When it comes to beautifying your home, and making it a great place to stay warm during the upcoming winter months, replacing your current exterior walls with siding is a great all around option. There are hundreds of different styles to choose from, but siding is relatively easy to maintain, gives your home a great curb appeal, and is surprisingly affordable. At Hudson Contractor, we specialize in helping you chose the right siding for your home. Here are a few things that we simply love about today’s siding.
Most siding types fall into a few broad categories. These include vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, brick siding, metal siding, and of course wood siding. Each one has advantages and some disadvantages. Once you know the qualities of each, it will be much easier to determine the best siding for you.
Vinyl siding is perhaps one of the most popular choices when it comes to siding, and with very good reason. If properly installed, it can last between thirty or forty years, there are tons of textural and color options, and it is one of the easiest to clean. Plus, it’s so affordable! In many cases, we can replace all the siding on a home with vinyl siding for around $3 – $5 square foot.
Of course, there are some downsides to vinyl siding as well. It’s not waterproof, only water resistant, so during those harsh New York rainstorms, you still have to keep an eye out for leaks. It also has been known to bend and crack under extreme winds or snows. Plus once you’ve chosen a color or texture, you’re stuck for the life of the siding. And finally if your home is prone to getting hit by trees or even acorns from storms or angry squirrels, be prepared to deal with the occasional dents or scratches.
Another great modern option when it comes to siding is fiber cement siding. This is a mixture of wood, sand, and cement that has some great overall benefits. The first benefit is that it looks and feels like traditional wood, without the high cost and maintenance needs that wood can sometimes have. It also comes with a class 1A fire rating standard, and is resistant to rot or decay. It also has a great variety when it comes to available finishes and textures.
However, it does cost more than vinyl siding. Sometimes it can be between two or three times as costly. It also needs regular upkeep and maintenance, including repainting it about every twelve years or so. Plus, since the color is just on the surface, any scratches or chips will need to be touched up to maintain the look you want.
A third option that many people consider is that of metal siding. Usually made from either aluminum or steel, this choice provides a great modern look, and depending on where you live and what weather you face it can be a great choice to protect your home from inclement weather. It doesn’t require much maintenance, doesn’t mold or rot, and won’t fade over time. It’s also a great option if you want to maintain an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Each panel is precisely measured and cut, so there is very little waste overall.
Of course, it does need to be properly installed, and can be a more expensive option because it can take longer to install, and needs to be sealed or painted on a regular basis to prevent rust or deterioration.
Wood siding is also a classic and popular option for many homeowners when it comes to siding. It’s lightweight, making it quick and easy to install. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly options on the market today. It’s also has one of the highest R-value ratings available. It should be noted, however that once painted or stained, it must be maintained on a regular basis, which can lead to hire maintenance costs overall. And, unlike other siding choices out there, termites love to dine on wood siding. It’s important to have it treated for outdoor use to prevent the pests from entering your home.
There are plenty of siding options available on the market today, and we can certainly help you to find the right choice for you. We are also able to deliver an unmatched services on roofing, stone works, painting services, flooring, window replacements as well as bathroom remodeling projects on your home. So if you’re considering updating your home’s exterior look, call us today. We’d be glad to hear from you.