The Importance of Soffit and Roof Ventilation

Proper Soffit Ventilation

As mentioned in our previous article regarding soffit replacement, it your soffits are damaged or if there is condensation in your roof the best option is always to fix the problem and replace the soffits.  However; it is possible that during one of your annual inspections you notice that no damage to your soffits or roof is present, but that your attic is constantly humid. In this case, soffit vents can be installed underneath the eaves of a roof for the purpose of ventilating your attic and roof.  Soffit vents reduce energy used on air conditioning as well as heating and more importantly extend the lifespan of your roof, soffits, and fascia.

two soffit vents installed on the exterior of a home

Whether you live in a warm climate or a cold climate, proper roof and soffit ventilation plays a critical role in extending the lifespan of your roofing system.  Improper maintenance and care of soffits can prove a costly fix as it can damage the fascia, roof, and structural components of your home. Your local siding contractor can easily explain why proper attic ventilation is important, but in call cases it serves two main functions.

  1.      Allows fresh air to enter the attic at the soffited areas of the roof
  2.      Exhausts most air from the attic

Regardless of the climate, removing moist air and allowing the stagnant air in your attic to be replaced with fresh air is critical for a proper roofing system to function.

Benefits of proper soffit ventilation include:

  •        Reduce or eliminate damaging moisture from the structural components of your homes roof.  Excessive moisture can build up in stagnant air, potentially damaging the structure of your home and degrading both the roofing system as well as the soffits and fascia boards.
  •        Reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling.  By eliminating heat and humidity buildup in an attic reduces the cost of a home to cool down the area closest to your roof.
  •        Prevents shingle damage including curling, cupping, and delamination.  Increased heat in an attic can cause shingles to prematurely age and lift off of the roof. Excessive heat or moisture in an attic can actually void many asphalt shingle warranties.

To properly maintain both your roofing system as well as your homes soffits and fascia boards proper ventilation is critical.  This ventilation creates a balanced system where the air is circulated and cooled eliminating many risks associated with hot and humid attics.  If your home is lacking intake or recirculation capabilities vents may need to be added to your soffits. Intake ventilation is critical to guarantee the air recirculates and your home stays healthy.

 

Installation Costs of Siding Part 2

Vinyl siding is the most popular way to protect your home from the elements.  Metal or aluminum siding is by far the easiest and cheapest siding that is available on the market. Whether you choose aluminum or vinyl, the choice is clear, you want to protect your home from harm. Both aluminum and vinyl can and will do this.

Tan vinyl siding with a textured apperance

Insulated Vinyl Siding Installed Horizontally

Red aluminum siding installed on a barn side.

Aluminum Siding Installed Vertically

Vinyl Siding Comparison

Wood Siding

Wood siding offers a classic and natural look to your house. The reclaimed and harvested woods are environmentally friendly as well.  Within the past ten or so years the environmental impact is something younger homeowners are considering more heavily.  Wood siding is natural and very easy to dispose of as well.  The main drawback of a natural wood finish is the high upkeep and maintenance cost having it look good.  Wood siding, has the highest maintenance cost, and often require the homeowners to stain or refinish it every other year.

Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered wood, attempts to mimic the physical appearance of normal wood siding, but provide additional protection against degradation and loss of color. It offers a very durable and very similar appearance as opposed to regular wood siding, but costs roughly 30%-40% more. The added cost is a turnoff for most homeowners, but trust me, it’s worth every penny.

Aluminum Siding

The main advantage of using aluminium siding that it can be fitted in any irregular and unusual shapes and opening while vinyl has the limitation in this part. Also, aluminium can be painted but it is observed that the paint is being peeled off by itself. The cost of aluminum is relatively cheap, but the maintenance and replacement costs are slightly higher.

Fiber Cement

This material is so designed to survive against flames and hurricane forces. But this is the only advantage available with this material. While requires a high maintenance, fiber cement costs 1.5 times of the vinyl sidings and it cracks very easily.

Pros & Cons Of Vinyl Siding And Other Options

Before taking any concrete decision about the perfect material for your siding, here are some of the pros and cons of the vinyl siding.

Pros Of Vinyl Siding

Easy installation: Vinyl sidings are very easy to install. Only a little skill required for a DIY. Alternatively, you can hire a professional.

Durability in colour: The incorporation of modern techniques ensures even the darker colours offering fade resistance. It does not show any chip or cracks in the material colours.

The cost incurred: When choosing vinyl siding, you can avail the minimum cost for your sidings in comparison with any other materials. Also, vinyl offers approximately a 78% of recovery while selling the siding.

Cons Of Vinyl Siding

Water resistant vs. watertight: If your siding stand against the wind drove rain, there might be certain chance that the water stuck behind the siding and may cause mold and rot.

Can be fade due to UV ray or dirt: When the advantage is durability in colors, but still, the color can be faded due to the UV rays. Also, building dust and dirt can fade or crack the colour.

Bend and crack: In a temperature of extreme heat and cold, there is certain chance that a vinyl siding may bend or crack easily.

Vinyl Siding Conclusion

If you want to give your house a new ultra modern look, go for the vinyl sidings which will ensure a modern as well as the classy look of your house at the most cost effective way. And make sure that you speak with your local window contractor to help plan out the color scheme to match your soffits, fascia, and windows.  For more information on texture siding or vinyl shake siding click here. 

Installation Costs of Vinyl Siding Part 1

Vinyl Siding Installation and Benefits

There are four types of siding available in the market.  Between metal, wood, fiber cement and vinyl, insulated vinyl siding is by far the most popular way to cover the exterior of your home in the United States. Vinyl is also one of the cheapest siding options available, depending on installation size and area.  If you have a multi-tiered home the installation cost of insulated vinyl siding begins to rise and may be more expensive when all said and done than something like metal siding. Metal siding is rather simple to install and clips together much easier than any type of vinyl on the market. However; most homeowners find the diversity in colors, textures and appearance of vinyl to be worth the extra spend.

Cost Factors Of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is available in many variants. Trying to fix a price to the cover all of these different material styles is difficult, but is generally within about 10% of each-other.  The visual aspect determines the complexity of manufacturing and thus the cost of production. The question really comes down to what style and texture are you looking for? The main reason for the price variation depends on the manufacturing process and the incorporation options at the time of making.

The Visual Aspect

Available in many colors, shapes, styles and textures; this is assured that the vinyl will always attract some glances. So, this is surely an advantage of this material. Having this wide selection of styles and textures, you can always find a vinyl matching your style in the market. The most common options are shake siding and textured horizontal siding.

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Gray siding being installed around a freshly replaced window.

Vinyl siding installation progress

When deciding between your options, be aware that the maintenance cost is very low with this material.  Whether you decide to power wash or clean it is up to you, but vinyl is very durable and resistant to degradation.  You can use your simple garden hose pipe to wipe the dirt away from the siding. In case of an exterior mold or plant, you can use you a soft brush paired with cleaning solutions. But, if you choose to remove it from a pressure washer, this is advisable that you should use the pressure in low pace as high pace may loosen the grip between the wall and siding.

Power-washing Vinyl Siding

When doing the washing job, you should remember to start the work from the top. By working your way to the bottom, reduces the amount of rework required.  This will cause the grime you remove to run down to the area that you still need to clean, instead of mucking up what you just washed.

 

Siding Composition and Material Overview

There are many options of residential siding materials available for homeowners when it comes to enhancing the appearance of homes. It can be hard to decide on the best siding for your specific project because not all siding materials are perfect for every homeowners needs. The best siding material depends on the what you are trying to accomplish as a homeowner, whether it be energy efficiency, lower cost, or a custom look, the best siding will vary. However, If you know the basics of different siding materials, then you will have a better idea in choosing the best siding for your home.

Home with vinyl siding and a green metal roof

Siding Options on a brand new home

Average Siding Comparison (Materials and Cost Thereof)

Wood siding is the oldest and most attractive cladding material available in the market. It is attractive and easy to work on. But, it requires more maintenance when compared to other types of sidings. It is affordable to install at first, but the maintenance cost can be expensive in the long run.

Fiber cement siding can also be referred by brand names such as Hardie board. When comparing the fiber cement siding, it is a better option when looking for performance and affordability. It is designed to hold under extreme conditions and can hold paint for long. It is a popular choice in most mid-range residential siding materials.

Stucco is another material which is priced affordably and holds up very well. There are some parts where it is highly preferred while in some places people avoid it due to its appearance. It may have low resale value due to limited companies willing to carry out repairs on the materials.

 

Low Cost Siding Material Comparison

Aluminum siding is another affordable cladding option. It requires more upkeep than other materials such as vinyl siding. Many people prefer aluminum due to its durability and re-usability.

Vinyl siding has been around for decades and it is very popular. People claim it requires low maintenance, but there are claims where it has been exposed to extreme weather and it became too brittle. In other areas it has been noted to fade due to exposure to extreme weather.

 

Premium Siding Material Comparison

Brick has been widely used as a siding material. It has great looks and holds up for long. It gives a home classic look. It is very expensive hence most home owners prefer to use it in some parts of their homes while alternating with other materials.

Stone is the most durable siding material in the market. It can last for hundreds of years on your property. But, it tends to cost a lot due to the cost incurred during the installation process. You will have to hire a skilled mason for you to have the material installed in your home.

 

Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Residential Siding Materials

Many people are being concerned on the impact their homes will have on the environment apart from the looks. To achieve the environmental friendly construction, most siding installers prefer going green nowadays. You can find most siding materials such as vinyl, aluminum and steel being recycled. Some of the materials used during the recycling process include locally found stones and bricks. Some green builders even prefer using a mixture of clay and sand. The use of locally available materials from the environment makes the siding installation eco-friendly.