Tips & Advice
Can siding be put over stucco?
Siding can absolutely be installed over a stucco wall, provided you prep is properly first. If the stucco has any cracks, you will need to fill them with the appropriate filler. If you want to place siding directly over a stucco wall, you will need to sand the surface down to flat, as stucco walls have a texture and contour to them. If you do not want to remove the stucco surface, you can use furring strips, which are thin strips of wood that are used to provide a stable surface to attach the siding.
What causes siding to warp?
The most common cause of warping in siding is moisture, humidity, and heat. Heat can cause manufactured products, like vinyl, to expand and shrink, so don’t park the barbecue too close. Prolonged sun exposure can cause sagging. If vinyl siding is attached too tightly to the house, with no flexibility, it can contribute to warping. Moisture and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract. Strong sealants are used that prevent this, but eventually wood will deteriorate and sealants fade, so you need to be diligent about proper care and maintenance.
Can vinyl siding be recycled?
Because of its chemical make-up, vinyl siding is ideal for recycling. Most vinyl siding consists of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a plastic that can easily be recycled into a variety of different products. Be sure to take your old siding to an authorized recycling center.
How should vinyl siding be cleaned?
Cleaning your vinyl can be a fun and rewarding project. First, start with an appropriate cleaning solution. Bleach and a powdered detergent blend are great for cleaning off grease and grime. Vinegar and water make a great cleaning solution for removing mold and mildew. If you have a pressure washer, it makes the job a lot easier. If you don’t, use a cloth or bristled brush to scrub the area with the appropriate solution. Be sure to use gloves, be in a ventilated area while preparing it, and consider eye protection when using any chemicals. You can use most standard cleaning solutions to clean your vinyl, but always check the product for limitations and recommendations. There are a ton of informational videos available online to help you out.
Can house siding be painted?
Your house siding can absolutely be painted. Vinyl, steel, aluminum, wood, stucco and cement fiber siding are all designed to be painted. Check the limitations of your siding, and any applicable warranties before painting, to understand the specifics. Painting is the perfect way to spruce up dull or faded siding, or just for a refreshing update.
What is the best house siding material?
The best is the one that fits your budget, appeals to you aesthetically, and fits the needs of your home. If cost is the No. 1 factor,, vinyl is probably the most cost efficient, very durable, and comes in an assortment of styles. Wood is one of the most desirable for its looks, but can be expensive. If you live in the Southwest, where summer’s scorching heat is a factor, stucco is highly desirable for its ability to repel heat while retaining a cool interior.
What is the least expensive type of siding?
Vinyl siding is typically the cheapest siding available. You can get vinyl for as low as $1 a square foot before installation. Depending where you live, and contractor rates, installation for vinyl siding can run you as little as $2-$5 per square foot. As in any home improvement project, always research any potential contractors on rates, reliability, reputation, and guarantees on their work.
How many years does vinyl siding last?
Vinyl siding offers some of the longest lasting protection for your home, with life expectancies ranging from 20-0 years, even higher in some cases. The quality and thickness of the siding, as well as weather conditions and maintenance routines, will play a big role in determining its life expectancy. There are awesome warranties available on siding that can last 40 years or more, with some being transferable to new homeowners. Vinyl is a great siding option for cost and long-lasting durability.
How much does it cost to put siding on a house?
With lots of variables at play, you can expect to pay $3 and-$8 dollars a square foot to have siding installed on your home. This is taking into account vinyl siding on the low end, and wood siding on the high end. For an average home expect to pay around $10,000 for vinyl siding and roughly $13,000-$15,000 for wood. Material prices, labor rates, and square footages create variables on costs in your area, so get quotes from contractors and home improvement retailers near you to get firm estimates. It is a competitive market, so definitely get quotes and do your research.
There are many types of siding for your home, but the most popular types are wood, vinyl, cement fiber, metal (aluminum or steel) and stucco.
- Wood is the most popular and aesthetically pleasing and it comes in a variety of styles including planks, panels, boards and shingles, but is among the most expensive.
- Vinyl comes in a variety of colors and styles, and is among the most durable, rain resistant and cost effective.
- Cement fiber siding is the newest type and is quickly becoming a popular choice. It is all-natural, sturdy, cheap, easy to maintain, and can have the appearance of a fine wood siding, with incredible warranties to boot.
- Metal siding comes in a variety of colors and styles, including horizontal, vertical, and shingles, and is among the most durable. When steel prices are low, it is on the lower end of the cost spectrum.
- Stucco is most popular in the West and Southwest, where it is efficient at shielding out heat in the scorching summers, while retaining a cool interior. In the winters it does the opposite. All siding should come with standard warranties.