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CHOOSING THE CORRECT SIDING FOR YOUR HOME!
There are a number of residential siding materials available for homeowners looking to enhance the appearance and performance of their homes. However, because siding products are not created equal, deciding the best fit for your situation can be difficult. The following siding material comparison is meant to educate and make your decision a little easier:
Siding Cost and Durability Comparisons:
Low to Moderate Cost siding:
(Lower Cost) Vinyl siding has been a popular siding choice for decades. It is "no to low maintenance" compared to most other home siding products. Low-quality vinyl siding can become brittle when cold and fade in direct sunlight. For this reason you'll want to avoid the cheapest vinyl siding products. When it comes time to choose a vinyl siding be sure to pick a siding that is considered midgrade or higher; meaning a thickness of at least .042, (siding thickness ranges from .038-.048). Another thing to consider is a rolled or double nailing lock. This will create a higher wind durability of the siding. When it comes to affordability and longevity, vinyl siding is a good combination of both.
(Moderate Cost) Vinyl Siding is also available in many styles, such as: Insulated backed, (which is a "Green" product) and can give additional R-value to your home; Cedar shake or scalloped which is designed to mimic old wood cedar without the maintenance; and Vertical siding, Boards-n-Batten or Double 5 styles.
Moderate to High Cost siding:
Fiber-cement siding is a cement based "Green" product that mimics a true wood look without the maintenance of wood. Fiber cement material cost, when compared to other home siding products, is a good balance of affordability and performance. The labor cost for this product can be substantially higher than that of a vinyl product, though. It will hold up under extreme conditions and hold onto paint for years (typically a 15 year paint warranty). This material has become a popular choice among mid to higher range residential siding materials.
Stone Veneer, though pricy, can give an enhanced look to your home. Using this different siding material as an accent on part of your home is a popular option for some homeowners.
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