The siding you put on your home is a lot more important than just the way it will look. It’s also vital for your protection, just like your roof. Its hand and hand with your roof. We have some tips to help you make the best decision.
Check The Sidings Water Resistance
If the siding you choose isn’t water resistant, it will deteriorate at a much faster rate, forcing you to replace it sooner than you’d prefer. Some siding can last for decades and only need to be maintained every few years — go for these. You want siding that’s not only water resistant, but also resistant to nature, rotting, and insects.
Know It’s Energy Efficiency Rating
The energy rating is an important factor to consider. Each material comes with an R-value — the higher the R-value, the better thermal insulation your home will have.
Create A Budget
As with other home improvement projects, when it comes to choosing your siding, you need to plan out your budget first. Each material and factor comes with a different price point and you need to decide which is more important to spend your money on.
Which Siding Material Do You Choose?
Wood siding: Wood is the most eco-friendly and has a great natural look if that’s what you are going for. It’s easy to install and you won’t have any problems replacing it. However, it’s the more costly option of all the siding materials, between the installation and the maintenance (insects and water can easily damage it!).
Vinyl siding: The most common and inexpensive siding is vinyl. It’s used by around 30% of siding projects because of its low cost and durability. It has a warranty of 30 to 40 years, but if you live in an area of extreme weather condition, we advise against it.
Metal siding: HardiePlank brand (or Jamies Hardie) is the most popular choice for metal siding. It’s manufactured from sand, cement, and cellulose fibers — one of the toughest materials you can find for your home’s exterior. It’s also fireproof, impact resistant, and resists pests.
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