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Choosing the Right Siding For Your Home

Choosing the Right Siding For Your Home By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Trying to decide which type of siding is best for your home - vinyl siding, aluminum siding, or wood siding - could be a tough choice.  Each of them offers many great attributes for your home. 

Vinyl siding, aluminum siding, and wood siding are all very popular choices among homeowners today.  Before you decide which one you would like to use for your home, you should know the characteristics and options that each one has to offer.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is an inexpensive and durable siding material.  It lasts a long time and requires little or no maintenance.  You can expect to clean it as needed just by spraying it with water and/or a cleaner.  Unlike most other materials, you will never have to paint it.  Vinyl siding offers numerous colors to choose from, as well as texture options.  It is now available as a seamless material.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is another popular choice among homeowners and builders.  This type of siding is known for its low maintenance costs, resistance to water, and good heat insulation.  Aluminum siding is the most fire-resistant type of siding available.  It is available in a wide variety of baked-on finishes and comes in both smooth and textured finishes.  However, you should remember that aluminum siding will dent easily and may need to be repainted every few years.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is a natural renewable resource that does not cause environmental concerns when facing disposal like vinyl siding does.  Certain types of wood, such as cedar, may also be a great and natural deterrent for insects and other pests.  If properly cared for, wood siding could possibly last longer than both vinyl and aluminum sidings.  This material also offers great insulating qualities, which can save energy and end up saving you money on your bills.  However, wood siding will need to be repainted every 4-8 years, depending mostly on where you live and the climate that your home encounters.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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