Whether you are building a new home or renovating an old one, you have a lot of ideas for siding to perk up the exterior. While you might be sold on its beauty and aesthetics, you must also evaluate its durability, functionality and maintenance costs both short and long term. It is important to know that durability and functionality of a siding can be heavily influenced by the climate in which you love. Dry weather, moist climate, windy conditions, rain, snow and frost can adversely affect the durability of your siding, no matter how beautiful the designs are. Thus the crux of the matter lies in you choosing the right type of material for your siding which will depend on the climatic conditions. though vinyl sidings are weather-resistance and serve their purpose better than other materials, you must choose the materials carefully, which could be specific to your area. Maintenance issues related to the sidings are also dependent on the materials chosen. These should ideally act as moisture and pest barriers and be free of regular maintenance.
There are plenty of materials to choose from when it comes to sidings of the exteriors of the house which has style and beauty too. Some of the common materials are vinyl, brick, cedar, log and several others. Each can add its own beauty and are available in a large range of colors and even their methods of application differ. You must also carefully evaluate the time it takes for the regular maintenance of your siding. With improper maintenance, your expenditure may increase over a period of time, when you have no other choice but to opt for re-siding, to keep the exterior appearance of your home. Thus when choosing the material for siding you must keep in mind the following: the siding should keep the appearance of the exterior as you had planned; it must provide adequate protection to the occupants of the house in terms of safety and health; it must add value to your home. You might even consider a house wrap, which is applied onto the exterior sheathing under the siding. There are many siding and re-siding contractors who prefer to use house wrap for two primary reasons. These include: prevention of damage to the building due to water seepage and minimize air flow. While a house wrap can act as a barrier to the water or moisture accumulation inside walls, the minimization of air flow is done to older homes as part of remodeling, especially if the homes are exposed to heavy windy situations. Apart from the reduction of uncomfortable drafts, the benefits of house wrap can also be in the form of reduction of energy consumption for heating and cooling. The house wrap concept is recommended if you want your home ‘to breath’. A point to remember here is the application of house wrap is not required by most codes.
If your home is some years old and you wish to sell the property, re-siding is an opportunity which can increase the value of your home substantially. Not just increasing its resale value, re-siding can make your home more energy efficient thereby reducing your utility bills. Re-siding can assure you of a more stable and moisture-free environment. Part of your re-siding program could include installation of complete wall protective systems which are called by different names by different manufacturers. This upgrading of insulation system are usually fire-retardant and increases the energy consumption pattern of the premises by increasing or adjusting the R value whenever required.