The Value of Siding
There are many different types of siding options you can consider for your home. You could choose wood, vinyl, aluminum, or steel. Siding has two main functions in regards to your home. It insulates and protects, and makes the home look appealing. Certain types of siding can save you hundreds of dollars every year on your heating and cooling bill. Because siding is the first thing that people see when they look at your home new, well installed, and properly maintained siding can increase the value of the home and may even help it sell faster.
One of your options when choosing siding for your home is wood. Wood offers a natural beauty that other sidings don’t. Wood siding also provides you with the most options aesthetically. You could go with board and batten siding, channel siding, hardboard lap siding, split log siding, tongue and groove siding and others. Along with all those different styles of siding you can stain and paint wood siding to give it any sort of finish you would like. Wood will also provide some insulation for your home. There are some disadvantages with wood siding though that you will not have with other siding. Wood siding requires a good deal of maintenance and up-keep. Wood can potentially rot and deteriorate and there is a chance of algea, mildew, or moss growing on your siding. Wood is also more easily damaged by hail and in storms than other types of siding. But if you want lots of options aesthetically and don’t mind regular up-keep then wood siding may be the right choice for you.
Perhaps the least expensive and most common of siding options is vinyl. Vinyl is easy to maintain and will not rot like wood siding. Vinyl also doesn’t run the risk of termites or other insects. Vinyl does not chip or crack and the paint doesn’t peel or crack. It is simple to clean and doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance. It will also hold up to hail and storm damage more efficiently than wood, but it can be difficult to repair when damaged and may require replacement. Vinyl is not an insulator so it will not save you any money on your heating and cooling bills. Vinyl may also trap moisture inside your home that could cause damage over time. Vinyl siding also happens to release toxic fumes if it burns so it is not considered environmentally safe. That being said Vinyl is still a very popular option for siding and it is less expensive than other types of siding.
Aluminum siding is a much more durable option than either vinyl or wood siding. It is fire and water resistant, won’t rot and is not susceptible to insect damage, is lightweight and durable, and insulates more efficiently than vinyl and wood. Aluminum siding is relatively low-maintenance, it only needs to be washed once a year with a mixture of laundry detergent and water, and a garden hose. However, this type of siding can be dented easily by hail so you may need to make dent repairs, or replace some siding when torn or punctured. This will occur so it is a good idea to get some extra panels when your home is sided so that you will be able to do the repairs with matching material.
Steel siding is thicker and more durable than aluminum siding. And, like aluminum, it is fire and water resistant. It is a very good choice for people who live where weather is constantly changing. Steel siding won’t dent easily and it doesn’t even burn if it is struck by lightning. Steel siding requires almost no maintenance. steel siding doesn’t need to be painted and is mostly installed seamlessly which means you don’t need to caulk anything and water has no way to enter. This means you don’t need to worry about water damage to the structure of your home. However, steel siding options can be expensive. They can be almost twice the cost of vinyl sidings and steel is much more difficult to work with than aluminum or vinyl if you are trying to do-it-yourself.
A professional siding contractor can install all theses types of sidings. If you aren’t sure about which siding suites your family and your home the best a siding contractor can talk with you and help you decide what is best in your situation. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of wood siding, the durability and protection of steel siding, or are looking for a cheaper option that you could maybe do yourself, you can always talk to a siding contractor to help you determine what is best for you and your home.