If your looking to really increase your curb appeal replacing your home’s siding is a great start. Replacing your siding is one of the best ways to improve the look of your home, while also providing a protective barrier against the elements. If your siding has fungus, obvious separation of seams, caulking failure, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat against your house, paint failure, moisture on the inside of your house, all could be signs that you will need to replace your siding soon.
Obviously, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when choosing siding is selecting a material. There are many options to choose from, and the best choice will depend not only on what benefits you’d like to get from the siding but also on how much effort you’re willing to exert in order to maintain it. Here are some factors that should come into play when making your decision.
Types of siding available:
1. Vinyl Siding is a popular choice for many homeowners because it’s quite cost effective. Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, textures, and profiles to give you complete versatility in design. Vinyl siding has improved over time as the quality of vinyl improves.
2. Hardi Plank Fiber-cement siding typically costs a bit more than vinyl siding, but less than stucco. It also outlasts its competitors because it resists many common hazards, including fire, wind, insects, and rain.It is growing in popularity and is a terrific alternative to Masonite.
3. Brick or Stone Both of these products provide an excellent siding option. Starting from the beginning, solid stone siding has been used in exterior surfacing projects for hundreds of years, with the benefits of superior durability and of the authentic look of naturally occurring stone. The biggest drawback is cost.
4. Stucco Traditional stucco is made with cement and offers a solid, lasting, moisture proof siding. Stucco is a popular siding option because it is low-cost and because you can do so much with it. Creative homeowners can add color to their stucco; make it look as smooth as a piece of paper; or form patterns and textures.
5. Cedar Shakes Compared to other types of wood, cedar has excellent resistance to rot, bacteria, fungi and mildew. When treated with stain it does not rot or peel.