Which type of replacement siding will best suit your house?

When it comes to siding for the exterior of your home, there are quite a few kinds to choose from.  Each style and brand has its own set of pros and cons to consider.  If you are in the market for some replacement siding, this article should help with your final decision.  Below are some of the most common types with their features listed.

  1. Vinyl Siding.  This might be one of the most, if not the most, popular type of siding for a few reasons.  Firstly vinyl is more affordable than others and is pretty durable.  It is made from two PVC layers bonded together, with the outer layer being durable to vinyl windowsprotect against the elements.  Vinyl is resistant to water rot and most pests.  The color is infused into the vinyl so it lasts longer and just slowly fades over time as the other features of the siding fade.  Because vinyl is so malleable, this type can be made to look like other faux materials.  It is also very easy to clean with a hose and easy to paint if you want to change colors down the road.  Some say that vinyl siding is not as stylish so it is less desirable.  It also can wane and warp in extreme hold and cold temperatures, and is not the most resistant to extreme wind.  Vinyl is a great option if you want something low maintenance and that will keep its color for a long time.
  2. Wood Siding.  This type of siding has become more popular in recent years as the “green movement” has picked up steam.  These panels can be milled from sustainable resources and come very easy to install.  Their color and shape widely vary and they can be stained and painted differently over the years with your changing mood.  The styles of wood can be just about anything, such as vertical boards, drop siding, sheet siding, shingles. clapboards, and more.  The price is moderate and it gives a warm natural feeling to your home.  Some downfalls, however, and that it requires regular sealing from moisture and it more susceptible to water damage, rot, and pests, and may not keep in heat as well as other styles.  Although the price for materials and siding installation is moderate, the upkeep should be factored into that equation over time.
  3. Metal siding commonly comes in aluminum or corrugated steel.  Metal is extremely durable against the elements and resistant to mold and insects.  It holds up great against wind, rain, and hail but doesn’t do it quietly.  It cane stamped into many different styles and shapes and the cost is pretty much the same as vinyl.  Metal is also a great option for coastal climates because it withstands the moisture damage and requires very little maintenance over the years.  The downfall of metal is that is just looks like metal.  It doesn’t hold paint well, it can rust, and it can dent easily.  Many companies offer a hybrid of aluminum coated with vinyl to get the best features of each type of siding.  This allows for more color and personality, as well as double the durability and insulation.