How to Compare Types of House Siding

Knowing how to compare types of house siding can help you to make an informed decision on what materials to use on the exterior of your home.

Instructions on Comparin Types of House Siding

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There are a myriad of available styles and textures, and your budget may dictate some of your choices as well.

Consider your budget. Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive and most popular options on the market, and is a good choice if you live in a warm, wet climate. It will not flake or rot and stands up to heat and wind imperviously, but it does become brittle in extremely cold weather. In the south, vinyl is what all other types of house siding are compared to.

Take into account your climate. Stucco is a good choice for hot dry climates, as is fiber cement. Both can be painted to the desired color and are relatively inexpensive. Stone or brick sidings are more expensive, but look-alike options are available that compare well to the natural products and will fit lower budgets.

Decide what you can afford. Wood siding is the most beautiful and expensive options, and if treated properly it can last for years - but regular maintenance is required. Wood is prone to cracking and splitting, and can mildew in humid parts of the country. Engineered wood siding is treated and compressed to minimize these problems and is easier to install compared to traditional wood siding.

Look at alternative options. Metal siding is popular for ranch style homes and second story add-ons, due to a widely expanding availability of colors and textures that can mimic wooden counterparts. Its extreme resistance to the elements, reasonable cost compared to wood siding and ease of installation make it a appropriate choice for many homeowners.

Compare the different types of house siding and weigh your options against your budget, your climate and your desired style to find the perfect exterior for your house!

Tip

  • Consider the area of the country you live in when deciding on a type of house siding. If you live in a part of the country with extreme weather conditions you will need more durable siding to withstand the elements

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