Picking out new siding for your home can be very exciting because you can transform the aesthetics of your home and make it look completely different than it did before. However, it may also feel overwhelming with the different choices available to you. Here is what you need to know about two types of home siding so that you can pick the type that best meets your needs.
Vinyl siding has been a popular choice among homeowners due to its low cost and easy installation. One of the first things that you'll need to decide is if you want regular or insulated siding. Insulated vinyl siding is going to increase your home's value and feel a bit sturdier because it won't be hollow on the opposite side of the panel. However, the materials will cost more than standard vinyl siding by around 20% on the low end.
You'll find that vinyl siding is a very versatile material as well because it comes in a variety of different colors that will be sure to give your home the feel that you are looking for. The siding should not be painted though, so you'll be stuck with the color you pick until the time comes to replace it in the future. However, the lack of maintenance that vinyl siding requires makes it very likely that the siding will last a long time on your home.
While you may not think of using aluminum for your siding material at first, it can be a great choice for those who are looking for an alternative to vinyl that makes their home stand out in the neighborhood. Some homeowners select vinyl siding because it is a material that can be recycled down the road, which is important if you have concerns about your siding material one day ending up in a landfill.
Aluminum siding is similar to vinyl in terms of the maintenance that needs to be done over the years, which is relatively little. All you'll need to do is wash the surface when it gets dirty. Even though it is a metal material, aluminum siding is not going to rust, due to the finishing layer that is put on top of the material during manufacturing. The material can be scratched or dented though, which may be a concern if you have pets or kids with a history of damaging your home's siding.