Top Home Siding Types for Cost-Effectiveness

From on June 29, 2011 in Siding

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Restructuring your home siding can seem like a daunting task. Not only do you want your home to look beautiful, but you need an exterior that can withstand the elements and years of wear—without showing its age.

Luckily there are plenty of materials and options for siding. By doing some initial research and choosing the right type, then maintaining your exterior with simple steps through the years, you can have a beautiful exterior that will last for decades. Here are some of your options.

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Solid Board Siding

Wood siding has long been an obvious favorite for its beauty and uniqueness. Giving an exterior a warmer feel, wood siding looks to nature and more organic elements. Made mostly from those wonderful cedar and redwood trees, wood siding offers strength and durability as well as quaint aesthetics. Be aware that any wood siding should be properly maintained to avoid any cracking, warping, or tree-loving termites. This means simple basic upkeep through the years, such as painting ever 3-5 years and sealing properly before and after installation. The cost is widely dependent upon the specific materials chosen, as well as the cost of installation. To get you started on the right foot, it’s best to talk to a contractor about how to install and maintain this option. Solid board siding is a great alternative to solid wood siding—and you can expect that, with proper care, solid board wood siding can last from 30 years to the life of the home. That’s sustainability.

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Shingle Siding

Offering an equally warm and charming curb appeal, shingle siding adds a look of quality and uniqueness. The drawback of shingle siding is its comparative susceptibility to rotting, splintering, and losing color over time. Simple upkeep and proper treatment can help prevent and remedy the natural aging process of wood. Staining and treating the wood can help as well, and the good news is that each shingle is one piece in the whole puzzle, and can be replaced individually with ease. Cleaning requires a simple low-setting power washer spray. Heat and humidity can lower the life expectancy of this choice, but if properly maintained, the siding can still last up to 40 years. Shingles generally cost around $4 to $7 per square foot, and can range slightly in quality.

Brick and Stone Veneer Siding

There are of course non-wood options, such as aluminum and fiber cement—and brick and stone veneer. Without having to actually construct a home with brick and stone, you can have the realistic look for less. In fact, this siding type looks so realistic that usually only industry experts inspecting closely can tell the difference. Less expensive, of course, than the full materials, this siding runs from around $11 to $15 per square foot. However, brick and stone veneer can be a difficult siding in extremely humid climates, since installation leaves a gap between the two exterior walls for moisture to get trapped in. And because it’s porous, extreme and extensive rainwater can also eventually seep between the brick and mortar. However, brick and stone veneer is a comparatively durable siding option, and can protect a home from damages such as fire better than other materials.

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