The Pros and Cons of Some Popular Residential Siding Choices

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The Pros and Cons of Some Popular Residential Siding Choices

12 October 2015
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The addition of siding can help spruce up your home's appearance. When selecting the new siding for your home, one of the things you will discover is that you have several choices for material. Each material has its pros and cons. To help with your selection process, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of different siding materials. 

Wood Siding

One of the benefits of wood siding is that it has a natural look. It is most commonly used for cottages and bungalows, but it has been used for other styles of homes. There are a range of woods available, including redwood. The wood is considered to be durable when properly cared for. 

On the downside, wood siding can be one of the more expensive options available. The higher the quality of wood, the more the cost of the materials and installation. Another factor you need to consider is the amount of maintenance required for the wood siding. The siding has to have sealant reapplied every few years and must be carefully inspected periodically for signs of termites and damage. 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most commonly used for homes, and for good reason. It is a cost-effective option for improving the appearance of the home. It is available in a range of colors and textures. You can even find vinyl siding that mimics the appearance of other siding types, including stone and wood. It also requires very little maintenance and does not require repainting. 

However, vinyl siding can be easily lifted from the home if there is a severe thunderstorm and high winds. It is important that the vinyl is professionally installed to decrease the chances of this occurring. 

Brick Siding

Brick siding offers the appearance of the home being constructed of brick without it actually being so. The bricks are affixed to a veneer that is added to the home's exterior. One of the advantages of brick siding is that it is extremely durable. It is also available in a range of colors and does not require a great deal of maintenance. 

However, brick siding is more expensive than some other options. Not only is the actual material more expensive, but it can cost more for the installation.

There are several other choices for siding available. Consult with a siding contractor, such as one from Cornerstone Home Improvement, to determine which is best for your home and to discuss the proper installation of the material.