Common places to decorate with vertical and diagonal siding are small gables, as over porch openings and above garage doors, and above and below window areas. There are lots of ways to be creative with siding as long as it's done with good taste and isn't gaudy or excessive.

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