How to Choose New Siding For Your Home

If your home is starting to look a little run down, or you don’t want to go through the expense of painting it again, you may want to consider purchasing siding. Siding has many benefits, and it can be virtually maintenance-free if you pick the right kind. But it’s not always as easy as it seems to pick the right siding material and color. Keep reading to find out how to choose the right siding style and color to add value to your home’s outside in five easy steps!

With siding, you can draw attention to your home’s architecture. For example, vertical siding or horizontal shiplap bring out the clean design and strong lines of modern homes. At the same time, board and batten are a great choice for a farmhouse or craftsman. Board and batten can also give a modern or eclectic home more height.

Shake and shingles give a beach house a more natural look and feel. This choice of siding also makes the house look and feel like it belongs in its neighborhood.

Choosing the right siding material

Here is a brief guide to the newest materials that are available for home siding.

1. Brick and Stone Look Siding

This is one of the most popular new types of siding on the market. It gives the impression of a more expensive façade, but it is much more durable and easy to maintain. You’ll have a wide variety of color choices, which is much easier to install than traditional brick or stone. Most will last around twenty-five years without any maintenance beyond occasional cleaning.

2. Cedar Siding

If you have always wanted the look of a log cabin in your home, you can now get it easily with cedar siding. These are more of wooden siding, and they will need a little extra care to keep them looking good. They come in a variety of different colors. You may need to stain them from time to time to keep them looking fresh. We do not recommend this type of siding for those living in areas with a lot of rain or wind since this can degrade the siding.

3. Stucco Siding

Synthetic stucco has been pretty popular through the years but is not as durable as the real thing. However, it is much easier to install, and many people prefer the luck of stucco on the exterior of their home. Maintenance is usually quite minimal, and it will require occasional cleaning to look fresh.

4. Cement Siding

This is one of the newest forms of siding on the market and is incredibly popular. It is actually made up of cement fibers and can be constructed to resemble a variety of different looks, such as natural stone, wood, or even regular siding. Care is virtually nil, and you’ll be able to enjoy it for decades. The best part is this siding is both fire and termite-proof, making it a natural choice for those that live near forests or out in the country where there are more risks for either problem.

5. Vinyl Siding

The old standby is still going strong, thanks to its durability and wide color selection. Vinyl siding is the most economical option for many homeowners, and it will last for at least 25 years or more. It may not be the newest material out there, but it still has its uses.

6. Seamless Steel Siding

This siding looks fantastic and is perfect for those that live in areas where the climate can change dramatically from time to time. Steel siding will not shrink or expand once it is installed and is pretty impervious to weather. It will cost more than vinyl siding, but it is incredibly durable and comes in various colors and finishes.

Important Considerations When Choosing Siding for Your House

There are several things to consider when deciding which siding is best for your house.

Costs

Because there are so many types of siding, you can find one that fits your budget. Brick, stucco, and stone have high upfront costs because of the labor cost, but they need less upkeep as time goes on. On the other hand, installing wood is cheaper but needs regular (and sometimes expensive) maintenance.

Vinyl is about average in terms of cost and upkeep, while fiber-cement is more expensive to install but doesn’t need much more care. At the end of the day, you have to choose siding that fits your style and budget. Talk to your builder or contractor about what you want, and they can help you figure out the best way to do it.

Aesthetics

How it looks is the most important thing when it comes to siding. Do you like how classic a brick house looks? Or would you rather have a modern look that uses vinyl architectural panels? Are there parts of your home’s surroundings that you’d like to include?

You might want to match the other homes in the area, or if your HOA lets you, you could make your house stand out with a unique and eye-catching exterior. In either case, you should think about what you want people to think when they first see your new home.

Climate

It is a fact that some sidings work better and last longer in certain environments. Stucco does better in dry, warm places, while wood siding shouldn’t be used where wildfires happen yearly. And if your area floods a lot, brick and stone are the best choices because they last longer.

Also, think about the average temperature and whether or not the siding you’re interested in provides enough insulation. This will keep you comfortable and lower your heating and cooling costs.

Final Words

Whether you’re changing the outside of your house because it’s old because it was damaged by a storm or just because you want to make it look better before you sell it, have fun with it. Changes to the outside of your house, like bold statements or safe, neutral colors, can significantly affect how you feel inside. With some more daring colors, like black and dark blue, you can change the whole feel of your home for the better. It’s almost like you moved into a brand-new house, but you just fixed up the one you already had.

Once you’ve decided on the siding for your house, it’s time to choose a contractor to put it on. Choosing the type of siding for your house may have seemed like a big decision, but picking a contractor maybe even more important. This is because how your siding is put up will affect how long it lasts and how well it works. Because of this, we always tell homeowners to do a lot of research before choosing contractors to work on their homes.

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Ben White has written thousands of articles on everything home improvement. He has had the privilege of writing for such websites as the Huffington Post, DeWalt, Houzz.com, HGTV, and many others.

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