Curb appeal can change everything about your property’s value, how it’s perceived, and how quickly it sells. People want to see a property that’s not only attractive, but they also see how well it’s maintained as a major bonus. The siding on your home is a deciding factor. Whether you have your heart set on rustic metal siding, or you’re more interested in exploring low-maintenance siding types, your dream home is closer than you’d expect! These are the top options and what sets them apart.
Mid-Century Modern Siding
Mid century houses have an iconic look that sets them apart from most others. From the clear architectural trim, to the long lines and color contrast, these homes have a look unlike any other.
The colors that go best with mid century modern homes are ochres, white, brown, and warm neutrals. These are welcoming and stylish properties, and their mid century modern siding brings that home.
Shape and color are completely based on taste: and what your HOA allows. Before you start this project, it’s vital that you stop and think about what could make the most money, what your HOA will allow, what suits your personal taste, and what is available in your area.
Rustic Metal Siding
Rustic metal siding is not only durable, but it offers a unique and almost retro look to most properties. This material has also become increasingly popular for industrial styled properties, giving homeowners the chance to stop and fit their home to their exact taste.
To deep clean this area of your home, whether you have rustic metal siding or wood, it’s a good idea to consider a pressure washer. Pressure washers use water to scrub surfaces clean, and although they have a rough reputation for siding, they can be safe to use.
Remember to avoid spraying up and against the siding, and keep the pressure low so you don’t damage anything.
Exterior Wood Cladding
How old is the current siding on your home? Even exterior wood cladding eventually wears out its stay and has to be replaced or taken down. Remember that it’s a good call to look at the color, shape, and deterioration of your siding.
Wood cladding has a beautiful and classic look that can make any home feel more welcoming and well-loved. With wood cladding you can find almost any shape of slat or shingle, any color that makes you happy, and almost any budget: but it has to be well maintained.
Your insulation is one of the best ways to boost your home’s comfort and value. Not only does good insulation make your home more energy efficient, but it also allows you to be more creative when choosing siding materials.
Low-Maintenance Siding Options for Curb Appeal
Maintaining your siding will depend entirely on what material it’s made out of. It’s always a good idea to keep it clean, and look out for issues like cracking, warping, discoloration, or mold, but it’s also vital that you stop and think about the installation.
The best materials for a low-maintenance home are going to be composite, fiber cement, and vinyl. Buyers are desperately seeking these because they don’t want to deal with replacing or maintaining their siding soon after buying.
Cladding is a great option if you have a brick home and want a different look, or simply are interested in changing out your siding with a low maintenance siding option.
If you’re DIY updating your own siding, it’s of paramount importance that you heavily do your research. For instance, screwing in vinyl siding too tightly will cause it to crack almost immediately. If it doesn’t crack immediately, the damage will come over time as it expands or shrinks in the weather.
Choosing Siding Materials for Curb Appeal
There’s no end to the number of siding materials! From vinyl, to cement, stone, brick, stucco, wood, metal, and so much more, it’s possible that there’s a perfect material that will suit your building better than any other.
What material you pick should be based on your location (stucco is incredibly popular in the south west), what weather you have, and what natural risks your property would have. You don’t want brick in areas that are earthquake prone, after all.
If you’re inexperienced, it’s vital that you stop and pick a good contractor who knows what they’re doing, and is willing to work with you to make your housing dream a reality. Most last between twenty and thirty years, but some can go longer if well maintained: working with a professional helps you start your business off on the right foot.
Your Siding Can Take Your Property to the Next Level!
If you want more buyers to check out your home, or you’re interested in boosting your curb appeal as much as possible, it’s time to consider your siding. Follow some of these ideas and tips, and consider learning more from Useful DIY Projects!
Andrea Erickson is a freelance writer that loves sharing her knowledge and expertise in renovation and landscaping. She lives in her hometown of Austin, Texas where she enjoys spending time with her husband and decorating with her children. Andrea’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource site.