The siding you choose has a big impact on how your home looks. When you consider your siding options, also take into consideration your personal taste as well as lifestyle.
When you choose a siding, consider the following:
+ Ease of installation
Stucco siding is probably the most common type of stucco, because of its durability. If a quality stucco is tinted, you may never need to repaint.
Vinyl siding is another popular option. It is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic, so it won’t rot or flake like wood, but it can crack, fade, or grow dingy over time. Because it is plastic, it is also not considered an environmentally friendly option.
Aluminum siding is another option, although it is considered old fashioned. It is durable, but it can dent and fade.
Seamless steel is a relatively new siding option. Siding is custom fit to the size of your house and won’t shrink or expand with temperature changes. Seamless steel can be made to look like wood, or for a modern industrial look, maintain its steel appearance.
Homes in wooded areas or nice neighborhoods look nice with wood siding, whether it is cedar or pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir. Wood siding is generally stained rather than painted and retains its color for many years. Synthetic wood is another option.
by Carly Zinderman
photo: Editor B
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