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Just like roofing, choosing the right type of siding can be a little bit daunting without a little bit of information first. Luckily for you, we at The Woodlands Roofing Expert have the knowledge and expertise needed to make your decision less stressful and much more enjoyable. So before you make the big decision, step a moment and consider these six issues:
1. Water Resistance- It goes without saying that siding that is made of a water resistant material will last longer.
2. Installations- Some types of siding require special skills to be able to cut and install. This is because some types can create harmful dust when you cut them. Because of this, it's definitely a job best left to the professionals.
3. Energy Savings- The R-value will tell you a lot about each particular type of exterior siding's energy savings. Also, different types of cladding may be needed for certain situations.
4. Looks- This is a very important, if superficial, part of deciding on what materials to use when installing new siding on your home. It can make your home look drastically different, so be sure and take a little extra time when deciding on the type and color.
5. Versatility- Depending on the nature of the project, there can be specific parameters that must be met by the materials. Both residential and commercial siding have their advantages and disadvantages. This means that depending on the nature of the building, you can be looking at a greater challenge while working with certain materials.
6. Durability- Here in the Houston area, climate changes can happen somewhat drastically. Cold winters and hot summers with lots of sunlight mean that your siding has to be able to withstand the elements in a big way.
So enough about that, what are the types of siding I can choose from?
The first we'll cover here is stucco siding. It's one of the easiest to install, and also has a pretty reasonable cost which is generally quite low. Stucco can be shaped and textured according to taste, so it can achieve pretty much whatever look you so desire. It goes up relatively quickly, just having to go over top of the wood, galvanized metal screening and tar paper. If need be, we can also apply stucco to brick or stone.
Stone siding is the heavyweight of the gang, and is the most durable of all materials. Common types of stone used in siding applications are granite, limestone and slate. The initial investment of stone siding is a little bit steep, but over the years you'll end up saving lots of money. This is because the process of installing stone siding to a home, office building, or business is very difficult and should only be done by a professional. The upside is that stone retains its beauty for decades while needing very little in the way of maintenance.
Brick siding is durable and doesn't require much maintenance at all. It's also very attractive, which makes it popular among homeowners. Water can penetrate it, however, so proper installation of a water membrane is very important. This is because the brick is only a veneer on the outside of the building and does not form part of its structure. Brick siding generally lasts the lifetime of the whole building, which is a huge plus.
Wood siding comes in many shapes and sizes. Pine, spruce, cypress and Douglas fir are among the favorite types of wood to be used in this applications because of the balance of longevity and good price. Wood siding requires a little more maintenance than brick or stone, but looks amazing!