There are many factors, as well as pros and cons when deciding on what siding is best for your home. This article should give you a better understanding on a few different siding types and allow you to choose what siding best fits your needs.
In today’s time, vinyl siding sits at the top of the list alone for best siding for your home. Vinyl siding is extremely durable, gives you numerous options for color and is actually low in cost. Vinyl siding typically is under a 30 to 40 year warranty after installation and has hundreds of colors to choose from. You can also get the texture you are looking for, such as wood without the chance of decay or termites. It is an easy clean, simple as using a hose or power washer and overall it is the cheapest option. There are some cons, such as it is water-resistant and not water-proof, so poor installation can allow water in leading to mold and other issues. Extreme weather conditions can cause it to warp and bend, solid objects can put dents in it, and whatever color you choose is permanent.
Aluminum or steel siding usually is more popular in coastal areas where they deal with the salty air. Metal siding cannot mold or rot, there is very low maintenance with it even during harsh storms, there is no fading of color, it is a very eco-friendly and green product and it is fire resistant. One big positive for metal siding is that insects cannot find a home within it. Some issues you may have could be rust and discoloration if not properly installed. Steel siding is heavier than most siding, which takes a lot more time to install. Whether steel or aluminum, they are either prone to dents or scratches, and aluminum is prone to fading.
Wood siding tends to add a natural and beautiful look to your home and there are many types of wood to choose from. You also have a choice of 4 different profiles to choose from for your wood siding. Wood siding can easily be replaced with small pieces, not to mention by far it is the greenest choice. Wood can also be stained and painted with limitless colors. Wood siding is more energy efficient and is also light weight making installing it easier. On the other side, wood siding can be damaged from both water and insects, and the cost of maintenance can really add up. Wood siding is not fire resistant and can be a major factor depending on the type of climate you live in.
With many other choices of siding, these are just three that are common. Always think about the factors that come along with each siding before making a choice on looks. Choosing the right siding can not only save you money in the long run, but also be a big factor in your safety.