Siding is any material used to surface the exterior of a building. It is primarily intended for protection from the elements, but can also add aesthetic appeal.
Siding can be laid vertically or horizontally, depending on the preference of the contractor and their client. When it comes to protection from the elements, siding is not the only safeguard your house has but it is the first barrier. As such, it will suffer the greatest effect of weather-expanding and contracting.
TYPES OF SIDING
There four main options to choose from:
This has become one of the most popular sidings because it is requires very little maintenance, and is cheaper than many others. Vinyl siding is an evolutionary by-product of aluminum siding without the cost, and a major benefit is the fact that it does not need to be painted. It is available in a variety of colors, custom if necessary, and the color is solid throughout the siding.
Available in an extensive variety of styles and colors, aluminum siding was developed out of a need for siding that did not require as much maintenance as wood. Aluminum is a very durable material to weathering elements, but can be easily dented if hit. Every few years, it may require repainting as the color will fade over time.
This is one of the most aesthetically appealing sidings that exist, and one of the oldest. There are two types of wood siding:
· Bevelled: wood clapboard, horizontal siding and over laps to fit effectively.
· Wood plank: board siding which is vertical and comes broad and secured.
When used, wood siding exudes pure beauty which can best be seen on the outer facades of older antique homes. Despite its cost, wood still ranks high on the scale of preference. The biggest disadvantage to using wood siding is that it is heavily susceptible to the elements, expanding, cracking and rotting—it even falls prey to many insects without extensive maintenance. For this reason, other forms of siding are sometimes retrofitted over it. It is also relatively easy to repair but difficult to install.
Cement Fiber Siding
This is the latest siding on the market for residential purposes. It is made of recyclable materials and has a low maintenance cost while being extremely durable. It is a relatively expensive type of siding that is sometimes hard to distinguish from wood siding. The same installation method used for wood is also used when installing this type of siding.
HOW TO CHOOSE GOOD SIDING
Now that you know what sidings are, what purpose they serve and the best sidings on the market you are ready to choose a siding for your home. The efficiency of your siding is primarily dependent on your location. If you are in wetter, more humid climates, the best choice is vinyl siding. If you are more concerned with aesthetics and do not mind the high cost and maintenance, wood siding would be a better choice. Cement fiber siding is the most environmentally friendly siding so if you are looking to “go green” with your home materials, this is the siding for you. When it comes to siding you have many options. It all depends on look you are going for and how much time and money you would prefer to spend on procurement and maintenance.