Just curious what everyone thinks - cedar shingles or vinyl siding? My house is in the need of being resided. Currently, it is an owner-occupied 2 family but hope to move out in a year or so and keep it as a rental. Pros and cons or each? I hear vinyl is final, but I do love the look of wood shingles.
Does not matter what you love the gaol of a rental is low maintenance, low cost, longevity. As Chris points out if it does not increase your rental income yu go with th eleast expensive and easiest to maintaine that will do th ejob.
I would go cedar shingles. If I’d does not bring you more rent it should at least bring your property value up. In my opinion it looks better. Cedar is a great natural siding that is still tough and long lasting. Hands down I choose cedar every time.
@Colleen F. One of my goals is to increase value because I plan on HELOC to buy my next rental. So home value is critical. Right now, I have cedar shingles. They are old, ugly, and falling apart. Every other home in my neighborhood is vinyl.
I would ask myself: Do I want to be responsible for repainting ever three to five years or residing every twenty to thirty?
I’d venture to guess that if every other home in the neighborhood is vinyl, the upgrade to cedar may not give you as much added value as you’d like, since it may be over-improving the neighborhood. Personally, I love cedar shingles, and for my own home, would choose it over vinyl every time. But, for a rental, it would all come down to return. If you can’t stomach the cheap-looking vinyl, fiber cement might also be an option, and would save on maintenance costs compared to cedar. On the other hand, there are some nicer looking vinyls, and perhaps you could add an accent with vinyl shingles to add some extra curb appeal? If you do go vinyl, I would suggest a light color that won’t fade substantially over the years.
@Chris Roche I agree with the Vinyl as it is low maintenance... but, if you're looking for the cedar shingle look you can explore the higher-end vinyl sidings that imitate the cedar look. Looks like cedar but is made from vinyl and provides the maintenance and long life. Win-Win
@Chris Roche vinyl may be cheap and low maintenance, but it can be damaged fairly easily by careless tenants or even wind. After several years of fading, the patch will look really bad because it will be way darker. As far as Cedar, I used to paint houses and Cedar was very high maintenance. It sucked up the stain or paint by the gallons. It is your highest maintenance choice.
Another option is to use Hardie board siding, also known as cement board siding. It has a 50 year rot warranty and it is rock solid, so tenants won't poke holes in it and it won't fly off in the wind. It requires painting occasionally, but mainly for looks because the material is rot proof.
Final option is to just use standard fiber board siding. It is probably your cheapest option, so may be the best choice if you are not holding on to the property for more than 15 years. It requires painting but not as intensive as Cedar.
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