Angie's List Report: Home Siding Options

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 9/25/2013 10:46 pm
(WDEF) Getting replacement siding can really up the curb appeal of your home.  But it's also a must for home improvement.
      Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "While many people think about the exterior of their home as an asset as far as beauty of their home, it's really a big protector of the inside. If you think about it, your siding, the exterior of home is what is protecting you from the elements so you want to be sure it's in good condition and taken care of every year."
     Homeowners have several siding options available today. Wood, vinyl and fiber-cement are the most popular choices.
     Steven Smalley is a siding contractor.  He said, "Cedar is a maintenance product. If you are installing cedar, you want to get everything oil-based all the way around, not just normal primer, oil-based primer because that absorbs into the cedar and will help you go longer periods of time of maintenance."
     Each siding material has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to installation, maintenance and cost.
     So you need to do your research to find the perfect product for your home.
     Hicks added, "Weather can be one of the biggest enemies to your siding so you need to keep in mind that you can get hail and wind damage. You may consider when residing your house to get some additional pieces of siding to keep so that you have some that matches your house if you need to do some repair work."
     Painting your home's exterior is also an option. Painting the entire house or just the trim can give your home a whole new look.

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