There are many important decisions to make regarding materials when building or renovating your home, but not many are as important as selecting the siding. Siding affects the exterior look of your entire home and is also the first line of defense against the elements, making it a crucial part of the wall assembly. As a result, it is imperative to research your options thoroughly before you make a decision. Our siding experts from Cornerstone Construction have put together a few important considerations for you to reflect upon prior to making a decision about your new home exterior choice.
Which Siding Works Best for Your Home?
Each home has its own specific needs. Here are some of the main things to consider:
- Versatility: Will this type of siding work with the varied needs of your home? Are areas of your home’s exterior going to present challenges when working with a certain type of siding? If so, it’s important to understand if there will be added costs and necessary adjustments.
- Durability: Does the siding work throughout every season in your climate? How does it handle extreme winds and temperatures?
- Water Resistance: How water-resistant is the material you are considering? This is an important consideration when evaluating natural versus synthetic materials as it can significantly affect longevity.
- Energy Efficiency: It’s important to check the siding’s R-value rating for energy savings.
- Appearance: Siding can make or break the appearance of your home. Choose a siding that you’ll look forward to seeing every day for a long time, as you are coming in and out.
Popular Siding Options
Vinyl is the most popular siding material used on homes over the past 25 years and for good reason. Vinyl does not need painting, is moisture resistant, and impervious to insects. It’s even available as an insulated product for added energy efficiency. Long gone are the days of traditional vinyl siding panels. Vinyl can now be made in a variety of textures and shapes even mimicking cedar shakes and board-and-batten siding.
Consumers and builders alike love it because it’s attractive, affordable and easy to install. Most importantly homeowners like you choose it because it’s affordable, low maintenance and seems to last forever. The limited downsides are that vinyl siding can be easily dented and it’s not easy to replace individual panels.
Before settling on vinyl, our team at Cornerstone Construction will help you consider your style preference and architecture when selecting the best siding for your home.
Revered for its natural beauty, wood is an environmentally friendly choice that can last decades with dedicated maintenance. It is customizable as it can be painted or stained to almost any color. The downside is it is much higher maintenance than other options and this can add up not only in terms of monetary costs, but also in time spent maintaining it. Clear finishes should really be reapplied every two years, semi-transparent stains every three years, and paints every five years. Additionally, without regular maintenance, wood can rot, warp, and twist, allowing water to damage the integrity of the home. Wood is also the preferred snack of termites, so you will likely need a contract for an annual pest-control program.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is a composite product constructed of wood fibers and exterior-grade resins that is about half the price of traditional wood siding. It is available in many styles, and is primed for paint or comes with a factory finish. A huge benefit of engineered wood siding versus traditional wood siding is it is termite resistant. Additionally, newer varieties are now backed with warranties, increased research and development, and claims of more durability and longevity.
Hardie siding is a fiber-cement siding product pioneered in the mid-1980’s engineered to mimic the appearance of wood lap boards, wood shake or cedar shingles. It has some significant benefits that wood cannot compete with including fire resistance, insect resistance, and weather durability. The downside is that Hardie siding is significantly more expensive than vinyl and very heavy resulting in higher material, labor and installation costs. Some will argue that these costs are offset by longer warranty periods, lower insurance premiums and less maintenance than other siding alternatives.
Count on Cornerstone Construction
As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to make when choosing the right siding for your home. Ultimately, the best choice will be one that functions well in your climate, is aesthetically pleasing, and meets your budget.
When choosing a siding contractor, make sure you hire a company that is:
- Familiar with a wide range of materials
- Properly licensed by their state to perform construction services
- Adequately insured so you can relax knowing that you’re covered
- Known for having a great reputation for providing quality construction services in your community
- Up to date with the latest technology and practices, ensuring the highest quality installation
If your old siding is sound, Cornerstone Construction can install the new siding on top of it. But rotted wood siding needs to be replaced and the wall behind it checked for damage. If damaged, we’ll help you save tens of thousands of dollars in structural repairs that could pop up later on.
No matter the material you select for your siding or any challenges we confront on installation, the best decision you can make right now is to call the experienced professionals at Cornerstone Construction to help you get started on a beautiful home exterior makeover. Think hard about your specific needs, investigate the alternatives and consult a professional contractor like those at Cornerstone Construction to guide you through the process. Call us today for a consultation, and we’ll be happy to show you examples of our stunning work, and provide you with references from some of your neighbors.