It’s cold outside, and the with New England winters being how they are, it is imperative that the siding you have is ready to stand up to rigors of the weather, as well as keep the warm air in. So it should be no surprise that when you choose siding for your home, you should not take the task lightly, and make sure to think carefully about what you need. Not sure what to decide on? Here are some suggestions from us.
As the current number one choice for homeowners, vinyl is renowned for its versatility, durability, and low cost. Throw in the wide variety of profiles that are available (vertical, horizontal, fishscales, etc.) as well as it’s easy maintenance, and you can see why it is such a popular option for so many. However, it has a couple drawbacks in the form of vulnerability to water, risk of cracking due to temperature changes, and a higher risk of denting, something to consider if you live in an area that frequently hails. Overall if temperature changes are frequent where you live, then this may not be the best option for you!
Metal has seen a resurgence in recent times, as more modern, contemporary styles have arisen, and the impact on the environment becoming a larger concern for many. Durable and carrying a unique look that you can’t find in any other material, it’s no surprise that metal has risen to become one of the most unique options on the market. Other perks such as fire resistance, excellent insulation, and a wide variety of textures and shape you can choose from only make it more attractive. There are different kinds of metals carrying different strong points, so be sure to choose one that works best for you. For example, aluminum would be best if you live in a coastal area, as it is resistant to rust, whereas when it comes to the harsh winter weather, steel is a more suitable choice.
Wood is probably the most traditional option, as many of the US’s first homes were constructed from wood. Easy to install and carrying its signature natural texture that is emulated by many, it is perfect for those who want to create a classic American home. That being said, maintenance is more of a priority with wood. It has to be stained every 2-3 years, and repainted every 4-5 years to maintain its protective layer. It is also a fire hazard, particularly in hot and dry climates, so it may not be the best choice if that is the area you live in. However, if you are a purist for a traditional look, then there are few other options that are better.
If you want a siding that is simply indestructible, then brick is your best bet. Fire resistant, water resistant, termite proof, and almost no maintenance required for it makes it a common choice for many homeowners. Many brick homes that were built early in the century still stand today as living proof of the material’s durability. However, there are some downsides to this uncompromising strength. For one, it has a pretty low insulative value, so you will have to get foam insulation done within the walls. Also, unless the brick is already installed, it is very difficult to install brick into an existing home, as it usually requires specially built structural framing. It is also the hardest kind of siding to make any alterations or replacements to, and repairs cannot be made, you will have to replace the material. Overall if you never want to worry about replacing or maintaining your siding ever again, this is your best bet, but be wary of the downsides.
When it comes to creating a protective and eye-catching exterior for your home, nobody does it better than Salemi Exteriors. We have over 10 years of experience with handling roofing, siding, and gutters, so we are confident that we can provide these services for your home. If you are interested in learning more about our services, contact us at 978-804-5972. We’d love to work with you!