Siding Options: Which is Right For Your Home?

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 10:45am.

Replacing Your Siding? Check Out These 4 Must-See OptionsHomes have many different parts; the roof, appliances, walls and siding. And in today's homes, home technology is also playing a larger role. However, one important part of a home is its siding.

Though the roof and other parts of a home are important, a homes siding is as well. So no matter how well a home is built or how durable the materials, parts will need to be replaced eventually, and a home’s siding is no exception. When a home’s siding begins to break down, it can allow a lot of damage to be done to the home’s structure by weather and insects, so it’s important for homeowners to make sure that it’s ready to stand up to the elements to protect the home. When it comes time to replace the siding, there’s quite a few different materials that homeowners can choose from that all have different advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most popular materials homeowners can pick from.

1. Wood Siding

Wood is the traditional option when it comes to siding, and it may be the one a homeowner thinks of first when it’s time to replace their siding. Wood can be a good option because it’s easy to cut, shape, and install it onto a home. Wood siding can also last decades if it’s properly maintained. However, one of the downsides of wood siding is that it can cost a lot, so homeowners on a budget likely will have to choose something else. Wood siding can also fall victim to woodpeckers, insects such as termites, and rot.

2. Vinyl Siding

The second type of siding homeowners tend to think of after wood is vinyl. For people who can’t afford wood, vinyl is much more budget-friendly. Vinyl can also be made in a wide variety of different textures and colors that can mimic other materials, so homeowners can pick the less expensive option without having to sacrifice their home’s aesthetic. However, while vinyl is often advertised as being maintenance-free, that isn’t quite true. Homeowners should still clean their siding regularly in order to clean off any built-up mold and grime. 

3. Brick Siding

The last of the three traditional siding options is brick. Brick siding is highly durable and requires very little maintenance because of it. Not only is brick fire resistant, but it also resists mold growth and rotting, and it’s common for brick siding to last as long as the home itself does. However, brick is very expensive when compared to most other options, and color choice is typically quite limited. Adding brick siding to a new Peachland BC home that wasn’t built with it can also require extra labor in order to ensure that it’s structurally sound in case of extreme weather and earthquakes. 

4. Engineered Wood Siding

If normal wood siding isn’t an option or a homeowner just wants a more durable alternative without sacrificing the look of wood, engineered wood siding can be a good choice. Engineered wood is made from exterior-grade resins and wood fibers that are treated to ensure they can stand up to all sorts of weather conditions. And because it’s engineered wood, homeowners can pick from a wide variety of different styles to ensure they get one that fits their home. However, engineered wood is a fairly recent invention, and because of this, it can have some unforeseen problems. One issue that has come up with engineered wood is moisture getting into the panels. 

These are just four of the different types of siding that can be found on the market for homes. For more information about these and other options, be sure to visit a local hardware store to speak with an expert who can better help choose the best option for every unique home.

Justin Havre

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