The siding on your home is one of the first things that you see when you pull up in the driveway, which means that it is also one of the first things that guests see. When selecting siding, it should reflect your personal style. Siding has the ability to make a statement; add to your home’s overall curb appeal; and protect the swelling from insects, rain and sun. This makes it an important investment. It is also an investment that you need to make a well-informed decision about, including knowing the different types of siding and what their benefits are.
Common Types of Siding
- Vinyl – Vinyl is the cheapest type of siding, but it is also the type that doesn’t require any type of ongoing maintenance aside from an annual power-washing. It can also last around 50 years. It’s rot-resistant and doesn’t attract insects. With vinyl, you have a large selection of designs and colors to suit your personality and preferences.
- Aluminum – Aluminum siding is not much more than vinyl and can last up to 50 years. It is both rustproof and water-resistant, in addition to being energy-efficient. Available in an assortment of colors, it can scratch and dent easily, requiring the need for repair or replacement. Cleanings should usually take place every other year.
- Hardie Board – With about a 50-year life-span, hardie board siding (fiber cement) requires power-washing yearly and new paint every 25 years. It is available in multiple styles, such as vertical panels, wood shingles and clapboard siding. It can easily withstand high winds and hail.
- Wood – Wood is the most expensive siding option out of these four and requires consist maintenance. The siding will need to be re-painted or stained roughly every four years and will need an annual power-washing. It can mildew easy in the right environment. There are various types of wood that can be chosen (cedar, redwood, cypress), some of which have the ability to better handle insects, moisture and climate fluctuations.
If you’re experiencing issues with your existing siding, you’ll need to determine whether you simply want to repair it or replace it completely. Is the siding protecting your home adequately? Is it adding value to your home? Are you not getting the aesthetic appeal that you want from your siding? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself. For more help on making a decision or to receive a quote, give us a call here at Precision Enterprise. We’re here to help!