Exterior siding used to be simply a way to protect your home from the harsh weather elements; today it is way to show off the style and personality of your home. A simple change of the exterior of your home, whether you change the color or the entire type of siding on your home, can make a dramatic difference in the curb appeal and even the value of your home.
Factors to Consider Before Choosing Siding
Maintenance – Understanding the type of maintenance that each siding type requires should play an important role in your decision. There are various types of siding that require no maintenance as well as many that require frequent maintenance to keep the aesthetic appeal as well as the functionality of your home at 100 percent.
Durability – Each type of siding has its own durability factors. If the area that you live in is susceptible to high winds, a great deal of rain or harsh winters, you will want to choose a siding type that is durable enough to withstand those elements without frequent damage.
Aside from the weather, you also need to take into consideration the environment of your home. If you are in an area that water tends to pool around your home or there are specific pests that enjoy taking up residence in homes, you will want to take that into consideration. Wood siding in particular is very susceptible to mold and mildew rotting as well as pest infestation. Understanding the environment of your home will help you decide which type is right.
Style – It used to be that every type of siding had its own unique style. Today, it is different. There are a large variety of siding types that can mimic the original styles. Whether you desire the look of brick, stone or any other type of siding, there are various aluminum and vinyl siding options that can mimic the style you want without the high price or large maintenance requirements.
Before choosing your exterior siding, it is best to do the right research, including talking with your contractor to determine that the siding option you are choosing contains the perfect style, durability and aesthetic appeal that you desire.