Posted on July 13, 2018
Choosing the right siding is an important choice when building or renovating your Northern Virginia house. Siding can provide color and style to your house, helping you create your perfect aesthetic. However, siding also plays an important part in keeping your home safe from the outside elements. When choosing the right siding for your house, you don't only want to consider the stylistic elements; you also need to make sure you pick the right material. Each siding material has its own durability, water resistance, and ease of installation and upkeep. These are the most common siding materials you will typically get to choose from.
Vinyl is one of the most popular siding types, chosen most often by homeowners and contractors alike. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, so it can be adopted to virtually any design aesthetic. Vinyl siding is extremely water resistant and, with proper upkeep, can typically last 25-40 years, although we offer a lifetime guarantee on our vinyl siding. This type of siding also requires little to no maintenance. Once you install it, you don't have to worry about it again. Installation is also a quick and easy process. When we install your vinyl siding, we will be as unobtrusive as possible.
Genuine brick or stone siding is expensive and very rarely installed in houses these days. It has been used traditionally in the past, and many older Northern Virginia homes may have brick siding. Brick and stone are rarely used now because their cost typically outweighs their benefits. Today, most newly-installed brick or stone siding is actually a veneer, which is a covering placed over the house's frame. Brick veneer isn't nearly as waterproof as traditional brick. As such, a waterproof sheet between the wood and the siding is needed. Stone veneer doesn't have this problem, but needs consistent maintenance and cleaning to ensure its viability. The installation process of both brick and stone veneer can be very labor-intensive, making these siding choices quite expensive. However, if taken care of, they can last the lifetime of the home.
Wood siding can give your house a beautiful look, however, it only keeps its durability if consistent maintenance is performed. Wood siding needs to be kept painted or stained to avoid weather damage, and is susceptible to insect or rodent damage. It is not the best choice for the weather conditions of Northern Virginia.
Fiber-Cement siding is the newest and most popular choice amongst Northern Virginia homeowners, and across the country. It is the preferred choice because it gives you the option of having a natural-looking siding (wood, stone, stucco, etc.) without the cost. It is also extremely low-maintenance. It is already flame- and termite-resistant, and is subject to the same lifetime guarantee as our vinyl siding. Should you want a more natural look for your home, without the cost and upkeep requirements of those requirements, fiber-cement siding is for you.
As you can see, vinyl or fiber-cement siding would be the best choice for your Northern Virginia home. Each material has its own benefits, which can be explored further when we begin discussing your renovation. Siding installation is not an easy, DIY project, and should be handled by a professional. We would be happy to help you make the best siding decision for your home. Don't hesitate to contact us today by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (703) 828-7414!