The siding on your home serves many purposes — for example, it protects against water and outdoor elements, increases your home's energy efficiency, and adds to the curb appeal of your home. If you are selecting siding for a new home or replacing the siding on your existing home, you have to decide which type of siding to install.
Many different types of siding are available including composite, fiber cement, stone, stucco, vinyl, and wood. The following are a few of the factors you should consider when selecting siding. This guide can help you pick the siding product that is best suited for your home.
What Is Your Budget?
Different types of siding cost different amounts. In addition, the installation process varies from material to material, which makes some siding materials cheaper or more expensive to install. When you are selecting new siding for your home, always determine what your budget is and then find a material that fits within this budget.
For example, vinyl siding is one of the cheaper siding options on the market. This material costs $2 to $7 per square foot to install, with the costs totaling $6,000 to $13,000 for the average-sized two-story home.
In contrast, fiber cement siding is a mid-range option — this material typically costs $5 to $9 per square foot to install or $13,000 to $22,000 for the average two-story home. Synthetic stone is one of the most expensive options, costing $12 to $25 per square foot installed.
How Long Do You Plan to Live in Your Home?
As you select new siding for your home, carefully consider how long you plan to stay in the home. This is important for two reasons.
If you are not planning on staying in the home much longer, then you may wish to select a siding option that provides you with the highest possible return on investment. Installing vinyl siding may help you to recoup up to 78 percent of the cost, while fiber cement residing may increase your home's value by up to 87 percent of the cost.
Talk to a realtor in your area to find out what siding options would increase the value of your home.
If you plan to stay put in your home for the long term, this can also affect which siding you select. For example, if you want to stay in your home, then you may wish to select a siding with a long lifespan so that you never have to replace the siding again.
Brick and stone can last upwards of 100 years, while stucco has a lifespan of about 50 years. When selecting siding, always ask about the lifespan to ensure the siding will last as long as your home does.
What Future Maintenance Does the Siding Require?
Lastly, as you are picking out new siding, take the time to learn what types of maintenance your siding needs. Some siding options are low maintenance, while others require more care.
Vinyl siding is one of the siding options that requires little care. This material is resistant to rot and insects, easy to clean, and never needs to be painted. On the flip side, wood siding needs to be inspected for rot, water damage, warping, and pests routinely. Wood also needs to be stained or painted often as well.
Consider how much time and money you have to invest in caring for your siding and then select a siding option that fits your situation.
When you need new siding installed on your home, let Advantage Window and Door Company help you. Contact us today to discuss your siding needs and how we can assist you.