Has your home's exterior seen better days? An old or worn exterior reduces your property's curb appeal and can leave you wanting more. Beyond the aesthetic issues, home exterior wear creates an easy entry point for pests or the elements. If your home is ready for an upgrade, take a look at what you need to know about vinyl siding, steel siding, installation, and more.
Why Choose Vinyl Home Siding?
This budget-friendly home exterior option offers superior durability and the aesthetic update your property needs right now. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), this type of siding product has an average lifespan of 60 years. This means the siding you install now could last for the entire time you're in your home.
Not only are vinyl products long-lasting, but this siding choice also requires little maintenance. Instead of repeatedly sealing or staging the siding, you can install the product and almost let it go. The only regular maintenance vinyl will need is a routine cleaning or a spot cleaning after a storm.
Why Choose Steel Home Siding?
Even though vinyl products have plenty of benefits, you do have material choices to make before you start a siding project. Like vinyl, a metal siding product is low-maintenance. The steel surface makes it unlikely that the siding will support the growth of mold or another type of fungi. A strong steel surface can stand up to more than dirt, mold, and fungal growth. This type of siding may deter pests from your home. A mouse can't chew through the metal exterior and insects won't burrow in through the steel.
Which Type of Siding Is the Right Choice?
There's no standard or universal way to choose a siding type. Given that both vinyl and metal products are durable, long-lasting, and easy to care for, both options may seem almost equal. But this doesn't mean you won't have a personal preference. Vinyl siding is versatile and coordinates well with a classic, contemporary, or eclectic style home. Steel siding has more of a modern look and may lean towards the industrial type of home design aesthetic. Both options are available in a variety of color choices to match any home exterior palette.
Who Should Install the Siding?
Whether you choose vinyl or steel, home siding installation is never a do-it-yourself job. A qualified contractor has the experience, knowledge, and equipment necessary to correctly install the siding. Failure to properly install these products could result in leaks, premature wear, home energy-related losses, and aesthetic issues.
For more information on vinyl siding, contact a professional near you.Share
18 April 2022
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