There are several options when it comes to choosing exterior siding for your home. Siding isn’t just about aesthetics–each type comes with its own set of benefits, so it’s a good idea to study up on the pros and cons of each option before you make your selection.
Because of its low cost and easy maintenance, not to mention the array of options one can choose from, vinyl has become the preferred choice throughout the country. While some are put off by its ‘plasticky’ look, those involved in the field point out how much the technology has improved over the past five years, with several manufacturers now competing to offer nothing but the best in class.
Installing vinyl siding may seem like a simple DIY project since materials are readily available, but mistakes can be extremely expensive to correct. It is recommended that you get a professional to do it if you do not have any prior experience.
Wood siding offers a rich, exclusive look and is more popularly used in the case of bungalows and cottage exteriors, although other types of homes can also benefit in appearance. The downside is that it requires frequent maintenance, like painting or staining to prevent damage caused by the elements and also to prevent degradation of the wood from within. However, it is still prone to external attack by insects and/or rodents. Depending on how carefully it is maintained, wood siding can last up to a hundred years.
Stucco is a mixture of Portland cement, lime, building sand, and water. For wooden walls, a waterproof layer and galvanized metal come in between the wood and the stucco, with the objective being two-fold, namely to protect the wood from water damage and also to provide a better, smoother base for the stucco. It can also be used for brick surfaces, and careful installation can prevent cracks from forming. Properly maintained, it could last as long as the house itself. Little wonder then, that it is typically found on Spanish-mission, Mediterranean and ranch exteriors, which have that classic architecture.
This is increasing in popularity as it offers the look of wood or stucco siding at lower cost in addition to being non-flammable, termite-resistant and low maintenance, much unlike wood sidings. It comes in a wide range of textures and styles, making it all the more irresistible for homeowners. The flip side is that fiber-cement siding can sometimes be associated with moisture-related problems.