How Much Does Siding Replacement Cost in Maryland?
Yesteryear’s siding of 20-plus years ago isn’t today’s improved, more energy-efficient siding products. Even so, you might be wondering if new siding is worth the investment. Generally, your home needs siding replacement if there are multiple sections of your siding that are rotting or cracked. If your Maryland home’s siding is warped, faded, or requires frequent painting, you might want to consider siding replacement. Here, we’ll explore some ins and outs of new siding installation in Maryland to help you make an informed decision about your home’s siding replacement.
How Much Does Siding Replacement Cost?
In Maryland as elsewhere, new siding costs vary. Why? Because homes vary in size and there are many different siding options and products to choose from. According to Forbes, new siding replacement for homes runs an average of $12 per square foot. However, budget-friendly siding might run as cheap as $2 per square foot. On the flip side, high-end siding products can be as steep as $50 per square foot.
American Choice Exteriors only uses quality siding products such as James Hardie Siding. Here in Maryland, weather can range dramatically. We have wind, sleet, hail, rain, snow, sun–your siding has to contend with the elements for years. It doesn’t make fiscal sense to invest in an inferior siding system. That said, there are many high-quality siding products, including vinyl siding, that are fairly priced and offer the benefits that Maryland homeowners expect from their new siding investment.
To determine the cost of your vinyl siding or fiber cement siding, for example, consult with our siding company to get a custom cost estimate for your home. American Home Exteriors can help you decide between aluminum siding and other siding products. If you’re switching from aluminum siding to vinyl siding, we can tell you what to expect in terms of benefits as well as the total cost for the installation of your siding replacement.
Do I Really Need Complete Siding Replacement?
Not sure if your home needs exterior remodeling in the form of a complete siding replacement? You’re not alone. Many Maryland homeowners wonder if they can simply replace their missing or cracked siding. Fixes like these tend to be temporary. If your siding is showing signs of disrepair, it’s time to start thinking about full siding replacement.
Remember, siding, especially siding installed decades ago, isn’t manufactured to last forever. Like roofs, a siding system has to be replaced when its components begin to fail. One cracked piece of siding may not necessitate new siding, but if your current siding is distressed in more than one place, you should contact a siding contractor like American Choice Exteriors to help you decide between siding repair and replacement.
If your siding has been damaged because of rough weather, it may be eligible for home insurance coverage. If you have storm damage, before you replace siding on your own, consider filing an insurance claim. You may be surprised to find that your repairs or siding replacement is partially or completely covered by your policy.
Why You Should Install New Siding
If your exterior needs siding replacement but you opt to put it off, you should be aware of the disadvantages of siding that’s beginning to deteriorate. Remember, siding is designed to protect your home’s structure. Once it shows signs of distress, it can no longer adequately do its job. Distressed siding is more vulnerable to developing rot–mildew and mold. It can attract pests to your home that can access it through cracks.
Additionally, deteriorating siding is probably allowing your air conditioned air to escape in summer and your warm air to escape in winter. That puts strain on your HVAC system and causes your energy bills to go up.
What Are the Benefits of a Siding Replacement?
New siding is an investment, of course, but think of it as an investment in the maintenance and upkeep of your home. In fact, new siding, especially high-quality products like Hardie Plank Siding, may actually increase your Maryland home’s value. Whether you intend to keep your home or sell it in the near future, it’s important to maintain its value as a real estate investment.
Additionally, new siding installation is very likely to lower your energy bills. If you’re concerned about reducing your energy costs, talk to our siding company about our energy-efficient siding products. Today’s siding manufacturers are extremely competitive–they have to be. They must prioritize energy-efficiency when developing their siding products because those are the products that today’s builders and property owners are searching for.
American Choice Exteriors can help you choose the ideal siding for your Maryland exterior remodeling project. Naturally, you want to choose an aesthetically pleasing product, but it’s also important that your siding choice functions the way you need it to.
New Siding: How Do I Choose the Right Product?
First, before choosing a siding product for your Maryland home, it’s crucial to find a trustworthy siding contractor who can answer all of your questions. American Choice Exteriors is a trusted Maryland siding company that has years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers. If your home needs siding replacement, we can help you choose the ideal siding for your house and budget. We specialize in vinyl and fiber cement siding installation.
Vinyl siding is popular with Maryland homeowners because it is available in a diverse range of colors, is low-maintenance, is durable, and resists both mold and mildew. New vinyl siding is often preferable to aluminum siding, which has been a popular option here on the coast because of its resistance to mold and rot, unlike wood siding. Unfortunately, aluminum siding, a cheaper option than many types of siding products sold today, is not known for its curb appeal, dents easily, is noisy (subject to ‘pinging’ noises when the weather is windy or rainy), and requires repainting.
Vinyl siding is not associated with the same disadvantages as aluminum siding. The key benefits of vinyl siding are:
- Available in a wide range of colors
- Available in a wide range of textures
- Fade resistant
- Low-maintenance (i.e. does not require repainting)
- Mold and mildew-resistant
- Available with Energy Star rating
Vinyl siding is a durable option that comes with robust warranties. Not only is it versatile and can enhance your home’s curb appeal, it’s also a budget-friendly option that will even save you money on your energy bills!
Fiber Cement Siding
American Choice Exteriors installs James Hardie Plank siding. This fiber cement siding is renowned for its performance and low-maintenance appeal. Fiber cement siding is a popular choice among Maryland homeowners because of its long lifespan. While fiber cement siding may cost more, it will last longer than other siding materials–and without the maintenance requirements of wood or aluminum siding.
By choosing James Hardie siding, you can look forward to advantages such as:
- Superior weather resistance
- Long lasting
- Versatile color and texture options
- Pest resistant
- Fire resistant
- Resistant to mold and mildew
- Will not warp, swell, or crack
- Made from sustainable materials
- Low maintenance
Fiber cement siding performs extremely well in Maryland, which as you know, experiences dynamic weather conditions that can impact your home’s siding. This type of siding performs extremely well during freezing winter temperatures or the blistering heat of summer.
Is Fiber Cement Siding Worth the Cost Increase?
For many, fiber siding is the most cost-effective option for their home’s siding replacement project. Fiber cement siding is manufactured to last 50 years. Vinyl siding typically lasts anywhere from 20 – 40 years. Aluminum siding can last between 30-40 years if maintained well, but it has its drawbacks as discussed above. Wood siding, which also requires substantial maintenance, can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years, but in a climate like Maryland, it tends to require substantial maintenance just to hit the 20-year mark.
Because of its longevity, fiber cement is often the best choice for Maryland homeowners who don’t want to be burdened with annual siding maintenance–and its costs. Because of its high-quality and durability, fiber cement sided homes often enjoy a property value boost.
Home Siding Inspections
Our siding company understands that installing new siding is a major decision. We don’t believe in pressuring clients or trying to ‘upsell’ them. When you contact us, we can schedule a siding inspection. We’ll examine your siding and report back all of our findings, helping you understand the condition of your home’s exterior and whether you should make repairs or a whole siding replacement.
We’ll also discuss the siding options available to you so you can choose one that fits your home’s needs as well as your budget. Depending on our inspection results, you may even want to talk to your insurance provider if your siding displays areas of storm damage. If you decide to replace your exterior siding, you can request a quote. Once you choose a type of siding, we can provide you with a quote for the materials and installation costs.
If you are considering a siding renovation for your Maryland home, contact American Choice Exteriors to learn more about our siding replacement services. We also specialize in roofing and gutter replacements. Call us at 301.687.2345 to schedule a no-obligation estimate or you can schedule your free siding inspection online today.