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Peninsula Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Exterior Insulation Saves Money

Posted by Eva Daly

Apr 30, 2014


Peninsula Re-Siding Curb Appeal- Exterior protectionIn this installment of PSC's blog "Sexy Talk", its not just talkin' the talk, we're gonna walk the walk - with style and substance - as we are going to review the features and benefits of weatherproofing w/ insulation with a focus on the exterior and cost versus value - saving you money, money money....now, that is sexy talk, right? Right.

Exterior Motives....

Why Style?  Why Substance? With regards to insulation? Because "style" starts with the design and exterior of your home - and as we here at Peninsula Siding Company (PSC) noted a couple of blog articles ago, the exterior of your home is not only the "first impression" - its also where alot of the value of your home resides as well. The "substance" is insulation - and the importance of that in your exterior assists in moisture control, energy efficiency and acts as a sound barrier as well.

#1 Spruce Up Your Siding: HGTV's "20 Ways to Add Value to Your Home" states "Here is your chance to make a great first impression in thereal estate world." Replacing your siding is their number 1 pick for home improvements.

Ok, if your house is fairly new, the insulation level is likely sufficient for your climate and zone. Older homes, however, often installed insulation in a somewhat haphazard fashion – if at all – and you may pay for it dearly with your wallet.  When your wallet is hurting, everything is hurting...and that just not sexy!

Cost vs. Value

There are many other projects you can tackle, but only re-siding with fiber cement gives you the best return on your investment - this single design element has been voted best ROI 8 years in a row according to the Remodeling 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report.  See highlights and chart below.

  • Residing with fiber cement gives a 25% better return than adding a bathroom and costs $61k less to complete

  • Roof replacement remodel gives you a 23% less return on investment than re-siding with fiber cement

  • Replacing your windows nets you 7% less return on investment than fiber cement re-siding

Fig 1: Remodeling magazine is the industry's leading home improvement magazine. Since 1988, Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report has compared construction costs for common remodeling projects with the value they add to a home at resale in the current real estate market. The results - upscale siding projects using fiber-cement return the highest value at resale.


Project2012 Rank2011 Rank2010 Rank2009 Rank2008 Rank2007 Rank2006 Rank2005 Rank
Siding Replacement—Fiber Cement 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Siding Replacement—Foam Back Vinyl 3 3 6 6 4 7 9 4
Minor Kitchen Remodel (replace wall oven and cook top with energy efficient models) 3 3 4 7 5 4 4 3
Mid Range Bathroom Remodel (update an exisiting 5' x 7' bathroom) 14 13 17 14 11 6 4 2
Mid Range Roof Replacement 18 16 21 18 22 22 18 17
© 2012 Hanley Wood, LLC.

Saving you Money! Tax Deductions AND Saving on Home Owners Insurance??!!
Now, that IS sexy talk, baby!  Remodeling alone is not an allowable tax deduction until you sell the home.  Insulation IS and allowable tax deduction, see www.energystart.gov .  As you know, PSC is a Preferred James Hardie Installer so, before you decide what type of siding material is right for your home, take a look at the value you'll get with James Hardie siding products with ColorPlus technology:

  • The #1 return on investment and superior siding value for remodeling projects, (Remodeling Magazine'sannual "Cost vs. Value Report," 2012-13)

  • Lower homeowner insurance premiums (14% lower on average) compared to vinyl siding**

  • No need to hire - and pay for - an additional on-site painting contractor

  • Up to a 30-year limited transferrable product warranty, as well as a 15-year finish warranty covering both paintand labor***

  • No waiting for optimal weather conditions to finish and start enjoying your James Hardie-sided home**Actual cost savings may vary. Based on average insurance costs of $1,900 a year.

Those are substantial features and benefits! Tune in next time when PSC's  "Sexy Talk" returns...with features and benefits of weatherproofing with insulation with a focus on the interior....with "Interior Motives...." and leaving you with the link to the O'Jays famous song "Money, Money, Money..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXE_n2q08Yw

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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