This is part 3 in a 3 part series about 9 questions to ask yourself when considering replacing your siding. We hope you’ve enjoyed this series. Please feel free to comment with any questions.
#7 : Is my wall insulation sufficient?
Not So Good
If your home was built before the 1960s chances are you have little to no wall insulation. If your home was built before 1990 chances are there isn’t an effective moisture barrier underneath your siding. With all siding types your options are to blow-in cellulose insulation during the project, or to add rigid foam insulation behind the new siding if needed.
In all cases make sure you request a moisture barrier such as EverWrap® Tyvek® or Typar®, which will also lower energy loss by decreasing draftiness.
#8 : What type of siding does my neighborhood warrant?
Especially here is New England there are traditional neighborhoods where the use of vinyl siding is frowned upon. If you live in an area like this, good quality, CVG cedar is still an option. If you desire something with less maintenance required, consider Everlast Composite Siding or fiber-cement siding and Cellular PVC trim products such as Azek® or Trex®.
#9 : Have I seen an abundance of ants, bugs, and termites in or around my home?
If your property is more prone to ant or termite infestation, I recommend steering clear of wood products. Everlast and Cement Siding® are completely impervious to insects, and Generations® insulated vinyl is treated with Borate a natural mineral that resists ants and termites.