Although no part of a house is any less significant than others, there are certain elements that take the centerstage when it comes to home remodeling. One such element is exterior siding. If you want to give your property a facelift, siding replacement is an effective solution. When choosing a siding it is important to consider its durability, weather resistance, and maintenance requirements. To help you select an option that not only enhances the appeal of your property but also adds long-term value we discuss the finer points of three most popular types of siding.
A popular choice among homeowners, vinyl siding is known for its durability (replacement cycle of 30 to 50 years), cost-effectiveness, versatility, and ease-of-maintenance. Ironically, a lot of people think that vinyl sidings have a plastic look, that is a misconception. In addition, vinyl siding does not lose shape even under extreme temperatures, it provides great resistance to high winds, and will retain its color and sheen for years. When investing in vinyl siding, however, make sure that the option you select complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials Standard, expressed as “ASTM D 3679”.
Widely used in luxury homes and cottages, wood siding lends an unmistakably classic appeal to the property. Wood siding is available in a variety of types and grades and the total cost depends on the way you plan to finish the material. If you are looking for a clear finish with semi-transparent stains, opt for a high grade option with minimal knots. If you are planning to paint the siding, you may opt for a less expensive grade. Though wood siding is vulnerable to insects or rodents, it can last from 10 to 100 years longer than synthetic materials, if maintained properly. Another major benefit of wood siding is that it is easy to shape and cut according to your style preferences, and requires less specialized skills for installation, resulting in lower labor cost compared to most other options.
Fiber-cement siding is made of a combination of wood fibers, Portland cement, clay, and sand. This type of siding is gaining popularity among homeowners due to exceptional durability, weather resistance, and low maintenance. The mixture can be easily molded to resemble painted wood, stucco, or masonry. Though prefinished fiber cement siding doesn’t require any painting after installation, it can be repainted, if you wish to change its color. Fiber-cement siding is non-flammable, termite resistant, and requires minimal maintenance. Available in multiple styles and appearances, factory painting or finishes in fiber-cement siding are highly recommended. As far as the lifespan is concerned, you are looking at 25 to 50 years.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a cost-efficient makeover for your home, siding replacement is a fantastic option. The long-term value of the investment, however, largely depends on the quality of materials and workmanship that go into your project. If you opt for vinyl siding or wood siding or any other option, make sure you hire a reputable contractor with a proven track record. Should you wish to learn more about your options or need professional home remodeling tips, we, at Jancon Exteriors, will be happy to help. Get in touch with one of our consultants or request a free project estimate, by visiting our contact page.