Siding and roof replacement is a daunting project for any homeowner to face. It’s understandable — the task itself is time-consuming and expensive. But when it comes down to it, even the most beautiful home is uninhabitable without a good roof.
The key to scheduling and planning out a project of this scale is knowing when roof and siding replacement is 100 percent necessary, planning a realistic budget, and choosing the right materials.
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Siding Replacement: When Is It Necessary?
Siding replacement is often an overlooked home improvement. But the reality is siding is just as important as your roofing. It plays a fundamental role in protecting your home from the elements and its inside contents. It also helps to regulate your inside temperature. This goes to show that siding and roofing play parallel roles.
But how do you know when siding replacement is completely necessary?
- Your siding has deep cracks in it and sits loosely (it might even flap in the wind)
- Wood siding tends to last a good 8-10 years, if it’s older than that, replacement might be necessary
- Wood rot and warping call for full replacement
- You have mold and fungus growing on your siding that’s difficult to remove, i.e., it keeps growing back
- Your siding has compromised your home’s interior, i.e., peeling wall paint, watermark stains, water swelling, etc.
All professional siding companies will tell you to consider these six important factors: water resistance, ease of installation, durability, energy efficiency, versatility, and aesthetics.
Some of the best materials that fit this profile include wood siding, vinyl, brick, fiber-cement, stucco siding, and stone and veneer siding.
Roof Replacement: When Is It Necessary?
Yes, sometimes it’s a good choice to opt for a simple repair when a roof has minor damage from a storm, for example. But if this is not done in a timely fashion, this is honestly just a fast track to full roof replacement.
Here are the other tell-tale signs it’s time:
- The roof on your home is older than 25 years old, or a newer roof was installed over an old one
- Damaged roof shingles, i.e., they’re curling, worn down, missing, or buckled
- There are multiple missing shingles from your roof valleys
- Your roof has obvious signs of damage
- A leaking roof that’s compromising the interior of your home
- A dilapidated, worn down, moldy roof that’s ruining the aesthetics of your home
With this in mind, how do you go about choosing the best materials for your new roof? Most roofing companies today will recommend 3 key options: asphalt shingles, synthetic or composite shingles, or metal roofing. These are also some of the most budget-friendly choices.
One of the biggest hurdles in replacing a roof for most homeowners is the cost. Here are the different variables that can impact your budget:
- The size
- How accessible your roof is
- The material you choose
- The pitch of your roof
- Other roofing components like guttering, chimney repair, or skylights
Knowing the square footage of your roof beforehand can help you create a rough budget, so you know what to expect.
In Need of Professional Siding and Roof Replacement?
If siding and roof replacement is on the cards for you, it’s not only important to plan out your budget and choose the best materials. You need the right roofing company on your side to help you meet your goals.
Novalis Roofing and Siding has the experience, expertise, reputation, and workmanship that you need. Get in touch with our highly capable team for all your roofing and siding needs today.