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How to choose new siding for your home

When choosing new siding for your Whatcom County house, you have several factors to consider. Here are some steps to help you make an informed decision:

Assess your needs. Determine your priorities and requirements. Consider factors such as durability, maintenance, aesthetics, energy efficiency and budget.

Research siding options. Talk to a home remodeling expert like those here at Hudson Remodeling. Explore different types of siding materials available in the market. Common options include vinyl, wood, fiber cement, aluminum and stucco (yes, even in Bellingham, stucco is not an uncommon option). Learn about the characteristics of each style and material, including the pros and cons. Some siding materials perform better in certain climates (think: rain) than others. For example, vinyl is resistant to moisture and humidity, while fiber cement is more durable and resistant to extreme weather. Note: Cedar and fiber cement siding are the options selected by the overwhelming majority of people in the Whatcom County area.

Evaluate maintenance requirements. Determine how much time and effort you are willing to invest in maintaining your siding. Some materials require regular painting or sealing, while others are relatively low-maintenance. Consider factors like cleaning, painting (or staining) and potential repairs.

Assess durability and longevity. Look for durable materials that can withstand the elements and have a long lifespan. Consider factors such as resistance to rot, insects, warping, fading and impacts. Some vinyl siding options, for example, might crack under the stress of an errant baseball. Tip: Often, siding materials have warranties that indicate their expected lifespan.

Consider aesthetics. Choose a siding material that complements the architectural style of your home and matches your personal taste. Consider color options and textures, and be sure to consider local regulations or homeowners’ association guidelines that may restrict certain choices. What is allowed in the Edgemoor neighborhood, for example, might not be allowed in Semiahmoo or neighborhoods in Lynden or Bellingham.

Energy efficiency. If energy efficiency is a priority, consider siding materials with good insulation properties. Insulated vinyl, fiber cement with added insulation, or certain types of foam-backed siding can help improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.

Get samples and compare. Request samples of the siding materials you are considering. Comparing the look, feel and quality of the samples can help you make an informed choice. Hold the samples up against your home to see how they blend with the surroundings.

Seek professional advice. Consult with the Whatcom County home remodeling contractor that will be installing your siding. Your contractor can provide expert advice based on your specific needs and can help you understand the costs, installation process, and any specific considerations related to your home.

Budget and cost. Consider your budget and the cost of the siding materials, including installation expenses. Balance your desired aesthetics, durability and maintenance requirements with the siding cost to make a choice that fits your family.

By following these steps, you’ll be better equipped to choose the right siding material for your house, taking into account your needs, preferences and the specific characteristics of your location.