I always enjoy spring time, because so many homeowners are fixing up their houses, and my phone is ringing off the hook. These days when it comes to homes, curb appeal is one of the most important things you can have for your house. A real estate professional will tell you if you're choosing between interior and exterior remodeling, always go with the exterior. While that advice helps sell houses, it's also a good tip even if you're planning on staying in your home indefinitely. After all, you want to feel good about your home's appearance when you drive up, and you want your guests to enjoy the view, too.
One of the easiest ways you can do that is with a new exterior paint job. While siding companies will tell you it's a waste of money to keep painting your siding over and over, if you compare the price of new siding with the cost of getting your house painted, you may want to re-check that logic.
Depending on the size of your home and whether it's more than one story, the average cost to repaint the exterior in this area is about $1900-$2500. Of course, if you want multiple colors and you've got an historic-era home with lots of gingerbread trim, it will be more, but this is a good number to use for comparison.
Now for the siding numbers. The best siding options for this area aren't wood (which needs to be repainted anyway). If you choose vinyl, you can expect to pay about $7000. For fiber cement such as HardieBoard, the cost doubles - $14,000. And fiber cement often needs repainting. Metal siding costs are about $8000 for aluminum, and a bit more for steel.
Now here's a bit more math to help. A good paint job will last about 7-10 years, so for the cost of vinyl siding you can get your home painted three times. Will your vinyl siding last 30 years? I've seen numbers ranging from 20-30 years, but usually after about 10 it has faded and needs repair or replacement. Fiber cement siding that comes pre-finished (not all of it does) usually is warrantied for about 15 years, but you've paid more than 5 times the cost of a paint job, which in those 15 years would need to be re-done once.
If you're considering having your wood siding replaced, perhaps you may want to request an estimate from a local Bellingham painting contractor like me to find out just what paint would cost. One thing about having a paint job - it's a lot more economical to change the color if you get tired of it than having to replace the siding!
We're now doing estimates for spring exterior painting - contact us today for a quote. 360.594.2430.