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3 Vinyl Siding Upgrades You Will Love

Are you thinking about upgrading your home's exterior with brand-new vinyl siding? Since vinyl siding is durable, lasting an average of about 50 years, the choices that you make now will stick with you for awhile. Here are three siding upgrades that you will love, and how they can make a big difference.

1: Extra-Long Panels

Unsightly seams between siding panels can break up the lines of your home's exterior, and make your place look messy. Unfortunately, seams can also allow water and pests to penetrate your siding, which can damage your home's underlying structure. However, you might be able to enjoy fewer seams by investing in extra-long panels.

Some siding panels are almost twice as long as traditional versions, so that contractors can cover a lot more area with a single board. Also, because professionals can cover entire stretches of your home with one panel, your home might be less susceptible to water damage from bad weather, and it will be harder for insects to make their way into your house.  

With extra-long panels, your home will look as beautiful from a few feet away as it does from the street.

2: Foam Backing

Most people don't realize it, but most vinyl panels are hollow, creating a gap between your home and the siding. While this empty space allows your home to wick away water, it can also decrease the impact resistance of your siding. When rogue baseballs smash into your house or those gardening tools fall over, the space behind normal vinyl siding makes it possible for panels to bend and crack.

To avoid broken panels and unsightly dents, consider upgrading to vinyl siding that is backed with rigid foam. This extra layer keeps siding from sagging and warping, so that your siding stays looking great.

Foam-backed vinyl siding, also called insulated siding, even helps to insulate your home. Insulated siding has an average R-Value of between 3.0-4.0. Since traditional vinyl siding only has an R-Value of around 1.0, adding rigid foam might significantly reduce heat loss through the walls of your home. 

3: Design Accessories

If you really want to make your new siding look special, you should consider asking contractors to incorporate vinyl siding accessories. Here are a few accessories that can make your home look beautiful and polished: 

  • Decorative Trim: To really set off the color of your siding, think about adding some decorative trim. You can use decorative trim to create a clean-looking border around the bottom of your home, or to tie in those new shutters.  
  • Crown Molding: If you want to create a little visual interest, add vinyl crown molding around your front door, windows, or porch. The repeated patterns of crown molding can spruce up otherwise bland corners to give your home an up-scale look.
  • Gables: Instead of leaving those unremarkable attic vents, consider adding vinyl gable covers. You can match the color of gable vents to your trim or crown molding, to streamline your home's exterior. 
  • Mounting Blocks: After investing money into nice siding, the last thing that you probably want to do is screw your mail drop or house numbers directly to those panels. Fortunately, you can install mounting blocks to your siding, to create a safe and attractive place for your little extras.  

As you choose design accessories, think about the overall look that you are trying to achieve. Choose your trim colors thoughtfully, and don't forget to think about your existing fencing and lighting fixtures. You wouldn't want your new off-white trim to clash with your bright white fence, or that new vinyl crown molding to look too busy around those ornate garage lights. Make choices that compliment the colors and structural details of your home, so that your siding accessories don't look out of place. 

Investing in a few vinyl siding upgrades might dramatically improve the curb appeal of your home, while protecting your investment.