If you are getting ready to re-side your home, it’s important that you take the time to explore your options regarding siding. Factors that need to be considered include cost, material, durability, functionality, and appearance. Your preferences regarding these options will help you narrow down your choice and determine which type of siding is best suited for your home.
Siding is considered to be a major home improvement for your home’s exterior. Not only does siding protect your walls from moisture, but it also helps insulate your home. New siding will also improve the overall appearance of your home and increase curb appeal, increasing the value of your home.
If you plan to move in the next few years having new siding installed will increase the value of your home and greatly impact potential buyer’s willingness to make an offer on your home. Potential buyers are unlikely going to want to take on a project like siding after buying a new home.
Homeowners have many different options available to them when it comes to siding. Our team of experts at Unified Home Remodeling are here to help guide you through this process and find the best siding for your home.
Here’s what you need to know about your options regarding new siding for your home.
Vinyl is the most popular siding material among homeowners, this is largely because it is affordable, easy to maintain, and very versatile coming in a variety of colors and textures. Vinyl siding can even mimic the look of wood and stone giving your home a completely new look at a fraction of the cost.
Many homeowners choose vinyl siding because it will help reduce heating and cooling energy costs by providing excellent insulation for your home. Vinyl siding requires little upkeep, and dirt can easily be washed off using a hose or power washer. This type of siding does not show minor scratches or nicks making it an appealing choice for many homeowners. Another perk of vinyl siding is that it is easy to work with or replace in the event a piece of siding becomes damaged.
There are some cons to consider when it comes to vinyl siding, such as the fact that it is pre-colored. While this prevents the obvious appearance of minor damage, it cannot be painted which means if you want to change the color of your home, you will need to replace the siding entirely. Some homeowners also dislike the visible seams on vinyl siding, which may be a factor for you to consider if you prefer a cleaner look. However, vinyl siding comes in multiple lengths to limit the amount of seams that are visible.
Another downside to vinyl siding is the fact that it is not the most sustainable product and can last for many years in a landfill. If choosing green products is very important to you, you may want to look at different materials for your siding.
Fiber-cement siding is a great option for homeowners as it offers many pros. This siding is made from a mix of water, cement, wood pulp and fly ash and can also mimic a variety of materials such as wood clapboard, masonry, stucco, shingles, and more. Homeowners can choose from a variety of designs and finishes, and unlike vinyl siding, fiber-cement is able to be painted a different color in the future.
Fiber cement siding is extremely durable, more so than vinyl and wood siding – and requires little to no maintenance. It is very sustainable and the material can even be repurposed later making this an ideal option for those concerned with choosing green materials.
Other pros of fiber cement siding include the fact that it is resistant to expanding or contracting with temperature changes which means caulking and paint will hold up better. The material is also resistant to fire, rot, and insects.
The biggest downside to fiber cement siding is that it is not as cost-efficient as vinyl siding, however in the long run for many homeowners it may be a better option despite the higher price tag.
Wood is another very common choice when it comes to siding material, it has a classic appearance making it very appealing to homeowners and is also a very green choice since it is made of natural materials.
The downside to using a natural material like wood siding is that it will also deteriorate quicker than other siding types, and won’t be as durable over time. The durability of wood siding is extremely dependent on how well you maintain and care for it. Care for wood siding include staining, painting, chalking, and applying clear finishes periodically to ensure it is sealed and well-kept. Wood is also susceptible to insect damage and even rodent damage so you will need to keep an eye on this as well.
The biggest pro to using wood siding is the appearance. As mentioned previously, wood has a very classic, high-quality look to it and offers many options to homeowners in regard to what species of wood they can choose. By choosing high-quality wood homeowners can simply seal the wood with a transparent seal or stain and allow the wood to really shine. Wood can be costly though, so this must be taken into consideration along with the cost of maintaining this type of siding.
At Unified we work with multiple siding brands for your new siding installation. Generally, we recommend our customers to the following brands:
The CertainTeed line of products provides countless options for homeowners to create their dream home and offer many different options when it comes to vinyl siding.
Cedar Impressions is a product of CertainTeed that offers the most authentic wood look in the industry while providing a performance better than wood can offer.
Alside’s low-maintenance residential vinyl siding offers homeowners’ great performance and a high-quality appearance. Their products deliver the appearance of wood without the costly, time-consuming maintenance wood normally requires.
James Hardie is leader in fiber cement siding providing homeowners with high quality siding products and accessories.
Maibec is known for the durability of their siding products as well as their high quality finishes that are available in a wide variety of colors.
TandoStone siding is made of durable composite panels that both look and feel like a real dry stacked stone, while their TandoShake siding offers homeowners a broad range of styles and design that will improve the look of your home and boost curb appeal.
The high-quality siding from Royal Building is offered in a variety of color and style combinations and will help add curb appeal to your home.
Shopping for new siding for your home doesn’t have to be stressful. Our team is the leading siding contractor company in New York and our team of experts will work with you to make sure you choose siding that you love and will be right for your home.
Our team will assist you by walking you through every detail you need to consider and find siding that meets your style, budget, and maintenance preferences. Contact us today and receive a Free Estimate, and we will help you select the right new siding for your home. Call us today at (888) 631-2131 or contact us online.