House exterior options are vast, ranging from stone to stucco to wood to siding. The exterior material gives your home its overall look and gives visitors their first impressions.
The most popular exterior is siding, with its many styles and colors that offer modern and timeless looks.
That may be why 32 percent of new homes using siding as the main building material, according to This Old House. As you consider your options, here are three ways siding enhances your home.
Siding is low maintenance
Polymer siding such as CedarMax Insulated Siding does not peel, flake, dent or warp. Its durable material ensures you won’t have moisture issues and, if you get siding with a built-in termite inhibitor, you won't have to deal with insects nesting in the seams.
For a busy homeowner, these perks mean you won’t have to spend time repainting, updating or maintaining the exterior of your home over the years. Siding also makes for easy cleaning, as you can pressure wash it.
Additionally, as anyone who has had to deal with the fallout from extreme weather knows, a material that can withstand heat and cold is invaluable. That's where high quality insulated siding that can also stand up to the windiest of storms comes in handy.
Siding saves money
Compared to other exteriors, siding is one of the least expensive materials to install. It also saves money in the long run with its energy efficiency.
For example, CedarMax Insulated Siding increases energy efficiency by 20 percent by fighting against temperature loss in winter and keeping your cool air inside in the summer. The siding does so by blanketing your home in "continuous insulation which fights heat loss vs. framing and lumber," according to Great Plains Exteriors.
Siding increases curb appeal
Not only does siding increase your curb appeal — that all-important first impression people get when seeing your house — it also increases the value of your home.
With hundreds of color options, polymer siding such as CedarMax can give your home a unique look that appeals to you and others. You may choose to arrange it horizontally or vertically to give your home texture and attitude.
Regardless of whether you like a modern or vintage look, you can use siding on your entire home or to add a specific design element.
Replacing old siding
If you live in an old home, you may be considering replacing the siding to give it a fresh look and greater protection. Here are a few things to look for that suggest you need to replace your siding:
- The siding is chipped, peeling, cracked or warped.
- Your energy bills are too high.
- You can see mold or mildew, which may indicate a problem with water penetration.
As you research the option that works best for you, consult local professionals, such as those at Great Plains Exteriors, who will offer help that fits with your vision for your home.