Exterior siding to beautify your home
One of the most important renovating decisions a homeowner will make concerns exterior siding. Not only does your home’s siding protect you from the elements but it also determines its appearance. Here are a few recommendations to help you find your way through the maze of different types, qualities, and styles of siding that are available on the market.
Because of its affordable cost as well as the many choices in format and colour, vinyl is gaining ground in the popularity stakes. Scratch and shock resistant, vinyl is easy to install and is designed to last. However, this material can contract or expand depending on tempera- ture variations and can become slightly distorted if not installed properly. Although it is reasonably sturdy, vinyl can be affected by the wind and sun.
Available in various patterns and colours, aluminum is highly resistant to wind and changing weather conditions and its shape does not vary over the years. However, it is less resistant to shocks, which are liable to damage the siding.
Stone and brick
Sturdy and durable, stone and brick give homes a rich, warm appearance. It also makes them comfortable to live in and insulates them from exterior noise. Over the last few years, brick has lost some of its popularity, perhaps because of changing fashions or because of the cost of the material and installation.
Wood confers warmth, comfort, and beauty to homes. This type of siding is available in a wide range of patterns and finishes, allowing for lots of possibilities. However, wood requires a great deal of upkeep. A protective coat of paint or stain will have to be applied on a regular basis if you want to keep the original look of the wood and preserve it for years to come.