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How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

Before deciding on a siding material, consider the climate and style of your home. For example, if you live in an area that experiences frequent heavy rains, you may want to opt for stucco. This type of siding is incredibly durable and water resistant. It also requires less maintenance than other types of siding and reduces energy costs. In addition, stone veneer is a lightweight, affordable choice, but it does not offer the same environmental benefits as steel or stucco. Wood-look siding can be another cost-effective option, but be careful not to install it if you live in a region that experiences extreme temperatures.

There are several types of siding available for your home, including vinyl, aluminum, wood, and fiber cement. Vinyl comes in low-grade, mid-grade, and premium grades. If you’re not sure what kind of siding is right for you, talk to an expert. He or she can help you make a decision that is perfect for your home’s style and budget. This type of siding is great for homes with a traditional or colonial style. To create a dramatic effect, combine horizontal lap siding with a painted brick base. Then, combine it with a red brick stairway and edging for an eye-catching visual.

A poorly-installed or unattractive siding can result in water damage. When siding isn’t interlocked properly, it can allow water to seep in and cause discoloration. Water can also cause damage to the underlying structure. Water damage can even extend to the interior of your home. Moisture can seep through exterior walls, affecting the drywall and insulation inside. If you don’t repair the siding properly, it will begin to rot and require costly renovations.

If you decide to install siding yourself, you can choose vinyl. Vinyl siding doesn’t need much maintenance, but it doesn’t look as good as the original. Vinyl siding isn’t painted or stained, and new vinyl won’t match faded siding that’s decades old. Vinyl siding also can’t be concealed, so if you want to hide it, you’ll need to get a new one to match the original. It’s often cheaper and easier to install than heavier materials like wood or vinyl.

Metal siding is one of the more expensive types of siding, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Steel and aluminum sidings both rust, so proper maintenance is necessary. But metal siding can also be very durable and resistant to damage. Besides, metal sidings are recyclable. Wood siding will require some maintenance. Once you’ve installed it, you’ll be glad you did. In the long run, you’ll save on energy costs.

Shingles, also known as shakes, are lightweight, thin wood pieces. Similar to shingles, they differ in texture and shape. Cedar siding comes in two finishes – split off shingles or sawn smooth on both sides. Clapboard, which is also known as bevel, lap, or weatherboarding, is made of long thin boards. Its installation method is similar to that of plywood, but it is more expensive. James Hardie suggests blind nailing, but face nailing may be necessary in some situations.

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