If you are in the process of remodeling the exterior of your home, there are several siding options to choose from. The siding of any home is responsible for protecting the structure and the interior from the elements, so it is important to choose the type of siding that provides the best protection as well as adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home. The most common types of siding include vinyl, aluminum and wood, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Vinyl is the most common type of material used for siding in Seattle, primarily because it is the least expensive. Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors, it is durable and does not require extensive maintenance. The primary disadvantage of vinyl siding is that if there is damage to even a small section, you will typically have to replace the entire panel. Vinyl colors may also fade overtime and it is not fireproof.
Aluminum siding is more expensive in cost to vinyl. One of the primary advantages of aluminum is that it is fire resistant. Aluminum can also usually be installed directly over the existing siding, which saves on the cost of labor. Aluminum is prone to dents, especially during strong storms, such as hail storms or high winds. It is easy to maintain and only requires occasional pressure washing to remove the buildup of dirt and dust.
There are a few different material options you can choose from, including cedar shingles, manufactured logs and engineered wood. Engineered wood is the most common type used for siding in Seattle. The product is made with sawdust, shavings and a bonding agent. The planks have the appearance of “real” wood slats or logs, but it is stronger and has a long life expectancy. The wood can either be painted in the factory or you can choose to apply the original painting yourself. Wood is more expensive than vinyl or aluminum and it requires new paint or stain about every 5 to 10 years.
When choosing the new siding for your home, you will need to consider the cost, the maintenance and the durability. It is also important to choose a style that blends well with the style of your home. For example, if you want a traditional, rustic look, wood is the best option; however, if you want a clean, easy to maintain look, aluminum or vinyl could be the best options.
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