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New siding not only protects your home, it can really boost the resale value.

A 2005 cost-vs.-value report by the National Association of Realtors revealed that a siding replacement project offered the greatest return on investment among all home improvement projects.

The report said that new or replacement siding yielded more than a 95 percent return on investment in the resale valuation for the home.

Attractive vinyl or aluminum siding can also separate the appearance of a home on the market from its immediate neighbors or competitive properties that have the less-favorable look of faded paint, chipped or mossy brick, or weathered-wood facades.

Aside from adding curb appeal and financial value to your home, having aluminum or vinyl siding means you won’t ever have to chip, sand, prime, and paint your exterior again. The insulating factors in the siding also help cut utility bills, reduce outside traffic noise, and resist weather damages like peeling, rotting, and color fading. And siding is relatively maintenance free, easily cleaned with a garden hose, pressure washer, or a bucket of soapy water.

Installing siding is initially more costly than adding fresh paint. But by eliminating the routine painting costs that homeowners face every few years makes a durable siding installation a prudent long-term investment. Siding also protects your home from termite infestations and rotting from the buildup of moisture over time.

Siding installation costs vary by type, color, and manufacturer. Solid-core vinyl siding is a new addition to the range of siding products that can increase the R-factor, further cutting home heating costs in winter and retaining internal cooling in the summer. Newer vertical siding products on the market are also on the more-expensive end, but they are easier to maintain.

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