Due to the long list of benefits, we now see more and more homeowners choosing siding over painting. As you probably already know, painting has specific drawbacks. For instance, having a new coat of paint applied every few years is expensive. Then, you have to worry about cracking, peeling, and fading. However, with siding, you make a one-time investment and then enjoy a beautiful home, as long as you live there - period!
Today, siding is much different from years ago. In addition to new materials and technologies, you also have a huge selection of colors. The result is that any home can be enhanced, actually adding value when and if you ever want to sell. Obviously, the exterior of your home is just as important as the inside since it is the first thing people see. In fact, the home's exterior tells a lot about the people living inside.
When siding was first created in the United States, the only option available was wood. At that time, quality was not nearly as great as it is today but it worked. Now, you can go with maintenance-free wood siding, which is treated to last longer. However, wood siding still needs to be stained or painted periodically. If you want something that will last longer and not require all the upkeep, then you could choose some of the newer materials to include aluminum, vinyl, or fiber-cement.
Of all materials available, one of the most popular is vinyl, which is actually made from polyvinyl chloride or PVC. From the time vinyl siding was first introduced in the 1970s to the early 2000s, this type of siding increased in popularity by as much as 75%. In fact, by 2002, 31% of all siding sold is vinyl. Then, manufacturers have offered even more variety for color and texture, boosting sales even more.
From an installer's point of view, vinyl siding is great in that the material is easy to handle. Since vinyl is self-sufficient with color penetrating all the way through, it never needs to be painted. For cleaning, all you need is a garden hose and an occasional spray down. The difference with aluminum from vinyl is that aluminum has color only on the surface, which means it will fade over time, while also having the potential to peel or crack.
One of the newest options for siding is called fiber-cement. Although this type of siding has been around for more than 20 years, it is growing quickly. Comprised of sand, cement, and cellulose fiber, this siding resembles brick, wood, and other surface materials. Best of all, fiber-cement siding typically comes with a full, 50-year warranty while offering a beautiful and non-combustible solution.