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Your Guide to Exterior Siding Materials

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Your Guide to Exterior Siding Materials

Siding is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your home. It not only adds curb appeal, but also value to your property should you plan to place it on the market. It’s understandable that you might want to consider powerwashing your siding if it has gotten dirty over the years, but there’s nothing like new siding to spruce up the look of your home to visitors, passersby, and your family. Here is a guide to exterior siding materials you can use for your next exterior home improvement project.

Aluminum Siding

One of the most common types of siding used on homes today is that of aluminum siding. It is available in horizontal and vertical panels. This type of siding does a better job at insulating a home than vinyl siding, helping to save homeowners on cooling and heating costs. This is a siding chosen most commonly by homeowners who live in coastal communities. Aluminum siding is also very light, which makes it easy to install, leading to cost savings for the homeowner when it comes to labor.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is very low maintenance, which means you won’t have to do much to care for it. Cleaning vinyl siding once per year, which is typically done by power washing, is all it takes to keep it looking like new. It is also made to survive the elements, making it one of the most durable options you have when remodeling the exterior of your home.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding is quickly becoming a go-to choice for replacing the siding on homes all throughout the country due to its appealing looks and ability to withstand the harshest elements. This is a heavier siding, which requires professional installation in order to avoid cracking. Caring for this type of siding requires you to spray it with a garden hose every six to 12 months. Every couple of years you should take a look at caulked joints and ensure that plants growing near the foundation of the home are kept away from the siding so it can dry.

Stucco Siding

Stucco siding was once quite popular in the United States. It lost some of its luster, but is making a comeback in new construction and in remodeling projects. The material stucco is made from helps to keep both cool and warm air in the property, making it an excellent insulator. Stucco remains incredibly popular in the Southwest region of the United States because of how well it insulates a home in extreme heat.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is still available as an option today, but many homeowners don’t even entertain this option due to possible insect problems. Many homeowners fear that wood siding will be inviting to termites and ticks. This worry can be avoided by choosing cedar or redwood as the type of wood.

Does the exterior of your home need to be updated? Are you looking to replace your siding for added curb appeal and property value? Contact the experienced staff at Morgan Contractors about your project today.

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