Which type of siding to install is just one of the many decisions that a home buyer must make when buying a new construction home or when their pre-owned home's siding is due for a replacement. Different sidings have different characteristics. Appearance, maintenance and longevity vary from one type to the next. Home buyers must choose the type of siding that suits their needs, budget and preferences to heighten the curb appeal of their home.
Brick veneer has the look of real brick but is only a fraction of the thickness. Unlike real brick, it serves no structural purpose. In fact, brick veneer is not especially waterproof and offers little protection to the structure. Therefore, homes with brick veneer siding must be protected by building wrap to keep out moisture. Brick veneer also relies on weep holes to allow moisture to escape after a rain storm.
Brick veneer has advantages. It needs almost no maintenance, except when the brick ages and the mortar needs to be replaced. This is a rare event in the life of brick veneer. It's also very long-lasting, so homeowners may never need to replace it.
Vinyl siding is very popular because it's inexpensive, attractive and it comes in a variety of different colors. Vinyl is easy to install, easy to repair and relatively easy to replace. It's lightweight and offers good moisture protection. Homeowners also like that vinyl siding has the appearance of wood, without all of the maintenance. In fact, vinyl requires little maintenance other than occasional cleaning.
However, there are a few downsides to vinyl siding. Durability is not a particular strength of vinyl. It can be subject to warping and cracking, especially if not installed properly. However, vinyl siding has come a long way. Whereas once this product was vulnerable to high winds and colors tended to yellow, this is not a problem any longer.
Wood is a classic siding material that is found on many old homes. It's natural, long-lasting, attractive and durable. No product matches the warmth and timeless beauty of stained wood.
However, wood does have some disadvantages that makes it an unattractive option for some home buyers. For example, wood must be stained or painted regularly or it will rot. It is prone to invasion from wood-eating pests, so homeowners must be on the lookout for evidence of problems. Finally, wood is also more flammable than some other products.
Metal siding mimics the appearance of some wood siding, with far less maintenance. Metal is easy to install, long-lasting and available in many colors. It can be shaped to resemble different types of siding materials like lap board, wood planks and wood shingles. In some cases, metal siding can even be installed over existing siding that has become damaged.
Of course, there are some disadvantages to metal siding. Over time, paint on metal can turn a little chalky or may fade, and sometimes it can become dented as well.
Fiber-cement is made from a combination of Portland cement, cellulose fibers and sand. This relatively new product is gaining traction in the home building industry because it is very durable, resistant to pests, rot-resistant and because it can be shaped to resemble different materials like wood or shingles. This product requires little maintenance, but will need to be repainted or refinished periodically.
Work With Your Building Contractor
If you're a home buyer seeking to update your home's siding, work with your Hoover contractor to decide what is the best building material for you. Your contractor can show you samples and discuss the pros and cons of each type of siding, to make the job easier.