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Why Should I Upgrade to Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl Siding Burlington NCThere’s a brand of psychology that says your home’s appearance can say a lot about you. Viewed as an extension of your identity, the color and condition of your siding reflects your personality characteristics. As we all know, impressions are important, and first impressions are hard to change. Cracked, peeling and neglected siding, tells something about you. What are you telling the world? Perhaps it’s time to change that perception. When it’s time to remodel your exterior, consider upgrading to beautiful, durable vinyl siding. And, when looking for expert installation, consider Xterior LLC.

With over 45 years of combined experience in the home improvement industry, Xterior is also BBB-accredited. Drawing on our experience, we’ll help you transform the exterior of your home. We use only quality products from ABC Supply Co. Inc., America’s largest wholesale distributor of home exterior products.  Superb products combined with quality installation by a reliable siding contractor ensures that your home looks great and is well-protected. Over the years, we’ve installed siding on many homes. View some of our projects here.

Moreover, vinyl siding is one of the best investments you can make for your home. And if your exterior is deteriorating, you shouldn’t wait. Siding is important for protecting your home from the harsh weather. To delay in replacing your siding can result in serious structural damage.  That’s why we offer financing options within your budget. We don’t want you to have to wait, since your home could sustain expensive damage if left as is. We can remodel your exterior within days and you will have no more worries about storm damage or your home’s appearance. Our process is quick and easy.

What is Curb Appeal and Why Does It Matter?

Curb appeal is the concept of how visually attractive the viewer, standing on the curb, finds your home. How your home appears has an enormous impact on the value of your home. When selling your home, some buyers won’t even enter the house if the outside looks neglected. In fact, 99% of real estate brokers believe curb appeal is critical when attracting a buyer. For many buyers, exterior cladding that is newer and requires little maintenance will generate savings. Even if you’re planning on staying in your home, vinyl siding can increase the value of your house.

Additionally, if your siding is deteriorating, it isn’t doing a very good job of protecting your home. Siding helps maintain your indoor comfort. Damaged siding can leak indoor air outside, thus raising your energy bills. Leaking air will also cause your HVAC system to strain as it works harder to maintain indoor temperatures. Cracked siding may mean water is leaking to the sheathing creating the potential for mold growth. Furthermore, water trapped behind the siding may cause rotting and structural damage. All of these issues are more expensive to repair than purchasing new siding!

Insulated Vinyl Siding Can Save on Energy Bills

When comparing all exterior cladding side by side, vinyl siding is the most popular choice among homeowners. Out of all the siding choices, vinyl siding products have the lowest upfront cost. However, your savings extend over the lifetime of your siding as well. Installing insulated vinyl siding can make your home more energy-efficient.

In a phenomenon known as thermal bridging, energy loss can occur.  Generally, 25% of a home’s exterior walls consist of studs. Your wall studs are great conductors of heat. According to the laws of physics, heat flows to a cooler object until the two objects reach the same temperature. The higher the temperature difference, the faster the heat flow. Thus, heat flows out through wall studs in the winter, and in the summer, heat flows into your home.

Insulated vinyl siding products have a layer of polystyrene. Polystyrene can reduce heat loss as it isn’t very good at transferring heat. Primarily, this is due to its high air content.  Air is a good insulator and a poor heat conductor. With an air content of 95%, polystyrene insulated siding will reduce energy loss due to thermal bridging.

Other Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Moreover, vinyl siding is durable and long-lasting. Many vinyl products last between 20-40 years with some products lasting even longer. Some well-known manufacturers offer warranties for up to 50 years. Often, these warranties are transferable to the next owner.

Virtually maintenance-free, vinyl siding requires very little upkeep. All vinyl siding requires is a once a year cleaning with a mild detergent and a garden hose. Wood, aluminum, and fiber cement siding all require painting. Even a brick exterior may require the repairing of joints or cracks as the mortar deteriorates.

Vinyl siding is naturally moisture-resistant, so it won’t rot or split like wood siding. Manufactured to tolerate harsh weather conditions, vinyl withstands winds of 110 mph, extreme temperatures, and torrential rains. Plus, it’s dent- and insect-resistant.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly choice, choose vinyl products. The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) concludes vinyl products have a much lower impact on global warming than other siding choices. Vinyl siding has 79% less impact on global warming than fiber cement and 85% less than brick and mortar. Additionally, manufacturers can re-use 99% of scrap material.

However, to enjoy all the benefits of vinyl siding, quality installation is critical. Vinyl expands with heat and contracts with the cold. Panels can vary by ½ inch during this process. Installing panels too tightly can result in warping and buckling. Too loose, and strong winds may rip the siding from your house. Poor installation can also result in moisture collecting behind the panels bringing the potential for rot and mold issues.

Therefore, it’s critical to hire a qualified contractor to install your vinyl siding. At Xterior, we offer a workmanship guarantee as well as material and labor warranties. You should always require anyone working on your home to show you their current, active, insurance policy. In addition to doing that, we always provide you with a contract showing the final price. No last minute surprises, when you deal with Xterior. Plus, your 100% satisfaction is always our goal.

Virtually Limitless Color Choices

Certainly, when remodeling your exterior, you want to choose the perfect color. While some color choices may look better than others, generally there isn’t one particular perfect hue. Typically, there are several colors to choose from that will enhance your home.

As with many other markets, there are trends that dictate current popularity. The current trend for exterior cladding is a move to bolder richer colors like reds, bold blues, and darker browns. Using dark colors on your exterior is possible due to new technology. Today’s vinyl siding products resist fading, so your siding stays true to color. Plus, many manufacturers offer warranties against fading, so you can feel confident in choosing darker colors. At Xterior, we offer a limited lifetime transferable warranty with ColorHold® lifetime fade protection on our siding products.

Of course, you want a color that will best enhance your home’s features. Taking cues from the architectural style of your house can get you started. For example, blues and grays look great on Cape Cod style homes. Also, the size of your home can help you decide on a lighter or darker shade or tint. Generally, light colors make a home look larger while dark colors, smaller.

Using two-tone color palettes create an effective impression.  Depending on your preferences, you can go for a bold or subtle contrast. Typically, you should avoid garish looking colors such as orange, purple, or pink. Time-honored shades such as blues, grays, tans, or light neutrals generally enhance any home.

Take a look at similar style homes in your neighborhood and surrounding area. Undoubtedly, it’s important to show your personality with your color choice. Your home should have its own style and personality. However, you don’t want your home to look out of place from the rest of the neighborhood.

There are Also Different Styles and Trim for Additional Versatility

Additionally, the versatility of vinyl siding doesn’t end with color choice. Vinyl products have a variety of styles including lap, vertical, shakes and shingles. The siding’s surface can be smooth or textured to resemble cedarwood. As with color, you can use different styles to accentuate features and customize your home.

Moreover, you can bring to life the architectural lines and shapes of your home with the use of trim. For a truly custom look, incorporate elegant mantels, crown molding, corner posts, and shutters. Choose an eye-catching contrasting color to create a focal point on your exterior. By using a vinyl trim product, you’ll have a maintenance-free exterior.

How Much Will It Cost to Install Vinyl Siding?

Certainly, when you’re figuring out the cost of siding, the size of the house is the first consideration. A house with a larger area to cover requires more material and hence more labor. Your home’s architectural design also needs examination. Also, a complex design with many angles requires more labor as does a two-story home. Additionally, you may need some repair work.  Your contractor can’t determine the condition of the sheathing until after the removal of the old siding.

Of course, the cost of the material varies. Vinyl siding is available in different thicknesses, styles, and textures.  Insulated siding is also more expensive. Thus, your product choice affects your costs. Additionally, sometimes contractors will charge extra for accessories.

However, you can take the guesswork out of the cost to install vinyl siding on your home. Simply call Xterior at 336-329-3667 to set up an appointment for your free estimate. Best of all, there’s no obligation.

How Does Fiber Cement Compare?

Available since the 1970s, manufacturing methods have increased the availability of fiber cement siding. It’s made from a mix of water, wood pulp, cement, and sand. Fiber cement’s longevity, versatility, and ability to mimic wood closely have made it a promising siding choice. But before you install fiber cement on your house, let’s examine some of the drawbacks.

Although manufacturers market fiber cement as water-resistant, it can absorb water especially if it’s installed improperly. This can lead to rot and mold problems. As the siding absorbs water, it can swell causing crumbling and peeling of paint. Moreover, it does require some maintenance as you must paint it as required, depending on weather conditions.

Additionally, material and installation costs are much higher than vinyl siding. Installers must undertake extra safety precautions when cutting fiber cement as it contains crystalline silica, a known carcinogen. In addition, fiber cement is heavy and brittle requiring extra care during installation. Moreover, fiber cement doesn’t offer the energy savings that insulated vinyl siding does.

Vinyl Siding Is the Most Popular Choice for Many Reasons

If you have peeling or neglected siding, don’t wait another day! With professionally-installed vinyl siding, you’ll enjoy ultimate protection and stunning beauty. When looking for one of the best siding contractors in North Carolina to work on your home, choose Xterior.  We serve Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Burlington, Cary, Durham, Raleigh, and Wilmington. In addition, we have experience in both metal and asphalt roofing, replacement windows, decking, and fencing.

Best of all, we have financing within your budget for your home improvement projects. We offer 0% interest rate, low monthly payments, or 0% down payment. Plus, we offer discounts to military, seniors, teachers, and first responders. Moreover, our financing is unsecured and with no prepayment penalty. This means if you face a difficult financial time, you don’t have to worry about losing your home.

So, give us a call today at 336-329-3667. One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions about vinyl siding. We can even get you pre-approved for financing or set up an appointment for an estimate. Let us show you how easy it is to protect and beautify your home with durable, long-lasting vinyl siding.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE ON ROOFING, SIDING OR WINDOWS!