Siding Replacement: A Starter Guide for Homeowners

Your home’s exterior plays several important roles: it contributes to your home’s look and is your its first line of defense against the weather, which, in Portland, typically means short, warm and dry summers and very cold, wet overcast winters. Because the weather is mostly wet throughout the year, with only a short summer season, your home’s siding in Portland, Oregon will often have a huge impact on energy efficiency in the home.

Here are a few benefits to replacing your siding:

Improve Curb Appeal. Aging siding often fades to a less vibrant hue that can make your home seem neglected even if you’ve been fairly on top of  its upkeep throughout the year. That’s why there’s often only one thing for it when your siding starts to look a little worse for wear: to call in a reputable exterior siding contractor in Portland, OR, to get it replaced. The good news is that modern siding options available on the market today come in a variety of colors, textures and profiles that allow you update your home’s exterior completely in terms of hue as well as adding some architectural detail that can bring new life to the home.

Aging siding is an eyesore that can affect the curb appeal, value and efficiency of your home.

Repair Hidden Structural Damage. Structural damage to the home often isn’t so obvious — but one of the biggest bonuses of having your siding replaced is that you can have any structural damage repaired without disturbing your home’s interior. Getting potentially large structural issues repaired early will help ensure you don’t encounter more costly repairs later.

Increase Energy Efficiency. Having your siding replaced is also an excellent opportunity to get some significant upgrades done to the home. Consider adding insulation to your exterior walls, especially if your home was built back in the day when insulation was still expensive. Consider adding some new blown-in insulation or enhancing your existing insulation capabilities with rigid foam insulation that can add up to an R-10 insulation value.

Another great addition to consider is a house wrap — a barrier designed to help prevent drafts in your home by keeping moisture and wind out while still allowing your home to breathe. 

Add incredible beauty, value and protection to the exterior of your home with new siding. Let’s take a quick look at the many materials and styles available to help you better determine what’ll suit your needs.

Aging siding allows water to leak around windows, causing structural damage.

Your Top Siding Options on the Market Today

Among the many available choices of siding on the market (we counted as many as 17!), we believe less than a handful worth seriously considering. Here’s a rundown of features of our top choices, and the reasons why they’re on top of our list.

Wood Siding

  • Considered by many as the most attractive home siding option.
  • Comes in planks, boards or panels and shingles in various styles, textures and finishes.
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  • Fairly easy to repair but difficult to install over existing siding.
  • Requires a paint or a stain finish.
  • Can be damaged by the sun, rot, and insects; prone to warping and splitting.
  • Moderate to very high in cost.

Among the various types of wood siding, cedar siding is perhaps the most ideal for your Portland, Oregon home. This siding offers immense flexibility. Here are a few of this cedarsiding’s significant attributes:

  • Suitable for historical and contemporary structures alike.
  • Offers a natural and warm look.
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  • Used since the 1800s, it is a timeless material.
  • Different types include Tight Knot, Finger Joint, and Clear Vertical Grain
  • Cedar siding is better stained than painted. Staining is recommended every few years.
  • Has the ability to withstand nature’s various elements, including hail damage.
  • Offers good dimensional stability and insulation qualities.
  • Usually warranted to last for 20-25 years.

Adding house wrap can help keep winter winds and spring rains out of your home.

Fiber Cement Siding

●       One of the latest developments in siding, fiber cement is notable for its durability and low-maintenance requirements. What’s more, because fiber cement is made from recyclable materials, it’s resource-efficient. Fiber cement cuts and installs like wood siding. Comes the closest to emulating a natural wood grain and is virtually indistinguishable from some wood siding products.Complementary trim and millwork pieces are also available to provide design detail for the home.Comes primed or pre-finished.Is available in beveled planks, shingle or shakes, and stucco-panel styles.Extremely durable.50-year warranties or more are common.

  • HardiePlank® siding, for instance, is a popular choice known for its durability and consistent quality.
  • Has a variety of styles; can match natural wood textures, brick or stone.
  • PrimePlus® sealers and primer ensure uniform coverage and an excellent surface for painting.
  • Has a 30-year limited transferable product warranty.

Brick and Stone Siding.  Among the most popular siding materials for centuries, brick and stone are built to last, and suit most architectural styles.

Brick Siding

  • Durable.
  • Offers great style.
  • Can last with very little maintenance.
  • Made from renewable materials.
  • Effectively absorbs heat and releases it over time, reducing dependence on artificial heating and cooling.

Manufactured Stone Veneer

  • Made from a mixture of Portland cement, lightweight aggregate, iron-oxide pigments and proprietary ingredients and treatments.
  • Imitates the look of natural stone, without the heavy weight and steep price tag.
  • Available in a wide range of designs and styles.
  • While not as durable as natural stone, offers durability, performance, value and sustainability.
  • Doesn’t require painting, coating or sealing.
  • Backed with industry-leading limited warranties.

The Siding Replacement Process

Investing in an exterior remodel of your home can be exciting and rewarding, especially if your know what to expect. Understanding the re-siding process and some of its challengeshelps.

Before you begin. Explore exterior remodeling ideas with your designer and have him draw up an estimate that includes the cost of materials, labor, paint, applicable permits and how long it will take to complete your project.

Remodeling. A dumpster for your old siding and construction debris will be delivered to your construction site. Your existing siding will be torn off, typically one side at a time to prevent your home from being exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Finding things to be fixed. Removing your old siding often unearths water damage or areas that may need immediate repairs. Anything from quick and easy fixes to major structural repairs may be needed.

Re-siding Your Home. Before your siding is installed, your remodeler will first inspect your flashing and install a code-approved, weather-resistant barrier. Furring strips will be installed to create a flat mounting surface for the siding. Joints between lap siding and trim will be sealed to help prevent water intrusion.

Wrapping Up. Once all the trim and siding has been installed, you can have the surface finished the way you want. The waste materials can then be removed, and final inspection done. Then it’s time to enjoy your beautiful home!

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Author Bio:

Mark Tiffee founded our company in 1995. In the beginning we provided high quality residential and commercial siding and framing for builders. Mr. Tiffee saw the need for a high-quality, customer service orientated siding replacement company. He decided to concentrate the company’s efforts on siding replacement and A Cut Above Exteriors was born. Since then, A Cut Above Exteriors has become Oregon’s siding replacement leader. A Cut Above Exteriors has installed siding on thousands of homes, condominiums, row homes and commercial buildings.

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