Want to Redo Your Home’s Siding? You Have Options to Make It Look Great
If you own your own home, you may be considering redoing the siding. If the siding on your home is worn out or old, it can detract about 10% from the value of your home. The good news is that you have a lot of siding options for your home.
Option 1: Vinyl Siding. This is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your home. It is also easy to maintain and is the most popular of the different siding options that you can select. This is also one of the more versatile of the types of house siding. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, which is part of why it is so popular in American homes. It also has a great return on investment. The average return on investment is almost 82%. Because it is easy to install, many homeowners opt to do their homes themselves though you can hire siding contractors to handle it for you. If you are considering doing a siding installation yourself, remember you may end up spending more money than if you hire professionals to do it.
Option 2: Brick Siding. Brick siding is one of the oldest and most pretty siding options around. It is most often used on Tudor, English and Colonial homes. Fired clay bricks can be made in a wide number of styles, colors and textures. Brick siding most often uses a veneer type of brick structure. To protect the home from moisture that can penetrate the brick siding, siding contractors will install a protective membrane between the brick layer and the wood on the home itself. If this is done correctly, your brick siding can outlast the house itself. This kind of siding does cost more than other kinds of siding because it is harder to install, but the end result can really be beautiful.
Option 3: Wood Siding. Wood siding is one of the more durable siding options that is available. The only catch to that is that it needs to be properly maintained. From time to time you need to paint or stain it to keep it safe from the elements such as rain. Wood siding can have a more rich look to it but it is vulnerable to damage from rain and wind. It is also prone to problems from rodents and insects. This means, if you have wood siding put in, its lifespan can vary tremendously. It can last you one decade or it can last a century. A lot of that depends on you. This kind of siding is most often used on homes styled in the Cape Cod style of home and on cottages or bungalows. There are several ways this can be installed. When you are pricing out different siding options, remember that the cost of the wood siding does not include what you will have to spend for maintenance to keep it looking great.
Option 4: Fiber Cement. This kind of siding can mimic a number of other siding options. Fiber cement can look like wood, stucco or masonry. It is very low maintenance and is resistant to termites and fires. It is also very versatile in terms of the colors, styles and textures.
Option 5: Stucco Siding. The materials that go into traditional stucco siding include Portland cement, building sand, water and lime. Sider contractors apply a barrier that is waterproof to the home and then the stucco siding over that. This is often used in Spanish-mission type homes as well as those with a Mediterranean look or on ranch homes. It can last as long as your home.
Option 6: Stone Siding. Stone (or stone veneer) siding can be one of the more pretty of the siding options. The installation of this kind of siding is more challenging than the other kinds but can be worth it. Stone veneer is easier to install and looks a lot like the real thing. It can also last as long as your home.
You can work with your siding company to find the best siding options for your home. This can make it nicer to live in and easier to sell.