Are you looking for an easy way to upgrade your home’s exterior?
Choosing the perfect siding for your home is an inexpensive way to increase your curb appeal! And with a wide variety of styles, colors, and textures to choose from, your options are endless.
With that in mind, choosing the right siding can be a confusing task. To help you out, we’ve listed some valuable tips when it comes to choosing the perfect style and color for your home:
Choosing the Right Type of Siding For Your Home
In order to choose the right type of siding for your home, it’s important to understand the variety of siding products available:
1. Wood Siding
Wood siding is a popular choice for your home and comes in a variety of styles. These styles include shakes, shingles, clapboards, batten, and board.
Wood siding gives your home a natural and warm appearance!
The two main wood species used for exterior siding are pine and cedar. While pine can be susceptible to rot and insects, cedar is more stable and won’t crack, expand contract, or warp.
With a protective finish, any wood siding will be long-lasting and protected from the weather and UV damage. You can opt for paint, colored stain, or a clear finish that showcases the natural look of the wood grain.
To better protect your home and family, make sure the wood is treated with fire-retardant chemicals.
2. Wood Shingle Siding
Wood shingles siding is a great choice because it can be installed over existing siding such as older clapboard siding.
However, for the sake of longevity, you should consider removing old siding prior to installing wood shingle siding and replacing any damaged trim or flashing around your windows and doors.
Repairing or adding house wrap in advance will help mitigate the risk of air infiltration and moisture damage.
The only thing to keep in mind with wood shingle siding is that you will have to inspect it annually and repair any cracks or damage. Depending on the finish you use, refinishing is generally required every five years.
3. Engineered Wood Siding
While cedar siding does have a beautiful natural look, it can be quite expensive. For a more cost-effective solution, consider engineered wood siding.
Engineered wood siding has the look and feels of solid wood with two options to choose from: clapboard make of wood flakes and resin and plywood
Clapboard comes with a factory-applied primer while plywood has a rustic-looking surface and lapped edged to hide the seams between panels.
4. Vinyl Siding
A more modern choice for your home’s siding is vinyl - it is long-lasting, affordable, and easy to install. You can choose from a variety of styles and colors and many of them resemble wood, shingles, and even stone.
You can even opt for insulated vinyl siding that has a rigid foam backing and adds an insulation value between R2 and R6.
Vinyl is also tough and more resistant to damage. Maintenance involves routine cleaning with a brush and hose.
5. Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding is available in a clapboard style and offers the same benefits as vinyl siding. However, unlike vinyl siding, aluminum siding can be painted.
One caveat to aluminum siding is that the style choices are limited and it doesn’t have the same level of resiliency as vinyl siding.
Overall, aluminum siding is great because it is low maintenance and can be repainted in the future.
6. Stone Veneer Siding
Having the look of the stone doesn’t need to involve adhering actual stones to your home. Stone veneer siding is made of cement and other natural materials that are baked in textured molds to simulate the look of stone.
Stone veneer siding is a nice way to upgrade the look of your foundation, driveway pillars, and outdoor fireplaces.
7. Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is a composite material made of concrete and cellulose fibers that are compressed into different siding products. These products include clapboards, panels, boards, and exterior trim.
This type of siding is solid and can be painted. It’s also moisture and rot resistance which is perfect for areas that experience heavy rainfall and flooding.
When it comes to the safety of your home and family, fiber cement siding is also non-combustible and you may even receive a discount from your insurance company for using it.
However, installing fiber cement siding is not a DIY task. It involves special tools and safety precautions best left to the professionals.
Choosing the Right Color for Your Home’s Siding
When it comes to choosing the right color for your home’s siding, you have two choices: blend in or stand out. It helps to drive around your neighborhood and take note of the colors being commonly used.
Before you choose a color that stands out against other homes, think of resale value. If you plan on selling your home at some point, choose a color that will appeal to potential buyers.
If you still can’t settle on a color, look at homes with a similar architectural style to yours for inspiration.
Speaking of your home’s architecture, look at colors that best suit the style of your home. For instance, Victorian-style homes are typically painted with muted colors while Colonial homes are usually a lighter color such as white.
Rustic homes look best with browns and warm reds and Cap Cod homes are designed to showcase grays and other neutral colors.
While you don’t have to adhere to your home’s “color palette”, looking at your home’s architecture may help in narrowing down your color choices.
Is Your Home Ready for a Makeover?
At Roe Roofing & Exteriors, we are proud to offer a variety of exterior renovation products and services.
Whether your home is in need of repair or you’re simply looking to upgrade the exterior with new siding, we guarantee that your renovation experience is quick, efficient, and enjoyable.