Vinyl siding in Washington D.C. renews old homes

The nation's capital is often thought of as primarily large government buildings and monuments. But the city and its suburbs are rich in architectural history and variety. Although what has come to be known as the "American Colonial" style is predominant, examples of Federal, Greek revival, Victorian, Craftsman, Cape Cod, Georgian, Queen Anne and Contemporary architecture are found throughout the city.

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Many of the early homes from the 18th and early 19th centuries have been lost, but the city has grown and added more modern homes in desirable neighborhoods like Kalorama, Spring Valley and American University Park, as well as government-sponsored, low-to-median-income developments that began in the 1940s. Maintaining these homes is made easier by the latest developments in vinyl siding, which can mimic the original materials of the exteriors with greater durability and ease of maintenance.

Washington D.C. siding contractors

Licensed Washington D.C. siding contractors range from nationally known companies like Sears Home Improvement and Lowe's to small, local operations like Capital Area Handyman. Siding D.C. is a good source for vinyl siding materials and contractors. To choose the right contractor for you, here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Complete the short form on this website outlining your project scope, and connect with a qualified contractor in your area.
  2. Get a referral from a relative, friend, or neighbor who is satisfied with their vinyl siding.
  3. Get at least three bids from contractors who represent different manufacturers. This will give you a better selection of colors and styles. Check the Contractors License Reference Site for candidates.
  4. Make sure to check out the manufacturer has a track record and a strong warranty. Many manufacturers of vinyl siding offer lifetime transferable warranties.
  5. Verify your contractor's credentials and insurance, and check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
  6. Review the contract for costs and payment terms, start and end dates, warranties and change order policies.

Challenges and solutions

Washington D.C. is known for its hot, humid summers, mild winters, pleasant springs and autumns. Extremely cold winter weather is rare. Because of the heat and humidity, traditional siding materials may be subject to mildew, rot and insect infestation, so installing vinyl siding in Washington D.C. is an excellent way to avoid those problems.

Modern vinyl siding has virtually unlimited choices in style, texture and color. It's also durable and virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl is also less costly than other siding alternatives. Costs range from $3 to $7 per linear foot, plus installation and trim. The higher-quality grades of vinyl siding are often warrantied for the life of your home.

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