Hot home de­sign: 4 things to con­sider when choos­ing sid­ing

Cecil Whig - - REAL ESTATE -

(BPT) — Se­lect­ing new sid­ing is one of the most im­por­tant curb ap­peal de­ci­sions home­own­ers face when build­ing new or re­mod­el­ing an ex­ist­ing home. With so many op­tions — both clas­sic and mod­ern ma­te­ri­als — there’s a lot to con­sider.

Many man­u­fac­tur­ers are now com­bin­ing tra­di­tional styles and ma­te­ri­als with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, de­liv­er­ing a prod­uct home­own­ers can love for years to come. Among all the op­tions on the mar­ket, vinyl sid­ing — with its var­i­ous styles, tex­tures and colors — re­mains the most-used prod­uct. In fact, 2016 marked 22 straight years that vinyl sid­ing held the top spot in cladding for new sin­gle-fam­ily houses, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau’s an­nual home re­port. This ma­te­rial has come a long way since it was in­tro­duced in the 1950s, with man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Ply Gem Build­ing Prod­ucts mak­ing strides in re­search and de­vel­op­ment ef­forts for de­sign and per­for­mance.

Whether you are build­ing a new home or re­mod­el­ing, there are four key con­sid­er­a­tions ev­ery home­owner should ac­count for when de­ter­min­ing which sid­ing op­tion will best meet his or her needs: dura­bil­ity, de­sign, main­te­nance and af­ford­abil­ity. Dura­bil­ity Sid­ing se­lec­tion is typ­i­cally a once-in-a-life­time de­ci­sion, mak­ing dura­bil­ity a key fac­tor for many. Home­own­ers should look for a sid­ing op­tion that is re­sis­tant to ev­ery el­e­ment, in­clud­ing rain, wind and even the sun. Man­u­fac­tur­ers now of­fer sid­ing prod­ucts with tech­nolo­gies that re­sist the dam­ag­ing im­pact of the sun, pre­serv­ing color for the life­time of the home. Op­tions, like Ply Gem’s Mas­tic Vinyl Sid­ing So­larDe­fense Re­flec­tive Tech­nol­ogy, ex­pand ex­te­rior home de­sign with darker, on-trend colors that can make your home the envy of the neigh­bor­hood. De­sign & color To­day, the most over­whelm­ing de­ci­sion for many when con­sid­er­ing sid­ing op­tions can be style and color — but it doesn’t need to be. There are sev­eral pri­mary sid­ing ma­te­rial op­tions avail­able to home­own­ers — vinyl, alu­minum, steel, wood, brick, fiber ce­ment, stucco and stone — and count- less color and style op­tions within each ma­te­rial type. To help you de­ter­mine what might look best, seek the ad­vice of a sid­ing spe­cial­ist like a con­trac­tor, builder or ar­chi­tect for help. They can ed­u­cate you on color co­or­di­na­tion and what would go well with the neigh­bor­hood, while still giv­ing per­son­al­ized op­tions for your home. Also check out on­line re­sources like Ply Gem’s home ex­te­rior vi­su­al­izer to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent op­tions and cus­tom­ize your style.

“In re­cent years, home­own­ers have been get­ting more cre­ative and choos- ing bolder col­or­ful op­tions for their ex­te­rior,” said Pat Ver­lodt, pres­i­dent of Color Ser­vices & As­so­ciates, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that iden­ti­fies color trends and ed­u­cates con­sumers and man­u­fac­tur­ers about those trends. “Whether you’re look­ing for a cer­tain pe­riod-spe­cific color scheme to align with his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, for a new pal­ette to freshen up your curb ap­peal, or for a spe­cific panel tex­ture, such as cedar shake or wood clap­board, my rec­om­men­da­tion is to look at vinyl. It pro­vides the home­owner the free­dom to add low-main­te­nance color and def­i­ni­tion that will never go out of style or need paint­ing or refin­ish­ing.”

In fact, more than 400 vinyl sid­ing colors have been cer­ti­fied for color re­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Vinyl Sid­ing In­sti­tute (VSI). The va­ri­ety of­fers home­own­ers a vir­tu­ally end­less pal­ette of fade-re­sis­tant colors, from pas­tels to deep hues, com­bined with trim, ac­cents and ac­ces­sories. Look to man­u­fac­tur­ers like Ply Gem that of­fer com­ple­men­tary so­lu­tions for the en­tire ex­te­rior. Main­te­nance Be­yond style and color, home­own­ers are also seek­ing sid­ing that is low main­te­nance, which re­duces or elim­i­nates the cost and per­sonal time ex­pended for proper up­keep. Each sid­ing ma­te­rial type has a dif­fer­ent level of care and main­te­nance re­quired. Vinyl typ­i­cally re­quires just soap and wa­ter for pe­ri­odic clean­ing, and no need to paint, stain or caulk, which means lit­tle main­te­nance over the long term. Wood and fiber ce­ment can re­quire re­paint­ing ev­ery five to seven years. Stucco will need to be re­painted and sealed. Brick and stone re­quire re­point­ing of mor­tar. The ear­lier point about dura­bil­ity plays a part here too, en­sur­ing that the op­tion you se­lect is free from po­ten­tial time-con­sum­ing and costly re­pairs due to storm dam­age such as wind and mois­ture. Af­ford­abil­ity Lastly, es­tab­lish a fi­nan­cial plan and bud­get. By do­ing this home­work up front, you can have a more in­formed con­sul­ta­tion with po­ten­tial con­trac­tors and bet­ter en­sure that es­ti­mates are aligned with your bud­get. Don’t for­get that some­times in­vest­ing a lit­tle more into the project up front may re­duce is­sues and main­te­nance costs down the road.

As you look to se­lect new ex­te­rior sid­ing, be sure to keep in mind th­ese im­por­tant fac­tors — dura­bil­ity, de­sign, main­te­nance and af­ford­abil­ity — to make the best choice pos­si­ble for your home and life­style. To get started on sid­ing your house, look to man­u­fac­turer web­sites such as plygem. com for sid­ing choices, as well as home vi­su­al­izer and color se­lec­tion tools that help home­own­ers ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent colors and tex­tures be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

The va­ri­ety of vinyl sid­ing of­fers home­own­ers a vir­tu­ally end­less pal­ette of low-main­te­nance, fade-re­sis­tant colors, from pas­tels to deep hues, com­bined with trim, ac­cents and ac­ces­sories.

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