Installing new siding on your home is a great investment in many ways. New siding adds undeniable curb appeal, increases future resale value by extending the life of the exterior, and lowers overall maintenance costs. There are many options to explore and things to remember while planning this project.
Several factors should be considered when deciding on the type of siding to install on your home including: durability, appearance, cost, and maintenance.
Durability is a vital factor in maintenance and cost. Easily damaged siding, may need to be repaired frequently or even replaced.
Appearance is definitely important to consider when choosing your siding. The color, texture, and style of siding you choose should enrich your home's look, not just protect it from weather and time.
Cost of new siding is made up of two factors, material costs and labor costs. Be sure to include both when evaluating different types of siding.
Maintenance is an important factor to remember when selecting your siding. Wood products require sealing or painting at regular intervals, while vinyl and fiber cement require considerably less maintenance.
Leading Options in Siding
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is the top of the line in residential siding material. It has superior thermal properties, and is far more durable than vinyl. James Hardie cement boards are made from a cement fiber material that is imprinted with the natural look of wood, so no-one but you and your installer will know the difference. Other reasons to consider installing fiber cement include:
- Exemplary curb appeal with a near identical look to natural wood without the cost.
- Mold, pest, & water resistant ensuring no more issues with termites, ants, or rot.
- Much stronger against wind and flying debris than vinyl.
- Provides one of the best return on your investment for siding installations.
- Extensive selection of styles and colors to choose from.
Vinyl siding provides an appealing look at an inexpensive cost with virtually no maintenance. Vinyl will fade over time, but new materials have minimized the amount of fading that occurs. When buying, you should compare the thickness of the panels as the thicker the panel the more durable and realistic it will be. Other reasons to consider installing vinyl include:
- By far your most affordable siding option.
- Excellent curb appeal offering natural wood textures.
- Very low maintenance, basically a periodic power wash and your done.
- Extremely durable that never needs painting, doesn't show scratches, doesn't dent, peel or rot, and is not affected by snow, salt, cold or rain.
- Multiple styles, widths, and a vast array of colors to choose from.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered Wood or composite siding, is made up of wood strands that are coated with a resin binder and compressed to create a board of superior strength. The resin binder helps it withstand mold, mildew, decay and insect infestation. Other reasons to consider installing composite include:
- Considerably more affordable than fiber cement siding
- Provides excellent protection against water, extreme temperatures and debris.
- Coated with a moisture-resistant overlay that is embossed with a cedar-grain pattern for an authentic appearance.
- Less likely to crack than fiber cement.
As you can see, each option has it’s advantages, however keep in mind style, location, and budget should drive your selection of siding. Fully understanding the longterm benefits and required maintenance will be key to finalizing your decision.
If you're interested in updating your siding, have an insurance claim, or simply would like help choosing what's right for you get in touch with us today.