Siding is one of the most important decisions you can make for the exterior of your home. Not only can the right siding give your home spectacular curb appeal, it can also help reduce the amount of upkeep you need to do in the future, if you choose a low maintenance siding. Being one of the largest investments you can make in the exterior of your home, it’s important to take your time when making your decision. Not only will the right choice increase the value of your home, but it’s a decision you have to live with for quite some time, so picking the right one is crucial.
While choosing a color for your new siding is a big decision, the biggest decision you have to make is the type of siding to use. With so many options and a wide variance to the cost of each type of siding, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make. When budget is an issue, it is possible to dramatically increase your curb appeal while still keeping the costs down. Just how is that possible? Many homeowners choose to use a premium siding such as brick or stucco on the front and a less expensive choice such as vinyl on the sides and the back. Just making this small, yet attractive change can save homeowners tens of thousands of dollars.
One of the first steps you will want to take before choosing siding for your own home is to take a look at the different types of siding found in your neighborhood. It would be an unattractive choice to pick a siding that no one else in the neighborhood has on their home. For example, if your neighborhood is filled with brick sided homes, you don’t want to side your home in vinyl. It would stick out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood, not to mention ruin its curb appeal.
Some of the more popular siding choices along with their benefits include:
Vinyl – The most common type of siding as well as the most economical, vinyl siding comes in many different styles and colors and is maintenance free. Foam back siding, such as the CraneBoard, is the most energy friendly siding product and also one of the highest grade siding style.
Aluminum – Of all siding products, aluminum siding is the most susceptible to damage. Most people have turned away from aluminum siding and turned to vinyl, but aluminum siding is still available. This low maintenance and durable siding requires no painting and will last a very long time.
Fiber Cement – This moderately priced siding which is made from cement is flame retardant, and is available pre-primed (ready for paint), in various styles. When fiber cement siding is installed correctly, it will give the look of wood siding.
Wood Clapboard – This classic siding option has long lasting durability as long as it is maintained. Wood Clapboard siding needs to be refinished every few years depending on its wear.
Cedar Shake – The perfect way to give your home a natural look, cedar shake or shingles are moderately priced and are the perfect choice if you wish for your siding to blend into your landscape. Most cedar shake siding is stained, which means they will require maintenance from time to time.
Stucco – A siding on the more expensive end, stucco is a cement-like finish that is applied to your home. Minimal maintenance is required on stucco. The most important thing to remember with stucco is to purchase high quality stucco and to always use a reputable contractor to install it. Stucco that is improperly installed is very costly to fix.
Brick or Brick Veneer – Another classic yet expensive choice, brick is seen mostly in areas where brick is readily available since it is very costly to ship. Brick is a gorgeous and sturdy choice for siding. The beauty of brick is that it can be used on the entire house, just the front or just for accents. Examples of accents include half walls or corners. Brick veneer gives the look of brick at a much lower cost. The only downside is that they don’t have the durability of brick.
Stone or Stone Veneer – Another beautiful yet costly choice, stone is typically used only on the front of homes or as accents because of its high cost. Stone is very durable; in fact stone siding usually outlasts the actual house. It is also virtually maintenance free which is another nice feature of stone.