How to Select the Right Siding for Your Home
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How to Select the Right Siding for Your Home

Whether you are building a home or remodeling, choosing the right siding can be a daunting task. You will notice your siding every time you pull up to your home, or step outside to get the morning paper.
Whether you are building a home or remodeling, choosing the right siding can be a daunting task. You will notice your siding every time you pull up to your home, or step outside to get the morning paper. While pricing and durability will play a big part in your decision, you also want to consider the look you desire for your home.

Once you gather the facts about individual products on the market today, you can make decision that’s right for you.

Brick

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Brick has certainly stood the test of time; many brick homes are still standing after hundreds of years. The brick is actually fired clay and comes in a range of colors from red to a variety of earth tones. One of the trends over the past several years has been to paint brick white for a whole new look. Although the end result is an attractive and fresh look, keep in mind painted brick needs almost yearly upkeep.

You won’t have to worry about repairs for more than 20 years when it comes to brick. The price of brick will be higher, but your home will be here to stay for quite a while. If the cost of brick is too much, there are other options on the market today.

Aluminum and vinyl

 

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Aluminum siding became popular in the 1950s. It was known to be durable, easy to maintain and inexpensive. Aluminum has lost a lot of market share since the release of vinyl siding. Vinyl siding has been known to crack, split, and look faded after a few years, it has improved greatly over time.

A popular choice these days is vinyl siding with molded foam backing. It is durable, energy efficient, easy to maintain, cost effective and even comes with a lifetime warranty.

Since it doesn’t have to be painted, you save a lot of money there, too.

Fiber cement

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Another product homeowners are choosing is fiber cement siding, which has the look of wood but is pest resistant, low maintenance, and long lasting. It costs less than cedar wood siding and birds can’t peck holes in it. It can be used alone or in conjunction with brick or stone for a beautiful looking exterior that also costs less than a solid brick or stone home. It will cost you a little more than vinyl siding, and it will have to be painted.

Once you have decided on the type of siding you want, make sure you find a contractor that has the experience needed to work with the siding that you have chosen.

Then sit back and relax—your homework is done. Now it’s time to enjoy the look of your home.

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Nicholas Goodroad // ABC Seamless

Aluminum siding has fallen far behind aluminum in popularity for good reason. Early baked-on enamel was easily scratched off and aluminum dents very easily.

It was a step in the right direction to move to vinyl siding, the permeation of color all the way through the vinyl siding added to curb appeal and color durability. The weakness of vinyl is that it is also quickly damaged by impact and, depending on the quality of the vinyl product used, fades rather quickly. Though you may get a lifetime warranty with your vinyl siding, the industry is 'fashion forward' and new 'trend' colors are released annually to serve new construction and housing association requests. This often means that old production colors are discontinued.

Improving on both the color-staying ability of aluminum and impact resistance of vinyl is steel-backed vinyl (pvc) - coated siding. Galvanized steel resists rust, but more importantly adds a lot of strength to vinyl siding. PVC (vinyl) color-coatings resist scraping and can be cleaned to look as good as new.

Both aluminum, vinyl, and some steel siding are distributed in boxes and, therefore, are limited in length, leaving laps and gaps that look like steps on the face of your home. Consider seamless steel siding the best that non-masonry exteriors can be. Lifetime Warranty, simple to maintain, no laps or gaps where moisture can get in, long-lasting color, strong as steel.

Brilliant discussion with great advice.

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