Curb appeal is an essential factor in selling a home quickly and at the price you want. New siding is a great way to quickly and easily update a home's appearance and make it more attractive. When you fix and flip houses, it's also important to choose materials that give you a quick return on your time and effort. Choosing the right siding material can make all the difference. Now, let’s dive in to a few of the top siding materials for houses.
Vinyl siding offers high durability at a low price, making it a top pick for many who fix and flip houses; however, as with any material, vinyl has both benefits and drawbacks.
Vinyl comes in a range of colors and textures, including several that effectively mimic natural wood. It is quick to install, and costs significantly less than many other siding materials for houses. On the other hand, vinyl siding is not known to be the most attractive option and may be considered too low-end for some neighborhoods.
Fiber cement is a home siding material that is currently generating a lot of excitement. Made from a combination of cement, clay, sand and wood pulp, fiber cement can be molded into a wide range of textures and shapes. Because it is typically made from recycled materials, it's a green and sustainable siding option.
One potential downside is that fiber cement is heavy and requires special installation tools and processes; however, if you are a contractor with the expertise and equipment to do the installation yourself, fiber cement siding can give you an edge over your competitors.
Composite or engineered wood is a siding material that is made from recycled wood fibers and a special binding resin. This is a tough material that can stand up to a range of climates and weather conditions. It is both cheaper and lighter than fiber cement.
Composite wood is a relatively new material, so we are still learning about its durability; however, many brands of composite wood siding come with long warranties to ease buyers' minds.
Natural Wood Siding
Natural wood is an attractive option that is sure to wow potential buyers - which is part of why it's one of 2019's top fix and flip trends. Wood is durable and environmentally friendly; however, its price can make it a hard sell for some real estate investors. Some individuals make the higher price work by using wood as an accent. Instead of using wood siding exclusively, wood can be added to a single exterior wall to draw attention to architectural shapes or features like picture windows.
Often, the best siding choice will be suggested by the home itself. Choosing the right option that fits the look and feel of the home can be a big boost to curb appeal. Consider a wide range of siding materials to see which one makes you stop and say "wow" when you imagine pulling up in front of your fix and flip investment.
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