Siding 101

Home SidingReplacing your home’s exterior is an overwhelming project. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right type home siding, including aesthetics, performance, and longevity, not mention the natural factors to think about such as extreme weather, humidity, and temperature. Knowing about your choices and what each has to offer can help make your home siding decision easier and less daunting.

Vinyl Siding

This is the traditional siding that we all think about when we think of home siding. It comes in multiple colors and can be resistant to water, UV rays, hail, and wind. Some types of this siding are even Energy Star rated for their energy efficiency. While this is an inexpensive option, it is not the most durable, and can still dent or bend from large hail and strong winds. Vinyl siding color is permanent and cannot be repainted like some types of siding. However, it is easily maintained with hose washing.

Wood Siding

Considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices, wood siding is strong, energy efficient, and eco-friendly. However, maintenance is comparatively high for this type of siding because of hazards like mold, mildew, and rot. This siding is incredibly resistant to UV rays, hail, and wind. However, it is not fire resistant, and overly humid areas could lead to mold and mildew.

Metal Siding

Undoubtedly one of the most durable siding choices, metal can stand up to wind, water, hail, and UV rays. Metal siding is very low maintenance and doesn’t mold, mildew, or attract insects. This siding can, however, be susceptible to discoloration and rust at seams and joints.

Cement Siding

This siding is quickly growing in popularity, and with good reason. It is durable, long lasting, and low maintenance. While this siding choice is more costly than most, it is resistant to almost anything and is also low maintenance. However, it will need to be repainted and touched up as time goes on. This material can show early signs of wear in areas of high humidity, but with a protective coating, this problem is typically fixed.

Having an idea of what you want from your siding can give you an upper hand when trying to choose your home’s most beneficial type. When you have questions about the advantages of home siding or to schedule an installation, call the A-Line Roofing team at (817) 369-5960.