Siding is a vital exterior feature of your home. Without it, your home would lose its temperature, experience water damage, and be unprotected from the outdoors. Siding does a lot more than just make your home look pretty. It also protects against the elements and debris and prevents your house from losing essential temperature-controlled air.
You likely will stick to the siding your home currently has, but you can make the switch. Each type of siding has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you are unhappy with how your home looks or your current siding, we recommend making the switch. Our team can help you make that jump, but first, it’s crucial you know your options. Here are the house siding options to consider:
1. Vinyl Siding
The most common type of siding used for most modern homes is vinyl siding. It is extremely weather-resistant in most climates. It can protect your home against the rain and sun for approximately 20 to 40 years. Vinyl siding is highly durable and requires little maintenance. You can also find it in a variety of colors and textures for your own preferences.
The only drawback of vinyl siding is if it is ever damaged, you must replace the entire panel. Vinyl siding is installed via large panels, so cracks or rot require complete replacements rather than partial replacement or repairs. Other than that, vinyl siding is a great choice for your home, especially since it’s affordable too!
2. Natural Wood Siding
Natural wood is a striking look for your home. You can choose from its natural color, stain it, or even paint it for the desired look you want. Wood siding costs more than vinyl and requires more maintenance but will last you 20 to 40 years. The type of maintenance you must perform includes treatment of the wood and regular inspections.
In order for your natural wood siding to last, you must maintain it. Otherwise, you can expect termites and rot to run rampant. Since Houston is a hotter climate, you will also have to reseal and stain the wood every five to six years for the best protection and beauty.
3. Stucco Siding
Stucco siding is often overlooked but is an excellent option for the Southwestern part of the United States. Approximately 50% to 60% of homes in the region have stucco siding. Stucco is a cement and sand-based siding that is exceptionally water-resistant and affordable. It comes in a number of different textures and colors, giving you the same flexibility as vinyl siding.
Stucco is fire resistant as well. This helps prevent your house from catching fire quickly. You can expect stucco to last up to 50 years, even better than vinyl siding. If stucco is ever damaged, moisture will severely deteriorate it, so make sure you stay on top of cracks, chipping, and damages. Otherwise, you can expect serious damage and high-cost repairs.
4. Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is a durable siding option that is known to be one of the best options for homeowners. It is made from cement that is reinforced with cellulose fibers. It can last well over 50 years and with little to no maintenance. Fiber cement siding is highly customizable like vinyl, with many textures and colors available. This siding can also mimic other wood, stone, or brick materials.
Fiber cement siding is a more expensive siding option, but its durability will pay for it. You cannot install fiber cement siding on your own. This siding is not a DIY project you want to take on. For that reason, have our remodelers handle your siding installation!
Replace Your Home’s Siding Today!
E & L Star Construction would love to help you make the switch to a new siding type. Give us a call for a free quote at (713) 815-5825. You may also visit our free quote page to fill out the form. To learn more about siding installation services, visit its respective page on our website. Our team looks forward to helping you improve your home’s exterior.