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The architectural landscape of American homes has dramatically changed in the last century. Wood shingles, clapboards, and gingerbread trim have become features of the past, as more and more homeowners go for siding alternatives. Which raises the question: "Why are so many Americans choosing vinyl siding?"


Out of the box often the case, expense is a determining factor. Vinyl siding seems like wood, however it is much less costly. Furthermore, ease of installation and breezy maintenance has made it popular with homeowners nationwide. All it takes is a bit of water and soap and the utilization of your everyday hose and voila - a clear and attractive facade!

Another advantage is durability. Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chloride, a material that is rigid, strong and resists damage. The color goes throughout each piece, therefore if it chips or scratches, damages is virtually undetectable. That would be amazing news for homeowners, because vinyl siding never must be repainted.

Vinyl siding also enables you to add a little personality to your home. It is for sale in a wide array of colors and forms. Styles include scallops, shingles, and fish scales. Traditional or Dutch lap installations allow you to create the appearance of old-fashioned horizontal clapboard, you can also choose a vertical the perception of a more modern appearance.

You will need to do your homework when searching for vinyl siding, as it is available in a number of different grades. This is one time you do not need the bargain basement cost. It is well worth the investment to choose a higher grade. Cheap vinyl siding will not offer the attractive appearance of higher grades, but more to the point, it does not endure as well in windstorms and temperature changes. An additional benefit of deciding on a higher grade is the fact that all important lifetime warranty. Lower grades are generally only available having a five-year warranty. One last thought: low-grade vinyl siding costs the identical to install!

Despite your frequent trips to Home Depot and regular viewing of Trading Spaces, vinyl siding installation is not a do-it-yourself job. For correct installation, you need to hire licensed skillfully developed. Keep in mind that, vinyl siding reacts by shifting to changes in temperatures. When not properly installed, it's going to develop blisters and waves.

When seeing an industry expert, make sure to have this information on hand. Vinyl doesn't have the insulating properties that wood, steel and aluminum provide. It shouldn't be installed over old cladding without addressing any water damage or rot underneath. Unless you fix those troubles before installation, they are going to worsen as time passes. It is often better to remove old cladding, pay an insulation layer after which install your vinyl siding.

Inspite of the many benefits of vinyl siding, it's not the perfect option for everyone. Wood remains a preference of architects and custom homebuilders, in addition to those who own historic properties. Wood is considered more aesthetic, maintains the need for the home, and preserves the integrity of historic homes, while providing an insulation factor. Furthermore, people who are concerned about ecology prefer wood siding because vinyl siding isn't biodegradable.

If you are considering wood, cedar and redwood shingles are beautiful choices. They're naturally resistant to insect and moisture damage and you may stain them in a variety of finishes. Just keep in mind that cedar shingles, specifically, are expensive to put in because they have to be fastened individually.

Additionally, you will need to consider the maintenance associated with wood siding, as it will periodically require repainting. Before you repaint, you need to wash and prime the top. If you skip these steps or neglect utilizing the proper care of your wood siding, mold, insects, algae, and mildew, especially in a wet climate, could damage your house.

One additional downside to wood siding is always that there is a lack of wood in the usa. It is particularly hard to find suitable knot-free pieces. Because of this, many homeowners are looking at composite woods. Regardless of your choice, wood siding can last for years and years and maintains a natural beauty.

Your siding options don't end there! For many who can't afford wood and don't prefer vinyl, you may want to take a closer look at fiber cement. Fiber Cement is definitely an old material that is made up of 90% sand and cement and 10% cellulose fiber. A significant selling point will be the ability to paint fiber cement siding any color - pink, turquoise, green, or chocolate brown - this fabric will certainly permit you to express yourself! However, we're sure your friends will appreciate a nice neutral beige.

One last note regarding fiber cement would it be is expensive to set up due to the difficultly transporting this heavy material, and because you must caulk in the joints. If fiber cement siding isn't properly installed, it may break and crack off.

Metal siding, either aluminum or steel, rounds out one last siding options. Metal siding is more expensive than vinyl but cheaper than wood products. When considering metal siding options, you will need to keep your local climate at heart.

Steel siding supports well in severe cold temperatures, hail and high winds. It may bend and nick, but typically does not break off. However, it can be costly to repair those scratches and nicks. If you're fortunate enough to live seaside, you will need to consider aluminum siding, which holds up very well in the salty air.

Metal siding can be painted a variety of colors, just make sure that you choose a paint uniquely formulated for this form of siding. One final consideration: metal siding conducts heat, which means you must careful when installing over wood. Rotting can happen when heat causes water condensation to form, under the metal siding touching wood materials. A certified expert can discuss your viable options concerning the installation of metal siding.

To make sure you choose materials that will bring out natural beauty of your house and best enhance its architectural style, take the time to consult with an architect. An architect provides you with a good breakdown of what will and won't work when re-cladding your home. Be sure to keep the porch, trim and windows at heart for an overall face-life, that you will enjoy for many years! After all, its by pointing out details.