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How To Choose The Best Siding For Your Home

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When building a home, one of the most important considerations to be made is what type of siding to use to bring the house together. When choosing the siding material, be sure to consider both aesthetics as well as durability, ease of installation, and cost. Here are four of the most common choices to consider:

Wood Siding

This type of siding is most commonly used in Cape Cod style houses and bungalows. Although wood does require more maintenance than some of its other counterparts, the look is attractive to many consumers because of its classic and rich style. Wood is extremely durable when maintained properly and painted or stained periodically to prevent damage from the elements. This type of siding is the most susceptible to insect or rodent infestations so special care must be taken to prevent these attacks.

Brick Siding

This traditional siding has stood the test of time and is still a popular option for housing exteriors. Most commonly found in Tudor and Colonial style homes, brick siding is generally made from fired clay. When properly installed and maintained, brick siding can last the lifetime of the house, making this an extremely durable construction choice.

Vinyl Siding

As the most popular choice in the country, vinyl boasts a myriad of benefits. This value-driven choice is versatile and extremely easy to maintain. The Vinyl option is also simple to install, making it an ideal choice for homeowners wanting a good do-it-yourself option. Available in a variety of color and style choices, vinyl also provides unique customization options.

Stone Siding

Boasting a natural beauty and upscale look, stone is popular with consumers wanting a premium visual appeal and distinct texture for their home. When properly installed, stone siding will never need to be replaced thanks to its durability. Although it is one of the most expensive options, consumers desiring the look at a lower price point can choose the less-costly stone-veneer option. This lightweight choice comes in a variety of natural and synthetic materials, making it versatile and customizable.

Siding provides the standout color and definition of a house while helping to create the overall ambiance of a home. As the first line of defense against the elements, siding protects as well as sets the tone of your house. It is important to be creative but also be mindful of practical considerations when choosing your siding.

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