Choosing the Right Siding

by | Jul 7, 2017 | Construction & Maintenance

Choosing siding may seem like a straight-forward decision, but you may be surprised to find that there are a variety of options for house siding. Over the years, these options have changed considerably. For example, asbestos siding is no longer used due to health concerns. Today when talking to a San Antonio siding contractor, they will likely give you the choice between materials such as wood, aluminum, steel, vinyl, or even cement fiber.

Wood Siding

Wood has an antique-y charm to it, and can be found on many historical homes today. While it offers a pleasant aesthetic, it is also high-maintenance, as wood rots and needs to be replaced more often than other types of siding.

Aluminum and Steel Siding

Aluminum and steel siding is often used as a retrofit siding over damaged wood. It is durable, but the colors fade over time. It also dents easily and can be noisy.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is both low-cost and low-maintenance. It is used in new construction, or as a retrofit and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Making sure the siding is properly installed is essential to prevent warping and buckling. Impacts such as a baseball hitting it can crack the material in cold climates.

Cement Fiber Siding

Cement fiber siding is made from recyclable materials, making it the perfect environmental choice, and is one of the most durable options available today. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, some of which mimic wood grain in a way that makes it undistinguishable from the real thing. Most cement fiber siding comes with a warranty of 25-50 years. It is low-maintenance, but at the high end of the cost spectrum when it comes to house siding.

Whether you are looking for the cheapest siding available, or the longest lasting material on the market, proper research into each material will result in the most sound investment when it comes to your home.

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