Making a choice on any aspect of your home is a big one. You want it to not only stand up to time, but also be classic enough not to look dated in a few years. This is particularly the case with the exterior of your home, which is visible to all. The main feature of the exterior of the home is it’s siding. Siding can transform a relatively unimpressive house into something completely new, or it can take a house that’s structurally fantastic and make it look cheap and tacky. It isn’t all about looks when it comes to siding though, functionality is also key. Selecting the right siding for your home takes time and effort since not all siding works in certain environments. We’ve tried to take off a bit of that burden here by assembling a little guide to choosing the right siding for your home.
Geography: Much of your siding options are based on where you live. Some siding can stand up to the elements, while some simply can’t. For damp and humid areas like Seattle, wood isn’t going to be a very good option since it is prone to rot and warp under these conditions. For areas on the coast with exposure to salt water, aluminum will corrode quickly under these conditions. Also, if your area is prone to strong storms that produce hail, pounding rains, and wind not only are wood and aluminum not good options, but vinyl can be easily damaged under these conditions.
Features: Each different siding type has different and unique features. Vinyl is extremely pliable and lightweight, making it ideal for smaller homes that can’t handle the pressure of heavier siding. If you live in an area with a heavy insect population, Cedar works as a natural insect repellant. If you are looking for something you can just install and forget about, brick and stone are virtually indestructable and require very little upkeep and cleaning. There are of course other features that aren’t covered here so it would serve you best to do a little research as to which siding has the features you desire.
Types: Once you have established which siding works best for your climate and has the features you want, there are still more choices to make. For example, if you chose wood, you can chose from a variety of different types of wood depending on what works best for your home. The same goes for stone, although the options for stone are more based on aesthetic qualities than anything else.
Installation: How you chose to install your siding is also an important factor for look and structural stability and benefits. For example, concrete siding can be installed in a variety of different ways depending on your wants and needs. If you’re looking for a seamless look, then you can custom order large slabs and then bond together for your siding. Or, if you want to mimic more traditional siding with concrete you can over slabs and layer then horizontally to achieve that more traditional vibe. Wood can also be installed in a variety of different ways, from horizontal strips, to chevrons, to horizontal layers it can be extremely versatile.
As previously stated, home siding requires research and thought. It’s an expensive investment in your home so it is important to be educated on your options and what works best for you. It is encouraged to also have these discussions with your contractor whose experience is invaluable when making these decisions.