Home siding is much more than a way to add aesthetic appeal to the exterior of the home and get that collective feel we all fancy. It also provides protection against extreme weather conditions and, in some cases, depending on where you live, it can also comprise a valuable component of your home’s security. Today, we will go through the basic functions of home siding, as well as how this material that provides a common theme outside the home can indeed protect your valuable asset. Also, we will highlight the best siding for certain areas, among others!
How Does Siding Protect your Home?
1. Seals the Home from Water Penetration
As already mentioned, home siding is the first protective barrier from outside elements. So, it is important to take your time and choose wisely when considering to revamp your space and add a new siding. Water penetration is, admittedly, the most common failure of sidings. Poorly made ones will allow water to enter your home from the windows or the roof and cause corrosion to the foundation of your home and mold issues, which we all know that they mean trouble. Siding is, often, overlapped to cover the joints of building materials. Since they usually expand and contract due changing temperatures, it is important to make sure the joints are either completely sealed or fully covered so that water and melting snow cannot enter the home. In any other case, you could end up with a serious issue that will cost you a LOT of money to repair.
2. Helps Insulate and Save on Utility Bills
Siding also helps insulate your home and protect it against the wind. In fact, most siding installation is rated for winds that can reach the astronomical 110mph. During the harsh Canadian weather, we have all felt the freezing winds “whipping” our homes. Without proper insulation, there is no doubt that gusts of wind will enter the home, causing the boiler or furnace to work at full speed (hence consuming more energy), sending our utility bills (heat and energy) to the sky. So, you know that it is time to repair your siding if you feel air coming through the exterior of the house.
Most Common Types of Siding
1. Wood Siding
The most expensive type is wood and is much preferred for its durability and cozy, rustic feel it gives to the outside of the home. However, it is also a material prone to rotting. Plus, it can be more easily damaged, compared to other materials. This means that if you want to enjoy the aesthetic appeal of a wood siding, you need to be prepared for a lot of maintenance to look its best and function as it is supposed.
Best for: Homeowners that want the outside of their home to have a unique appeal, and those that wish for a green option.
2. Vinyl Siding
Vinyl, on the other hand, is one of the most durable types of siding and can come in almost any colour. It is the favourite material of many homeowners that do not want to spend much time maintaining and caring for their home’s siding (or they simply do not have the time). Just power wash the siding are you are done. Alternatively, you could also hose it off/pressure wash, and it will look like new again.
Best for: Homes that need excellent protection against water penetration. Ideal for wetter parts of the country.
3. Aluminum Siding
Finally, there are aluminum sidings that are on the cheapest side. If you are willing to sacrifice the lack of attractiveness and reduced durability that comes along with the lower cost of this type of siding, then you have a cost-effective option. Keep in mind, though, that most homeowners that have opted for aluminum siding admit spending lots and lots of money repairing and replacing it over time. So, its cost-effectiveness is really a short-term benefit for you. However, they provide excellent protection against the elements.
Best for: Homes that require strong hold up against the elements.
4. Fiber-Cement Siding
This is the most Eco-friendly siding option. It is impressively durable and saves you quite a lot of money from repairs down the road, and it does not require replacement every few years like other options (you can expect to call a siding maintenance expert after about 50 years!). It is made from a mix of cement, cellulose fibers, and sand and is virtually insect- and fire-proof, and also water-resistant. Nevertheless, the installation cost is higher than any other material. But, on the long run, if you think about it, it is a cheaper option than others.
Best for: Homes in fire-prone areas and homeowners that wish for a green option.
5. Cement Siding (aka Hardie Board Siding)
It is a much more affordable and durable, green option that consists of 90% cement and sand and provides high resistance to fire and protection against rot (even salt corrosion) and insect damage. It is much preferred for its flexibility as it can be made to mimic any material you fancy. Again, the installation will cost you more than with the other types of siding as the material itself is very heavy.
6. Tile Siding
Tile sidings meet almost all the criteria of effective sidings. They are available in an array of colours and shades, and beat all weather types. Also, they are definitely no match to any other in strength and durability.
Considering that sidings shield the exterior of your home, they are much more effective at protecting it against the elements than simply painting the outer walls, because paints, irrespective of what quality or type used, will not be able to be effective at all against the extreme weather conditions like snow, rain, moisture and even sunlight. Therefore, tiles are definitely a far better option. Further to it, paints are to repainted often to relive their color and freshness, which quickly dulls over a short period of time. Tiles on the other hand are free of such hassles.
Best for: Homeowners that wish for a cheaper, yet high-quality, material that can provide efficient protection against harsh weather conditions. Also, homeowners that want to make sure their home resale value is as high as it can be.
Average Cost of Siding Repair & Replacement
There are many factors that can affect the final cost. Although siding repair usually costs between $400 and $700, it all depends on the:
Regional pricing trends
Selected type of siding (wood is much more expensive to replace than vinyl or aluminum)
Extent of the damage.
Also, the overall cost can depend on the difficulty level of the situation. For example, if you have a siding whose style or colour is difficult to match, you can understand that repairing or replacing it is a more demanding task, which will cost you more. But, it goes without saying that having a mismatched siding is a huge drawback when you wish to resale your home (its value drops). So, the extra expense of trying to find matching materials and colours is indeed worth paying.
And, nobody can argue that a well-maintained, properly taken care of home has a great potential to sell like hot cakes if its owners decide it is time to move on and go to another place!
Tip: If you are looking for a deal, consider installing or replacing siding during the slow season (fall and winter).
Having residential siding installed is a significant advantage to every home, especially if you have done your homework and come forward with an informed decision. Now that you have understood the basics, you have the tools to choose the best type of siding for your lifetime asset from a wide array of colours, shapes, sizes, and materials. And, if you need help along the way, feel free to check out our CANPOS siding contractors in Brampton and surrounding areas. We will be happy to help you find a cost-effective, high-quality, colour fast, and weather-resistant option for your home!