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How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

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Siding plays a very important role in protecting the exterior of your home. It’s very visible and the first thing that will be noticed about your house. It's important for much more than curb appeal, though—siding also provides your house with insulation and protects your home from the elements. Thus, it's very important to make sure you choose high-quality siding that not only looks good, but will be able to add protection and overall value to your home.

Choosing good siding for your house is extremely important. If your home needs new siding and you're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choices available, we have you covered. Here's what you need to know about the different types of siding along with other considerations you'll need to think about before purchasing.

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Important Considerations When Choosing Siding for Your House

Need new siding? Start by researching different types and designs and recognize what appeals to you most. As your home's exterior is the most visible part of your home, it’s always a good idea to choose the color, type, and style that suits your home and outdoor space and will add appeal to your house's exterior. Although aesthetics are arguably not the number one goal of siding, it won't do you any good to select something you find unattractive just to save a few bucks.

Another important thing to think about is climate. As a California construction company, we offer our customers the products and options best suited for California’s climate. Wood, vinyl, and fiber-cement are the most popular choices among our customers, but that may be different where you live.

Other important considerations include:

  • Installation cost
  • Time, cost, and effort required for maintenance
  • How long the siding is expected to last

Still not sure? Ask around among family, friends, and neighbors for advice and opinions. It's also a good idea to consult a contractor for expert advice based on your region, budget, and aesthetic goals. The more you hear from the people you trust, the more informed and educated your decision will be.

Types of Siding for Homes

Cement Fiber Siding

Fiber cement siding is probably the most durable siding option currently available. It’s fire-resistant and will protect your home from the elements, including UV light, heat, rain, snow, and wind. It doesn’t age or fade and can last for many years. This siding never rots and comes in a variety of elegant styles.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum is also known as one of the most durable types of siding and requires very little maintenance—perhaps little more than a wash once a year. It can resist many different weather conditions and won’t fade over time. Aluminum siding is not very commonly utilized these days, although it was very mainstream in the ’70s and ’80s.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is quickly becoming one of the most popular sidings. It comes in many color shades and requires very little maintenance. It’s also affordable. However, some customers do not appreciate its basic look. There are very few style options for vinyl siding.

Hardboard Siding

Hardboard is also one of the most popular siding choices. It’s a synthetically-produced mix of wood and other materials. It has the charm and appeal of natural wood siding but is not as strong as real wood. It comes in many different styles, which makes it a versatile material, but it could be costly in some cases.

Wood Siding

Wood is known and loved for its natural and charming appearance. It looks beautiful and will easily suit most exteriors. There are endless styles and design options for wood siding, making it the most customizable option for your siding needs. Wood siding is also very affordable and readily available at every lumber supplier. The downside to wood siding is that it does need a lot of maintenance, including staining and painting every few years. Wood siding is also susceptible to rot and pest infestations. 

You can find more information about types of wood siding here.

We'll Help You Choose the Best Type of Siding for Your House

Whether you are building a new home or need siding repair or replacement, Good Life Construction will be happy to assist you. We will help you to choose the best siding that will suit your needs and will provide your home with perfect insulation and protection all year long. We have a variety of siding to choose from, and our experts will walk you through the pros and cons of each type of siding in detail, taking your needs, your style, and your budget into consideration.

Reach out to the Good Life Construction team for a personal consultation: (916) 884-6132.

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