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You are probably planning to do a kitchen renovation or thinking of adding an additional room soon but have you also considered improving the exterior of your home? Well, we are not just talking about beautification. Making an upgrade on the façade of your home also keeps you protected from natural onslaughts. If you currently have the goal of doing so and you are not sure what specific type of siding to choose, this blog will help you get an idea of what type of siding best fits your taste.
When engaging to an exterior siding project, it is also vital to consider the exterior trims. These are the casing treatments that are utilized around door and window openings. If your existing siding has hit the skids, chances are that the exterior trim will be needing replacement as well. They key is to match the new trim with your replacement siding in terms of appearance and function.
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Engineered wood are made by binding bits of scrap wood, shredded wood fibers, real wood to make siding that looks like wood and functions as wood but are formed to be more efficient in terms of durability. There is a vast selection of engineered wood siding you can choose from. Clapboards are the most common choice. They are made from resin and wood flakes and come with a primer. There is also the T1-11 plywood panels that come in 4×8 size. These panels can be installed straight over wood framing and has lapped edges which make the overall look of the siding seamless.
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There are cases that wood siding can be installed on existing siding. You can install wood shingle siding over an aged wood panel siding or clapboards. But it is best to remove older siding before installing new wood shingle siding and prior to putting the new ones in place, make sure to replace damage trim around window and door openings.
As for maintenance, check for cracks or damages for repair every year. It is a requirement for wood to be refinished every four to six years depending on what type of finish you make use of.
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One of main wood species that are used for exterior siding is pine. It is the most common as it not costly. The only downside of pine is that it cannot hold out against rot and insects. To prevent this, it is advisable to use protective finish. For extreme weather and UV protection, use solid color stain or paint. But if you are aiming for a natural wood grain appearance, look for a clear finish that is intended for wood siding.
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Another wood specie that is widely used as exterior siding is cedar. Unlike pine, they can resist rot and the dimensional stability of cedar wood is more commendable as they do not contract, warp, crack, and expand. There are certain types of cedar including red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, and eastern white cedar which colors are true to its names.
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If you are a fan of stone, stone veneers may float your boat. Stone veneers are much cheaper stone siding option than natural stone. Its price can vary from $6 to $9 per square foot compare to natural stone siding that can cost $15 to $30 per square foot. They are made from cement, pigment, and other materials such as aggregate. There are a variety of stone veneer styles you can choose from. They are usually installed on the lower half of level walls and are frequently used to embellish the fireplace surrounds, driveway pillars, and interior wall accents.
Without any doubt, vinyl siding is the most common choice of homeowners to use for the exterior of their home. Vinyl siding is easy to install. They are reasonably priced and above all, they are long-standing. There are different styles of vinyl siding readily available on the market. The color is part of the material when designing vinyl siding thus, scratches and marks do not show.
Vinyl siding can be installed on walls that are newly erected or built. They can also be installed over existing siding on the exterior home. There are vinyl siding with high-density insulation creating the ideal exterior for any home. The insulated vinyl siding has a support of solid rigid foam insulation which is filled on the voids that is behind the stepped profile of the siding. Go for brands with exceptional R-value (resistance to heat flow) because they are more energy-efficient to achieve comfort and perfect temperature for every corner of your home year-round.
These are just some of the options you have if you are on the market for improving your exterior and upgrading the total curb appeal. In choosing the best type of siding for your home, make sure to note certain things: cost, energy efficiency, and maintenance requirements.