Budget is considered by most homeowners as a critical component of the decision-making process when planning a home improvement, such as siding replacement. Fortunately, there are siding products that will work with each budget. In today’s post, local siding and window replacement contractor Kroll Construction shares a look at siding options, grouped by budget.
Thanks to today’s manufacturing technologies, budget-friendly siding doesn’t have to look cheap or “entry level”. The following are the most popular options in this category.
Vinyl — Vinyl siding has many benefits: it’s durable, it’s easy to keep clean, and it doesn’t require repainting, thanks to its molded-in colors. It’s also the most widely available siding option, offered by nearly every manufacturer. In addition to standard clapboard-style siding, you can also find vinyl siding that mimics other materials, like wood shake.
Engineered Wood — Engineered wood is made from wood fiber and resin, and is structurally similar to oriented strand board (OSB). it requires repainting like natural wood, and is vulnerable to changes in humidity and temperature.
Metal — Metal siding is typically made of aluminum or stainless steel. It exhibits resistance to heat and pests, and is a popular choice for sheds and outbuilding. Thin metal siding may be susceptible to dents.
If you have a slightly higher budget, consider the following options.
Wood — Natural wood siding remains one of the most popular siding options, and is offered by most siding and window companies. For many homeowners, its aesthetic features outweigh its high-maintenance requirements.
Stucco — Stucco is associated with Mediterranean home styles, but it works in just about any architectural style. It provides excellent weatherproofing and design flexibility. A good fraction of its cost is due to the installation process, which requires the skills of experienced professionals.
Fiber Cement — Fiber cement is made from a mixture of wood fibers, sand and cement. It’s durable, works in most climates and has high fire resistance. It usually comes in baked-on finishes that is on par with vinyl siding when it comes to maintenance requirements.
Premium siding usually costs higher because of many factors: materials, manufacturing process and the labor required for installation.
Brick — Brick siding is one of the best types of siding you can invest in: it’s fire and pest-resistant, virtually maintenance-free, and has an exceptionally long service life. It’s also one of the most aesthetically-pleasing siding options available.
Synthetic Stucco — Synthetic stucco is a multi-layered installation that improves house insulation. It’s more durable than standard stucco. Improper installation can result in cracks from water damage.