House Siding Advantages
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Siding is a great way to add colour and personality to your home. There are many options available on the market today. While appearance is very important, you also want to make sure that the siding you choose is durable, low maintenance, easy to install, and resistant to water and moisture.
The most popular types of siding
One of the oldest house siding options in existence, stucco was created in Italy during the renaissance and can still be found on many homes worldwide. Stucco is a form of cement created by combining water with sand and lime.
It can be finished in a variety of different ways to create different looks, and it comes in many colours. It is naturally fire-resistant and a good insulator.
Because stucco is very rigid, it must be properly installed to reduce the possibility of unwanted cracks. When installed correctly and maintained, it can last the lifetime of the house.
Brick has many advantages: it’s durable, doesn’t rot or fade, and it never needs painting and repair. It provides excellent sound and thermal insulation. Made of fired clay, brick comes in a variety of earthy, eye-pleasing colours.
Used for centuries, brick has proven that it can stand the test of time. The only disadvantage to brick is that it’s expensive due to the labour required in installation. But the upfront expense pays for itself over time.
Engineered wood, or composite wood, is made from wood products mixed together with other materials, bonded with resin and compressed.
Engineered wood is generally stronger and lighter than real wood. Relatively inexpensive, engineered wood comes ready to paint, pre-primed or pre-finished, which helps to lower installation costs. The downside to engineered wood is that it needs to be repainted every 5 to 10 years.
Vinyl siding is a very popular option because it is long lasting, inexpensive, versatile and virtually maintenance-free. Additionally, it is resistant to the elements and doesn’t scratch easily.
If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself siding, vinyl is your best bet. It is relatively easy to install using a few tools that can be found at your local home improvement store. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully as mistakes can be costly.
More lightweight and less expensive than brick, stone-veneer siding is made with lightweight aggregates, cement and pigments to imitate brick or stone. There are many styles available that help enhance your home's curb appeal.
Like natural brick and stone, stone veneers resist fire, rot and insects. Keep an eye out for cracks in the mortar, but otherwise, it will last the life of the house.
Do your homework
Given that your home’s siding is intended to last for many years, you want to make the right choice. Drive around your area to see what type of siding adorns your neighbours’ homes. Take note of the condition of the different types of siding. Talk to a representative at your local home improvement store about the best options. Attend home shows and sit in on presentations.
When you take the time to do the research, you’ll arrive at a decision that is not only right for your home, but also a source of pride for many years to come.
Author’s Note: This article was published on January 27, 2012 and has been updated for accuracy.
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