Roofing contractors often have the expertise to handle various other types of external remodeling jobs brilliantly as well. Another huge exterior job to take on besides windows and doors is siding, which comes in many different materials, styles and colors.
Let’s take a look at a short list of some of the options that offer the strongest, most energy efficient solutions as well as the most economical options.
1. Vinyl – Of the many siding choices available, vinyl is one of the most common and arguably the most popular product today. One of vinyl’s pluses is its cost-effectiveness, the material being one of the most affordable in the market. It’s also an incredibly versatile product that comes in hundreds of colors, textures and profiles to give you your dream exterior.
Vinyl replacements look so authentic, they can fool even the most discriminating eye. Vinyl siding works with both horizontal and vertical applications, is durable enough to withstand the elements and resists excessive moisture. It won’t rot or corrode over time and is as low-maintenance as it gets. It also resists pests such as termites. Insulated vinyl siding cuts home heating and cooling costs by preventing heat loss between the wall studs in exterior walls and doors, a phenomenon known as thermal bridging—keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Insulated vinyl siding may make you eligible for energy tax credits as well.
2. Fiber Cement – While still mainly used in new construction, fiber cement is quickly becoming the most recommended composite material on the market. Fiber cement has a lot of advantages. It’s one of the toughest materials you can clad your home in and can really handle whatever Mother Nature throws its way. A rewarding product aesthetically, the material also comes in a wide range of colors and textures, including faux wood grain.
3. Cedar Shake – A low-density softwood, cedar shake siding is a terrific insulator that has become a popular choice among homeowners that want a cost-effective way to make a house stand out and shine. Cedar is a sustainable, durable wood that keeps keeping heat from escaping in the winter and the cool air from escaping in the summer. Cedar also creates a natural acoustic barrier. It is durable and stylish and comes in a variety of stains and textures, including cedar shake. A warm wood that offers a natural look to your home that blends in well with your environment, it offers a textured, grainy wood with a subtle aroma.
4. Stone Siding – this type offers a number of long-term advantages that make it one of the most rewarding siding upgrades available. It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, offering a variety of colors, textures, patterns, and impressions that give it a true one-of-a-kind quality that boosts curb appeal. It’s also a highly durable option that can stand up to the worst kind of abuse without showing any signs of damage.
Stone is naturally fire resistant and provides an impermeable barrier that keeps out moisture that can rot wood, and insects that can invade your living space. Best of all, it creates a thermal barrier to keep harsh heat and cold outside so you also lower your utility bills. What’s more, stone siding basically never requires repairs or upkeep.
If you need professional help to deliberate further on your choice of siding, consult with a fully licensed siding contractor like Better View Windows and More. We can help you with your exterior remodeling needs. Call us today at (757) 655-3017. You may also fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, VA.