Replacing your exterior siding can be an unnerving decision. There are a vast array of different types of siding for homes – so how do you choose the best one for your home? Fiber cement siding, wooden shake siding, and composite siding are just a few options available to homeowners. Education is key to making a comfortable and calculated decision.
Issues to Consider
Before you select the best material for your home and budget, there are several factors that must be considered.
Some types of siding will be more water resistant than others. With the frequent rain in the greater Houston area, water resistant siding will prolong the life of your investment and prevent decay due to moisture saturation.
All siding materials are rated with an R-value which measures the energy efficiency of the material. The best materials have the highest R-value and thus provide better thermal insulation. For example, stucco siding has an R-value of 4.0 while insulated vinyl has a 2.0-3.0 R-value.
Aesthetics & Texture
Possibly one of the most important set of factors for homeowners to consider is the color, texture, and overall aesthetics of siding. The decision of which of these to select is pivotal and can greatly affect the resale value of your home.
Homeowners must consider the style of a home when making a siding selection. Colonial or craftsman style homes may be adorned with horizontal, medium-wide wood siding while a ranch style home, which is modeled after rural Western ranches, may have eight-inch-wide vertically oriented siding. The elevation and exterior styling of one’s home plays a very important role in which type of siding to select
A sizeable proportion of current home siding materials are eco-friendly. Fiber cement is made of sand, cement, clay, and wood-pulp fibers. Wood materials are naturally biodegradable & green. If a long-term environmental concern is at the forefront of your decision-making process, you may consider choosing an eco-friendly home siding product.
What is the longevity of the average home siding product? Will it have to be regularly maintained, painted or replaced? Siding materials such as stucco can last a lifetime. Vinyl home siding will also stand the test of time and may only require sporadic maintenance. The overall resistance to mother nature, rot, and insects all are very important factors to consider when choosing home siding.
Installation of siding can often be a substantial investment for homeowners; varying in price from $5,000 for smaller homes to upwards of $50,000. Crucial factors to consider are the material selected, the size of the house, and the company that you choose. Identifying your budget before selecting a product and a company is prudent. Make sure to allocate an appropriate amount of time to lay out cost considerations.
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