What's the Best Siding Choice?
New siding is a great way to spruce up the way your house looks. It's also important to protect your home from water leaks, air, bugs and other unwelcome elements.
How do you choose the right siding for your house? Consider what you need, how much you want to spend and how environmentally conscious you want to be. In this post, we'll look at some popular options to help you make the right choice.
The most popular siding is the one that's been around the longest. In the past, vinyl was considered a cheap, nondurable option that had to be replaced after a year or two. Modern manufacturing produces vinyl that is tough, long-lasting and easy to maintain.
Pros: It's inexpensive, quick and easy to install and durable. Maintenance involves twice-yearly cleaning with a regular cleaner and water.
Cons: You have to live with the same plastic look it comes with since vinyl can't be painted and doesn't come in a variety of styles.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
A step up from regular vinyl, this has the insulation built right into it.
Pros: Insulated siding offers superior insulation and protects your home from excess cold or heat. It makes your home more energy-efficient and also insulates against noise.
Cons: It's more expensive than regular vinyl and is trickier to install.
Beautiful to look at, this type of shingle is popular in New England, where it appears as clapboard on older houses there. Wood siding can be shaped into claps, shingles or shakes.
Pros: If it's maintained properly, wood siding can last for decades. Some old homes have 100-year-old wooden shakes or clapboard still on them. It provides a rich, warm look to your home. Wood is a renewable resource and an environmentally-friendly building material.
Cons: Wood siding requires regular, careful maintenance including caulking and painting. It's also prone to insect infestation and isn't fireproof unless you stain it with fire-retardant chemicals. It's also more expensive to install.
Engineered Wood Siding
If you want the look of wood without the upkeep, engineered wood siding is a good option. It's made from recycled wood and comes in a variety of colors and styles.
Pros: You get the beautiful look of wood with less maintenance and easier installation. It's fire-resistant and insect-proof.
Cons: It must be painted every few years to keep it waterproof.
Natural Stone or Brick
A classic choice, stone is the most durable building material we have. Homes with stone or brick siding have a timeless, elegant look that will last for generations.
Pros: Stone is a durable material that will last for decades and require little maintenance. Stone and brick homes have stood for centuries in the face of fire, flood and other disasters. Stone is resistant to fire, water, insects, mold, and rot and is a "green" building material.
Cons: Masonry work is labor-intensive and expensive to install. If you're using brick or stone veneers, you'll get water leaks between the veneer and your house if they're not properly installed.
Fiber Cement Siding
This has become a popular option because it's available in a variety of styles that mimic the look of wood, brick or stucco. Fiber cement is durable, lightweight and can last 20 years if properly installed. It doesn't need repainting as often as wood or engineered siding do.
Pros: Fiber cement offers a lower-cost way to get the style and the look you want. You can also repaint it whenever you feel like changing things up. It's resistant to fire and termites. Most brands are made with some recycled materials.
Cons: Because fiber cement is heavy, installation is more difficult and the cost is slightly higher than the cost of vinyl installation.
The Right Choice for You
There's a siding to match every style and every budget. Whatever type you choose, professional installation is a must.
If you need your old siding repaired or replaced, call Last Call Exteriors. With our experience and our commitment to top-quality workmanship, we'll give your home a great new look that will also protect it from the elements for years to come.