Upgrading or replacing your exterior siding can be a daunting decision.
Mainly because of the all the choices you have to make on the different types of siding for homes. Insulated vinyl, fiber cement, or wooden shakes are just a few of the siding options and materials you have as a homeowner. Education is key to making a comfortable and calculated decision that will allow you to sleep well at night.
ISSUES TO CONSIDER
Before you decide on what material you would like to use there are several factors you should consider that will help you make a sound decision.
Depending on the material some types of siding will be more water resistant than others. This will prolong the life of that material as well as prevent decay due to water or moisture.
Siding material comes with an R-value that measures the energy efficiency of the material. The higher the R value the better the thermal insulation. For example, stucco siding has an R-Value of .4 while insulated vinyl has a 2.0-3.0 R value.
AESTHETICS & TEXTURE
The color, texture, and overall aesthetics of the siding is all about appearance. How your siding will look and what colors are available are probably one of the most important decisions that will affect your siding purchase. Brick or stone have limited color options and focus on texture while vinyl siding color options are limitless.
The structure of your home and exterior can play a role in what type of siding your wish to install. A complex 3-story Victorian home may not be best suited for stone veneer siding.
Eco-friendly siding is found in many current materials; fiber cement is made of sand, cement, clay, and wood-pulp fibers. Others such as wood are naturally biodegradable & green, and come straight from nature. Green siding is also related to the energy efficiency of the home and how well it insulates the heat.
How long will your siding last before it has to be replaced, maintained, or painted? Some siding such as stucco, if done right can last a lifetime of the home and will only need to be repainted every 6-7 years. Resistance to mother nature, rot, and insects can all play a role in the how your siding will last.
Installing siding is not cheap and can vary depending on what you want. Determining a budget beforehand on what you can afford is prudent. Call us to schedule a free estimate today or schedule an appointment through the website.