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Top Home Siding Material Options and How to Select the Best One

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Consider these four factors when choosing the best siding material for you.

We all want the best-looking home on the street, but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you’re thinking of installing siding on your home, but aren’t sure which kind to go with, keep reading to help with your decision-making process.
The top siding options for homes include the following: vinyl, steel, wood, and aluminum.

  • Desired Look
    Do you want your home to have a more modern look and feel? Go with steel siding. Do you prefer a farmhouse style? Go with vinyl. Perhaps you want a rustic appearance. Go with wood siding. It helps to know what style you want your home to boast before choosing the siding.
  • Cost
    Determine your budget beforehand to narrow down your options. Vinyl siding costs between $.65 and $2.00 per square foot; steel siding costs $3 to $6 per square foot; wood siding costs roughly $4 to $7 per square foot; and aluminum siding costs $3 to $6 per square foot installed. Prices may vary.
  • Maintenance
    Wood siding, for one example, requires annual washing and treatment every four to six years, which includes re-staining or re-painting. Siding such as vinyl, aluminum, and steel require annual power washing to clean off any mold, algae, mildew, and dirt.
  • Water-Resistance
    Water-resistant siding will last longer than non-water-resistant siding by preventing decay caused by water or moisture. Aluminum and steel siding are water-resistant, whereas vinyl and wood are not. However, you can waterproof your wood siding to prevent water from coming into direct contact with the wood.

If you need a professional recommendation, ask one of the experts from Meis Roofing.

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