Homeowner’s Guide to House Siding

When homeowners in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties think of investing in renovations to increase the value of their home, they often think of landscaping, roofing, or remodeling a room. However, updating your home’s exterior with new siding with JL Roofing can also add value and much appreciated curb appeal. It can be tough to choose from all the different types of house siding, so in this article, we’re going to go through all your available options for home siding with JL Roofing that will protect your home for years to come.

Five most popular siding materials in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

  1. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding from JL Roofing is versatile, coming in a variety of styles, textures, and colors. You can even opt to have vertical and horizontal panels, as well as wood shingle styles. This type of siding is more affordable, ranging from $3 to $8 per square foot, plus labor. Vinyl is low-maintainable and can last up to 50 years, giving homeowners peace of mind that their investment was well worth it. 

  1. Wood Siding

Like vinyl siding, wood siding is available in different styles, finishes, and textures; the main difference is that it needs to be finished with stain or paint. The cost averages from $3 to $14 per square foot, putting it in the moderate to high price range. It’s important for homeowners to note that their home must be properly ventilated in order to prevent moisture from seeping through the painted or stained wood. 

  1. Metal Siding

Metal siding is also very versatile in terms of style and is cost-effective. Depending on your personal preference, you have the option to use panels, vertical strips, or shingles. Coated metal siding sells for $3 to $6 per square foot, and uncharted steel sells for approximately $4 to $8 per square foot. While metal and steel are low maintenance, there is a greater risk of denting. 

  1. Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding resembles natural wood. While it is one of the more durable materials out there, it is also a bit pricier, starting at about $10 per square foot. Fiber cement is low maintenance and is unlikely to rot or get damaged by insects; it can last up to 50 years. 

  1. Insulated Siding

Insulated siding is a type of vinyl siding made from EPS (expanded polystyrene foam). Because the EPS allows for a closer fit to your home, air gets held in better leading to a more energy-efficient home. In fact, many homeowners have seen their energy efficient jump by 20% after installing insulated siding. 

Other types of siding

Stucco

Stucco is popular in drier climates because it does not react well to moisture. It‘s made with a combination of lime or sand and cement and is easy to maintain. You can easily clean Stucco with a pressure washer and paint it any color that matches your taste. 

Brick

Brick is available in a variety of colors but is a bit pricier, giving homeowners lots of options that suit their style depending on the size of your home. Installation is also expensive, but it is extremely durable and can last a lifetime. 

Concrete

Concrete is not only one of the strongest materials out there, but also one of the most energy efficient amongt siding options. Homeowners should be aware that installation of concrete is more expensive than it is with other materials. 

Stone

There are four main types of stone used for siding: flagstone, slate, lime, and granite. Natural stone adds a beautiful and unique aesthetic to your home, but is quite expensive That said, once you have it professionally installed, there is little to no maintenance needed. 

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is less costly than real wood and can last between 20 and 30 years. Note that this type of wood cannot be stained or painted, so it’s important to be sure that this is the material you want for your home. 

Glass

Glass is a great option for an elegant home but is the least practical. It is extremely high maintenance, and you will need to clean it on a daily basis.

Wondering how to take care of your home’s siding? Stay tuned for our upcoming article that will spell out how to clean and maintain different types of siding so you can customize your care to your home’s needs.

Talk to JL Roofing and Siding to discuss which siding materials would work best for you and your home!

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