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Comparing Different Types of Siding

Jul 17, 2017

When your home is in need of new siding, you must decide what type of siding is right for your needs. There are many different siding options, each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks, and you will need to decide which one will meet your family’s needs well. At Southernwood Roofing & Siding, we want you to understand all of your options. Here are some of our most popular siding types for you to consider.

1. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the leading type of siding chosen for new home siding options. It is durable, comes in a large range of colors, and it’s fairly low cost to install. This combination makes it popular among those who are looking to save money and want a long-term siding solution.

Vinyl is a durable siding option that lasts for 30-40 years, typically with a warranty. It can be made to look like wood while still offering the durability of vinyl, and it’s easy to clean with a power washer and water only. You can get insulation with your vinyl siding if energy efficiency and warmth is a concern for your home.

One drawback of vinyl siding is the fact that it can’t be painted, so you can’t change the color of your house. It can also be dented by impact, and can warp or bend under extreme weather conditions.

2. Metal Siding

Metal siding gives your home a unique look, and it’s often used in modern styled homes for that reason. It’s also resistant to damage from salt in the air, making it a popular choice in coastal areas. It’s low maintenance, doesn’t fade, and offers an eco-friendly siding solution. It also cannot create a home for insects.

However, if metal siding isn’t properly finished, it will rust. It also has a distinct look, so it needs the right home exterior to look right. It can be dented with impact and is more prone to fading than other siding options.

3. Wood Siding

Wood provides a naturally beautiful look to your home. It comes in many different tones and patterns, so you can have a unique look to your home that makes it stand out. With wood siding, you can easily replace damaged portions without having to re-side the entire home, and it’s the most eco-friendly option out there. It is more insulating than other siding options too, and is easy to install. Wood is quite vulnerable to insect and water damage, however.

4. Brick Siding

Brick is a siding option that is timeless, both in its look and in its durability. Brick siding can last a century or longer. It weathers well, never needs painted, doesn’t succumb to insects, and is fire proof, bringing a discount on home insurance. However, it’s the most expensive option out there, and once you pick a color you can’t change it.

5. Fiber Cement Siding

Finally, fiber cement siding is a popular option. This siding mixes wood fibers, sand, and cement to provide a durable siding option. It looks and feels like wood without being prone to insects or decay. It’s also fire resistant and the color will last for up to 15 years with minimal maintenance.

Cement siding is quite heavy, so it requires professional siding. It’s more costly than vinyl without many more benefits, other than aesthetics. It will require repainting every 12 to 15 years.

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Are you still wondering which siding option is right for you? Talk to the experts at Southernwood Roofing & Siding by calling 301.934.0043 , or contact us online to learn more about our siding options.

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