The Benefits of Custom Siding
Like the cover of a book, the exterior of your home is the first impression that passersby have of your home. It affects your home’s curb appeal, market value, and can even impact the value of other houses in the neighborhood. Because of this, you want to keep your home’s exterior looking sharp with custom siding. If your home’s current siding needs repair or replacement, updating with custom siding can make all the difference in the world not only to the aesthetic appeal but also to the structural integrity.
What is Siding?
Siding is the outermost barrier of your home; it’s what people see when they look at your house. However, it serves another purpose aside from simple aesthetic value. Siding is the first line of defense protecting you and your home from water, temperature, and pests like insects and rodents. There are many types of siding, but all create a barrier between your home and the outside world.
Types of Siding
The best type of custom siding for your home depends on a variety of factors like durability, ease of installation, and resistance to water. While all siding types are given water resistance, some are better suited for damper climates because they require less maintenance. If you plan to install the siding yourself, you may seek an option that is easier for a do-it-yourself project.
These are the 6 most popular types of siding:
- Vinyl – Possibly the most popular siding choice because of its versatility, low cost, and easy maintenance. Vinyl siding is highly customizable to your wants and desires, and its easy install makes it a good choice for DIYers.
- Stucco – Another common custom siding for home exteriors, stucco is a mixture of sand, cement, lime, and water applied overtop a waterproof and mesh metal screen on the wood of the house. It’s commonly found on ranch, Mediterranean, and Spanish style homes. Careful application is needed to avoid cracks forming, as stucco can be rigid. If done properly, stucco, like brick, can last the lifetime of your home.
- Wood – Wood siding comes in clapboard, shakes, and shingles. It’s a good fit for bungalows, Cape Cods, and cottage exteriors. It requires periodic chalking, painting, or staining to prevent weather damage. It’s also more susceptible to insect or rodent attacks. Despite that, wood siding provides a rich look for your home and is very durable if properly maintained.
- Stone and Stone-Veneer – Using stone as a custom siding can add texture and visual complexity to the exterior of your home. Stone siding is labor intensive and can be difficult to add to existing siding, and thus its one of the most costly options. Stone-veneer is a more lightweight and inexpensive alternative. There are many color variation options available with both natural stone and stone-veneer, making it a compelling choice for those who desire uniqueness. It also offers lifetime durability if properly maintained.
- Brick – This type of siding is commonly found on English Cottage, Colonial, and Tudor style houses. It gives the home a beautiful, elegant look. Water can easily penetrate brick veneers. Thus, a protective membrane is installed between the veneer and house to protect from water damage. Installing brick is very labor intensive, so the cost can be higher. However, it’s likely to last for the entire life of the house.
- Fiber-Cement – For a lower cost, fiber-cement can offer the look of stucco, wood, or masonry. It’s highly durable, low maintenance, and termite resistant. However, it can encounter moisture-related problems.
What’s the Benefit of Custom Siding?
Custom siding is one of the most dramatic ways to change the exterior of your home. Updating your siding can give the look and feel of a whole new house, even if no interior renovations are done. New siding can increase the market value of your home. They can even make your home the standard by which other homes in your neighborhood are judged by.
There are more reasons to update your siding than the purely superficial ones, too. If your siding was done before 1994, it doesn’t meet today’s current weather resistance standards. While you may not be violating any codes, you may want to consider updating to siding that does meet today’s standards. This will protect the structural integrity of your home. Replacing your siding also ensures that any and all cracks underneath will be found and sealed, ensuring the best energy efficiency for your home.
Home Pro Remodeling has years of experience with various types of siding, no matter if you’re looking to repair or replace. View our gallery to see a sample of our work, or contact us today to schedule your free estimate!