Old siding that is rusting and discolored can be unsightly on the outside of the home, and if you have rusting gutters and downspouts, all these materials need to be replaced. If the roof is discolored and damaged from the poor gutters, roof repairs or a replacement may be needed as well.
Not only do you want to replace these items to improve the appearance of your home, but also to preserve the structure of the property. Talk with a contractor that does exterior home renovations about the following.
You will want to have the roof examined to make sure that the roof doesn't need to be replaced or repaired before you start the work on the siding and gutters. If the gutters and siding are rusted this is an indication that there was water leaking down the side of the house. This could be caused by:
- Damaged flashing
- Rotted wood soffits
- Missing shingles
- Improper roofing ventilation
The repair professional will look at the roof and do an examination to see what needs to be done and repair it so you don't have water concerns in the future.
Talk with the professionals about new vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is a popular option because of these advantages:
- Energy efficient
- Many color options
- Easy to install
- Resistant to moisture like water, rain, and humidity
- Wind resistant
- High fire safety rating
- Scratch resistant
- Unaffected by UV rays
Ask about insulated vinyl siding if you are looking for a material that is even more energy efficient for your home. Before the new siding is put on, have the house wrapped with vinyl for added water protection, and to improve energy efficiency even more.
Replace the gutters with new vinyl options that are available. Not only do the vinyl gutters have the same benefits as vinyl siding, but these come with attachment screens you can have placed over top. This means no gutter cleaning, no gutter clogs, and just easy-flowing drainage.
Find a couple of exterior house renovation companies to come and quote on your projects. Make sure that they have the breakdown costs and information for:
- Old material removal
- New material expenses
- Timeline for completion
Once you have the quotes you can compare the costs, the products each contractor suggests using, and other details. Find the right contractor and price, and fix the damages and unsightly exterior of your home.