There are many house siding options, but when it comes to our homes, we all want the best. Here are some of considerations from Bud Dietrich and our own experience to take into account for your home.
Choosing House Siding
There are some things that need to be considered when selecting house siding; to start with, it is a must that it be water resistant to ensure a long life for the house siding itself and also provide protection to the home’s walls.
Then it is important that the house siding be energy efficient and to know in advance what will be needed to use beneath the cladding for insulation.
The next factor is the ease of installation. If you’re hiring someone to install your house siding, it won’t be a problem, but if you’re doing it yourself, it will be good to be able to do it as easily as can be.
Then look for durability. It is important to know if it will resist everyday wear and tear and if it will stand up to the climate in your area.
Finally is your aesthetic preference. What type of house siding looks good on your home and in your neighborhood?
Common House Siding Options
The most common house siding materials are stucco, vinyl siding, stone, brick siding, and different kinds of wood siding. Stucco siding is very versatile as it can be shaped into any form and can be applied over stone, brick, or even wood surfaces.
Vinyl siding is long lasting, never needs to be painted, is durable, and won’t get damaged by water or insects. Vinyl siding comes in different colors and designs.
Stone siding is one of the most durable materials. It is natural and there are beautiful stones that can be used for siding. The cost is higher than other materials and it needs to be installed by a professional, which elevates the cost even more, but it is a “green” solution and will last forever with very little maintenance.
Brick siding is a veneer most of the time and needs a membrane between the wood walls and the brick to keep the moisture out. It will last the life of the building, but the cost is high.
Wood siding can be made of pine, spruce, or cypress for shake or shingle house siding. Wood house siding will require periodic maintenance, including painting and caulking to prevent water damage.
To Make a Decision
After reviewing all the house siding options, we can say that weather resistant materials like vinyl siding, stone, or brick siding look very good and need a lot less maintenance than the others. Of these options, vinyl siding is going to cost less than stone or brick, and are much easier to shape than materials like stone. Having this in mind, you are ready to select your house siding.
If you decide to opt for vinyl siding, we would be happy to install it for you. We serve Fort Collins, CO, Loveland, CO, Longmont, CO, Greeley, CO, and all of northern Colorado.
(Image and excerpt from “9 Top Siding Materials”)