Different Types of Siding – Their Cool Sides and their Downsides

As an exterior home re-modeller, I regularly replace the siding on homes with beautiful, durable, and energy efficient options. If you are considering different types of replacement siding, you might be wondering what the benefits and disadvantages are to certain materials and types of siding. Keep reading to see the pros and cons of several common types of siding materials.

Wood Siding

Wood siding can create a customized, appealing look for the exterior of your home. However, it is important to note the risk and maintenance requirements that come alone with the appearance of wood siding. Wood siding requires sealants to protect against moisture, along with new paint approximately every two years. Plus, the look that wood siding gives a home is reflected in the price, which can add up quickly.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a low cost option, when compared to wood and some aluminium sidings. As vinyl siding has evolved, there are many options for energy efficiency, such as vinyl siding with insulation built in. While vinyl cannot be repainted like wood or aluminium, it is also durable, and, when properly installed, can maintain the original colour and appearance for many years without much maintenance.

Aluminium Siding

Aluminium siding is an affordable option for many home owners, but it does come at a price. The siding itself will need to be repainted every few years, and is prone to dents. Aluminium siding is not the most energy efficient option either, meaning that it can result in higher electricity usage than other types of siding. However, the need for repainting means that the look can be changed every few years, if your tastes change.

There are quite a lot of different sidings, especially customized ones. They can be with a variety of colours and textures. You can even chose to have vinyl siding that looks like wooden shakes. If you decide to change your siding, to whatever type you want. I recommend using after builders cleaning from Fantastic Cleaners Ruislip, when you are done with the siding renovation. They will save you some time and they are quite affordable.

May 23, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Architecture, Home Improvement


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