Siding can make or break the appearance of your home. If you’re shopping for new or replacement siding, you’ll want something that sets your home apart from the rest, but also protects it for decades to come. This section covers all types siding, with a huge variety of materials, colors, and textures that will match almost any architectural style.
What are the Toughest Types of Siding?
Besides the roof, siding has the most important job fending off damaging weather elements, like torrential rains, gusting winds, and harsh sunlight. Brick and wood lap siding are traditional stalwarts. Steel, fiber-cement, vinyl, synthetic stucco, wood composites, and stone or brick veneers also protect your home quite well. You can mix materials, like adding veneer stone to wood shingles, or complementing brick with fiber cement. There are also many types of siding made for retrofitting older homes that can be installed over existing siding with little or no tear-off required.
When to Replace Your Siding
Eventually, most siding material will need to be replaced due to the effects of weather and age. This is especially true of siding materials popular during the 1960’s and 1970’s, such as hardboard and aluminum, which have an effective life span of about 20 to 30 years. Other types of materials, such as brick and wood clapboard, are known for their longevity, but do require ongoing maintenance. The most current vinyl and fiber-cement siding promises to be long-lasting.
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