When is the Best Time to Replace Siding on Your Home?

As you start to get your home ready for the winter, do you notice that your siding is looking less-than-beautiful? Maybe you see some dents, dings, or areas where the old aluminum siding has come loose. Perhaps there are cracks. If your house is painted wood, you may notice peeling, bubbling, or dull areas—even mildewed boards.

Like most Wisconsin homeowners, you probably think, “Well, I guess I’ll have to address my exterior finish problems in the spring…”

If you’re waiting for the best time to replace siding on your home, don’t put it off!


You may be surprised to learn that Weather Tight offers siding replacement year-round! Learn all about siding replacement in the winter from Tod & Todd.

 


When Is It Time to Replace Siding?

If you’re starting to notice cosmetic issues with your siding, then right now is the best time to replace siding on your home. Weather Tight works year-round to ensure your home always looks great and feels comfortable.

If you’re on the fence about new siding, consider what you may be losing right now in terms of efficiency and comfort. Our vinyl siding is backed with special insulation board. Not only does the insulation board make the siding stronger and impact-resistant, but it provides another layer of protection from cold weather.

In the winter months, we often notice drafty areas that weren’t a problem in the summer months. Maybe there’s a spot in your house where you feel air coming in. Or perhaps your heating bill has increased, and you notice you need to wear layers indoors. You keep turning up the thermostat, but your house still feels cold.

Homeowners also notice creepy crawly creatures that move indoors during colder months. Damaged siding can lead to bird nests, beehives, and rodent infestations. It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but if you notice signs that pests are getting in, it’s time to consider replacing your exterior finish.

Homeowners are often shocked at the considerable difference that new, beautiful vinyl siding can make on their house’s temperature stability and security. Don’t suffer through the season with an exterior finish that causes you stress.

Even though you may think that winter isn’t the time for home improvements, siding is an excellent exterior home improvement option that can start to pay for itself right away! Imagine a warmer winter with no cold floors and no chilly air leaking indoors.

Start Your Spring Home Improvements Now!

Siding

Spring may seem far away right now, but it will be here before we know it. If your spring to-do list includes scraping and painting the exterior of your home, it’s time to shorten the list!

Many older homes feature wood exterior finishes. While these are beautiful, they can be tough to maintain. Paint starts to peel, chip, and look shabby, even after just a season. Slivers end up in tiny hands, and you find yourself risking life and limb on a ladder as you attempt to paint.

If your wooden siding is waterlogged, painting can become a futile job. The swollen wood won’t hold paint, and it seems like an ongoing project that never looks right.

Adding to the issue are all the concerns that lurk beneath that wooden siding! Take the painting project off your to-do list, improve your curb appeal, and add to your home’s value with new vinyl siding.

The Siding Replacement Process

When you call Weather Tight, we’ll schedule an assessment. Our product experts will work with you to decide on the best siding option for your home. We’ll consider your budget, your needs, style, and your vision for the finish. We’ll walk you through all the options, answer any questions, and help you throughout the process. We’ll take a look at your current exterior finish and help identify any potential concerns. We’ll also take measurements to ensure you get exactly the right amount of siding for your house.

We do siding replacement all year long. Unless we’re in the middle of a blizzard or extreme weather situation, our crew works every month of the year. Because the project addresses your home’s exterior, there’s no need to worry about planning around cold weather. You’ll be safe and warm inside your home while we work.

When we do a siding replacement, we take off the old finish and get underneath. This process helps us identify any issues you may have like mold, rot, or pest infestations. By removing the previous finish, we start with a blank slate and fresh surface for your new siding.

Once your house is cleared of the old finish, we put down a state-of-the-art Tyvek house wrap. Tyvek is a protective one-way material that allows vapor and moisture to get out but keeps the wet, cold weather from getting inside your house. The barrier adds extra insulation and protection to your home.

We tape off the seams and ensure the house is securely covered. Then our crew gets to work, installing vinyl siding. Our siding is backed with a special insulation board for an additional layer of protection.

Better still, vinyl siding is easily customized, so you can get the look you want. The color is built into the vinyl material, preventing fading from the sun and weather. Siding is available in an array of colors to get the perfect look you’ll love. Choose trim to add the perfect finish and get the right look for your home.

While many homeowners think of siding in the spring, there’s no best time for siding replacement. Whenever your home needs improvement, we’re happy to help. If you’re waiting for warm weather to replace your siding, consider giving us a call today.

 

 

Aluminum Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: Which is the Best Choice for Your Home?

Look at your home’s exterior. Is your paint peeling? Do you have old, dated aluminum siding that’s dented and damaged? Is your wood siding rotting? Is your stucco finish chipping and dated?

If it’s time for an exterior update, siding is a wonderful option. But what kind of siding should you choose? Between aluminum siding and vinyl siding, what’s the best choice?”

Years ago, aluminum siding was the gold standard for exterior finishes. In fact, when it first arrived on the scene in the 1940s, homeowners loved the durability and ease of installation. Throughout the next several decades, aluminum siding was favored by homeowners as a great option for updating damaged wood, unsightly plaster, and other aging exterior finishes.

Then in the 1970s, advances were made in manufacturing vinyl. Over the last 40 years, vinyl has become an increasingly popular and superior siding option. Vinyl is as affordable as aluminum siding but offers many distinct advantages. If you’re considering updating the exterior of your home, here’s how to weigh the merits of aluminum siding vs. vinyl siding.

Aluminum Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: The Many Advantages of Vinyl

Vinyl Siding

If your paint is peeling, wood is rotting, or your current siding is damaged, you may be considering the merits of siding replacement. Is it worth the effort to paint over the wood or siding, only to have it crack and peel in a few years? Is it better to take off your exterior finish and start fresh, or install siding over your existing exterior?

When your home’s exterior shows signs of wear and tear, it’s typically best to remove the wood or aluminum siding and start fresh. A lot of times, there may be underlining issues that you may not be aware of, causing the reoccurring challenges to your siding. When Weather Tight replaces siding, we usually advise the homeowner to remove the damage and rot, apply a Tyvek house wrap, and update their home with beautiful new vinyl siding. Removing the old, damaged exterior finish helps us determine any issues such as pests or wood decay, usually from water seeping in, and find solutions to ensure your new home’s exterior is secure and weather tight to the elements.

Why is vinyl siding an ideal choice for most home exteriors? Vinyl siding has many advantages over aluminum and other exterior finishes, beginning with cost-effectiveness. Installation, including removal of the old materials, is typically as affordable as aluminum siding, but vinyl is a superior, longer-lasting choice. Vinyl offers energy-efficiency, durability, and lower maintenance, with a lower total cost of ownership over the years.

Vinyl is four times more energy-efficient than ordinary siding, so you’ll see savings on your energy bills. As you may remember from science class, metal isn’t a good insulator—it’s a conductor. Meaning, aluminum siding conducts heat and cold (right into your home). Vinyl, on the other hand, significantly reduces air infiltration.

When combined with a Dupont Tyvek wrap, vinyl siding is airtight. Tyvek is an innovative product that “breathes” with your home—allowing inside air and moisture to escape but keeping cold, wet air out in the winter and hot temperatures at bay in the summer. We add special weatherproofing tape at the seams and around windows and doors to keep your home extra sound.

Our vinyl siding is foam-backed for even better insulation. Because each piece of vinyl siding is thick and durable, it stands up to the weather and the outdoors. The foam-backing and properties of vinyl also reduce noise by up to 50%. In fact, many homeowners tell us they’re surprised at how much warmer their house feels in the winter and how much quieter it is, even near busy roads!

The other advantage of foam-backing is that the vinyl siding is 400% more impact resistant than ordinary siding. Vinyl siding won’t easily dent and can handle a significant impact—so if you have children who like to play ball in the yard, a stray rock from a lawnmower, hail damage, a pesky bird who maybe wasn’t looking out, or just a little clumsy accident, vinyl can take a bit more of a beating than aluminum. Our vinyl siding has a lifetime warranty protection against hail.

Discover the Convenience and Beauty of Vinyl Siding

As a homeowner, you know that safety, comfort, and protection are essential for your home—but let’s not forget about beauty. After all, new siding can give your home a facelift, increase your value, and improve your curb appeal.

At Weather Tight, our siding isn’t made from “regular every day” vinyl. Our thermal composite material is extremely weather-resistant and exceptionally beautiful. Because color goes through the material, vinyl siding never requires painting or updating. It will look newly installed well into the future.

Vinyl siding won’t fade, even after enduring years of the hot summer sun and cold Wisconsin winters. With 21 color options available, you can select siding that will complement the rest of your exterior. Select your preferred trim and create a look that’s unique and gives you that “new home” feel.

Better still, vinyl siding is resistant to pitting, dents, and ripples that are common with aluminum siding. Over the years, there’s only so much you can do to update and fix aluminum siding—corners pop off and get dented, paint starts to peel, and dents and holes are impossible to cover.

The beauty of vinyl siding will last for decades. The lifetime of aluminum siding is around 30 years (and even less if you’re concerned about those dents and dings). Aluminum siding is pre-painted, and after several years the finish oxidizes and turns powdery. You can see an example in the Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd video below.


How do you know when its time to replace your siding? Tod & Todd show you the wear and tear on aluminum siding over the years:


Once the paint on your aluminum siding has oxidized, it will fade and appear chalky. Often you can even wipe it off with your bare hand. It’s possible to paint over the aluminum siding, but it frequently chips and bubbles, meaning you may be painting every few years. Vinyl siding typically lasts 50 years, with no painting or updating needed. It’s a low-maintenance solution.

Vinyl siding is a long-lasting exterior finish that any homeowner will feel proud of. If you’re ready to give your home a needed update to a new look, consider vinyl siding. It’s a truly stunning exterior finish. Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate. Discover the beauty and affordability of vinyl siding from Weather Tight.

An Exterior Finish You’ll Love: Engineered Wood Siding

Nothing has more of an impact on the look of your home than the exterior finish. It’s a “fashion piece” for your home and can really make or break the curb appeal. There are endless options when it comes to exterior finishes, but almost nothing beats the strong, durable, beautiful look of engineered wood siding.

Now, if you own a home with a wooden exterior, chances are you’re all too familiar with the yearly chore of scraping, painting, and staining your home. If you skip a year or two, your home will start to weather quickly. You’ll notice fading, chipped paint, and uneven discoloration. It really starts to look worse and worse over time. The real problem comes from the issues you might not see with the naked eye. Wood siding can rot, leading to pests or trapped moisture, causing permanent (and expensive) damage to your home.

So, if you’re considering investing in a long-lasting exterior finish solution for your home, here’s why you should consider engineered wood siding. This is an excellent replacement siding option for any homeowner!

6 Benefits of Engineered Wood Siding as an Exterior Finish

If you’re considering replacement siding, chances are you’re weighing out the pros and cons of many different options. There are many benefits to choosing engineered wood siding as the exterior finish option for your home. Whether you currently have aluminum or vinyl siding, wooden clapboard siding, or another finish, engineered wood is a standout choice amongst home siding options. It will upgrade the look and feel of your house.

Here are six benefits of engineered wood siding to consider.

1. Engineered Wood Siding is More Durable than Many Other Exterior Options

One of the most significant benefits of choosing engineered wood siding is performance. Diamond Kote™ (the Weather Tight preferred brand) is exceptionally durable. Customers don’t need to worry about touch-ups, paint, or repair to their siding.

Better yet, Diamond Kote™ comes with a 30-year no-fade warranty, guaranteeing it will stand the test of time. Mineral-based pigments are UV resistant, keeping your siding vibrant. You won’t need to worry about the color of your home changing or dulling over time, like painted clapboard. Unlike aluminum siding, engineered wood siding won’t dent and is highly impact-resistant as well. This is siding that will look as beautiful in a decade as it does on the day of installation.

2. Hate Sanding and Painting? Engineered Wood Siding is Lower Maintenance

With no fading, engineered wood siding eliminates an often dreaded task from your yearly home maintenance routine. There’s no sanding, painting, or staining with engineered wood siding. You still get the stunning, natural beauty of a wooden exterior finish with none of the stress.

Diamond Kote™ uses an eco-friendly low VOC proprietary paint, which produces ultra-pure oxide colorants. The result is a stunning finish that won’t fade, chip, peel, or weather over time. If you want a home siding option you can forget about, then engineered wood siding is perfect. You never need to think about it once installed.

3. You Can’t Beat the Beauty of Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered wood siding offers a gorgeous finish many homeowners prefer. Whether you’re updating a dormer or extension on your home or replacing the current exterior finish completely, engineered wood is a truly stunning choice. This siding option looks very high-end and will do wonders for your curb appeal and the overall resale value of your home, as well.

There’s something about the natural beauty of wood homeowners love, but over time wood can deteriorate and become dull. Paint and maintenance are constantly required to maintain the finish. Other “wood look” products may require less upkeep, but they often look fake due to pattern and texture. The realistic wood-grain texture of the Diamond Kote siding looks far superior to the finish of most fiber cement products on the market. You get all the beauty of a natural wood look without the stress or effort

4. Diamond Kote™ Siding Offered Through Weather Tight Features a Great Warranty

Weather Tight stands firmly behind our work and our products. The Diamond Kote™ engineered wood siding comes with an excellent warranty that’s one of the best in the business. This is an investment in the future of your home that you’ll feel great about.

Not only will the new siding protect your home from harsh elements (hot sun, icy wind, snow, and sleet), but this siding will increase the beauty of your home as well. If you’re hoping to boost the resale value of your home someday, an exterior finish is a wonderful investment and you can easily earn back the money put into the home.

5. Engineered Wood Siding is Rot Resistant

In Wisconsin, the weather throws us a few curve balls now and then. From sleet to snow, to sudden downpours, engineered wood siding holds up to moisture and water damage. Diamond Kote™ is rot resistant. The zinc borate infusion and wax finish resists moisture and ensures your home stays dry and mildew-free.

This siding is a good option for any climate, and there’s literally no place where it isn’t a good choice. That said, here in the Midwest, we often put those types of weathertight claims to the test. This is a product that holds up to anything mother nature dishes out.

6. Customize Your Engineered Wood Siding for a Unique Look

Two photos side by side, left photo is a house with worn, weathered siding. The photo on the right, is the same home after full house installation of Diamond Kote® siding.

One other reason why our customers love engineered wood siding is it comes in a variety of styles and colors to match your home or fit with the updated look homeowners may be looking for. There are over 30 colors with custom options and multiple styles. Whether you like the look of shakes, octagons, scallops, board and batten, or even stucco finish, there’s an engineered wood option for you. Better yet, Weather Tight is familiar with the restrictions from many Home Owner’s Associations, so we will help you find a long-lasting finish option to meet the criteria of your HOA guidelines.

We offer a free, no-obligation estimate, where an expert will visit your home, take measurements, and review color samples and swatches. You can view the different finishes and get an idea of how beautiful engineered wood siding will look on your home.


Learn more about the benefits of engineered wood siding by checking out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips:

 


If you’re considering replacement siding, it’s a great time to explore your options. Give Weather Tight a call today to view all the siding choices, including engineered wood.

Does Your House Need a Face Lift? It’s Time for Siding Replacement!

Your home is a place you should feel proud to live in. When you view the outside, does the siding look straight, clean, and bright? Or is your home starting to look dated, old, and dilapidated? Is it time for siding replacement?

Most of the time, homeowners approach us for siding replacement due to cosmetic reasons. They want to increase the curb appeal and value of their home, so it needs a little facelift.

And while the look of your home often indicates when it’s time for siding replacement, there are other reasons to replace your siding beyond the aesthetic. Here’s how to tell if it’s time for siding replacement and what the process look likes when you contact Weather Tight.

Wondering if it’s time for siding replacement on your home’s exterior? Here’s how to tell if your house needs a facelift.

How to Know if It’s Time for Siding Replacement

When customers approach us, they’re often hoping for a fresh look for their home. They may have old cedar siding that’s faded or cracked. Their aluminum siding may have dents, bubbling, and chipped paint. In Wisconsin, they may have the old “chalet style” homes with cement board and cedar trim (quite a popular look in the mid-twentieth century).

No matter what the current façade of your home looks like, one universal truth applies: if you’re no longer proud of the way your home looks, it’s probably time to consider new siding.

A facelift in the form of an exterior update restores your pride in your beautiful home. New siding increases your curb appeal and can increase the resale value of your house. Better yet, it’s a lower maintenance solution. Many homeowners are simply tired of the effort and upkeep required to maintain older, deteriorating exterior materials.

Siding replacement also improves the insulation of your home. With breathable Tyvek house wraps installed under the siding, you’ll avoid heat loss and air infiltration. You’ll save energy and keep your home more comfortable with brand new siding.

There are other underlying factors that siding replacement addresses as well. For example, during the replacement process, many homeowners are surprised to discover rotting, mildewed siding or cement board, insect infestations, small birds, and other critters who have built nests in the walls of their homes. With cedar homes, many homeowners complain about the noise from woodpeckers who want to get at the bugs inside the walls. The solution isn’t to deter the noisy birds, but to address the underlying issue of the bugs inside your siding.

We hear many different concerns from homeowners—bugs, birds, cold and uncomfortable rooms. That’s why it’s important to call a professional if you notice any type of concern. Siding that’s falling off, paint that’s bubbling or cracking, and dented or damaged siding all indicate bigger problems.

The good news is, siding replacement is surprisingly affordable. Better yet, it’s an investment in your home, giving it an instant modern update. Siding offers effortless upkeep as well.

When you decide that it’s time for siding replacement, you’re investing in the future resale value of your house. You’re also saving yourself the time, energy, and stress that comes from maintaining older house materials. Replacement siding is an all-around smart investment.

Your Initial Consultation: Deciding on Siding Replacement

When you call Weather Tight to consult about siding replacement, we’ll schedule a visit with an expert representative who will come to your home.

During the initial assessment visit, your Weather Tight representative will ask many questions about your needs, wants, and the desired look for your home exterior. They will walk around with you, inspecting and examining your current exterior finish, and helping to identify any issues like rot, insect infestations, and moisture problems.

Your Weather Tight representative will also take measurements to determine how much siding is needed for your home. They’ll help you decide on the type of siding to best suit your needs and the timeframe for scheduling your replacement. Siding season is year-round, weather permitting.

Spring is often a prime time for siding orders, as homeowners assess damage from the winter months. When we spend time outside, we start to notice areas where our homes could use an update. Fall is another popular time for siding installation. We all nest in the fall as we prepare for wintertime, but it is important to consider any time of year as a time to review your siding.

A siding install from start to finish can usually be completed in about one week (obviously depending on the materials, size of the job, and weather. On average, expect installers to be there for 5-10 days as they complete the job. The only restrictions homeowners may face is where to put the dumpster and occasionally, mother nature brings on a thunderstorm that may cause some delays! You stay in your house and watch the process, so there’s no need to find a place to stay during the installation process.

 

What Type of Home Siding Should I Choose?

Even if your home features an outdated color, peeling, or unattractive paint, it’s a lot of work to update the exterior. If the updates aren’t carried out by a professional, you may also run into issues down the line.

Fortunately, there are different types of maintenance-free siding available to address many of your concerns and beautify your home’s exterior. When you decide it’s time for siding replacement, consider your best options.

Vinyl

Vinyl Siding Before & After

Vinyl siding has the appearance of a real cedar sided home. It’s very beautiful, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. With vinyl, there’s an application of foam backing on each piece, giving it the rigidity and stiffness to protect against warping and waving. The foam backing acts as insulation, adding another blanket of protection for the outside of your home. Vinyl comes with a lifetime warranty as long as you live in your home (and for one more consecutive homeowner if transferred correctly with the manufacturer).

Engineered Wood (Diamond Kote Siding)

Diamond Kote Engineered Siding

Another great option favored by many planned communities and homeowner associations is engineered wood siding. This siding offers a very natural look that meets with HOA guidelines. Painted with a special long-lasting Diamond Kote paint, our engineered wood siding comes with a 30-year warranty against peeling and fading. This looks like real cedar siding and it’s beautiful.


Want to more about the advantages of engineered wood siding? Check out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video for more!

 

 


 

The Siding Installation Process

Once you’ve decided on the siding that’s right for your home, your siding lead installer and/or project manager will go through the entire process with you to ensure you’re on the same page and you’re satisfied with the product. You’ll get plenty of updates throughout the process—we always keep you in the loop.

To start, our installation team will take off your old siding. A good siding installer will never go over the top of existing siding. Laying siding over the top of your previous exterior finish may seem like a fast solution but it’s really only covering up a problem like a band-aid covers a wound. A reputable installer will find the root of the problem and address it from scratch. This protects your investment and the life of your home.

Once the old siding is removed, they will lay the Tyvek—a protective home wrap that blocks moisture from entering your home. Tyvek is a one-way breathing material that allows vapor from the inside of the house to escape but doesn’t allow moisture to get in. It’s a perfect weather barrier that adds to the insulation (and temperature control) of your home.

When the Tyvek is down, they will start to install the new siding. First, they will install the trim and then lay in the siding, ensuring the finish is waterproof and beautiful.

Your replacement siding process depends on the material you choose, the size of your home, and other factors. Fortunately, the process isn’t disruptive to your day-to-day living. You can live in your home comfortably while the installation is taking place.

If you’re ready to schedule an update to your home, it’s a great time! Call Weather Tight to assess your home’s exterior and help you decide if it’s time for siding replacement.

 

Customization is the key.

I can’t think of a singular reason in the world that the products you put in or on your home- should be any LESS customizable to our lives than the clothes we wear. Your roof should complement your home like your hairstyle compliments the shape of your face. Your siding should fit like a good pair of worn in shoes. We seek the things that have duality, things that work in more ways than one while still providing a security within ourselves to feel confident about it.

Should you invest in Diamond Kote® siding? Indubitably! Let us tell you why.

It is spring in Wisconsin.. well.. sort of. I am starting to think Mother Nature went AWOL. However- we know that in due time the grass will start to brighten, displaying lush hues of striking emerald. We will find ourselves able to enjoy those lazy sun-drenched afternoons – accompanied by the unambiguous aroma of a charcoal barbecue. Everything that winter left barren & achromatic will come alive & I think we all deserve to catch up on our depleted levels of vitamin D! :)