A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just change homes every few years. Some people can, but for most of us that is unrealistic. However, by changing your Siding periodically you can give your old home a new facelift! Siding like everything starts to wear out after a while and gets dingy and starts to look old. The wonder of siding is that you can replace it every so often, and in doing so you give your home a fresh new look. The first thing you need to decide before you start thinking about color choices is what type of siding is right for me and my home? A lot of factors can come into play when making this decision. What is your budget? What climate do you live? What kind of statement do you want your home to make to people? Lets look at the most common siding choices.
Vinyl Siding- Vinyl siding dramatically and cost effectively transforms the home exterior. Vinyl siding is both inexpensive and effective at protecting home from the elements. Modern vinyl siding comes in so many different styles, textures, colors and finishes you will have trouble deciding which one is right for you..
Insulated Vinyl Siding
Insulated Vinyl siding is much better for homes that are in colder regions. It provides better insulation against heat and cold. Insulated vinyl was first introduced to the market in 1997. It was an overnight success and has grown in popularity for the last 20 years. This type of siding is made of vinyl panels that have been laminated with foam-core backing. This foam core backing provides a good deal of extra insulation for your home. This helps to keep the heat in your home during the winter, and it keeps your home cooler in the summer. This can lead to significant savings over a period of time.
Fiber cement siding is another siding option that has become increasingly popular lately. Fiber Cement siding is known for being a durable, long-lasting and low-maintenance material. It is often used on residential houses and sometimes it is also used for commercial projects. Fiber Cement Siding is a semi-rigid material that offers substantial protection form the elements, while still maintaining some flexibility. Fiber Cement Siding is a little bit less expensive than brick or stucco, but it is a little bit more expensive than Vinyl Siding. Fiber Cement Board Siding is said to offer your home a greater degree of protection from mother nature than traditional vinyl siding.
Who does not love the classic look of wood. Wood is full of character and it seems to get more rustic as the years go on. Stylish and organic wood always makes a bold statement. Wood Siding come in many different styles and colors and it is very flexible. There is not much you cannot do with wood. Wood however can be subject to the elements, infestations, and any number of events involving the weather. Let’s face it wood is beautiful, but it requires a certain degree of regular maintenance to protect it from pests, the effects of heat and cold, and the overall toll mother nature can take on your home over time. All of these are factors one should consider when re-siding their home
Steel, Aluminum, and Metal Siding
Finally we come to metal or aluminum siding. Metal and Aluminum Siding make a fine choice for many homes. Metal siding offers you a flexible medium with a variety of different colors available. Metal Siding is strong and works really well at protecting your house from the elements. If you are like me, you love the sound of the rain on a metal roof. However, Metal is not for everybody. By its nature it can be very rigid and inflexible, but it stands the test of time. Because Metal siding last so long, you can re-paint your metal siding every few years to keep it looking new.
What type of siding you choose is very important, because you will be living with your decision for a while, so I recommend you do your research and make sure you are making a well informed decision. If you come in to any home improvement project armed with knowledge and research you will not only save money, but you will end up with results that will make you smile.