Siding, which refers to any material covering the exterior of the house, is essential to the life of your home. Whether you’re looking to replace your existing siding or are building a new home, there are many important factors to consider when choosing siding. Keep reading to learn more about how to choose a siding material as well as the types and cost of siding.
Function over From
Typically, siding has two primary purposes. The first and most important purpose is to protect your home from the elements (function). Water can be especially damaging, so ensuring your home’s exterior is watertight is crucial in preventing structural damage, mold, and other issues. In most cases, the type of siding you choose will depend on where you live, as some types of siding are better suited to certain climates. For example, aluminum and vinyl siding are better water barriers than stucco or wood.
The second purpose of siding is all about aesthetics (form). As one of the most substantial investments you’ll ever make, your home must be just as beautiful as it is functional. The exterior is no exception. After all, it’s the first thing someone sees when they drive up to your house. But first, you must determine what siding material holds up best to your home’s location. Then, you can narrow it down based on your personal preference, your home’s architecture, and other homes in the neighborhood.
Types of Siding
When it comes to selecting siding for your home, there is no shortage of options. Siding comes in a wide variety of materials, including:
- Wood or engineered wood
With so many types of siding to choose from, finding the material that fits your budget, style, and home’s architecture is a breeze. However, it’s important to note that each type of material comes with its own set of pros and cons. Here’s what to know about some of the most popular types of siding in the Midwest: vinyl, steel, wood, and fiber-cement.
Vinyl siding is well-loved among homeowners—and it’s easy to see why! This type of siding material has many advantages. Vinyl siding provides consumers with an affordable and versatile option for their home. In addition to being extremely low-maintenance and long-lasting, the vinyl material is resistant to both insects and water. It can also mimic the look of wood siding from a distance. While there are many benefits, vinyl siding is not without its faults; it can crack, rattle, melt, and burn if exposed to certain conditions.
Though a slightly more expensive than vinyl siding, steel siding picks up where vinyl siding left off. It has many of the same benefits in terms of durability, maintenance, and water and insect resistance. Beyond that, steel siding is non-combustible and can stand up to extreme weather conditions. Steel siding can help your home be more energy-efficient, as well. Most steel siding today includes a cool-paint coating to reflect radiant heat.
Wood siding can commonly be found in two forms, shingles and clapboard, and is known to give homes a little extra charm. One of the biggest downsides to wood siding is the cost. This type of siding is much more expensive than other types of siding and has many disadvantages; it is more susceptible to rot, fire, and warping. Wood siding is also vulnerable to damage caused by insects and woodpeckers and must be refinished every 3-4 years.
This type of siding is composed of a blend of cement, sand, and cellulose. Though it’s a manufactured material, it mimics the look and texture of real wood siding. The cost is comparable to vinyl siding, which makes it popular among homeowners who want the look of real wood. However, fiber-cement siding can be damaged by water during repeated freeze-thaw cycles if the paint has degraded. For that reason, fiber-cement siding has to be refinished periodically.
The Cost of Siding
Like most elements of home design, siding can vary in cost. The type of material, size of your home, the brand you choose, and the company you work with all factor into the cost. Before making a purchase, it’s a good idea to do some research and compare prices against your budget. Pay attention to things like customer ratings and reviews, warranty information, and specifications.
To find out more about siding, get in touch with Yanish Custom Exteriors. Our knowledgeable staff has the experience to help you make an informed decision about which type of siding is right for your home.