Home siding can improve curb appeal, increase property value, and protect a house from harsh weather, moisture, and pests. Make sure your home is properly sided.
Replacing house siding
If siding is loose, cracked, or hosting mold or mildew, it's time to replace it. It's a good idea to hire a professional, as proper cutting, fitting, and weatherproofing requires experience. Discover ways to choose a reputable home contractor.
Choosing new house siding
Siding should offer protection from the elements while also reflecting a home's style. Popular house siding options include:
- Vinyl: Vinyl is inexpensive and durable. However, it is not very wind resistant and can blow away easily. Look for vinyl with a double-hem nailing area for the best protection. Aesthetically, vinyl often does a poor job imitating the look of wood or other high-quality materials.
- Wood: Wood looks great on many styles of homes. It is more expensive and requires regular refinishing.
- Fiber cement: Fiber cement siding is durable and can easily transform from a wood-like appearance to a more modern style. One drawback is the high cost of installation, which requires specialty tools and skills.
Maintaining house siding
Regular preventive maintenance can help maximize the longevity of new siding. The type of maintenance depends on the siding you chose:
- Vinyl or plastic: Wash the siding every few years to rinse off dirt and bugs.
- Wood siding: Paint, stain and caulk about every five years. Also regularly trim unruly outdoor plants and bushes away from the house. The plants can transfer moisture to the wood.
- Fiber cement: Repaint the siding every 10 to 15 years, or as necessary, to keep it looking clean and bright.
The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.