The siding on your home is a big part of what protects your house, and everything inside it, from the elements. It also is a huge part of the curb appeal of your home. As perhaps the largest feature on your property, it will certainly draw a visitor’s eye immediately!
Different types of siding for houses lend a different aesthetic as well as protect and insulate your home differently. Each type has its own pluses and minuses. Let’s look at 5 of the most popular types to help you determine what is the best siding for your house.
Vinyl siding is beloved for its low cost, low maintenance, and a wide range of colors and styles to choose from. The colors never need to be repainted and you can get copy cat looks like wood shingles or shakes.
The downside is that vinyl is not as durable as other types of siding. However, it is easy to replace just a small damaged section.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is similar to vinyl in that it comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, including a very realistic faux wood. The ability to be painted means that you can change up the look with a fresh coat of paint.
Unlike vinyl, fiber cement is very durable and some manufacturers offer a warranty of up to 50 years! However, it is more expensive than vinyl, requires a bit more maintenance, and is not the best at insulating your home.
Metal siding is a low cost, low maintenance siding option. It is quite durable and with proper protection against corrosion can last for many years. It may need repainting as paint can sometimes fade, but it’s also nice for being able to change up the look once in a while.
When metal finally needs to be replaced, the materials can be recycled, making it an eco-friendly option that is attractive to environmentally-conscious consumers.
Wood siding is classic and gorgeous, coming in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles. However, it is more expensive to install and requires a lot of maintenance. Moisture leading to wood rot and pest infiltrations are both things to keep an eye out for. Plus, this type of siding should be repainted or stained every 5-7 years.
Brick siding is another classic look but far more durable than wood. The mortar in between may have to be redone every few years, but the bricks themselves are resistant to bugs, moisture, and even fire. They are also eco-friendly by helping button up your home as well as being made from clay, a renewable resource.
The only downsides are that there aren’t many aesthetic options and it is more expensive to install.
What Is the Best Siding For Your House?
There is no one hands-down winner when deciding between types of siding. Each type has its own pros and cons. However, we hope this brief article has given you an idea of what would work for you.
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