How to Pick the Right Siding Material for Your Home

How to Pick the Right Siding Material for Your Home

If you’re looking to renovate or update your house, the exterior features are a perfect place to start. The outside of your home is a natural area to upgrade to provide an enhanced look and value. While siding may be a significant project, with the right information, you can pick siding that fits your budget, your style, your home, and your neighborhood. Read on for all you need to select the best siding for your house.

Siding Materials We Recommend

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been popular since the 1960s, and it’s easy to see why. It’s budget-friendly, very low-maintenance, and highly versatile. Vinyl can be made into horizontal or vertical panels, shingles, and other designs to fit any architectural style desired. Vinyl siding is often warrantied for life, even if you sell your house. Vinyl can be easily installed, and you can DIY it. You will need a flat surface to mount your vinyl siding, so you’ll need a special rigid-foam board to nail your siding onto the face of your house.

Fiber Cement Siding

This option for siding has become incredibly popular, and for a good reason. Available in a variety of textures, fiber cement siding is made to look like wood. Because it is cement, homeowners are offered the benefit of a product that mimics wood but is water-resistant, termite-free, and extremely durable. Fiber cement siding is a cost-effective option ranging higher than vinyl siding but less than wood siding.

Siding Materials We Don’t Recommend

Stucco

Stucco is created by mixing a mixture of cement with sand or lime. This option is very budget-friendly, can be crafted to fit any style of house, and can be easily DIYed. Stucco can be applied straight to brick or stone, and any other surface with the aide of a metal screen and tar paper. However, as many Pennslyvania homeowners know, stucco is prone to cracks and breaks which can result in the need for expensive repairs, and for that reason it has become much less common in recent years.

Wood Siding

Wood siding can come in the form of shakes or shingles. Shakes are thicker than traditional shingles but last longer. Shingles are smoother than shakes and can be cut in shapes desired to match the architecture of a home. Both shingle and shake will need a fire-retardant to ensure safety in high fire-risk areas. Routine painting and calking must be maintained to ensure the weather will not damage your siding. Overall, wood siding is not a recommended option by our team due to the required upkeep to ensure the siding doesn’t deteriorate from exposure to the elements!

Brick Siding

Brick is extremely durable, beautiful, and low on maintenance. Like stone, brick is a more expensive choice for siding and must be installed by professionals. Once installed, however, maintenance is low and requires only the occasional washing. Brick siding is a fairly reliable siding option, but it’s organic construction means that it is very susceptible to water damage if not properly sealed, which can damage the integrity of your home’s walls. If you’re looking for a siding option that requires little maintenance, brick isn’t the best choice.

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace your team’s siding this winter, our team at Bucco’s Roofing is ready to assist! We have a wide variety of siding materials available to homeowners in need, including both fiber cement, and vinyl siding. If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s siding installation services, reach out to us today by calling us at (724) 554-6224 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!

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