Popular Types of Interior and Exterior Siding

In today's hectic, fast-paced world with commitment-cluttered agenda, time is a precious commodity. Homeowners cringing at the thought of spending all their hard-earned cash and vacation time repainting the exterior of their home can find comfort in the alternative: siding installation. Siding refers to the finish covering that is applied to the exterior of a residence. A carefully-selected siding offers numerous benefits including the following:

  1. Durability
  2. Increased insulation
  3. Low maintenance since siding does not peel, crack, or chip and avoids homeowners the necessity to re-paint or stain their home
  4. Protection against pests (i.e. termites, carpenter ants, dust mites) and contaminants such as bacteria and mold resulting from moisture penetration
  5. Enhancement of the property's curb appeal, transformation of the home's appearance, and a rejuvenated makeover of older homes
  6. Customized siding that perfectly matches the home in question
  7. A substantial return-on-investment (100% for vinyl-sided homes)
  8. A significant increase in the real estate's value

House siding is available in a wide array of colors, styles, and materials. Prior to purchasing siding for their property, homeowners should consider (1) their budget, (2) the local climate, (3) the architectural style of their residence, and 4) the materials' characteristics. To maintain the siding in good condition, property owners need to simply power wash the exterior once or twice annually. There are several types of siding materials available to the public, including the following:

Vinyl Siding

This is the most commonly utilized form of siding and is the product of choice for the vast majority of new homes. Fabricated out of PVC or polyvinyl chloride, vinyl siding is very easy to install and cost-effective. It is also a low-maintenance material, thus avoiding homeowners the need to paint it. An occasional wash with a garden hose is sufficient to keep the siding in tip top shape. Vinyl siding is sturdy, impact-resistant, and available in an extensive range of shapes, textures, styles (i.e. matte, barn finishes), and colors that do not flake or blister. Because the colors utilized in vinyl siding permeate the whole panel, they are permanent in nature. Therefore, homeowners will never have to re-paint their home after installing vinyl siding. Another advantage of this type of material is that it never rusts, dents, rots, or peels and never becomes infested with termites. Damaged panels can be replaced easily. Vinyl siding is non-combustible and weathers ordinary wear and tear. One category of vinyl siding- insulated vinyl siding- performs superbly in cold weather. Because insulated vinyl contains foam and panels that are laminated, it provides greater insulation and saves homeowners on energy costs.

Fiber Cement Siding

This popular, low-maintenance type of siding is made of water, sand, cement, and silica, among other ingredients. Consumers will find a full range of colors and a variety of styles from which to choose. Fiber cement siding is fireproof, does not rot or crack, and resists termites and water. It is highly recommended for individuals who reside in warm regions. With a durability of at least 50 years, fiber cement siding lasts longer than wood siding. While it costs slightly more than vinyl, it is more economical than its wooden counterpart and is deemed to be one of the best values when shopping for siding.

Metal Siding

The most commonly-used materials in metal siding are steel and aluminum. To freshen up their home's exterior or harmonize with architectural details, homeowners may choose to prime and paint their aluminum siding. Generally, metal siding requires more maintenance (i.e. painting) than vinyl or fiber cement siding. It is available in different patterns and colors and is reasonably-priced. Steel tends to be more costly than aluminum; however, it is more durable.

Stone Siding

With simulated or faux stone siding, which is composed of different types of cement, homeowners can obtain the appearance of natural stone. Stone siding requires little maintenance; a few hose-downs a year will keep the exterior clean. It is non-flammable and is very durable. Stone siding is slightly more expensive than other types of siding.

Log Siding

This form of siding offers homeowners an old-fashioned, cabin-style look. Log siding is constructed out of wood, most commonly cedar, redwood, cypress, or pine logs and is installed in its original color, without any painting. It comes in a variety of colors and textures, and its energy efficiency enables homeowners to save on their monthly utility bills. Log siding requires more frequent maintenance than aluminum, vinyl, or other type of siding. Treatment of the surface will protect the wood from insect infestation, moisture leaks, decay, and warping.

Finally, homeowners can enlist the help of a siding repair professional to fix any broken areas on the exterior of the home and restore it to a new and fully-functional state.


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