Is your home siding in desperate need of replacement? If so, you may be wondering if you should replace the siding with the same material or take a chance on another type of siding material. There are a number of different siding materials used that is designed to help protect the home from weathering and other exterior elements. However, which one is the best one to fit your budget and preferences. McKay’s Painting will share some of the more popular siding materials as well as their benefits.
Vinyl Siding Colors & Styles
One of the most popular types of siding material used is vinyl. Vinyl siding is popular due to its variety of color and textures. Vinyl siding can also mimic wood, stone, and other materials without breaking the bank. Vinyl siding is also lightweight and can be installed over any existing material. Newer vinyl designs have an additional layer of insulation, which can help improve the home’s energy efficiency. Another design perk of vinyl siding is that the color is the same throughout the entire material which means there is no paint coat to wear off over time. Vinyl siding is all water resistant and works in any environment. Vinyl siding is also affordable and requires little maintenance.
Another popular siding option is natural wood siding. Wood siding comes in two installation styles. One is clapboard which is long horizontal strips of siding. The second is shingles, which is smaller pieces of overlapping wood. The species of wood used for siding is cedar and redwood. Both are highly durable. Wooding siding does require maintenance a bit more than other materials. Every 3 to 7 years, wood siding will need to be resealed with a varnish, stain, or paint. The sealers will help enhance the look of the wood and protect it from decay and weathering. How often the wood siding will need to be resealed will depend on the environment and the quality of sealer. Wood siding will last for years with the proper care and does add a natural charm to the home.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is a combination of material that consists of wood pulp, cement, clay, and sand. Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of colors and texture, some that mimics wood, stucco, and masonry. There is a misconception that fiber cement siding contains asbestos which isn’t the case. Fiber cement siding is a safe material that is durable against weathering and is even fire and rot resistant. Fiber cement siding is heavy which does require more complex installation. However, it is still one of the more popular siding materials used.
Metal Siding Panels
Metal siding is another popular material that is durable and requires little maintenance. Metal siding most often comes in aluminum and in various thicknesses. One of the benefits of metal siding is that it is unappealing to insects and other wildlife pests. Pests cannot damage or break through metal siding which helps to deter a number of different pests away from the home. Depending on the manufacture, metal siding can come customized and have any color and texture requested by the homeowner. Due to California’s humid climate aluminum metal is recommended over other metal types as they don’t rust.