If you’re looking into choosing new siding for your home, this is a great place to start! Functionality as well as aesthetics are both important in this decision, so it is best to weigh your options. You can pick one or even mix the types of siding you choose.
KEY STEPS TO SELECTING SIDING:
1. Set your budget
2. Pick your preferred style
3. Identify time available for maintenance of it
4. Use these descriptions below to pick a type that matches best with your answers for #1 – #3
Vinyl siding is undoubtedly one of the most common types of siding on newer family homes. If your home requires a cheaper option with low maintenance, this is a safe bet. It comes in many colors, and it can even mimic several other architectural styles such as wood and stone. Insulated options are also available, which can help prevent heat loss or gain. Its key advantages include that it is quite durable, very affordable, and widely available. Potential cons include that it is not paintable, is flammable, and will have visible seams. If you go with vinyl, be sure to wash it about once a year to maintain it.
Wood siding is a great choice if you’re looking for a more premium option. If you’re looking for a high-quality look or want to play up the natural beauty of your home, consider this type. It can be painted or stained, depending on whatever aesthetic you prefer, and this choice will affect the type of wood you should select. Staining the wood is the most premium option, as you would need to select wood that is free of blemishes. Potential con of this option is that, depending on the type of finish you use, it will need to be reapplied every 2-5 years. This maintenance can take time and be rather pricey (roughly $2,000 – $4,000).
Fiber cement siding is alike to vinyl in the sense that it is durable and low-maintenance. However, that’s where the similarities stop. Fiber cement is a great option if you are looking for a fire-resistant and termite-proof option. It can be molded to look like a variety of styles, such as shingles and stucco among many others. We also love that it can be painted – so there’s a variety of color and finish options possible.
Please note, this list is not inclusive of all types of siding available. We tried to highlight some of the most well-known options, but we’d love to speak further with you if you have any questions about any type of siding and your home’s unique needs. Give us a call today!