what_you_need_to_know_about_residing_your_homeThere is a fine line between doing thorough research and overthinking a situation.

That line is something we should pay attention to and do our best to avoid crossing. However,  If you’re anything like me you've blown right past that line on more than one occasion.

One wrong turn can lead you down the rabbit hole. Before you know it, you’re wasting valuable time considering endless possibilities about inconsequential issues. As you become overwhelmed by technical details, the more you research you perform, the less you feel you’ve actually learned.

Then, not unpredictably, you decide it’s not worth the frustration, time, and effort. The benefit of completing the project seems pale in comparison to just being done and not having to worry about it anymore. So you just stop.

We’ve all done it.

The temptation to overthink things only increases with the price of a purchase. So when you’re talking about a couple thousand dollars to reside your home, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to hear you’re getting bogged down by information trying to make the best decision.

If you fear that you’re starting to suffer from information overload, we’re here to help you get back to basics.

This beginner-level guide to residing your home will help you eliminate the extraneous details and focus on what really matters.

It’s the Right Time to Reside Your Home If…

The first thing you need to decide is if it’s even the right time to reside your home.

If you’re looking for something freshen the exterior of your home, new siding can be a great addition. If your siding is dated and starting to show signs of deterioration such as crumbling, rotting, or missing pieces, it’s probably a good idea to get it taken care of.

What to Watch for

Some aspects of your siding will be dependent on your personal taste. No amount of research is going to make you like something that just doesn’t look right to you. There are some key details that you should be aware before making a decision though. The checklist of things to look out for:
  • Your home’s architecture and the over style of your neighborhood. Siding can last for decades. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Environmental conditions of your region. The climate you live in will help you decide whether or not a certain material is a smart investment.

  • Quality of material. Every material has it’s own set of unique properties. How expensive they are, how durable they are, how much maintenance they require, how they impact your energy efficiency and how many years they’ll last are important factors that you should weigh before making a decision.

Know Who You're Working With

Siding is a fairly quick project, but a significant one. You want to pick a reliable company that you can count on to provide a professional installation experience. Most importantly, make sure whoever you work with has all their paperwork in order. Don’t work with a contractor that doesn’t have all of the necessary licensing and insurance.

If you focus on these three areas, you can prevent yourself from getting bogged down by possibility and start enjoying the benefits of putting fresh new siding on your home!