Selecting the Right Siding for Your Home

The type of exteriors that you choose for your home says a lot about you. The material you use for the siding speaks of your personal tastes. The choice of siding you make also speaks of how environmentally responsible you are when your choice has a lesser environmental impact.

There are many choices: wood, stone veneer or panels, granite, fiber cement, etc. We look at the benefits of different types of siding you can use for the exterior of your home.

Structural Strength

green-sidingPicking the right kind of siding can actually enhance the structural integrity and strength as well as the longevity of a building property. The degree to which it is weather resistant will determine how long it lasts and how well it protects the interiors.

Warmth

Wood sidings are a popular choice when you want that natural warmth for your home. Not only does wood look warm and inviting, it is also able to retain warmth naturally, making it a better choice for lowering your heating bills. Cedar, which is particularly hardy and spruce are popular choices among wood sidings.

Green Construction

Quarrying is known to have significant environmental impacts and this is why many people turn to manufactured stone. This is a durable and low maintenance option that can also be eco friendly.

Weather Resistance and Longevity

Cedar wood is known to be highly weather resistant, making this a good choice for a variety of climatic conditions.

For durability and longevity, as well as resistance to pests and weather damage, fiber cement siding can be a good choice. You can have the benefit of this material looking as good as wood but having better resistance to weather and the elements. Resistance to rot and insect damage and low maintenance make this a cost effective choice.

Looks

Natural stone siding is among the best looking siding options, though many of us would swear that woods looks warmer and more attractive. This is after all a matter of personal choice and perspective. For the ideal look you need to consider not only the material used for the siding but also whether you want shingles or shakes, panels or traditional bevel and channel sidings.

Property Value

The choice of siding that you make today will have long term consequences. Not only will it decide how much effort and money is spent on maintenance, it will also decide how strong and weather resistant your interiors are. And this will inevitably impact the intrinsic value of your property. This in turn will decide how good a resale value you are able to obtain in the future.

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