Exterior Siding Versus Exterior Painting

Exterior Siding

Siding on a Home

When a homeowner considers different exterior home remodeling projects there can be quite a few options to think about. Many times larger exterior remodeling projects will come down to either siding or painting. Either of these options can provide a brand new, fresh look for the NJ home’s exterior; and they both have the potential of increasing the resell value and the aesthetic value of the home. Some homeowners may find this a difficult decision to make since each method has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It is very important for homeowners to carefully consider both options and determine which one best meets their needs as well as their budget.

Maintenance and Durability

Siding may have the advantage when it comes to durability and maintenance. Siding will only need to be washed about once a year; possibly more depending on the climatic conditions in the region. Vinyl siding is designed for longevity and will not fade or peal. Exterior painting will need to be redone about every 5 years depending on the climate and severity of the weather in the region. Painting can be very time consuming, especially if you do it yourself. Siding can save the homeowner money in the long run since you will not have to pay to purchase paint or to have the home repainted. Both exterior remodeling projects will need to be inspected routinely to ensure that there is no damage that needs to be repaired. Paint will need to be touched up occasionally if there was not proper preparations before painting began or if it was not applied properly.

Design Differences

When choosing exterior paint one must select the color and the finish. It will give the home a nice, fresh look once it is applied. But changing colors is about the only thing that can be done with paint. However, siding has numerous options in terms of design and style. There are many different colors that can be chosen but there are also many different styles to select from. For instance, there are some types of siding that mimics wood but does not cost nearly as much as natural wood and has nowhere near the amount of required maintenance as real wood.

Comparing the Costs

Exterior painting is much less expensive than siding up front. While siding is more expensive it will not have to be redone every few years and it should eventually pay for itself. Paint is subject to peeling and must be redone frequently and is more difficult to maintain. Because exterior paint does not have the longevity of siding it ends up being much more expensive than siding.

Disadvantages and Advantages

Both exterior siding and exterior painting can make the house look great. They can either on be a stylish option that has favorable results. Siding will last much longer than exterior paint, but this also means that you are stuck with the same design for the long term. Having to repaint every 5 or so years means that you have the option of making color and finish changes to the home’s exterior now and then. Painting will also require some extensive preparations in order to ensure that the coat will last and not be subject to peeling. Another advantage a painted surface has is that after a natural disaster damages are easier to repair. Repairing siding can be a very involved process that requires removing some pieces and replacing them with newer, undamaged ones. However, repairing a painted surface can be a simple process which can be done yourself and only takes a few minutes including cleaning up.


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