Before upgrading your siding, it is important to know which works best for your home. Choosing what kind of replacement siding you want is not as simple. The choices available to you are extensive, with each material offering vastly different aesthetics, durability, energy efficiency, and price.
Art Smart Roofing and Exteriors are experts in sidings. Check out the different types of siding below and let’s figure out which material is best for your home:
Fiber Cement Siding
Pros: Fiber Cement is the latest development in siding technology, it can provide the look of wood or masonry at a substantially lower cost than the real thing. Fiber cement siding is low maintenance and termite resistant. Oftentimes, this type of siding can be virtually indistinguishable from actual wood siding! There are a variety of styles and textures and typically comes with a 30-40 year warranty post-installation.
Cons: However, there have been reported problems with moisture. This is why you need to select an experienced and professional Roofing and Exteriors contractor carefully.
Pros: Arguably one of the most popular siding choices for homeowners, vinyl siding is a great low cost and low maintenance option for your home. Like fiber cement siding, vinyl siding offers substantial versatility in terms of colors and textures. There are also a huge variety of profiles of vinyl, including horizontal or vertical panels, dutch lap, shakes, shingles, beaded, and fish scales or scallops.
Cons: The one major caveat with vinyl siding is that it can be prone to cracking and buckling under cold temperatures if not installed properly. Vinyl siding is not waterproof (only water-resistant) and it can sometimes bend under extreme weather conditions, whether it be hot or cold. Once you choose a color, you cannot change it or repaint it.
Pros: Most would say this type of siding has the greatest “curb appeal” due to it’s natural and timeless look. It is also lightweight, making installation time quicker. Wood siding can be stained and painted in custom colors and it has a high R-Value, and is very energy efficient.
Cons: While it can be stained limitless color, in doing so, it must be consistently maintained. Because wood siding is natural, it can be easily damaged over time by insects or water. It also can be costly to maintain – required to be stained every 2-3 years and repainted every 4-5 years. Wood is not fire resistant, so it is not ideal for dry climate areas
Pros: Metal siding comes with a few variations, having steel and aluminum as the most popular varieties. Metal does not rot or mold, which is why it doesn’t require much maintenance. It is very eco-friendly because each panel is precisely cut, offering little waste of material and is fire resistant.
Cons: If not installed properly, it can lead to rust. Aluminum siding is a soft metal so can be dented easily. Steel siding is heavy and takes longer to install, making it a more expensive option. Metal siding will easily scratch and can rust quickly if not resealed and repainted
ART SMART ROOFING AND EXTERIORS
With so many options out there, it is important to research the cost, durability, energy efficiency, and versatility. Not sure what type of siding is best for your home? We love questions! Give us a call today (972-965-2567) and let’s talk about which siding will work best for your home.