The Qualities of Home Siding
Water resistance, ease of installation, energy efficiency, aesthetics, versatility, and durability are qualities that need to be considered when deciding what the best siding for your house should be, so let's run down the most popular kinds of siding that you need to know about, whether you're building a new home or planning to renovate and refresh.
Vinyl Siding is Popular for A Reason
"The technology has changed dramatically, even in the last five years," Max Bumgardner, sales manager for Sutton Siding & Remodeling, Inc. on vinyl siding. "All the manufacturers are competing to offer the best product."
The Variety of Home Siding
Stone is more expensive than any other siding so you may need to consider the cost, or you could consider stone-veneer which is less expensive than natural stone but comes in a combination between natural and synthetic material. Stone and stone-veneer sidings can be durable but require cleaning with water annually to last the life of the house, but homeowners don't necessarily love getting into every crack and corner of this material with a hose every year, what they do love is how it looks, and to many the annual task is worth the price because of its aesthetic and beauty. The limestone and granite add texture to the exterior of the house unlike anything else, very rich on the eyes because of those tiny salt grains buried in the stone that give the house a unique glow and richness.
Stucco siding is traditionally made from building sand, Portland cement, lime and water. Before the stucco is added, two layers are put in place from the inside out. The wooden walls are covered in galvanized-metal screening, with waterproof barrier paper covering the screening layer, and finally finished with stucco. If you're interested in stucco material but don't want to remove the previous siding then there is no need to worry because stucco can be applied to both brick and stone surfaces. Stucco is very rigid and so it can last a lifetime if installed properly and maintained.
Fiber-cement siding is popular because of its appearance and utility. What characterizes it is that it can be made to look like wood or stucco, it has a finish of masonry that is unmistakable, and it is adored by many homeowners for that reason, and can take on many styles and textures. As far as utility, fiber-cement siding is low maintenance, non-flammable and termite resistant and can last from 25 to 50 years.
Those Colonial, Tudor and English cottage exteriors have a certain aura about them, their beauty and their history make an impression on homeowners because they stand the test of time, and that can translate into feeling a sense of security or permanency, which is what owning a home is all about. The classic brick siding is what identifies these kinds of homes, they are made from fired clay, and they come in different sizes and textures. Brick siding these days is usually a veneer constructed outside of a home's wooden structure, with mortar used to hold the bricks together. However, water can penetrate brick veneers and so a membrane can be put in place between the interior and exterior walls to protect the structure. These beautiful timeless structures can last the life of your home.
Commonly used for bungalow, Cape Cod and cottage exteriors, wood siding is known for making paint look richer, which is primarily an aesthetic. It is not for everybody, and we could say that it has a cult following, much like the effect an old Chevy has on a car enthusiast, wood siding requires constant maintenance after accumulating weather damage throughout the year, but because of its beauty and rich appearance it attracts happy homeowners to do so. It could last anywhere between 10 to 100 years depending on maintenance. Western red cedar and redwood are both considered the best choices because they are durable and attractive. Shingles are more flexible in that they can be cut into different shapes to add more texture to your house. Some manufacturers also offer shingles treated with fire-retardant chemicals, often a requirement in high-risk locations.
The low cost, versatility and easy maintenance of vinyl siding has helped it become the most popular siding choice in the United States. While some design professionals and homeowners are turned off by the "plastic look" of some vinyl siding products, the variety of colors and styles available helps explain this siding's popularity.