What is Siding?
Siding in construction refers to a material used to surface the exterior of a building or home that protects them from the external elements, prevents heat loss, and visually homogenize the facade. Homeowners have several options when it comes to siding, the most common materials are insulated vinyl shakes, fiber cement shakes, and wooden shakes.
Types of Siding for A Home
- Insulated Vinyl Shakes: Very attractive alternative because it offers durability, different color options, and affordable prices.
- Fiber Cement Shakes: Brings in a retro and modern style to your home. Aluminum and steel siding are the most common materials.
- Wooden Shakes: These will add that cozy, natural, and inviting appeal that many homeowners like.
Before picking up a material for your siding, check out several things you should consider that will help you make a better decision.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Siding Material
How your siding will look and what colors are available are probably one of the most critical decisions that will affect your siding selection. Expert roofers can help you determine which is the best option that will match the style of your home while boosting its curb appeal.
Durability & Water Resistant
Always ask how long will your siding last before it has to be maintained, painted, or replaced? Stucco can last many years if done right and will only need to be repainted every six years. Check the resistance of the material to the elements, insects, and rot with your roof contractor.
Durability is mostly influenced by the degree of water resistance of the material. The more a material resists to water, the higher its lifespan will be. Plus, it prevents premature decay due to water or moisture.
The energy efficiency of a material is determined by the R-value. In this case, aim for higher R values. For example, insulated vinyl has a 2.0-3.0 R-value while stucco siding has an R-Value of .4.
If the environment is a concern, go for fiber cement siding that is made of cement, clay, sand, and wood-pulp fibers. You can also opt for wood sidings that are biodegradable, thus greener.
Should you need help deciding on which siding option is best for your home, WestPro Roofing is here to help. Our expert roofers will make your Colorado home look great.
Call us at (303) 834-9236 to start changing your home curb appeal.