If you're thinking about building a Downtown Okotoks home or installing new siding on your home, there are many things you need to consider. Knowing your options, the type of siding that's available, and the pros and cons of all the different kinds can help you choose the right kind of siding for you.
What to Consider When Choosing a Home Siding
When you're trying to choose a home siding for your property, there are many factors to consider.
Some sidings, like wood, need to be repainted or resealed periodically. Other types of siding (like vinyl) only need to be cleaned to maintain their beauty. If you're not willing or able to repaint your siding occasionally, a low-maintenance siding type is better for you.
Low-cost sidings, like vinyl, are very popular. If you're not sure what kind of siding fits in your budget, get prices for several kinds, then decide what you're willing to spend. Remember the lowest-cost sidings are not always the best. Value is just as important as the cost, if you're planning to sell your home sometime soon.
Longevity and Durability
Some types of siding will last for decades (for example, brick or stone veneer). Other types of siding, like vinyl, may not last as long. Some contractors estimate that vinyl siding will last between 20 and 40 years; others say there's no way to know how long it will last. One thing is for sure: quality and longevity are often related. High-quality siding last longer than low-quality siding. Work with your contractor to pick the best quality and type for you.
Historical or Architectural Significance
Homeowners with an architecturally unique or historic home should always consider these factors when trying to decide what kind of siding to install. For example, vinyl siding installed on a historic Victorian home could ruin some of its value.
Some types of siding are more valuable than others and will lead to a higher sale price. Cedar shake siding, for example, adds a unique quality to a home that may attract the attention of high-end buyers. On the right home, this type of siding may add more value than a vinyl siding exterior.
Homeowners who prioritize the environment may wish to seek out the most environmentally friendly siding they can. Biodegradable siding types, like wood, and long-lasting siding types, like brick, are both considered environmentally friendly.
Most Common Types of Siding
The most common types of siding include:
Wood siding requires more maintenance, but it's a very traditional type of siding found on homes around the country. Wood needs to be painted every five or so years, which means most homeowners with wood siding are presented with the opportunity to change their home's color and boost their home's curb appeal on a regular basis.
Vinyl is popular because it's so inexpensive and easy to maintain. However, the color of vinyl cannot be changed, and sometimes vinyl can be damaged by high temperatures like heat from a grill.
Brick veneer is attractive and low maintenance. It never needs to be repainted or sealed. However, brick also never changes appearance, so homeowners who want brick should be sure they like the appearance of it before installing it in their home.
Which Siding is Best For You?
When you're trying to decide which type of siding is right for you, get several bids from licensed contractors before making your decision. This will help you decide which type of siding is best for your home.