When you look at your home, its most prominent feature is its siding.
New siding can help you increase your property value while creating a more beautiful home. There are a lot of attractive material options available to help improve the exterior of your home. Choosing the best siding for your home can be a tough one. The choices available to you are extensive, with each material offering vastly different aesthetics, durability, energy efficiency, and price. It is important that you educate yourself on the different available materials to get a better understanding of each material’s capabilities.
One of the most affordable and versatile materials you will find is vinyl. It’s reasonably cheap, and even though some are put off by its plastic-like appearance, vinyl is the most commonly used material in the United States. The simplicity of this siding means that it’s relatively low cost and simple to install. As long as you take care to follow the instructions. It’s important to remember that the savings you get from using vinyl could be lost if significant damage to the siding occurs; this material can be brittle and fixing it can require a full replacement.
If you’re interested in a classic look that will last upwards of 100 years, then wood siding might be the right choice for you. Along with a wide array of colors, you can also choose from a few different styles: lap, bevel, shakes or shingles.Wood is a more durable choice than vinyl and will bring a classic style to your home. It’s a smart idea to have it treated with flame-retardant stains, especially if you live in a high-risk area. Moisture can also create problems for wood siding. If you start to notice mold or excessive moss, it might be time to replace some of your shingles.
Aluminum siding is another cost-effective option that can go the distance when properly installed. It can last as long as 35 years without any need for replacement. You can buy several different sizes, ranging from 40-gauge to 53-gauge. Thicker siding is more durable and provides better insulation.At the same time, higher gauges cost more per square foot. Metal siding is also prone to denting from rocks and other debris, and in warmer temperatures, the metal can expand and contract. Although this isn’t dangerous, it can make metal siding noisy in the summertime.
Another reliable material, brick siding is durable and nearly impenetrable. Once a mainstay for construction, brick is now commonly fused to the wooden frame of new dwellings with concrete. While it may have lost its luster due to the demanding process of installation, brick can bring a beautiful and modern look to any new home. It’s important to note that the concrete used to affix the bricks to the wooden frame can break and cause cracking. This can allow water to get through. However, you can install a membrane between the house and the brick siding to offer additional protection.
All four materials are well worth considering, and the final decision is, up to you!
Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to replace
Wood siding is classic and long-lasting
Metal siding is less expensive and great for insulation
Brick siding is traditional and lasts for generations
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