What is the best siding material for your home?
If you are considering new siding for your home in Hawthorne or anywhere in Westchester County, you may be looking at a variety of colors, textures, and materials to compliment and protect your home’s exterior. There are a lot of points when considering what type of siding will offer the most attractive and effective protection from the elements for your house; here are a few types of siding options and their ups and downs.
Siding made of vinyl is durable, looks good longer, and can mimic the look and texture of more traditional house siding materials (like cedar shingles). The color of vinyl siding permeates the material, so scratches or dents are not as noticeable if they do occur. Vinyl siding can be installed directly over the current siding, making it a preferred option for updating the look of a home. Vinyl siding is light, too, so it’s easy to install and maintain. New vinyl siding options now include vinyl siding with insulation values of R-2 to R-6, which can help a structure meet Energy Star requirements.
Ups: Vinyl siding is durable, requires little to no maintenance (just hose it down), and never needs to be repainted. Vinyl is a more economical choice compared to some other exterior siding materials.
Downs: Vinyl siding panels are manufactured in standard lengths (usually 12-feet long), meaning that long spans of siding will show a seam where the panels overlap. Extra-long vinyl siding panels are available, but at a premium.
The most traditional, workable, and arguably beautiful home siding option is wood. Wood, especially stained wood, brings a rustic warmth and natural vibe when used on building exteriors and interiors. Wood siding materials come in a variety of colors, textures, and wood species. Each has its own advantages and application. Wood stain will highlight the grain and texture of the material, so knots and imperfections will show through. Wood that is to be stained and weatherproofed will need to be of a higher quality than wood that is to be painted. Wood requires diligent maintenance to stay looking good and effectively protective.
Ups: Wood is strong and easy to work with. It’s protective and attractive and it imparts a rich, custom look to an exterior or interior.
Downs: Wood can be expensive depending upon the species and grade of wood. Wood requires consistent and conscientious maintenance.
Aluminum siding was the top choice for home residing for many years during the 1950s and 1960s. Aluminum is durable, workable, and comes in many colors and textures. The durability of aluminum siding is heavily dependent on the thickness, or gauge, of the material; the thicker the gauge of aluminum, the higher the cost of the siding.
Ups: Aluminum siding is an excellent insulator, as well as being water and weather resistant and rustproof. Aluminum is relatively maintenance free (hose it down) and comes in a variety of textures and colors.
Downs: Aluminum siding can be scratched, dented or perforated, say by storm damage. The color of aluminum siding can fade over time, so it may need to be painted once or twice during its lifetime.
Exact Fit Exteriors have been proudly providing quality siding and roofing installations and repairs for the residential and commercial Westchester market for more than 10 years. Exact Fit is consistently rated one of the best siding contractors and residential and commercial roofing contractors in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties.