​Tips for Choosing the Right Exterior Siding

From on October 21, 2013 in Siding

You can give your home an impressive facelift by replacing outdated siding with new siding. Whether you are choosing siding to update your current siding or choosing exterior siding for a new home, there are numerous factors to consider.

Exterior siding material options

Wood siding is a relatively high maintenance exterior siding. As time goes by, it requires painting, caulking and possibly other maintenance. Depending on the area you live in, termites or other insects could be a potential problem to deal with.

Aluminum siding falls into the medium to high price range when compared to other siding options. It has been used for a long time, but it does have a disadvantage that you can’t ignore. It can easily be scratched or dented.

Vinyl siding is currently the most popular siding option. Part of its popularity is due to its low cost and low maintenance features. It does not require repainting and is available in an extensive selection of colors.

Fiber cement is more expensive than vinyl. However, it has some excellent features that make it a top contender among the exterior siding material options. It is ideal for anyone who is concerned with using environmentally friendly products in their home. Not only is it is exceptionally durable, but you can enjoy the fact that it looks like wood without having to worry about termite related problems.

The aesthetics of exterior siding

Regardless of the type of exterior siding material you select, you will have to decide the color. If you were thinking that might be a simple decision, you might want to consider that there are several hundred color options when choosing vinyl siding and almost endless options when choosing a paint color for wood siding.

Although selecting colors for the exterior of your home is a personal choice, there are some things you might want to keep in mind as you make your selection. Everyone wants their home to have an aspect of individuality that sets it apart from other houses in the neighborhood. If living in a neighborhood with a home owner’s association, the color of your siding should not be what sets your house part from the others. Instead, it is best if you select a color that is comparable to the color scheme used on the majority of the homes in your neighborhood. You can personalize your home with exterior accessories and landscaping designs.

The color of your siding and the color of your roof should complement each other. The style of home you live in is also a factor to consider when choosing a color for the siding. If you have an older, historical looking home, colors such as slate blue, gray, white, tan, cream and deep rich colors would be good options. As a general rule, lighter colors make your home look larger while darker colors can make it look smaller. This could influence your color choice, if your home is not comparable in size to the immediate houses in your neighborhood.

With the multitude of siding options available, hiring an expert can take the hard work out of installing a new exterior siding. Calfinder can get you in contact with siding contractors ready to complete the remodel of your dreams. Contact us for free contractor estimates.