Different Types of Siding: the Pros and Cons

Every homeowner wants their home’s exterior to be aesthetically pleasing, budget friendly, and requiring minimal maintenance. But what are the different types of siding, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of each? The experts at TopLine have compiled a brief summary of the pros and cons of the kinds of siding we offer.

Vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is a more common choice for homeowners in the New York area. Vinyl is lower maintenance, requiring a wash every few years, if that, to rid the panels of any dirt or cobwebs. With many types of grain patterns and finishes (like cedar, oak and smooth) to choose from, plus a variety of colors from demure to bright, it’s a popular choice for a reason. Plus, vinyl siding is easy to install, making installation more affordable. Vinyl siding with underlying foam insulation will not only renew the appearance of a home, but offer thermal efficiency and protection against leaks plus mold growth. Additionally, vinyl siding will add strong value to a home relative to its cost.

Fiber Cement Siding

Considered the most durable and authentic looking type of siding, fiber cement doesn’t warp, crack, or rot, unlike wood siding. It can endure extreme weather conditions such as during harsh winters and summers. Fiber cement is exceptionally sturdy and can mimic the look of real wood, but will require maintenance like repainting after many years. It also has exceptional longevity compared to any other type of siding, averaging between 50 and 75+ years before replacement. Fiber cement is more expensive than vinyl given it’s a higher-grade, more durable material and installation requires more time and skill than regular vinyl. Fiber cement siding adds unmatched value to a home while also greatly improving insulation and aesthetics.

At TopLine Home Improvement, we can walk you through the different siding options you have, show you samples of each kind of siding and lend you insight from previous siding jobs we’ve completed. Contact us today for a free estimate and let’s work with you to find the siding option you dream of for your home.

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