If your home exterior is starting to crack and peel, you can either repaint it or have the siding replaced. In this blog, roofing and siding contractor D & M Roofing discusses what each option entails.
Scraping and Repainting
Repainting the exterior is the most economical option. The cost of paint and equipment is a fraction of the cost of siding replacement. The process is simple as well: scrape, sand and repaint. Renting a painting apparatus that uses compressed air, or having a few friends give you a hand with the painting, can make repainting considerably easier.
However, you should consider that painting costs do add up over time. Siding requires repainting every three to five years, and it becomes more often the older the material gets. Both paint and equipment will likely need to be repurchased every time. If you choose to have your home professionally painted, the costs will increase as well.
Having your siding replaced by professionals does cost more upfront, but when you consider that siding typically needs replacement every 10-25 years—sometimes more often, depending on the material—you’ll see how it may cost you less in the long term. Siding replacement also eliminates critical problems such as dry rot.
Consider siding replacement as an opportunity to upgrade. Vinyl siding, for example, is an economical and durable option that boasts virtually no maintenance requirements, which means an end to all the scraping and repainting work. Perhaps you’d prefer high-performance siding like fiber cement.
Most of today’s siding features factory-applied finishes, with a wide variety of colors and textures. Some even mimic otherwise high-maintenance yet beautiful materials like cedar shake and traditional lap siding. More importantly, modern siding materials come with manufacturer warranties, which often include coverage for the siding colors and finishes. They also have longer life spans, which means less time for scraping and repainting, and more time spent with your family.