Historic homes often have a lot of attractive qualities. They are often found in desirable established neighborhoods. They also often have unique styles and high levels of craftsmanship. Historic homes are built using the materials that were readily available in the past and are commonly constructed of durable materials such as wood, brick, and stone. The siding and woodwork in historic homes is often impressive. While a historic home's siding can add to its appeal, it also requires a fair amount of upkeep. Here are three things to consider when it comes to siding and historic homes.
Repair Is Important
Maintaining a historic home's siding is a must in order to keep the home structurally sound. Most historic homes will have originally had wood siding. Regular painting, caulking, and replacing any rotting pieces of wood is a must in order to keep wood siding looking great. Often historic homes have had the original siding replaced with another material such as aluminum or vinyl. The average cost of siding repair is between $262 and $979. For those whose historic homes have the original siding, it's important to look for siding contractors who have experience with historic homes and who can match the style of the home's siding during the repairs.
If a historic home's siding is in really bad condition or if it has been replaced in the past with a product that doesn't match the style of the home, then replacing the siding may be the right choice. A good siding contractor can help a historic homeowner determine which type of siding is right for them. Vinyl and wood are two of the most popular options. Metal siding is also something that may work well in certain homes. The cost of wood siding is between $3 and $10 per square foot, vinyl costs between $2 and $7 per square foot, and metal siding runs between $2 and $8 per square foot.
There May Be Original Siding Underneath
Another thing that historic homeowners should check for is whether or not there is original siding underneath the home's current siding. In many cases, new siding is simply affixed to the old siding. This is something that has happened to many older homes. Homeowners should consider working working with their siding contractors in order to determine whether or not this is the case. If it is, it may be possible to restore the old siding and bring back the original look of the home.
Siding is something that can play a big role in how a home looks, especially for historic homes. When it comes to siding in historic homes, it's important to have any damage repaired as soon as possible in order to preserve the look of the home. In some cases replacement is a must. If this is the case, historic homeowners should work with their contractors in order to determine which type of siding will work best with their home. There is also the possibility that the original siding may be hiding underneath the current exterior siding. In this case, repair and restoration by an experienced contractor can help bring back the original look of the home.