Going Through Different Siding Options

As the temperature dips, homeowners start to realize just how well insulated their home is when bills arrive.  Sometimes it could be the temperature has fallen dramatically for an extended period, leaving your thermostat virtually merciless to take a break.  Although, in reality, a home’s ability to regulate temperatures better than others could be because one’s vinyl siding installations are more capable, durable and modernized.

By that, I mean to say there are numerous siding options out there for homeowners to consider, and the main benefit of revamping your home’s exterior defense isn’t purely cosmetic, but a sound, energy efficient investment for the long haul.

Rather than dwell on the obvious cost-effective benefits of siding, let’s look at a couple examples for homeowners to mull over.

Wood Siding: Generally, this type of siding tends to be the oldest form of all of them.  It might not be modern and more or less is a favorite among keeping the rustic feeling of antique homes.  Benefits of wood siding can be the aesthetic appeal of keeping your home’s exterior looking vintage.  Downside, you’ll spend a good amount of time on maintenance, keeping certain corners from chipping, warping or deteriorating over time.

Aluminum Siding:  Relatively low maintenance compared to wood siding, aluminum siding’s popularity has sort of taken a back seat to vinyl siding, but that’s not to say it’s not still used.  Aluminum siding is wallet-friendly and holds up pretty well.  A few minor downsides might be that denting could occur more frequently, whether through weather or other causes.  Repairs aren’t that difficult, but one suggestion would be to prime every replacement board before being repainted.

Vinyl Siding:  As referenced above, vinyl siding’s popularity has surged for a number of reasons.  It’s essentially a mirror to wooden siding for appearances sake because of the specific composite boards it’s made from.  This means dents or scratches are less noticeable, and if there was ever a reason to replace this durable form of siding, the process is a relatively smooth affair.  The lifespan of vinyl siding can be anywhere from 15 to 20 years for a home.

Seamless Steel:  Great for the homeowner who loves a strong defense in their siding, steel siding provides the home with very sturdy material, doesn’t bulge up when temperatures fluctuate.  Also, the steel is very resistant against fire and maintenance worries are few and far between.


And that’s just a taste (albeit a rather significant one) of the various forms of siding out there to choose from.  It’s a familiar extension for many home improvement ideas and for all intents and purposes, can bring peace of mind to homeowners and put less of a squeeze on the wallet year-round.


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