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Siding Tips for Your Home

Posted on October 7, 2010 in Home Improvement

Siding is typically carried out during the spring  season, however, in case of siding damage you should take immediate action in the repairs.   As you know, the siding on your home protects the interiors from the elements, so any damage to your siding needs immediate fixing.  However, you should carry out periodic check ups to assess whether there are any signs of aging or damage.

The type of siding you choose should match the architectural style of your home. The value and the beauty of your home reside on the type of siding you choose, so choose wisely!

There are various types of siding materials that are available in the market, and here are some pros and cons:

Material Pros Cons
Wood
  • Long lasting
  • Pleasing to the eyes
  • Product of the nature
  • Offers some insulation value
  • Takes stain and paint well
  • Easy repair and installation
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Painting or staining adds to the cost
  • Regular maintenance
  • Deadly moss, algae, mildew, build-up
Vinyl
  • Popular
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Easy to maintain—low maintenance doesn´t require repainting
  • Variety of color options
  • Cost effective
  • Typically no insulation value (PJ Fitz’s has insulation value!); may require backings for insulation
  • May be damaged by severe storms or even heat
  • Difficult to repair
  • PVC vinyl releases toxic dioxin when it is burned. Environmentally unsatisfactory. Also, some people dislike its aesthetic value
Metal (steel and aluminum)
  • Durable
  • Fireproof
  • Good in coastal environments
  • Steel is best solution to hail-problem
  • Limited colors available
  • Costlier than vinyl
  • Difficult to repair
  • Poor insulation qualities
Masonry
  • Variety of systems available including brick, concrete bricks, and many more.
  • Long lasting
  • Generally low maintenance
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Expensive
  • Synthetic stucco has a history of problems
  • Requires professional installation

If you are having trouble deciding which material suits your house the best, get in touch with a professional. P.J.Fitzpatrick, Inc. is a reputed name in the home remodeling industry specializing in door and window installation, siding, roofing repair, installation and more. They are available on-call, 24 hours a day and would be happy to help you with any questions.

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