Summer is officially here, and that means it’s renovation season. If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s siding, there are a variety of choices from which you can select. One of the most important decisions you need to make, of course, is what material you want your siding to be.
While each material has its own advantages, you need to make the choice that works best for your home and lifestyle. Upgrading your siding will have an immediate impact on property value and curbside appeal, but the long-term impact on your house comes from choosing the correct materials to begin with.
Here are three choices you have and the advantages of each.
1. Vinyl Siding
Vinyl is an excellent choice for the homeowner on a budget who still wants excellent quality. Of all your options, vinyl is the most versatile. Not only can vinyl siding hold up to the summer heat and moisture, it also comes in a variety of textures and colors – some even mimicking other materials for a fraction of the price.
These days, vinyl siding can come insulated as well. This isn’t just for winter, either – insulation keeps the heat outside during the warm months, lowering your electric bill. Scratches won’t touch vinyl; the material isn’t painted, and the color is mixed into the siding itself.
2. Fiber Cement
Traditional siding materials often have a hard time standing up to the Virginia climate. Between the moisture, bugs, and heat, some substances are better than others. This is where fiber cement comes in. Fiber cement can withstand the harshest summer weather much better than other materials and is an excellent choice for durability.
Cement siding doesn’t have to mean bland gray blocks – it’s just as versatile as vinyl, and can replicate wood, shingles, and vertical siding just as easily. Cement is the perfect combination of durability and appeal.
Nothing beats stonework for elegance or appeal. But, unless your home was built with a stone foundation, adding stonework is extraordinarily labor intensive. Luckily, it’s easy to add a stone veneer for the same look as stone and for a much lower cost! Proper stone veneer comes well insulated and won’t add a hidden fee in the form of higher energy bills.
Adding a stone veneer also comes with the advantage of being much lighter than full masonry, while still being extremely durable and cost-effective. Nothing boosts your house’s value and appeal more than new stone siding.
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