Roofing is an essential part of every structure. It works as an insulator and ensures protection against natural elements. Great roofing provides an aesthetic look to the building. Similarly, siding is important for every house. It protects the home from rain, snow, wind and other elements. A properly installed siding over a well-built wall can protect the interior of the home from the cold outside; in winter and vice-versa in summer.
Siding can be defined as a material that clad, covers, or protects the exterior walls of a home or residential style building. They are made of many different materials including wood, steel, aluminum, vinyl, cement, asphalt, and composite materials (which combine one or more material together to make something new). Attractive siding beautifies the home and adds value and appeal to the structure.
Factors to consider while choosing the siding material
1. Water resistant
Some of the materials have more water resistance than the others. If you live in an area with heavy rainfall throughout the year consider getting a high water-resistance material. This will prolong the life of the building as well as prevent decay due to water or moisture.
2. Energy efficient
Siding material comes with an R-value that measures the energy efficiency of the material. The higher the R-value the better will be the rate of thermal insulation.
There are many siding options and you can decide the siding as per the geographical condition of your area and the external look of your building.
Installing siding is already an expensive procedure. You should consider all your requirements and choose the siding which will be best for your home, durable and within your budget.
The durability of the siding is the most important factor in deciding the type of siding. If the sidings are treated well and routine maintenance is provided it can last a lifetime and will only need to be repainted every 6-7 years.
Most of the sidings manufactured nowadays are green siding. For example, fiber cement is made of sand, cement, clay, and wood-pulp fibers; woods are naturally biodegradable and come straight from nature.
7. Aesthetic and texture
You are already spending a large amount of money by choosing the siding material. The siding material must give an aesthetic look to the building and hence must contract only reputed .
Siding usually comes in different shapes and styles. Basic shape and style of siding include clapboard or lap style, shingles or shakes, vertical or panel. The styles of the siding vary as per the region and manufacturer. Popular siding options include aluminum siding, wooden siding, vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, and brick and stone siding. Whatever option you choose: wood, vinyl, fiber cement, brick or stone siding – or a combination of several, contact a professional to install the siding properly. Choose the siding material as per your requirement and budget. The new siding will definitely add a new curb appeal to your residence and will also provide extra protection and life to your home.