Need New Siding? Don't Leave Your House Bare And Consider These Updates

If you are considering having the siding replaced on your home and you aren't sure where to start, there are a few ways to save money and some things to consider during the process. You'll want to get an estimate to have the new siding put on, but you may want to do some work when the old siding comes off.

There are a few ways you can improve your home before you put the new siding on. Here are some things to think and talk with the siding contractor about.

Remove the Old Siding on Your Own

Remove the old siding if you can to save on labor costs. If the old siding is aluminum, you should be able to take it in to a scrap yard to get cash for it. There are also people that buy used siding. Once the siding is off and you can see the exterior of the house, you may want to repair flaws or add more protection before the new siding is put on.

Add New Insulation

There are about 46 million homes around the United States that aren't properly insulated, and it's easy for contractors to add new insulation when the siding is off your home. You can have fiberglass insulation added, or another great option is to have polyurethane spray foam distributed throughout the walls of the house and around the windows. This improves efficiency, protects against moisture and prevents pests from getting in the house.

You can also get vinyl siding that has insulation added to the pieces. These will cost more, but they improve energy efficiency and absorb sound.

Seal the Windows

Have caulking added around the windows to make sure there are no gaps or leaks, and consider having the windows and the insulation sealed with a plastic vinyl covering. This is going to act as another barrier against water, wind and pests, just like the new siding you're adding.

Vinyl siding is one of the most affordable options when replacing siding on the home. If it's cleaned and properly maintained, it can last for 60 years, which could be longer than you own the property. Get estimates from more than one company and see what the company will charge to add new insulation around the property if you don't want to do all of the work on your own, so you can have it done when the siding is gone. The siding and other updates will improve the home value and will be worth the investment.

For more information, contact Allstate Gutter & Siding or a similar company.