Benefits of a Vinyl Siding Replacement

As you may know, vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options available. When vinyl siding first became available, it was meant to replace the then-popular aluminum siding. Early vinyl siding quickly earned a bad name for many homeowners since it had a tendency to crack and sag. However, that is simply not the case nowadays. If you choose to have a vinyl siding replacement for your home, you will see some of the biggest benefits associated with vinyl siding.

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Variety

Vinyl siding is no longer the cheap, plastic product of the past. Thanks to improving technologies, vinyl siding is now manufactured in a wide variety of styles, colors, and textures. Vinyl can even be manufactured to mimic the look of cedar shakes, ceramic tile, and more. In the past, vinyl was often only available in white or light-hued colors. With the progression of anti-fade technologies, vinyl siding is now available in endless colors – ranging from your darkest grays to your brightest whites!

Affordable

Perhaps the biggest reason why vinyl siding is so popular is because it is by far the most affordable house siding option available. In addition, the average lifespan on vinyl siding is about 50 years, which means that you will be getting your money’s worth. According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value report for 2017 (costvsvalue.com), a vinyl siding replacement will recoup an average of 76.4% of your investment. This proves that a vinyl siding replacement is a great investment for your home.

Durable

If you decide to have a vinyl siding replacement for your home, you will be lucky enough to witness the durability of vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is made to withstand the elements – from wind, to rain, to hail. It even has the ability to withstand high winds of more than 200 mph. Additionally, vinyl is resistant to moisture, meaning it is not likely to rust or corrode over time.

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Simple Maintenance

A great thing about a vinyl siding replacement is that vinyl is virtually maintenance free. Vinyl siding will never need repainting, which is required for other types of siding. The only maintenance that is required for vinyl siding is an annual cleaning with mild soap and water, which means that the rest of the year leaves time to relax.

Easy to Install

Having a vinyl siding replacement done on your home is a relatively cheap and simple process. This is mainly because vinyl is a lightweight material. Vinyl siding can be installed over existing materials, making it a great retrofit option. As a bonus, since vinyl siding is simple to install it helps to cut down on labor costs.

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at http://www.costvsvalue.com.

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Manufactured Stone Veneer: Boral Versetta Stone

Manufactured stone veneer is a beautiful choice to add some character and interest to your home’s exterior facade. With current technologies, manufactured stone veneer now looks extremely similar to that of authentic stone. According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), installing stone veneer was ranked as the project with the highest return on investment in the Richmond, Virginia area for 2017. This project is expected to have an average return on investment of 102% in metro Richmond, which is much higher than the national average of 89.4% return on investment.

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Custom Home by Balducci with a Stone Veneer Column

For manufactured stone veneer, Balducci Exteriors recommends Boral Versetta Stone. Boral Versetta Stone is a beautiful cement-based manufactured stone that can add value and character to any home. Here are some key points on Boral Versetta Stone:

  1. Boral Versetta Stone is available in two styles: Ledgestone and Tight-Cut. The Ledgestone creates a rugged look with its irregularity to suggest a “worn-in” and “original” look; while the Tight-Cut offers a more traditional look that is similar to “rural 19th century American architecture.”
  2. It is easy to install since it has a panelized design that can be installed using screws or nails.
  3. This quality product is made of lightweight materials that are 1/4 the weight of full-thickness stone, which allow for its versatility of interior and exterior use. Some interiors ideas include adding the stone to a fireplace, kitchen backsplash, or on an accent wall.
  4. The Versetta Stone color palette is inspired by nature and incorporates colors from around the world. Color options include Plum Creek, Terra Rose, and Sterling.
  5. It is relatively easy to maintain since it doesn’t require additional painting, coating, or sealing.
  6. The stone is cast in a mold, then it is hand-painted with iron oxide pigments to mimic the look of authentic stone.
  7. Boral Versetta Stone is a quality product that will outlast time. It comes backed with a 50 year limited warranty.
  8. One of the factors that Boral Versetta Stone prides itself on is sustainability. Boral Versetta Stone is made of a minimum of 50% recycled content.
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Custom Home by Balducci with a Stone Veneer Fireplace

Manufactured stone veneer is a great home improvement option for any home. It can add value to your home for resell purposes, as well as add beauty to your exterior facade. Consider Boral Versetta Stone for your home and call a qualified installer such as Balducci Exteriors.

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com

House Siding: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

For new homes and remodels, we recommend James Hardie for fiber cement siding on your home. James Hardie is a well-known and trusted name in residential construction and remodeling. They are headquartered in Amsterdam with operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. James Hardie understands the importance of innovation and research to create a quality product for your home.

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Addition by Balducci Exteriors with James Hardie Siding

James Hardie’s fiber cement siding is one of the most durable siding options on the market today. What is fiber cement, exactly? Fiber cement is compost of four elements: water, wood pulp, fly ash, and portland cement. Combining these materials results in a quality siding product for your home.

Some pros of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding:

  1. Durability: James Hardie siding will stand the test of time. It even comes with a 50 year limited warranty.
  2. Appearance: The look of James Hardie siding is like no other available and comes in a variety of colors and textures to add beauty to any home.
  3. Resistant: James Hardie siding is rot and insect resistant to prolong the longevity of your siding and keep your home beautiful.

For most homes, we recommend James Hardie Hardieplank Lap Siding. It provides a traditional and timeless look to your home. Hardieplank comes in four texture options, including:

1. HardiePlank Lap Siding Select Cedarmill: This siding has a soft texture that is similar to wood and is best suited for mountain retreats and ranch houses.

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HardiePlank® Lap Siding SELECT CEDARMILL

2. HardiePlank Lap Siding Smooth: This option is simple and elegant. It is a great option for coastal homes!

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3. HardiePlank Lap Siding Beaded Cedarmill: This charming siding is great for cottages and bungalows and adds personality to the home.

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4. HardiePlank Lap Siding Beaded Smooth: This siding option merges minimal style with a traditional touch. It is perfect for newer homes with a transitional taste.

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New siding on your home can add value, especially with James Hardie siding. According to Remodeling Magazine, fiber cement siding replacement has been consistently ranked as the #1 return on investment from 2009-2015. Additionally, “100% of homeowners responding to the “Report” said they were happy or satisfied with the result of their fiber-cement siding replacement project.”

Need more information on installing fiber cement siding on your home? Contact Balducci Exteriors. We have been in business for over 30 years and would be glad to set up an appointment with you for a free estimate concerning your home’s siding or any other home exterior project.