Thinking about installing new siding to your home? New siding can add to the beauty of your home, and it can be a great investment, increasing the property value of your residence. Siding protects your home from damage and assists in insulating it. Here is an overview of some of the many types of siding available to homeowners throughout the nation.
Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile and durable types of siding on the market. It is manufactured in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes, offering options for every taste. Vinyl siding typically has a foam backing that gives your home insulation and a bit of sound proofing, which is always nice.
With vinyl siding, scratches are not visible, and there is really no maintenance: you can simply wash off any dirt with soap and water. And if the vinyl siding fades over time, you can use a color restoration agent to replenish the color to its original hue.
The major disadvantage of vinyl siding is tends to burn or melt if exposed to high heat, so those in very warm climates may want to avoid it. It can also crack and fade after a few years.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is composed of a mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers, and is one of the more durable options available. Not susceptible to termites, insects, or rot, it can also face weather extremes.
If you live in a cold climate, or somewhere where you face a lot of strong winds, aluminum siding is a great choice. It can be secured to your home and it will not contract or expand in extreme temperatures. Additionally, aluminum is very durable and can be painted nearly any color you desire. It requires minimal maintenance; cleaning can be done with soap and water.
Aluminum siding comes in large sheets which are machine pressed and then cute to the required size before installation. This type of siding commonly comes in the clapboard style. It costs around $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot.
The few downsides of aluminum siding include the possibility of developing dents, the fact that this type of siding provides poor insulation, and the fact that aluminum often does fade and scratch over time.
Wood siding is one of the most expensive options for siding, and requires a little more maintenance to stay in top condition. Properly prepared, wood siding holds paint and stain well. Some wood siding options are factory-primed to be almost completely resistant to moisture.
Every few years, wood siding may need to be stripped and re-finished for optimal protection and longevity.
Keep Your Home Protected
Regardless of the type of siding you choose for your home, it is always important to stay on top of maintenance and repairs.
To learn more about siding and roofing options for your home in the Ann Arbor area, contact Victors Roofing.