In the same way that clothes front a person’s appearance, the siding of your house makes a statement about your home style or design preferences. Siding materials are just as diverse as fashion styles for clothes, but each certainly follows its own rules of good cut and placement. Better Homes and Gardens, in an article on siding, offers some pointers on how to select good siding materials:
- Water Resistance. Water-resistant types of siding will have longer life spans.
- Ease of Installation. (…)
- Energy Efficiency. Check the R-value rating for energy savings and understand what will be needed as far as insulation beneath the cladding.
- Aesthetics. (…)
- Versatility. Make sure the siding has the versatility to meet the varied needs of your specific project. If there are aspects of your home’s exterior that will make using a particular type of siding more challenging than others, make sure you understand what the added costs or necessary adjustments will be.
- Durability. Does it have the strength to resist temperature shifts present in your climate? How does it stand up to everyday wear and tear?”
Traditional materials are preferred for their own unique advantages. Stones like granite, limestone, and slate are used because they are durable, weather-resistant, and low-maintenance (just the occasional wash). Stone veneers are lower-cost alternatives. The classic look of wood siding is also desired, although maintenance is required, such as painting, finishing, and caulking whenever needed. Some varieties like cedar are naturally rot-resistant.
Synthetic materials for siding include vinyl and fiber cement, both popular for their practicality and versatility. Vinyl boasts versatility in color choices, shapes, and texture that it has been made to mimic wood or slate. Fiber cement is termite- and water-resistant, nonflammable, and long-lasting, while able to appropriate the look of wood.
The arrangement and color palette of siding materials are considerations for overall design. Materials such as stone, stone veneers, and vinyl have rich textures, and can be sorted into a desired pattern. Colors and accents in the siding of your Monmouth County, NJ house will make your exterior aesthetics more interesting. You can try the calm, serene beige, blue and charcoal of the Tudor style, or classic Colonial neutrals with a touch of white and crimson, perhaps. As with clothes, the colors of your siding give off an individual house vibe.
Consult your Monmouth County, NJ siding experts, such as All County Exteriors, for advice on the most suitable materials relative to the climate in your area. Whether your budget covers more expensive siding materials or lower cost alternatives, your local siding professionals can help you with your choice and final installation.
(Article Information and Image from House Siding Options, Better Homes and Gardens)