Frequently Asked Questions: Siding

Making decisions about siding replacement can be challenging. To help you navigate this process smoothly, All States Home Improvement has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Our goal is to provide comprehensive answers, ensuring you make informed choices for your Kansas home improvement needs.

Why should I consider getting a siding replacement?

Siding replacement is a key investment in your home’s exterior. Over time, siding can deteriorate due to weather conditions, wear and tear, or simply age. New siding enhances curb appeal and provides improved insulation, energy efficiency, and protection against the elements.

Why is siding replacement crucial in Kansas?

Kansas experiences diverse weather conditions, from scorching summers to chilly winters. High-quality siding is crucial to shield your home from the elements, providing insulation and safeguarding against potential damage caused by wind, hail, and extreme temperatures.

How often should I replace my siding?

The answer to this question varies drastically depending on your siding material. Vinyl and composite siding should last 30 years or longer, while fiber cement siding can last up to 50 years or longer.

How do I know if I need new siding?

Here is what to look for when determining whether you are due for replacement siding:

  • Rot – Even if it is minimal amounts of rot, do not wait to replace your siding. The damage will only get worse if it goes untreated.
  • Warping – Warped panels could be the result of shoddy installation, or they may naturally appear over time. Either way, they should be addressed immediately because warped panels leave your home exposed to the elements which can lead to water damage.
  • Fading – If your siding has discoloration due to sun fading and requires regular painting, now is a great time to upgrade to vinyl siding. The color is baked into each vinyl panel, so you will never have to paint vinyl siding.
  • Cracks and chips – While minor damage on a single panel can be repaired, it is time to replace your siding when it appears across your entire home’s facade.
  • Masonite or hardboard siding – Homes in the 70s, 80s, and 90s were often built with Masonite wood or hardboard siding, which is susceptible to rot, termites, and water damage. Masonite siding was phased out in March of 2001 as the result of a lawsuit, so we strongly encourage siding replacement.

What are the advantages of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is a popular choice due to its durability, low maintenance, and versatility. It withstands the elements, resists moisture, and comes in various colors and styles, offering a cost-effective way to enhance your home’s appearance.

What are the benefits of fiber cement siding?

Fiber cement siding is renowned for its resistance to termites, rot, cracking, warping, and damage from rain, wind, snow, and ice. Fiber cement siding is low maintenance and typically lasts up to 50 years if it is properly installed. It provides a classic look resembling wood but without the drawbacks, making it an excellent long-term investment.

How much will new siding cost?

As with many home improvement projects, the price will vary greatly depending on the size of the job and the type of materials used. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will evaluate your home’s needs, go over siding options, and offer solutions to fit your budget. We also offer financing options with payments starting at $98 per month.

What color siding should I choose?

Your siding’s color will have a significant impact on your home’s personality. Whether you live in a highly regulated community with strict HOA guidelines or a quirky neighborhood with colorful houses, our design experts can help you select the perfect hue to match your preferred aesthetic.  If you choose a composite or vinyl siding, you have various colors to choose from with the color baked into the material. If fiber cement siding is your choice, you will have endless color choices as you choose the paint for your new siding.

Is siding replacement a DIY project, or should I hire professionals?

While there are DIY options, we highly recommend professional installation to ensure a seamless and long-lasting result. Specialized installers bring expertise and precision, guaranteeing that your new siding is flawlessly installed to provide optimal performance.

How does the siding replacement process work?

Our streamlined process begins with a free in-home consultation, where our experts assess your needs and discuss design options. Once you’ve made your selections, we get to work, ensuring a hassle-free and efficient replacement process.

What should I do to prepare for new siding?

The most important thing to do before siding installation specialists arrive is to remove any non-permanent items from the perimeter of your home. Security cameras will need to be removed and any “live” cables attached to the home will need to be marked. If possible, trim any bushes or trees near your home and move potted plants and lawn ornaments. To prepare the interior of your home, remove any valuable items from the walls to prevent them from being damaged or broken.

How long will installation take?

Your installation timeline will depend on the size of your home and the siding material. However, our skilled team often finishes siding installation in two to five days.

What is Siding Magic and do I need it?

Siding Magic is a revolutionary ceramic coating, offering unparalleled protection. It is lighter than traditional coatings, yet strong, providing a cost-effective alternative to siding replacement. Siding Magic enhances your home’s resilience, helping your roof withstand hail and severe weather.

What warranties do you offer?

We stand behind our products and installations. All States Home Improvement provides product and labor warranties, ensuring your peace of mind and the long-term protection of your home.

Contact All States Home Improvement for a Free Siding Estimate

We have been installing vinyl and fiber cement siding in Kansas for decades, so we have solutions to fit every budget and aesthetic. Each of our siding installation specialists has undergone countless hours of factory and on-the-job training to ensure we get the job done right the first time. Contact All States Home Improvement today for a free, no-obligation consultation.