Pushing the Home Siding Envelope: It Keeps Getting Better, and it Shows

Let's have a round of applause for exterior siding: You've come a long way! Ordinary vinyl siding isn't so humble anymore, thanks to improvements in durability and fit and finish. Aluminum and steel siding continue to provide affordable, fire-resistant ways to improve your home's exterior. Wood siding can now be ordered already painted on all sides to reduce maintenance. And there's a host of innovative new products using materials that can turn your house into an estate. We've heard the horror stories about siding. What lies underneath? Will a hail storm put holes in this stuff or dent it? Will high winds blow it away? These fears are now almost completely alleviated by improvements in today's siding designs and materials. Many new home buyers and custom home builders are having positive experiences with the next generation of siding.

Traditional Materials Are Better

The big three traditional materials - vinyl, aluminum, and wood - have all seen improvements. Vinyl now comes in more colors, and scratches are harder to see because the treatment goes all the way through the material. It provides a durable weather-resistant layer from water, heat, and cold. Fire-resistant aluminum siding finishes now are more durable and come in more realistic wood grain finishes. Wood itself has gotten better thanks to finishing processes that coat all sides to resist rot, mildew, and termites. You can expect traditional siding to look better, last longer, and require less maintenance than ever before.

Newer Materials Offer Great Options

Fiber cement, thin brick, and cultured-stone siding are more recent editions to siding selections. All three options provide excellent fire resistance, durability, and looks. Fiber cement has the look of wood, only its termite-proof and comes with a 50-year warrantee. Thin brick adds distinction and protection in places that traditionally weren't feasible for a brick exterior. Cultured stone veneers cost about half as much as real stone and look gorgeous.

Consider Your Options

With all the choices, take some time to figure out what will work best for your home and environment. You may want to talk to a siding specialist at a home and garden show for more ideas. Siding has never been so good!

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