The Most Common Kinds of Siding

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The exterior of your home needs to stand up to the local elements, be they wind, rain, snow or extreme heat. The outside of your home is also the first thing people see, so it needs to be stylish. When it comes to siding, you have four main choices: vinyl, wood, aluminum, and steel. Here is a look at what Marine Home Improvement offer for siding installation and what each material has to offer.

Vinyl

This is the most common kind of siding because it is often the cheapest. Vinyl has its pigment mixed directly into it, which means it is more resistant to fading and doesn’t chip. While vinyl also won’t rot or be food for termites, it isn’t an insulator and shouldn’t be the only thing stopping harsh temperatures from entering your home.

Wood

Wood siding is probably the oldest kind of siding still used today. It is classic and timeless with many styles available. Since wood takes stain or paint, your color options are restricted only by your imagination. Wood, however, requires a lot of maintenance. Proper sealing is a must to keep out pests and moisture.

Aluminum

If you want siding that is lightweight, fire resistant and won’t be eaten by insects, then you want aluminum. This material requires very little upkeep, rarely anything more than a single washing each year. Denting can be a problem, so you may want to look at the next option if hail is an issue where you live.

Steel

Wrapping your house in steel provides the ultimate protection. While more expensive than other options, steel is so durable that it can withstand lightning strikes. The insulation process also locks out moisture entirely, which is great for areas with a lot of rain.

Choosing your siding is an important part of being a homeowner, whether building a new home or remodeling an existing one. Steel, aluminum, wood, and vinyl are all options for covering your home. Depending on your weather and budget, there’s a right fit for you.