What’s Good for Your Siding Choices?
Are you planning to replace your home’s siding soon? If so, we have good news for you! There is a huge variety of materials, styles and colors available now than ever before.
The bad news? You have a wider variety of materials, styles and colors to choose from than ever before! But here are some key considerations to keep in mind to help you wade through all your options.
Think of siding as apparel for your home. Not only does it protect to your home, providing insulation and a shield from the weather, it also adds personality, color and texture to your house.
Consumer Reports describes four main types of siding, all of which we see in the North:
Vinyl Siding is the top most rating siding material due to its low price and minimal upkeep. It resists warping, insects and water, but can crackle, melt or rattle.
Plastic Siding is the siding that also requires little upkeep and can resemble cedar. It is thicker than vinyl and resists impact better in cold weather, but is more expensive than vinyl.
Fiber Cement Siding is a siding that is increasing popular blend of cement, sand and cellulose. Fiber cement looks like wood, but is slightly more expensive than vinyl. Although fire and insect-proof, this type of siding can be damaged by water and typically needs to be refinished and repainted periodically throughout its lifetime.
Wood Siding is a traditional choice of siding material is the most expensive of these options, and while resistant to impact, it is vulnerable to warping, rot and insects.
How Do You Decide Which Siding is Best for Your Home?
What’s your budget? Obviously, you want to get the most for your money, but you may need to determine if you’re willing to trade a more expensive product, such as plastic, for a product that may need to be replaced relatively sooner, like vinyl.
How long do you plan to keep your home? If you plan to settle in to your home, it’s worth investing in a siding that might be more expensive, but has a longer life.
What blends in with your home architecture/neighborhood style? If you have an older home, wood or fiber cement siding might look best with your home’s style, or with other homes in your neighborhood. On the other hand, wood siding may stand out in a neighborhood of colorful vinyl homes.
Do any homeowner association regulations affect your choices? Some associations have specific regulations regarding color and style of homes in the neighborhood. This could limit your selections, particularly of color.
What ongoing maintenance are you willing to commit to? If you love the looks offered by fiber cement and are willing to have the siding refinished periodically, this could be a good choice. For someone who does not want to worry about additional maintenance—say for a vacation home, vinyl may be a better choice.