Choosing new siding for your house is a big decision because you'll have to live with the siding for years to come. The first step is deciding on the siding material you like best. Your siding contractor can also help you choose the best siding for your home's architecture and neighborhood. Here are some possible options.
Affordable Siding Options
If price is a major consideration, then aluminum or vinyl siding could be good choices. These are popular with homeowners because they are durable and affordable. Choosing between the two is a matter of which look you like best because they both require very little maintenance. Aluminum has the potential to dent when struck with enough force and vinyl has the potential to melt or crack in extreme temperatures. Repairs are easy since it just requires replacing the damaged panel. They are both lightweight and easy to install which helps keep costs low.
Classic Wood Appearance
You can buy different types of siding made to look like wood. All it requires is the right color and a surface texture applied that looks like wood grain. While vinyl and fiber cement siding can mimic wood and provide the benefit of less maintenance, they don't look exactly like wood up close. If you want the classic look of wood siding, you can choose wood boards, logs, or shingles. If you want the look of wood without as much maintenance, then you can choose engineered wood that is made from real wood so it looks natural. However, engineered wood is less expensive, more durable, and needs less maintenance.
Stone And Brick Options
Stone is another good siding material to consider. Stone and brick are among the most expensive siding materials and the labor costs to install them can be higher too since they require special skills to install. However, brick and stone are very durable and usually require very little maintenance. If you love the look of stone, but can't afford it, you may want a stone veneer applied instead. It costs much less, but it is also much less durable and won't last nearly as long.
Unique Siding Designs
If you want something unique for your home, you may want to change the way the siding is installed or choose a unique building material such as metal treated so the surface layer rusts. You could have metal or wood siding installed with vertical rather than horizontal panels for a distinctive appearance. Steel panels allowed to oxidize, or covering part of your home with copper metal siding, would give your home a unique appearance and might work well with a modern architectural design.
When choosing the right siding, you'll want to consider how much maintenance it will require and how it will impact the value of your home. Your siding contractor can discuss the pros and cons of each choice you're considering so you can make the best decision for your home's style and your budget.