When was the last time you took a good look at your home’s siding? Chances are it’s been a while. Today we are taking a dip into home siding! Your home’s siding is important because it protects the integrity and durability of your home’s frame, walls, and consequently, your roof. For this reason, it’s important to inspect your siding frequently. If your siding is damaged or has deep gouges or missing pieces, it may be time for some repairs or a complete overhaul. Trust us—this is something you’ll not want to wait to take care of; siding is an investment for protecting your home now and in the future.
When it comes to siding, the options available on the market have changed dramatically in just the last ten years alone; we have more choices now than ever before. Siding comes in an array of finishes, textures, colors and prices. Some siding fares better than others when it comes to extreme weather conditions and longevity, while other options are more budget friendly.
While vinyl siding has been around since the 1950s, it is still a popular choice today given its wallet-friendly price point as well as the availability of color and texture options. Vinyl siding has come a long way since the 1950s. With increased durability and wood-like texture options, vinyl is here to stay. Many homeowners also favor vinyl siding as a great go-to DIY option. Some of the advantages of this well-known home siding material include:
Some vinyl siding can also be painted when it does begin to fade, resulting in a low-cost way to freshen up the exterior of your home.
Materials and workmanship have definitely improved over the years as we have said before, but as we all know, there is no such thing as a perfect product and the use of vinyl siding does not come without a few downfalls. Some of the disadvantages to using vinyl siding include:
end options, making it a waste of plastic that has the potential to end up in our oceans, rivers and landfills.
Wooden siding is quite popular on the East Coast where sand and salt is a concern for many homeowners. This is because it can take a beating and still look great; it is also the easiest to repair. Wooden siding can be stained or painted and is cost efficient. Some popular choices for wooden siding are cedar and redwood. Other reasons to love wooden siding include:
In addition to being one of the most expensive options, the disadvantages to using wooden siding on your home include:
Popular in California and other southwestern states, stucco is a great low-cost siding option. But unlike vinyl, stucco siding is a bit more challenging where application is considered. Stucco has great insulating qualities with a great finish and clean lines; other advantages include:
While stucco can really look great when used on the outside of the home, the application is quite difficult and is best left to a professional. Stucco works best when applied to a textured surface, so your home may not be ready to accept stucco; there is a lot of prep required before application can occur. Disadvantages to using stucco as siding on your home includes:
Fiber cement siding is really the best option when comparing the current siding options on the market. It looks great and is reliable and long-lasting. This product comes in many different color options and can be painted as well.
Fiber cement siding is made from a blend of materials making it the best choice for your home’s siding. More commonly known as Sierra Premium Shake, fiber cement siding is made from cement, ash, recycled rejects, and wood fiber making it quite environmentally friendly. There are many features and benefits to get excited about when discussing fiber cement siding, including:
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The main disadvantage to fiber cement siding is that it isn’t cheap. However, most homeowners find that after purchasing fiber cement siding for their homes, little maintenance is required; most often maintenance doesn’t need to occur until around year 15 or so. Purchasing high-quality siding for your home will increase its value overtime and save you a bundle of money in the long run. The durability and beauty of our Sierra Premium Shake product makes purchasing fiber cement a no-brainer.
At Webfoot Painting we’re homeowners too; we want the best for our families and community. If you’re ready to take on a new siding project, we are happy to help lead the way. We are experts in carpentry, interior and exterior paint and design, flooring and cabinetry. Let us help you make your home siding dreams come true. Visit us on the web to get a free, contactless quote, or give us a ring. We love hearing from our customers and can help answer any questions you might have about siding or any other home improvement project.