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What Are the Different Types of Siding for a Home?

Making the decision to replace your siding can be daunting, especially with the high cost associated with such a large project, but what's even more dauntig is all of the siding options. With several options on the market, figuring out which siding works best for your needs and your home can be overwelming. From vinyl and fiber cement siding to wooden shakes, we're here to educate you abou the different options to make the selection process easier.

1. Vinyl Siding

An egineerd product, vinyl siding is made from two layers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - the top layer is a durable material making the siding weatherable ad the bottom layer is made up of ground limestone to keep costs down. This particular type of siding is generally the most popular due to it's durability, low cost, and endless color options.

2. Metal Siding

Used mostly on retro and modern style homes, metal siding is applied in panels and is low maintenance. If you live in a coastal or dry area, or you live somewhere that experienced frequent lightening storms, metal siding is a great option since metal is fire resistent and won't rust from the salty air.

3. Wood Siding

Wood siding is extremely versatile and gives a home a natural appeal although requires more maintenance than other types of siding. After deciding on wood siding, you'll select which type of wood you would like to use and which profile you would like: clapboard, shakes and shingles, boards, or engineered wood. Beyond these choices, you can leave the wood it's natual color which will change over the years as it is weathered or choose to stain/paint it the color of your choice. Keep in mind that you'll want to treat the wood every five or so years to keep it from deteriorating.

4. Fiber Cement

A wonderful alternative to vinyl siding, fiber cement siding is a composite material and is extremely durable. Fiber cement siding was engingeered to give off the same look and feel as real wood but with less maintenance and is not prone to rot. Special tools are needed to cut the siding and it can be heavy to install by yourself, thus you'll need to ensure you have the right tools and a helping hand.

5. Stucco Siding

Popular among Spanish style homes, stucco siding is made up of cement, water, and lime to create a bonding agent that can be applied over various material including wood, concreate, bricks, and adobe. Stucco siding lasts roughly 100 years, requires a very minimal amount of maintenance, and if it needs to be repaired, it's at a low cost.

Are you ready to take the leep and replace your homes siding? Give us a call today for your free estimate at (914) 937-4279.

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