When you are purchasing a home or remodeling an existing one, a major decision point can be which exterior siding to choose. Each selection offers different benefits and may also have unique drawbacks. A summary is below for your review.
Wood siding comes in different forms from cedar plank siding, to Shingle siding to T-111 plywood. They each have a high degree of maintenance. Even if painted or stained routinely, expect to have spots of moisture damage to replace. On the positive side, wood can be very attractive, the color choice is wide open, and the siding is breathable. Also, repairs can be easily performed by standard carpenters. Pricing can vary, but is considered to be low to moderate for many selections
Brick siding is very popular. It has an attractive appearance, in most cases. Routine maintenance is low. There are settling issues that can occur that may be costly to repair. Painting of brick is done, but it is generally not recommended. The price point is higher than most other products, but the investment translates well to resale value, preserving the investment.
Vinyl siding is extremely popular. There are many products, but for the most part, vinyl is an affordable way to side your home. Appearance is pleasant, but not overwhelming. Most often vinyl is not a selection for high end luxury homes. Some HOA covenants may have restrictions on the use or application of vinyl. The product does come in a variety of colors. The need for routine maintenance is low, but it will need to be power washed periodically. The color may fade. Repairs are easily performed by a carpenter, but matching new product with old may be difficult. It is recommended you have additional slats in storage for repairs.
Cement board siding, sometimes referred to as Hardi-plank is growing in popularity. Routine maintenance is low, but the product will require power washing. Also regular painting on a schedule less frequent than wood should be expected. Cost is moderate to high, similar to brick. There is also a transfer of cost to value for a preservation if the investment. This is a good option for someone who is updating an existing home for the long term or someone who does not appreciate the conventional look of brick. Generally, this is a product found on more expensive homes.
Stucco is a product that can be smooth or textured. It is applied like plaster, over a fiberglass backing, or other structured surface. It has the greatest flexibility for the personal touch, since it can be textured, patterned and colored in countless ways in endless combinations. However, it is problematic for wet climates and may be more labor intensive regarding routine maintenance. It is certainly worth a look if you want to have a personalized feel for your home. Cost is moderate, while the material can be low cost, the qualified labor can be hard to come by and expensive, therefore.
Asbestos siding and Masonite siding are products one might find in a resale (Masonite is possibly still available as a new product). In general practice, houses with either of these siding products should be avoided or purchased with wide eyes open and with full inspection and education. Asbestos siding is extremely durable, but poses environmental and potential health hazards. Masonite siding will deteriorate when exposed to water and is not meticulously maintained.
So, which side are you on?
Bobby Jankovic, Broker/Owner
1166 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185
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