New siding can give your home a new look!
Whether you’re building a home or renovating your current home, choosing the right siding is one of the most important decisions you will make. It not only defends against the elements, but it’s an important part of your home’s curb appeal, and the first thing a visitor sees.
Although aesthetics certainly matter, there are other elements to consider when choosing siding. Primary factors are durability, water resistance, and versatility. Additionally, your decision should include your style of your home, budget, and of course your climate.
There is a wide variety of types of siding including vinyl, brick, stucco, stone, and wood. After perusing through the pros and cons of each one, which type is best for you?
For many builders, designers, and contractors, vinyl tends to be at the top of the list as it has many benefits. Vinyl is affordable, easy to install, has minimal upkeep, has many options, and is highly durable, seemingly lasting forever. It needs no painting, and is made to withstand the elements, such as high winds, heavy rains, rotting, and corrosion. Although some people may not like its “plastic” look, its versatility and many options make it the most popular choice for your home.
Brick comes in a variety of textures, sizes, and even colors. The homes styles of Colonial, Tudor and English often feature brick on their exteriors. One of the primary benefits of this material is that it is quite sturdy and stands the test of time.
Stucco siding is a common exterior element, and is one of the oldest types of siding in the world. “Traditional stucco is made using lime, sand and water, which is extremely strong and durable. However, there is another type of stucco that is most commonly used in today’s construction and it’s made using Portland Cement, sand and water. This form of stucco is less durable and will crack more easily.“ (https://www.movoto.com/foundation/home-improvement-style/stucco-homes-the-pros-and-cons-of-a-stucco-exterior/)
Stone is one of the most beautiful types of siding. Its durability and natural beauty adds texture to a home’s exterior. Unfortunately, its high cost and the difficulty of adding it to existing homes, makes it unappealing to some homeowners.
Wood gives your home a beautiful timeless, classic look; however, it requires a considerable amount of maintenance to prevent weather damage. The most common type of maintenance required is painting or staining the siding every few years. Without regular maintenance, it is susceptible to rodents, insects, and water damage.
No matter which siding you choose for your home, be sure it’s the right one for your local climate, your ability to maintain it, and the character of your home. Replacing your siding can give your home an immediate makeover, and make any additions to your home blend well with the original structure.
Contact All Star Construction, your design/build contractor today to help “make the house you have, the home you want”!