Ex­te­rior sid­ing to beau­tify your home

Orleans Star - - LIVING IN STYLE -

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.

Vinyl

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.

Alu­minum

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

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.

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