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Finding The Best Siding For Your Home: Tips From The Pros

February 5th, 2021 BY First American Roofing

When it comes to siding for your home, you have to consider many things. You want it to be functional, secure, and protective while boosting your curb appeal. There are dozens of materials and brands, and types of siding that deciding what to do can be quite overwhelming. This post should help you have a much smoother decision-making process and end up with the perfect siding for you.

Know What Benefits You Want From Your Siding

Different sidings can offer different benefits, and the more features a material offers, the more expensive it can be. So it’s important to know what you may or may not be sacrificing by going with a cheaper option and what you would be getting if you choose the premium option. Here’s a helpful checklist to determine what are absolute necessities for your siding.

  1. Durability against wind and storms.
  2. Lots of color options.
  3. Protection against leaks.
  4. Impact-resistance.
  5. Fire and insect-resistance.
  6. Affordable.
  7. Long life span.
  8. Low-maintenance.
  9. Unique curb appeal.
  10. Simple installation/replacement.
  11. A high-quality brand with good reviews.

Weigh the Pros and Cons of Different Siding Materials

Here are some pros and cons of some of the most common types of siding people install on their homes.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a prevalent choice for many homeowners as it is very economical and has endless color options for most brands.

Pros: Affordable & lots of color choices.

Cons: Lacks the durability of other, more premium materials.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is a very versatile material that is highly durable and can mimic the look of vinyl, cement, and even wood siding.

Pros: Strong against severe weather (hail damage), offers customized colors, and can last anywhere from 30-50 years.

Cons: More expensive than and requires higher maintenance than vinyl siding.

LP Smartside

LP Smartside is a super durable, engineered hardwood that often comes with a 50-year warranty. It’s much more costly than the average homeowner is willing to spend, but in the long run, it can work in your favor because it lasts over twice as long as cheaper vinyl.

Pros: Strong, and homeowners can paint over this material. (no replacement needed)

Cons: Costly.

Wood

While engineered hardwood can look very much like the real thing, real wood siding and shingles can’t be beat. The overall look of the stained wood and textured wood grain are something you can’t re-create.

Pros: Eco-friendly (recyclable), simple repairs, and can be changed often with stain or paint.

Cons: High-maintenance, needing to be re-stained or painted every few years. It’s also quite expensive both for the materials and labor.

Metal

As one of the most durable materials for siding, metal has become more and more popular, despite its high up-front cost. Metal siding and shingles are solid and resistant against the elements, including fire and insects.

Pros: Requires very little maintenance once installed. It’s also insect and fire-resistant and environmentally-friendly. It can last for over 50 years with little to no maintenance or repairs.

Cons: Can rust if installed in very wet climates, like on the coast. Lighter, cheaper metals can be prone to dents from hail or debris. Very high installation cost.

Brick

Brick is a timeless choice for siding. It’s strong, goes with most style homes, and can complement other siding. In fact, it is often installed in combination with siding, keeping the central part of the home strong and sturdy.

Pros: Low-maintenance, energy-efficient, beautiful curb appeal, and fire-resistant.

Cons: It can be more expensive than other materials and may require re-mortaring at some point, depending on its condition.

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is engineered to look like real stone but is much more lightweight, making them more affordable and easier to install.

Pros: Don’t require expertise to install. They are lightweight and affordable. It looks like the real thing!

Cons: Susceptible to leaks and moisture if they come loose. They are not made of recyclable material.

Choose the Best Color Pairings

Once you’ve decided on the type of siding you want to install, you need to choose a color! Some materials like metal and brick will be minimal with what colors you may select, but vinyl, fiber cement, wood, etc., can come with quite an array of customized colors. Not only that, but you will want to ensure the trim, gutters, and other accents of your home pair well with your siding choice. Here are some of the best color pairings for siding and trim for your home.

Dark Grey Siding – Black or dark grey roof, white or light grey trim and gutters.

Light Grey Siding – Black or dark grey roof, white trim, and gutters.

Beige Siding – Grey or brown roof, grey or white trim and gutters.

Green Siding – Brown or dark grey roof, shade of green trim, white or green gutters.

Blue Siding – Black roof, white trim, and blue or white gutters.

Red or Brown Siding – Grey or black roof, beige or white trim, and grey gutters.

When it comes time to install your new siding, we are here to help! Working with primarily LP Smartside, James Hardie, and vinyl siding, our compiled years of experience have well-equipped us to install the siding you’ve dreamed of. To help aid in your color or material choices, we can also do a fully virtual design before we ever start production. You can see your dream home come to life right before your eyes and know you are making the right choice. Contact us today for a FREE estimate!

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