What Kind of Siding is Best for My House?

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What is the Siding of a House?

When it comes to siding your house you want to make sure that you have something that looks good but is also durable and sturdy. This can make your house better for you to live in and if you’re planning to sell it can make a good impression as well. But let’s look at some of your most common questions regarding vinyl siding and the options out there.

Siding on a house is the exterior material that you see when you drive past the house. It can be made of brick, wood, vinyl and more, but it’s the part that you see rather than a part that is actually structural (in most cases). The exception would be brick houses that are made with brick and not just faced with brick.

Is Thicker Vinyl Siding Better?

When it comes to thick version of vinyl siding you’re generally going to have a little better quality the thicker you go. The base level, economy grade siding is usually around 0.038” in thickness. As you work your way up, however, you will go through builder grade, average siding, upgraded, premium and top of the line. When you get to the top of the line options you’re getting something that is 0.055” or thicker. This will give you a number of benefits including more rigidity and added insulation.

Is Vinyl or Wood Siding Better?

Comparing vinyl and wood siding is an important step because it lets you know just what product is going to protect your home best. While vinyl siding is the cheaper option, wood siding is going to give you more durability in general. There are other aspects to consider as well, including:

  • Lower cost: Vinyl
  • Higher style: Wood
  • Higher resale value: Wood
  • Ease of maintenance: Vinyl
  • Longevity: Wood
  • No wood-eating pests: Vinyl

How Long Does Siding Usually Last?

The longevity of siding depends on the specific material that it’s made of. If you’re looking at wood siding you can actually get it to last as long as the building that you put it up on, if you’re taking good care of it and continuing to treat it properly. On the other hand, if you’re looking at vinyl siding you will generally get it to work for as long as 20 to 40 years.

Home with New Siding

When Should You Replace Siding?

If you’re thinking about replacing your siding you should take a closer look at just how it looks already. Usually you’ll be able to tell when there’s something wrong with your siding. You may notice blistering in the siding or color fading or even dry rot. There might be cracks or loose pieces to the siding. Each of these mean that you should be looking at siding repair.

Siding Board

When vinyl siding or wood siding is being installed it’s installed in sheets or boards. These allow the siding to be put up in larger pieces and make sure that you’re getting the best quality at the same time. With Freetail Roofing you’re going to have quality siding board installed over the outside of your property, whether a house or commercial property.

Siding Cleaning

When it comes to siding, you’re going to have a process when it needs cleaning. The process for cleaning, however, is different depending on the type of siding you have. If you have vinyl siding you can use a combination of water and a bit of white vinegar. You can also use household cleaners, bleach or laundry detergent to get the siding cleaned well. When it comes to wood siding you’ll want to use a basic cleaner with a lot of water. This will help to clean up the wood and get rid of dirt, debris and even more hazardous materials.

Siding for Homes

When it comes to siding for homes you’re going to want to have Freetail Roofing help you out with the process. Siding for your home can be wood or vinyl and it can come in a range of different colors, stains and a lot more. From there, you get to choose the thickness that you want and you get to take a look at different sizes of the siding boards as well.

Siding Options

There are all different kinds of siding options to choose from when it comes to siding your house. If you want to get something bright and vibrant you can absolutely get it. If you want something more unique you can go for that as well. Look at the different things here, and more.

  • Color for siding
  • Vinyl vs. wood siding
  • Siding thickness
  • Paneling/insulation behind siding
  • Size of siding

No matter what you’re planning to do with your vinyl siding you want to make sure that it looks great with the rest of the style for your house. You’ll also want to look at the rest of your house too, to see what looks good, especially alongside your asphalt driveway. Get started on your vinyl siding in Austin, TX when you call Freetail Roofing at (512) 299-6576.