July 27, 2015 Guest Post
There are several variables to consider when you are choosing a new siding for your home: price, installation, water-resistance, energy efficiency, appearance, and durability. The best siding for your home depends greatly on where you live and what your preferences are. However, choosing siding for your home does not have to be a difficult task. Below is an overview of the different types of siding you may consider for your home.
Stucco is a house siding option that is available at a reasonable price. Stucco is an extremely versatile substance as it can be used for a variety of applications and there are many ways to make it, with its traditional components being cement mixed with sand or lime. When color is added to the mixture, it becomes homogeneous; diminishing the necessity for future repaints. Stucco can be shaped and textured to achieve different styles.
Wood siding provides a natural and timeless, beautiful aesthetic to any home. Wood siding is available in many different types of wood, colors, and styles. The common types of wood siding styles include rectangular planks, clapboard, shingles, plywood, shakes, and solid wood. A huge advantage to wood siding is its insulating properties; it does a great job of keeping a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, saving the homeowner money on energy expenses. Wood is an eco-friendly option for siding not only because it saves on energy, but also as it is a renewable resource and is biodegradable.
Hardie Board Siding
Hardie board siding is made from fiber cement, or a cement mixed with sand, water, and cellulose wood fibers. Hardie board siding gives the beautiful appearance of wood siding while being far more resistant to rot and insects. It is also much more durable than wood siding. Hardie products come in many colors and styles, such as vertical reversed board, horizontal board, and shingles.
Brick siding is often chosen only for its beautiful aesthetic, but it happens to serve many functional purposes as well. The unique insulation properties of brick siding provide a perpetual stabilization of temperature within the home, lessening energy expenses in the future. Homes with brick siding sometimes have problems with drainage; otherwise, they are easy to maintain as they only call for an occasional washing using a hose. Brick siding is extremely durable and should normally last as long as your home.
When durability and weather resistance are top priorities, stone siding is the way to go. Stone siding is the most durable and weather resistant option of all siding types. However, it is important to note that stone siding often has the most expensive initial installation cost. Stone siding will benefit you financially in the long run as it will not get damaged through most weather conditions or with time. It also increases the value of your home. Finally, stone siding has insulating properties that will lessen future energy costs.
This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman. He loves sharing his knowledge of home improvement though blogging. He recommends contacting home exterior systems when it comes to installing the siding you decide. Don’t hesitate to call them for a quote or with any questions you may have.