You buy a house because you like it and probably don’t think much about how you can make the exterior more appealing. There are, however, siding options available so you can upgrade the home. You can maintain the exterior appeal you first fell in love with, or you can make it better. It’s all about knowing what you can and can’t do along with how it can be done and why you should.
Metal siding is a traditional favorite due to its rugged durability, inexpensive price, and resistance against weather. Metal siding maintains a low price point for both the material cost and the labor expense as it is fairly simple to install. The initial color of the siding will last for years, and can be painted when it eventually fades. If you’re looking to get the most “bang for your buck” metal siding may be an option you want to consider.
Vinyl siding has the flexibility to cover any home exterior with a minimal of prep work. Like metal siding, vinyl is a relatively simple installation process. Each piece aligns itself to the last piece and the fastening system allows every layer to hook together and be secured with nails into the wall. Vinyl siding requires no further maintenance than an occasional cleaning, which is typically done with a pressure washer but can be done by hand with a garden hose in a pinch. Like any material on Earth, vinyl eventually wears out, but it probably won’t happen within the lifetime of the person who has it installed.
Cedar is a beautiful wood with a natural resistance to weather and insects. It’s unfortunate that cedar siding requires regular maintenance and upkeep, but the value it adds to your home is well worth the effort. Depending on the climate and weather conditions where you live, cedar siding may require re-sealing every few years or every ten years. The upside to cedar is how gorgeous the outside of your home will remain if the siding is properly cared for.
Ultimately, the decision rests with you, the homeowner. A professional contractor who specializes in siding will listen to what you want and need and provide practical advice as to what may work best for your situation. Be sure to explain realistically what you expect from your new siding and your contractor will exceed the expectations you may have thought you had.