The exterior of your home protects you and your loved ones from the hot days of summer and the harsh winds of winter. You want to choose a type of siding with an attractive curbside appeal, is within your budget and will age well for years to come.
The architecture of your home can help determine which style of siding to choose for your exterior walls, but some HomeOwner Associations also have rules governing which style you can select. The type of weather your area faces can also play a significant role in which siding style will be most appropriate for your home.
At Revive Restoration, we are dedicated to helping our customers make the right choice for their home siding needs. Contact us today for a free estimate and learn more about how we can help make your home beautiful and stand against the elements.
What are the different types of siding
Home engineering for residential homes has undoubtedly come a long way. The days of only having a few siding options (namely, brick or wood) are long gone. Here is an overview of the most popular types of siding options in America today. (And get ready to start dreaming! Imagine how great your home could be with a fresh new look.)
Vinyl Siding – Endless Options
Vinyl is the most popular siding style for homes today. The reasons are clear: it is entirely the most affordable option and has an array of versatility. There is a large selection of color, texture, and siding-shape available in vinyl siding.
For folks needing a budget-friendly option and who want to be spoiled for choice, this is your best bet. Vinyl siding is also the easiest to maintain, only requiring a hose and a brush to clean up any dirt or grime that may accumulate over time.
Metal Siding – Modern Yet Retro
Metal siding may be trendy, but it also has a classic, old-world appeal that immediately creates an impression. In addition, this style is weather, water, fire, and insect resistant, making it an excellent choice for a wide variety of climates.
You can install metal siding in horizontal planks, board, batten sheets for a traditional look, or vertical grooved panels. Color options can be more limited in metal siding, but the attractive appeal more than makes up for that.
Engineered Wood – New Technology with a Traditional Look
Many folks prefer the look of wood-sided homes. It has a classic feel, a warmth that is hard to replicate with other materials. However, if you want something that will last longer than pine (and is more affordable than cedar), engineered wood siding is an excellent choice. You also don’t have to contend with the potential water impacts to which wood siding is vulnerable.
Made by combining hardwood chips and epoxy, engineered wood is waterproof, making it an incredibly long-lasting siding choice.
Engineered wood is weather, water, and impact-resistant, making it much more durable than traditional wood and vinyl siding. It also resists rot and insects, making it a durable siding option that will protect your home from the natural elements (but also have great curbside appeal).
Stone Work – Classic Elegance and Style
If you’re wondering what type of siding lasts the longest, stonework siding is never going out of style. And that’s because it holds up against the test of time! Stone and brick are incredibly durable, long-lasting, and display a cozy grandeur.
While this is a more expensive siding to choose from, it has a lifetime guarantee and will provide your home with excellent resale value.
Cedar Shakes – Rustic and Beautiful
Out of all the types of wood siding, the traditional clapboard house can be seen through American history. Using cedar shakes is eco-friendly because it is a renewable resource and increases your home’s energy efficiency.
Cedar is a sensible option because it has natural anti-fungal properties, making it rot resistant. The shakes also age very well and are less prone to warping and cracking. You can paint them to transform your home to whatever color you fancy; however, many folks like the traditional color of the natural cedar.
With This Many Options, How Can I Choose?
It can be challenging to choose which siding is going to be suitable for your home. Many factors go into the decision. Here are a few things to consider as you narrow things down.
- Does your HOA have restrictions on siding style?
- Has your home been damaged by hail or debris in the past?
- What is your budget?
- What siding best matches the architecture of your home?
- Logistically, how often can you paint your house?
- Are you in an area with extreme weather?
The Right Choice is the Best Installation Team
No matter which siding style you choose, make sure you select a service to install it with confidence and expertise. If you choose a sub-par installation team, you will deal with issues with your siding for years to come. This could include faulty installation, recommending the wrong type of siding for your home, not removing prior siding completely, and so much more. These mistakes could mean a complete replacement would be needed, especially if water or rot damage resulted from faulty installation.
An experienced siding contractor will also help you stay within your price range. However, they can also come up with budget-friendly solutions to incorporate some of the costlier siding options. For example, mixing materials creates interest by using a less expensive siding on the back walls and having a wow-factor siding on the front.
Revive Restoration has years of experience working with homeowners to guide them through restoring their home exterior walls. You want to ensure your contractor has excellent communication and follow-through to ensure the process is efficient and done right.
Investing in a solid team will save you tons of money and headaches down the road. At Revive Restoration, our commitment to our customers is 10-fold. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help bring new life to your home.