Learn the Basics About Your Siding Options
There are many advantages to adding siding to the exterior of your home. Many people enjoy its durability and the low-maintenance aspect compared to that of paint. But how do you know what type of siding is right for you? With all the textures, colors, and materials to choose from, the options are bound to make your head spin. Hopefully by learning a little more about what's on the market, you will be better equipped to make an educated decision.
Vinyl Siding: This is one of the most popular siding options. Vinyl siding is almost maintenance free, comes in a wide variety of colors and can be installed very easily to most homes. Paying a little more for a higher quality of vinyl will add many years to the life of your siding.
Wood Siding: This is a great choice if you like the natural look of wood. It can add a look of elegance and sophistication to your home, while also being very durable and 100% biodegradable. There are a few downsides to wood siding though. It must be sealed, stained or painted often. There is also a higher fire risk with any wood siding.
Aluminum Siding: This is another popular type of siding, partly because it comes in such a broad range of styles, textures and colors. It also has no problems associated with temperature (some vinyl siding can melt if the barbecue is put too close or crack in extremely cold weather). The disadvantage to aluminum is that is can dent easily and the color tends to fade over time.
Cement Siding: Fiber-cement siding is the latest and greatest thing in the siding industry. It is very versatile and can be made to mimic a wide range of other materials, such as wood and vinyl. Fiber-cement siding is far more durable than any other siding, yet costs less. It can withstand humidity and temperature fluctuations. Although the downsides of fiber-cement siding are minimal, they still exist. It does require periodic maintenance, must be installed by a professional, and proper sealing is required to prevent discoloring.
As with any home improvement project, it's always a smart idea to do some of your own research. And don't be afraid to ask lots of questions before hiring a contractor!