At Younger Exteriors, we get asked all the time by customers which type of siding is best. As a professional home exterior contracting company, our answer usually begins with, “It depends…” upon many factors. You see, each type of home siding has its pros and cons. What particular siding advantage appeals to one homeowner may not be as important to the next.
So, what is important is understanding your siding options and cost-effectiveness to make the right choice for you. What we can say with 100% satisfaction is that new siding will help make your home look brand new again!
Engineered wood siding has reached the “A-list” of home siding materials. In fact, engineered wood is gaining in popularity with homeowners seemingly by the day. This is largely due to the relatively low initial cost of installing engineered wood and low maintenance cost. Further, engineered wood has great aesthetic appeal with the look of natural wood, and it is quite durable resisting rot, fire, and pests.
Fiber-cement siding is popular in both residential and commercial applications. Fiber cement is a composite made of cement that is reinforced with cellulose fibers. Fiber-cement siding comes in many colors, which may be pre-painted, pre-stained, or painted after installation. Fiber-cement siding is quite durable. It’s fireproof and resistant to water, pests, and insects.
Metal siding is available in a variety of metals, such as aluminum and steel. Metal siding also comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Metal siding is often associated with modern, retro, and utilitarian buildings, but with its many styles available today, metal siding is making a comeback to where vinyl siding has dominated in past decades. Metal siding is tough and may last the life of the home. It’s also fireproof, and resistant to pests and insects.
Introduced as a home exterior option in the late 1950s, vinyl siding has stood the test of time and remains as popular as ever. It remains the most installed home siding material. Some of the reasons for vinyl’s staying power are its durability, easy maintenance, color availability, and lower cost for installation. It’s available in an array of styles and textures, such as wood clapboard, board and batten, and shakes. Vinyl siding is resistant to fire, water, pests, and insects.
Traditional lap is the most popular siding pattern with overlapping boards. Dutch lap is similar to traditional but with a groove cut at the top of the board. Beaded siding is also similar to traditional with a touch of texture.
Vertical panel siding is like traditional siding except that it’s vertically oriented. Board and batten siding is vertical panel siding with battens covering cracks. With the raised battens, an interesting texture and shadows are created.
Shake siding patterns include square, round, fish scale, half cove, staggered shakes, mitered corner, octagonal, and hexagonal shapes.
If your home’s exterior siding is cracking, peeling, rotting, in disrepair, or you’re just ready for a brand new look, contact Younger Exteriors for a free siding inspection and estimate. We’ll assess the condition of your current home cladding for repair or help you choose new siding replacement. Remember, all of our work comes with a 10-YEAR CRAFTSMANSHIP GUARANTEE! Call on us today (612) 360-0320!!