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Types Of Siding To Consider For Your Home

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When someone is looking to give his or her home a new look or freshen it up on the outside, it is natural to want to put new siding on the house. Some people also use siding as a way to spruce of their houses before putting them up for sale. But new siding is advantageous and even necessary for many other reasons as well.

As siding gets older, especially in particularly rainy and humid locations, it begins to separate itself from the house, chipping and sometimes even falling off. When this happens, it opens up the structure of the house to mold and insect infestation.

In particularly hot and sunny locations, the UV rays very easily fade the color of many types of siding, causing the home to look old and worn. Also, homes that are frequently in the path of serious weather systems may want to consider one of the stronger, sturdier types of siding.

But for every location, for every taste, and for every budget, there is a different type of siding that can satisfy every requirement. But before you hire a professional, such as the ones at Aerotech, to install your siding, make sure you do a rough estimate of how much you need by measuring all the outdoor walls of your house, keeping in mind the size and price of each piece of siding you’ve chosen. This will prevent any company from overcharging you for your siding.

1. Wood
While wood is very useful to make your house look exactly as you’ve envisioned because wood siding can be cut and fashioned into any pattern, there are many catches that come with having a stylish old-fashioned looking house.

Wood siding can hold up for a very long time, but that requires that a lot of maintenance be done periodically. A lot of money can be saved on repairs with small and inexpensive upkeep materials, but the upkeep must be done, and the siding’s condition must be constantly monitored, especially in extreme weather conditions.

Wood siding typically costs from $5 to $10 per square foot, but that doesn’t include the cost of staining or painting if you want a different color for your wood.

2. Stucco
Stucco siding is nice because it can be applied in many different ways in a variety of different colors, so it can take on many different looks.

Stucco is especially useful in particularly hot regions because stucco can reflect the rays of the sun and keep the house cool. This can be difficult, however, because installing stucco when the air is especially humid creates the possibility for cracks and other difficulties in installation. This will cause problems later with stucco siding, potentially costing even more in repairs.

Typically, stucco costs from $3 to $8 per square foot.

3. Stone
Stone is one of the easiest sidings to sell once it’s on the house. Buyers love how stone siding look, and it increases the price of your house dramatically.

Stone is one of the most durable types of siding, and could last for the lifetime of a house. However, it’s tough to install on an existing house, and it’s very heavy unless you use stone-veneer siding.

Although stone siding is arguably the best way to go for durability, it typically costs between $10 and $30 per square foot.

4. Brick
Much like stone, brick comes in many textures, sizes, and colors, making it a very popular option for people building a new house or just looking to refresh the outside of their homes. Also like stone, brick is extremely durable. However, a membrane is required between the house’s structure and the brick, which requires more labor. Even beyond this membrane, brick installation is labor-intensive and therefore very expensive.

Per square foot, brick siding usually costs between $6 and $15

5. Vinyl
One of the most popular things about vinyl is that it is fairly easy to install and, therefore, great for people who love do it yourself projects.

It is also much less expensive than most other types of siding. It costs between $2 and $7 per square foot including installation.

For the most part, vinyl siding is very durable and requires very little maintenance and upkeep, but many don’t like the cheap plastic appearance that many houses develop with vinyl siding.

6. Fiber Cement
Fiber cement is a mixture of cement, sand, and other materials that are fashioned to look like wood.

The cost is about the same as that of vinyl, and fiber cement is fairly durable. It is insect and fireproof, but can be damaged in times of freezing and thawing. It also needs to be refinished fairly frequently.

7. Aluminum
Aluminum siding is the most popular metal siding and is great for homes in certain types of weather regions.

Aluminum is great for cold regions because it insulates the house well, and it is great for costal regions because aluminum is waterproof and, therefore, will not allow water to damage the infrastructure of your home.

However, aluminum is not the best-looking type of siding, and it dents and scratches very easily. Aluminum is also very noisy and may become disfigured over time.

Aluminum costs between $2 and $4 per square foot.

Kate Stefanski, a freelance writre and professional organizer enjoys contirbuting articles and insight into DIY home improvement projects. If you would like to learn more about Kate, you can check out her google+ profile.

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