Whether choosing siding for a new River Heights home or looking into new options to replace old siding, the material being used is an important choice. There are many different types of siding that all have different advantages, disadvantages, and prices, so it’s important for homeowners to do research to find the one that fits their needs best. Here are 4 different types of siding available to homeowners and what makes them good choices for homes.
1. Wood Siding
Wood siding is a very common choice among homeowners. Wood is easy to find, and contractors like working with it because it’s easy to cut, shape, and install onto the home, so it’s difficult to hire a siding specialist who doesn’t know how to work with wood. On top of that, it can last several decades if it’s properly taken care of. However, wood siding does have some negative aspects. Because it’s made of wood, insects may try to make their home beneath the wooden panels, and the presence of insects can attract birds like woodpeckers that can destroy the siding if they’re determined enough.
2. Vinyl Siding
Vinyl is a popular choice for siding because of its affordability, which makes it a go-to DIY project for many homeowners. One advantage that vinyl has that traditional siding choices like wood and brick don’t have is that vinyl can be molded and colored to look like nearly any other type of siding. This makes it great for homeowners who are trying to stick to a budget but prefer the look of other siding materials. Homeowners who choose vinyl siding will need to clean it regularly, as it has a tendency to collect mold and grime over time. But with regular maintenance and the occasional power wash, it can be a great siding choice for any home.
3. Synthetic Stone Siding
Also called stone veneer siding, synthetic stone is exactly what it sounds like. Right away, one of the most important advantages of synthetic stone is that it isn’t nearly as heavy as normal stone. Due to its weight, homes that want stone siding may have to be reinforced in order to support it safely. This is mostly easily done while building the home, and it can be very expensive to do after completion. And not only does synthetic stone not require any sort of extra support to hold it up, but it’s also much less expensive than real stones, so it allows homeowners on a budget to have the look of stone without the price tag.
4. Stucco Siding
Instead of being just a natural or synthetic material, stucco is a mix of a few different materials such as Portland cement, limestone, and sand. It’s applied to the exterior of a home with the help of a wire mesh frame to support it, and it can be textured and colored to suit the homeowner’s tastes. Stucco can potentially last a century if it’s taken care of, but it isn’t well suited to all climates. If water gets into the stucco and freezes, it can expand and break up the material, and because of this, stucco is most commonly seen in the American southwest due to the drier climate. However, stucco is often more affordable than even vinyl siding, so it can still be a good choice if properly installed.
These are just some of the different siding options available on the market for homeowners to choose. For more information on these and other types of siding, be sure to consult an expert at a local hardware store who can give advice and make suggestions.