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What to Consider When Choosing Siding for Your Home

When choosing new siding for your home, it’s important to consider both style and functionality. After all, siding covers a majority of your home’s exterior surface area. There’s a lot of choices to sift through too, particularly when it comes to materials. There are plenty of manufacturers who now combine standard styles and materials with advanced technologies too, so today’s siding is prepared to protect your home for years to come. Seeing as there are so many options to pick from, we’ve outlined four key areas to focus on when weighing your siding choices: affordability, maintenance, design, and durability.

1.) Affordability

Price can be a major factor when deciding which home siding is right for you. Before any major home design decision, it’s important to lay out a budget plan. By taking a look at which options are in your price range, and which ones aren’t, you’re able to have a much more informed conversation with potential contractors. Also, with your budget and options in mind you’ll know if the estimate you’re provided with matches up with your financial plan. Be sure to remember that putting more money into the project up front can save you both time and money down the road.

2.) Maintenance

Low maintenance is certainly a feature you should be looking for beyond style and color. Choosing a low maintenance siding option can save you a lot of money along the way, and each type of siding requires different levels of care. For example, vinyl siding only needs a bit of soap and water to take care of most unsightly issues. Also, vinyl requires no painting or staining. Wood, on the other hand, can require painting upwards of every five years. Brick and stone siding options require repointing of mortar after a few years too. Each type of siding has its own specific needs, so it’s up to you which one best fits your needs. Keep in mind that it’s best to choose an option that is relatively free of costly repairs that can result from wind and moisture damage.

3.) Durability

Most homeowners usually only choose siding once, so it’s crucial to make the right decision in terms of siding durability. Since siding protects your home from various outdoor elements, you should be looking for a siding option that is resistant to rain, wind, and, in some cases, the sun. Believe it or not, some choice manufacturers offer siding with technologies that lend the siding to be resistant against the damaging rays of the sun. After all, no one wants faded siding. Choose an option that is likely to withstand all weather types mother nature can throw at it.

4.) Design

While functionality is ultimately the most important siding factor, curb appeal is practically right on its heels. After all, the siding you choose is applied to the entire exterior of your house. What makes this decision more difficult is that each material type has numerous style and color options to choose from. To help narrow down your choices, your contractor can work with you to help determine which siding type looks best on your home.

The decision regarding your home siding is a big one, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Consider your options by applying the four key areas listed above. If the siding you choose looks great but isn’t exactly durable, then that probably isn’t the best choice. If you need help making the final decision, we can help! Give us a call at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!