Builders offer a wide assortment of siding options for the modern home, and there are good reasons to go with each one. There are also drawbacks to each, and the choice comes down to personal preference. Which drawbacks are least bothersome to the homeowner? Which advantages are most attractive?
Brick is an attractive and traditional siding. It is durable but it is expensive and can be difficult to install. Furthermore, it may not be as low maintenance as you would prefer. The mortar that binds the bricks together does not last as long as the bricks themselves and may need maintenance from time to time. Brick veneers can be a more cost-effective solution while still providing the beauty and durability of traditional brick finishes.
Aluminum is light and easy to install. It is also an inexpensive siding material. It resists corrosion and is often chosen by people living near salt water for this reason. However, its drawbacks are many. Its longevity is far less than many other kinds of siding, and its colors fade long before it needs replaced. Since it can dent so easily, replacement is a big issue when you are trying to find a matching color to a faded aluminum siding.
Wood is not as popular as it once was, and perhaps for good reason. It is a danger in dry climates due to its flammable nature, but it can easily rot in wet climates if not properly maintained. Routine maintenance can cost some money, and the wood is not cheap to install in the first place. Its longevity is decent, though not great, and it is light and easy to install, but many people avoid it because of its numerous drawbacks.
Stucco is hard and durable, lasting for a long time, particularly in dryer climates. It is also resistant to fire and is a great insulator. On the down side, it can be expensive and can crack easily in an earthquake or if your foundations sink. Its longevity is reduced in wet climates.
If an inexpensive install and longevity are your main concerns, vinyl might be your option. Most other materials are a tradeoff between price and durability, but Vinyl siding should last for the life of the house and is inexpensive. Maintenance is low, requiring a washing every few years, but all in all, it is a go-to choice for a large number of homeowners.
The only drawback to stone is its price, which is the most expensive of all sidings to install. After that, it is nothing but benefits. Stone will last essentially forever, is resistant to fire, a good insulator and requires zero maintenance. Many people fall in love with the classical look of a stone-sided house. Stone veneers can be the perfect solution combining the look and texture of stone with a more cost effective, light weight option.
Fiber cement is a new material that can imitate the look of wood. It should prove to be as durable as stone but at a lower cost, though it is still somewhat expensive. It is fire resistant and resists salty coastal air. However, it does require repainting every 12-15 years and if it chips, you will have to touch it up with a little paint.
Do you need longevity or easy installation? Do you want something low maintenance or something traditional and aesthetically pleasing? There are many factors to consider when choosing siding. With an idea of what the pros and cons are, you can begin to choose the right one for you.
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