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Judge a Book by Its Cover: Siding Choices for a Beautiful Home

Choosing a siding material for your new or soon to be renovated house? If you are, you probably feel similar to a kid in the proverbial candy store: dazzled by the colorful variety of choices before you! The question on your mind, of course, is which one is right for me?

Weaver Construction and Roofing is a resource during the construction of your new or renovated home. However, we also want to help you during the planning stages, too. Read on to learn more about the leading home siding materials, their pros and cons, and the home-style looks they create.  Or get in touch with us to have a conversation about all the possibilities.

The Right Cover

We know that what’s on the inside that matters most, but the right siding creates the overall character of your home. The material you choose sets the tone for the style of your house. Without fail, siding is the very first thing your guests will notice, and it sets up your home’s unique curb appeal.

Vinyl

shutterstock_85698544Vinyl siding has been the most popular choice of material for new and renovated homes for the past twenty years at least. Several advantages contribute to Vinyl’s popularity. To get into the technical background, Vinyl material is composed of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin and is similar in nature to PVC piping.

Best home styles for vinyl
  • Suburban Colonial
  • Cape Cod
Vinyl Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Easily installed over other material
  • Easily cleaned
  • Extremely durable
Vinyl Disadvantages
  • Environmentally unfriendly — Vinyl siding lasts for hundreds of years in landfills, and the production of it releases toxins.
  • Shows noticeable seams where panels overlap
  • The plastic material looks unappealing to some
Vinyl in Conclusion

Vinyl Siding represents a great combination of price and durability. Coupled with the ease of installation over top of other materials, it is the best choice if cost is your major concern. On the downside, vinyl siding is environmentally unfriendly. Additionally, some homeowners may object to the plastic appearance.

Wood

shutterstock_341909483The rustic look of wood creates an attractive ambience for the right type of house. A forest of different wood with different finishing options are available. If you choose a wood siding, you’ll love how different your house looks from the rest of your neighbors.

Best Home Styles for Wood
  • Cabin style
  • Modern
  • A-Frame
  • Craftsman style
Wood Advantages
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Unique look
  • Long lifespan (with proper maintenance)
  • Wood is an environmentally friendly option — because it is a renewable resources and decomposes in landfills.
Wood Disadvantages
  • Wood siding requires regular repainting and refinishing
  • Unless treated with chemicals, wood is vulnerable to fire
  • Termites, rodents, and woodpeckers all target wood siding
Wood in Conclusion

For those that love the look, the beauty of wood is without peer. Overall, wood is a reasonable option for the price, but requires precautions in regards to maintenance and pests.

Brick

shutterstock_213814312The classic American building material, brick was the most popular choice for home siding for much of our country’s history. To this day, brick radiates strength and charm. For some people, only a brick home will suffice.

Best Home Styles for Brick
  • Colonial
  • Tudor
  • Victorian
  • English Cottage
Brick Advantages
  •  Classic appeal
  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Resistant to fire and vermin
  • Long lifespan
Brick Disadvantages
  • Very expensive
  • Clashes with modern designs
Brick in Conclusion

The high price tag includes several benefits, but may stop some homeowners from choosing it. If brick siding is your muse, though, nothing else will really matter.

Stucco

shutterstock_372167362This unique siding material immediately calls to mind a sandy-hued Spanish-style villa. Sand, Portland cement, lime, and water are mixed to create Stucco.

Best Home Styles for Stucco
  • Mediterranean
  • Spanish Mission
  • Ranch
  • Modern
Advantages of Stucco
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Long lifespan
  • Resistant to fire and vermin
  • You can’t imagine some houses without it
Disadvantages of Stucco
  • Difficult to find a company that is able to work with the material (don’t worry Weaver specializes in Stucco)
  • Environmentally Unfriendly — Production of Portland cement also generates CO2
Stucco in Conclusion

The singular style and price point make stucco a great option for the right home. In fact, with a certain style of home, Stucco is the most natural aesthetic fit.

Stone

shutterstock_366993740Stone as a siding material harkens back to the middle ages. Yet the sturdy material effortlessly matches modern designs. Stone has many similarities to brick.

Best Home Styles for Stone
  • Modern
  • Tudor
  • Colonial
  • Victorian
  • English College
  • Many more
Stone Advantages
  • Versatile
  • Unique look
  • Long lifespan
  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Resistant to fire and vermin
Stone Disadvantages
  • Very Expensive
  • Difficult to add to existing structure
Stone in Conclusion

This ancient building material has all of the advantages of brick but is versatile enough to match far more design styles. With a price that exceeds brick, stone siding is an expensive but reliable choice.

Fiber Cement

Best Home Styles for Fiber Cement
  • Almost any type of home looks great
Fiber Cement Advantages
  • Versatile
  • Inexpensive
  • Long Lifespan
  • Resistant to fire and vermin
Fiber Cement Disadvantages
  • Environmentally Unfriendly — Production of Portland cement also generates CO2
Fiber Cement in Conclusion

Fiber Cement is a great option if your focus is on budget and longevity.

Conclusion

You’ll cherish the feeling of coming home each day, seeing the perfect siding on your dream home.

We know it can feel overwhelming to choose a siding material for your construction or renovation project. Weaver is here to help. We have expertise to offer, and whatever you dream, we’ll make it a reality.

Contact Us to have a conversation about home siding choices and all of your construction and renovation needs.

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