You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Although your house offers protection to you and your family, it bears the brunt of any harsh weather. That said, it is important to protect your house from the elements. One way to achieve this goal is through siding installation.
As the name implies, siding refers to any protective material that is installed on the sides/exterior walls of a building. While its primary purpose is to cover and protect the surface underneath from the elements, it also influences the overall appearance of the building in a huge way. That's why choosing wisely among different siding options is paramount to enjoying the benefits that siding installation can provide.
If you're in the market for a siding material for your residential project but are confused about your options, here are some factors to take into account before making a final purchase decision.
The Climate Of Your Home's Location
The United States is a large country that boasts different climate zones. While some siding materials can work well in practically all climates, others may be a weak choice for homes in areas with certain climates.
To install siding that will provide maximum protection for your home while remaining intact for a long time, you should choose a material that can withstand the vagaries of the local weather.
If you live in a cold climate, for example, brick or stone siding can be a strong choice for your home as they're great at insulating against cold temperatures. Just keep in mind that both brick and stone are porous materials, hence, an effective barrier system must be installed to keep the water out.
The Level Of Maintenance That Your Siding Will Require
There's no such thing as maintenance-free siding. No matter the material, all siding products require some sort of care and upkeep to remain structurally sound and keep looking great. However, the degree of maintenance required varies by material type. Wood siding, for example, is known for its need for regular weatherproofing. Wood naturally absorbs water, which can cause your siding to rot prematurely.
If you plan on installing wood siding, you'll need to make sure it is properly sealed with oil, stain, or paint to keep it in structurally sound condition throughout the year.
How Much Your Siding Material Will Cost
The many different siding materials that are available on the market today vary in terms of price. Some materials cost more than others but this isn't always an indication of superior performance and quality. For example, exotic hardwoods will cost you more than fiber cement siding, even though the latter performs better when it comes to keeping moisture out.
When it comes to selecting residential siding, there are no right or wrong choices — only choices. That said, there's no single siding material that is best for everyone. Contact a siding installation expert if you need help figuring out which type of siding will suit your specific needs.