When it comes to siding and exterior finishes, most homeowners opt for the tried and true vinyl siding. It lasts long, looks great, and is moderately affordable. But there are other options out there to consider, especially if you want to make your home stand out from the rest. Depending on where you live, there may be rules and regulations (covenants) that need to be followed regarding the exterior finishes of your home, so it’s always a good idea to check on those before deciding to do any updates to the exterior of your home. Here, we’ll run down the most common exterior finishes and tell you which ones are best for longevity.
Vinyl is the most affordable choice for the exterior of your home; however, it is easily damaged during wind storms or if something hits your house. It’s not uncommon for vinyl to fade over time and although it is available in a range of colors, it is best to avoid trendy colors, especially darker shades, which can fade more easily. Vinyl is the most popular type of exterior finish because it is readily available, often in stock at your local hardware store – or can be ordered quickly – and is easy to install.
Aluminum was once very popular, but is losing the race against vinyl and composite siding these days. However, when it comes to exterior finishes, some people really like putting aluminum siding on their homes. Secondary to aluminum is steel. Steel roofing is very popular these days, and siding is starting to catch on. You can expect your steel or aluminum siding to last up to 50 year.
Composite siding gives you the look and feel of wood siding without the upkeep and cost. Compositie will last as close to a lifetime as you can imagine, so when you choose your composite siding, be sure to choose a classic shade or finish that you won’t get tired of over time. Even vinyl siding can last 20 to 30 years, so you should alway choose something that is classic and compliments the shape and style of your home.
Wood is going to run you the most money and is going to last the least amount of time; however, homes that are finished with wood are beautiful and really stand out against the vinyl and aluminum sided homes. If you are looking to strike a cord and set a new bar fro your neighborhood, consider installing wood paneling or siding on your home. It can be finished in any color or with any stain and makes an impact you won’t soon forget.
If you are thinking about updating the exterior finishes of your home, give Eakman Construction a call. We can help take your home renovation to the next level by helping you choose the finish that is right for you and your budget. We’ll help you choose a finish that suits the style of your home and compliments the neighborhood in a way that makes your home stand out. Give us a call today at 206.972.2275.