Although your siding is not indestructible, once your siding is deemed unsalvageable, you will inevitably require a siding replacement. Northern Virginia must not procrastinate and ask a certified, local, and fully insured Northern Virginia handyman from Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket to revamp and shield their home with a Northern Virginia siding replacement.
What Is Residential Siding And Why Is It Important?
Just as we wear clothes to protect our skin from pollution, so too does siding protect your house from the great outdoors. As a piece of armor, siding is essential for not only preserving the structural integrity but upholding the foundation also provides for better insulation and a boost in your overall comfort, and increased energy efficiency. Despite siding lasting upwards of 20 years and more this, of course, depends on your effort and motivation towards proper upkeep, including routine maintenance, for example, with an annual professional siding inspection and cleaning through a power wash service to clean and clear off all the accumulated muck and debris. Northern Virginia homeowners who outrightly ignore any maintenance whatsoever will quickly find themselves needing an expert siding replacement. Northern Virginia property owners, however, who are extra vigilant will slim to none find they require a brand new siding installation, let alone repair, as they have done their due diligence as responsible homeowners. Sometimes too, it’s a more worthwhile investment to proceed with a Northern Virginia siding replacement over a repair especially if you find yourself dealing with extensive damage as compared to say, minor hairline cracks or holes. This is especially true if you’ve recently experienced a natural disaster of sorts such as a horrid hailstorm in the thick of summer that pelted your home and now you find the sides of your house look chewed apart and spat out. And you can rest easy knowing a Northern Virginia siding replacement increases your home’s value by up to 80% as it transforms your home to be aesthetically pleasing, boosts durability and energy efficiency, and is low maintenance. We can almost guarantee the added curb appeal from a Northern Virginia siding replacement will unveil buyers with better offers. You are ill-advised to be complacent about signing up for a siding replacement, Northern Virginia residents will discover the home’s interior wilt away from permanent water and moisture damage as their home becomes more susceptible to increasing humidity levels with weakened wall boards, loose floorboards, and caved in ceilings as seen as a yellowish-brown water stain. Eventually, you’ll find yourself with a domino effect of further problems, such as costly wood rot repairs. And the worst-case scenario, of course, is that your health and safety are affected by the resulting mold and mildew growth.
Our Versatile Northern Virginia Siding Replacement: Mr. Handyman Is A Top-Notch Service Provider
As a local and independent franchise that has been serving Northern Virginia for over 14 years and counting for siding replacement, Northern Virginia clients will find that our experienced team members have the skills, tactics, and knowledge to handle any curveball thrown at them for siding replacement, repairs, and maintenance. We always advocate for our clients by genuinely listening to their perspectives and by offering authentic and effective solutions for siding replacement. Northern Virginia homeowners who are indecisive can go ahead and book an initial consultation and recall we offer transparent, upfront pricing alongside a one-year part and labor guarantee, so if anything is amiss with your siding replacement, we will return and make the proper adjustments for your approval.
Regardless of if you have been exposed to a scathing blizzard that has tattered your siding leaving unattractive water streaks. Or the siding has been slowly bitten off by a pest invasion as carpenter bees, termites and beetles and other curious critters such as woodpeckers or squirrels have made your siding their yummy delight–either way, the destination is all the same and you require a siding replacement. Northern Virginia can only go so far and spray pesticides chock-full of poisonous chemicals both for themselves and the environment. Eventually, they will need to be a bit more results-oriented and default to a siding replacement. Lately, if you’ve noticed tell-tale signs such as hairline cracks or fractures, small holes, fading or peeling it could hypothetically be that an insect or rodent has made the underneath of your siding their cozy nest. Although you cannot make your siding 100% foolproof against intruders as you will eventually require a siding repair here and there over the years, now is your chance to swap it out for a more durable material and ask an expertly trained contractor to do a quality job so that your siding remains more resilient. You are best advised to be keen about receiving a Northern Virginia siding replacement as damaged siding, as mentioned above, not only hinders your safety and security but skyrocketing utility bills. After your siding replacement, Northern Virginia clients can expect their professional handyman to give them tips and tricks to prolong the lifespan of their siding with regular visual inspections, adding a fresh coat of paint or stain, and power washing services.
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TYPE OF SIDING MATERIALS
Most Northern Virginia homeowners haphazardly assume the only choice they have for siding is wood or plastic, which couldn’t be more false. Well, we’re here to tell you to be open to exploring the possibilities as we have a diverse palette of siding material options to opt for. Our expert handyman can customize a solution for you based on your personal preferences, budget, and the durability of the material. Here are just some of the options to go for:
- Natural Wood: Natural wood, including cedar shingles and clapboard, is more of a rustic appeal, perfect for a cabin in the mountain woods, and natural wood siding is made of redwood or cedar. It’s easy to paint or stain, easy to repair, and is the most eco-conscious material there, helping you to reduce your eco-footprint as it's biodegradable. Just keep in mind that it offers no insulation, is highly flammable, and needs more costly maintenance via extra coats of paint due to wood being susceptible to moisture damage. If you overlook this, you will find it falls into disrepair with faded color, chipping, peeling, and cracking and will, of course, become a smorgasbord for an insect infestation.
- Engineered Wood: Engineered wood, including all-wood exterior-grade plywood, is a wood-based product that is treated with adhesive resins to forge a more robust and durable material compared to natural wood. Plus, the extra layer of waxy adhesive serves as a water-repellent resistance to wood rot decay and humidity and so will not rot, crack or split. It gives you the best of both worlds of a natural wood appeal without the hassle of upkeep and lesser maintenance and cleaning. Although similar to natural wood, it may be an upgrade, but it's not impervious to consistent water and moisture damage, including warping, mold and mildew, and pest invasions, so you’re sure to do maintenance.
- Composite Wood Siding: Another wood-based product, composite wood siding is made of natural wood pieces in combination with additional substances similar to engineered wood. Composite siding is slightly more durable, more lightweight, and easy to install whilst retaining the authentic attractiveness of pure wood and can last you up to 30 years. Plus, it’s waterproof and so doesn’t expand, constrict or even rot once exposed to moisture. One thing you have to be aware of, however, is that a bad installation job can result in improper insulation for your home. Also, please note that this is not the real deal of being purely wood, so its texture will be more brittle to the touch. It’s also more expensive to install.
- Vinyl (PVC): Vinyl is durable, inexpensive, a good insulator, and mostly maintenance-free as a plastic material. It's great if you’re looking for something entry-level. Although it doesn’t last as long as its counterparts, up to approximately 15 years, it's still prone to moisture damage and can crack and warp easily if exposed to fluctuating temperatures and heavy pressure. So you may not exactly be saving the big bucks plus, vinyl is not environmentally friendly.
- Fiber Cement Siding: Made of cement upheld by cellulose fibers, fiber cement is incredibly durable and sturdy, fire-resistant, and can withstand fluctuating temperatures alongside preventing damage from an invasive perception from wind, rain, and hail plus it won’t easily warp, rot, or be nibbled on by bugs. It can also last you up to 50 years! It is however more expensive than its counterparts, is difficult to install, and is moisture absorbent, plus, it doesn’t win points for being eco-friendly, nor is it energy efficient.
- Solid Brick Siding: Old-fashioned and traditional using bricks for siding was commonplace until the mid-1950s when double layers of brick were used to provide basic insulation for a house. Similar to wood, it's made from natural materials, so it’s environmentally friendly given that it's recyclable, has a longer lifespan, and is mostly low maintenance. But there’s a reason why it’s not exactly a popular trend in our modern world. It's a poor insulator and allows moisture to readily seep through, so don’t be surprised to see your home flooded after heavy rainfall. And so brick doesn’t bode well in local climate changes. It doesn’t help the fact that repairs are cumbersome and difficult to do too.
- Brick Veneer: The new and improved of just plain old brick, brick veneer is upheld by concrete, steel, or wood that serves as a support mechanism and backup whilst the brick pieces themselves are only rather a showpiece and for aesthetic purposes only. Although generic brick is more old school, brick veneer is more lightweight, more inexpensive, has better insulation ability, is more energy efficient, and still mimics the appearance of natural brick while retaining its useful quality, like being fire resistant.
- Natural Stone: As natural as it gets, stone is durable, long-lasting, insulating, and can withstand fluctuating temperatures being a fire-resistant material. It also readily boosts the curb appeal of your home, adding a pleasant beauty, unlike any other siding material. Being a more sustainable option for building materials, you also reduce your ecological footprint and you can recycle the material. It is, however, more expensive to install, can crack under heavy pressure and if you take into consideration the mining process for the stones, it may cause damage to the environment.
- Stone Veneer Siding: The more improved version of purely natural and organic stone, stone veneer is a stone-based material that is composed of not just a natural stone but polymers that strengthen the material and allow it to be more waterproof. Stone veneer siding is slightly more featherweight, durable, long-lasting, and, of course, fire-resistant and doesn’t lose its authentic visual appearance in any way whatsoever. It’s also more affordable than natural stone as the veneer itself is more budget-friendly than the collection of real stones themselves. But it has its downsides too, as if the stone veneer is not installed properly and exposed to moisture, water can get trapped underneath the veneer backing resulting in damage. Plus, insufficient sealant can result in drafty windows, doors, and vents.
- Aluminum Siding and Other Metals: As a metal, aluminum by default is durable, bodes well in fluctuating temperatures including excessive moisture, and is a proficient insulator providing boosted energy efficiency, readily reducing your heating and cooling costs. Just beware that aluminum is more expensive to install compared to wood or vinyl and is prone to physical damage such as scratches, dents, and holes if it gets rusted due to corrosion. It can also cause noise pollution when exposed to searing winds.
- Stucco: This is a cement-based mixture made of Portland cement, lime, sand, and water and, similar to its veneer counterparts, contains polymers and other added substances to strengthen the material itself and make it more flexible against harsh local weather conditions. And so stucco is one of the most resilient materials plus is fire-resistant, not to mention aesthetically appealing. The only thing to be mindful of is that stucco is more moisture absorbent, so don’t be surprised to see damp patches on your siding due to mold growth, its texture is more brittle so if your house’s foundation were to shift and settle it can result in unsightly hairline cracks and fractures. And so, we wouldn’t recommend stucco in areas with high clay content in the soil, which is known to swell and persuade house foundations to shift.
Why We Are The Validated Choice For Siding Replacement
Siding replacement, Northern Virginia clients will find, doesn’t reoccur all that often, so they should make a sound investment in a high-quality siding replacement contractor. Northern Virginia can rely on our trustworthy handyman team members who will restore their home’s siding to pristine condition. Don’t let random onlookers gawk and get turned off by your eyesore and battered siding by allowing our handyman with a can-do attitude to armor your house from local weather conditions, pests, rodents, or random accidents. We will show up prompt and uniformed and can even accommodate 24/7 emergencies if the situation for your siding is dire.
Frequently Asked Questions About Siding Replacement
CAN YOU REPLACE JUST A SECTION OF THE SIDING?
Yes–generally speaking, it’s alright to replace just a specific board or section of your siding so long as no underlying and/or subsurface damage needs to be repaired. Although you can attempt a makeshift DIY attempt to unzip the old and damaged siding and replace it anew, you can always depend on a Northern Virginia handyman for help. The one caution to this is that you may not be able to match the existing siding exactly. Depending on the age of the existing siding it may no longer be available.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE WHEN INSTALLING VINYL SIDING?
The most common issue is leaving too much space or distance apart between fasteners resulting in warped and waxy siding due to wind exposure. Plus, fasteners that remain a further distance apart render your siding susceptible to a host of further problems, including water and moisture damage.
DOES INSURANCE COVER BLOWN-OFF SIDING?
The great aspect of a Northern Virginia siding replacement is that most home insurance providers cover hail and wind damage to your siding and usually cover the full expense of the replacement cost. And so you can rest assured that you will be reimbursed for most if not the entire cost of replacing any siding panels if they are badly damaged or wrecked in any way whatsoever. Some insurance companies even allow you to choose your professional contractor apart from their approved accredited service providers, so be sure to shop around.
Is Your Home Looking Bare Bones? Ask For An Expert Siding Replacement From Mr. Handyman
Don’t delay and let your home’s outside finish gleam once more. Some of the nearby areas of Northern Virginia we serve include Clifton, Yorkshire, Sudley, and Woodbridge.
So be sure to reach out to one of our courteous customer service representatives, where you can learn more about our residential and commercial repair and replacement services.