Siding 101: Everything You Need to Know
Siding (also called cladding) is the exterior wall covering on your home. It can be made of vinyl, aluminum, wood, stucco, or composite materials. While siding comes in many colours and styles providing a unique decorative element to your home, it also provides additional wall strength and protection from the elements.
Types of Siding
Aluminum or vinyl siding -- Aluminum or vinyl siding is an affordable option that has been very popular since the mid-1900s. This can be credited to its price, availability, and its low maintenance.
Wood siding -- Wood siding is a durable option that adds a unique charm to your home. There may be more finishing options available than you think, with staining and painting.Wood siding is a more expensive option and requires regular maintenance.
Stucco siding – Stucco siding has been used for hundreds of years and is a cement mixture typically combined with sand or lime.Although Stucco siding is a more expensive option, it provides homeowners with the benefits of durability, longevity and good curb appeal.
Composite siding -- Composite siding is made of scrap wood bonded together with resin. Composite siding is durable, looks great, and helps make use of scrap materials otherwise destined for the landfill.
Maintaining Your Siding
Of course, like many aspects of your home, siding requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Regular inspection of your siding can help prevent issues before they become big problems.
When inspecting your siding look for any of the following:
● Deteriorating caulking
● Peeling paint
● Mould or mildew
● Pest damage
Pay particular attention to vulnerable areas of your home, such as around doors and windows, and where siding is near the ground. Different types of siding will generally require different types of maintenance:
Aluminum or vinyl siding -- can become loose or damaged.Quick repairs can be completed but removal and replacement of the damaged section may be required.
Wood siding -- regular maintenance includes repairing holes, cracks, and warped boards.This can help prevent deterioration and ensure that the wood siding lasts as long as the home does.
Stucco siding -- any cracks should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent moisture damage.
Composite siding -- typically requires less surface maintenance but any openings should be caulked and sealed.
Regular inspection and maintenance of your siding, along with cleaning, painting, or staining can keep your home protected and looking great for many years.
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