How to choose siding for your home is one of the most important home remodeling decisions you’ll ever make, according to most home remodeling studies. Various decision points will come into play including your budget, the look and feel you want to achieve, the context of the neighborhood architecture, and the function you need from the home siding you ultimately choose.
For starters, there are five main types of siding from which you can choose:
- Fiber cement siding
- Engineered wood siding
- Vinyl siding
- Steel siding
- Stucco siding
There are pros & cons to each type of siding, and how to choose siding usually is based on three key decisions:
1) Your budget
2) Your desired aesthetics
3) Special functions you need from your siding
If you need quality siding and your number one concern is budget, then premium vinyl siding will be your best bet.
If you’re living in an area known for fire danger, then fiber cement siding is the best choice because of its Class 1 fire rating.
If you’re tired of maintaining wood siding but still love the texture and natural look of wood siding, then Engineered Wood Siding provides all those upsides with little to no maintenance.
If matching an existing aesthetic is a big priority, then steel siding may be the best fit for your home if that is what you currently have.
Finally, if you prefer the look of stucco, or if you dread the idea of all the extra fees associated with the removal of old siding with asbestos in it, then our Stuco-lation™ siding process will fit the bill. (Stucco-lation provides a beautiful stucco finish. It can be applied right over existing siding to encapsulate asbestos and minimize extra environmental fees for the responsible disposal of the old asbestos siding.)
A study posted on the National Association of Realtor’s website indicates that new exterior siding consistently increased the home’s value, as well as reducing the costs of heating and cooling. Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” report indicated that vinyl siding increases a home’s value by 78.2% of the cost of the job. New fiber cement siding increased the value of a home by 87% of the project cost.
The bottom line is that new exterior siding is a tremendously important decision that will affect your home’s value (along with aesthetics, curb appeal, and energy efficiency). This is why it’s so important to do your home work, and learn how to choose siding that’s right for your financial circumstances, location, budget, and functional needs.
If you’d like to learn more about how to choose siding for your home, access our handy guide on How To Choose The Right Siding For Your Home.