What sort of home siding options do I have?

Now that you've decided you'd like to replace your home siding, familiarize yourself with the basics in siding options.
One of the most defining aspects of your home is its siding.

With it you can really create a unique and special look that matches the character of your home and your lifestyle. There are lots of home siding styles available today - all ranging in price, durability, life expectancy, and upkeep. Although selecting the best fit can be intimidating, a brief overview of some of the siding options can help you get started:

Stone Siding - Stone is a very sturdy and dependable choice. It's an ancient material - highly weather resistant and at the same time, very low maintenance. It gives off a classic look and timeless feel, but it's likely your most expensive option.

Brick Siding - Brick is also a very long-lasting type of house siding. If maintained every 25 years or so, it will stand for hundreds. Brick is made of fired clay. It's waterproof and comes in many different styles and colors. The price of brick can be costly, but you'll get your return in the durability of the material.

Stucco Siding - Stucco is basically a type of cement. It has been used for centuries and is very dependable. It's sturdy and fairly weather resistant, but it can crack and fade over time.

Wood Clapboard Siding - Wood siding is also an old, but dependable, method. It is classically beautiful, but requires the regular upkeep of caulking, sanding, and painting. Water and insects can damage it. However, when it's properly maintained, it can last for hundreds of years. Costs will vary between wood types, but in general, wood clapboard is a moderate option.

Cedar Shingle Siding - Cedar shingles, sometimes called shakes, have a rustic look that is often used with mountain or lakefront homes. The shakes are usually stained with an earth-tone color and are a great alternative to the high maintenance of wood clapboard.

Aluminum Siding - Aluminum siding was the leading alternative to wood clapboard for several decades, starting in the 1950's. It's very moderately priced and fireproof, but it's prone to chalking and fading, and it dents easily.

Vinyl Siding - Vinyl siding is also a lower-cost alternative. It requires less maintenance than aluminum siding and keeps its color over time, but it has a tendency to crack and need repair.

Seamless Steel Siding - Seamless steel siding is very sturdy and weather resistant. It can recreate a wood-like texture or maintain the original industrial steel look. Seamless steel siding is a low-maintenance and moderately priced choice.

Cement Fiber Siding - Cement fiber siding is very durable, and very low maintenance. It can almost identically emulate a natural wood grain or cedar shake, yet is not susceptible to the water and insect damage of natural wood. For these reasons, it is a moderate- to high-cost option.

Now you can look more deeply into whichever options fit the needs of you and your home. As you narrow down your decisions, you can find professional siding contractors in your area on Kudzu.com.

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