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Why siding is important for houses

As a homeowner, protecting your New Jersey home’s exterior from foul weather is likely a priority for you. One of the most effective ways to do so is to choose siding next time you upgrade your home. Siding has a variety of benefits, and at Cherry Roofing and Siding, we offer a fine selection of materials and colors to suit your home and stand ready to answer all your questions regarding your home’s siding needs. 

What Is Siding? 

Home siding is made of various materials and attaches to the exterior of your home. You can choose a style and look depending on a variety of factors, such as: 

  • The age of your home 
  • Your insulation needs 
  • To upgrade the curb appeal of your home 
  • To repair and defend your home’s exterior from future damage 

Our installation professionals can help you choose a siding that best suits your home’s needs while serving your aesthetic desires as well. If this is your first time choosing siding, learning about the benefits it offers can help you feel more confident about your home improvement project. 

What Benefits Does Siding Offer? 

New siding for your home offers a variety of benefits other than its attractiveness. No matter the style or material you choose, you will enjoy the advantages that home siding provides you. 

Protection From the Elements 

New Jersey’s cold and harsh winters, as well as the torrential thunderstorms the area sees in the summer, can damage your home’s exterior. Water runoff from spring thaws and heavy rain can weaken exterior building materials and contribute to rot. Siding offers superior protection from the elements all year long. 

Protection From Insects 

As wood and other types of building materials grow weak over the years, they become vulnerable to insects like termites, carpenter ants and wood-boring beetles. Termites are especially troublesome, as they can chew into the exterior of your home and cause serious damage that weakens wood structures over time. Carpenter bees and ants can become aggressive once they establish a territory and inflict painful stings and bites. Adding siding to your home keeps these pests out and prevents the damage they cause. 

Increased Insulation 

Cold winter wind can find its way into your home and harm the way it holds and stores energy from your heating unit. Adding siding increases insulation and keeps your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

Improved Curb Appeal 

If you plan to sell your home soon, adding attractive siding can catch the eye of a prospective buyer. Engineered wood or other siding that mimics the appearance of wood, like cedar texture, provides your home with an attractive and natural look that many homebuyers desire. 

When Is It Time To Add New Siding To Your Home? 

Choosing when to replace your home’s siding can seem like a guessing game. Our experienced professionals will help you decide, and there are also several signs to watch for that may indicate the need for an upgrade. 

An Uptick In Heating and Cooling Costs 

If your heating and cooling bills seem to increase each month or the cost spikes during HVAC use, this could indicate that your current siding is no longer providing adequate insulation. Track your usage against the cost of heating and cooling your home to help you make a more informed decision. 

Peeling, Fading and Cracking 

If you notice that your current siding’s color is not as vibrant as it used to be and that some sections are starting to peel, it likely needs replacing. Once peeling and cracking happen, the protection your old siding offers declines and leaves the exterior of your home vulnerable to the elements and insect activity. 

Warped Siding 

If an inspection of your home reveals any warped siding, then the material underneath may have a greater risk of rotting, which can attract pests and nesting animals looking for a place to call home. Our installation professionals will remove these warped sections and ensure the material underneath is still viable before attaching the new siding. 

Paint Chips or Fades Quickly 

Adding a coat of paint to your siding can improve its vibrancy, but when the paint does not last or it chips away, then the old siding has outlived its usefulness. Most siding in areas that see extreme winters and hot, humid summers lasts about 10-12 years with annual maintenance, so you may want to consider replacing older siding when applying paint fails. 

How Do You Choose a Siding Material? 

From aluminum to vinyl and even faux wood, you have a wide variety of siding materials to choose from. Each has its advantages, and our siding installers can help you make the best choice when it comes to protecting the exterior of your home. 

Ease of Maintenance 

If you have limited time to maintain and wash your siding, then consider a material that is easy to care for. Stucco, modified wood and fiber cement siding are only a few low-maintenance choices. 

Durability 

From blazing summers when hailstones might fall during a thunderstorm to pouring rain and sleet in the fall, the elements have a considerable impact on your siding. Choosing a durable material, such as aluminum and engineered wood, helps your siding last longer. 

Your Siding Budget 

Many aspects of replacing your old siding or adding a new material to update your home’s look will likely depend on cost. We offer a variety of choices to suit your needs that will satisfy your needs without putting a large dent in your home improvement budget. Our installation professionals can help you discover affordable options and inform you of any specials or deals we offer. 

Contact Us Today for Your Siding Needs 

Your home’s siding safeguards your most important investment from harsh weather, invasive insects and rot that could seriously damage the exterior of your New Jersey home. If you need siding replacement or want to increase curb appeal with a new look, contact us at Cherry Roofing and Siding today for a free estimate and additional information about how we can meet all of your siding needs.