How do I Choose the Best Siding Materials?

Felicia Dye

There are many types of siding materials, such as stucco, brick, and vinyl. Each can drastically affect the appearance of the house, and in many cases can also affect your home’s value. Knowing that this is an important choice, you should consider several factors before you make your final decision. To begin with, consider how the exterior siding will look, how long it will last, and how much maintenance will be required. Once you have done this, you can begin to think of the price and who will do the installation.

After installing vinyl siding, little maintenance is required.
After installing vinyl siding, little maintenance is required.

Before you purchase any siding materials, it is a good idea to have at least a rough estimate of when you plan to make such a purchase again. The reason you need to consider this is because all siding does not have the same lifespan. Wood, for example, is considered one of the better options when durability is the primary concern.

Stucco siding has a particular appearance.
Stucco siding has a particular appearance.

Where your home is located may affect the siding materials you choose. If you live in a place where very hot or cold temperatures are common, it is advisable to either purchase insulated siding or to purchase insulation separately. Doing so will help to reduce your energy costs. If you live in a place with moderate temperatures, you may not have to worry about insulation.

You need to consider how much time you have for maintenance. Vinyl siding is an example of an option that is well suited for an individual who does not want to do much after the siding is installed. There are some siding materials, however, that may require more work than a person wishes to devote.

Before you buy anything, decide who is going to do the installation. There are some siding materials that a homeowner who is accustomed to do-it-yourself projects can likely install. There are some materials, however, that will require a professional, and it is advisable to choose a professional who has a significant amount of experience installing those types of products.

At some point, price is likely to become a factor in your decision. If you notice most new to fairly new homes are covered with a particular material, such as vinyl siding, it is probably because that is one of the cheapest options. Instead of allowing your decision to be influenced solely by the cost, weigh the pros and cons. You could find that initial savings result in higher costs at a later date.

In addition to everything else, you must also take your preferences into account. Siding is not likely to be something you will change too often. This means that if you choose something you do not really like, you will be stuck with it for a long time.

Vinyl siding can be stylish, durable, and relatively inexpensive.
Vinyl siding can be stylish, durable, and relatively inexpensive.

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