If you're remodeling your home, you may want to improve its exterior appearance by having new siding put on. If your old siding is faded, cracked in places, stained or chalky, it could be time to replace it rather than try to clean it up if it's near the end of its lifespan. Some popular options include vinyl, wood, metal, and fiber cement. Each has its advantages, so you'll want to consider the benefits of each against the maintenance requirements and costs. Here are some of the best points about each type of siding.
Vinyl siding has color applied to it when it's created so you'll never have to paint it. It has very low maintenance requirements, which is a plus if you are too busy to keep up with chores around the house. Vinyl is lightweight and durable. It won't dent, rot, or attract insects. Vinyl also comes in many colors so you have plenty of options when it comes to picking a color theme for your home.
Wood has a classic look, and it's an excellent siding material for a cabin or city home. It is long-lasting and durable as long as you care for it properly. You need to stain or paint the wood periodically, which could be a plus if you like the idea of changing the color of your home occasionally. The main benefit of wood is its attractive appearance. Wood is such a traditional and popular option that other siding materials try to mimic its look.
Metal siding has the benefit of being fire resistant, so it adds more security to your home. The siding is also very durable and although it dents, it doesn't crack, rot, or succumb to damage from insects. Metal siding can be painted occasionally so you don't have to worry about it becoming faded and ugly. You can also change the color to any shade when you want. Metal siding is made from aluminum or steel. The steel is treated to resist rust, and while it's a heavier material than aluminum, both are good choices when you want durable siding that requires little care other than washing it occasionally and painting it when necessary.
Fiber cement siding is heavy because it is made from a cement mixture that includes wood and sand. The surface is textured, so the siding looks a lot like natural wood, especially if you buy it in a natural color. However, this siding is much more durable than wood because insects won't bother it. Since it is heavy, it stands up to storms and wind. Because it's made of cement, it is fire resistant as well. Since the siding is so durable, it won't require many repairs or much maintenance. Fiber cement siding needs to be painted, but you can buy the material already painted before it's installed.
Choosing the right siding for your home is a matter of personal taste and what fits your budget. You may also want to take the architectural style of your home and its age into account since wood or fiber cement may look better on a historic home.