We familiarized ourselves with the different types of siding in part one. Now, let’s look at how each of them factors into our home.
Finding the best fit for your home is made easier if you make a list of the factors that matter most to you, and check off on them as your compare the different types available to you. Consider things such as:
Your cladding is an investment, but that does not mean that you should consider your expenses as “money spent and gone.” Often, you can get significant, and almost immediate returns on your money through its:
- Recoup value. Because people have different tastes and preferences, siding materials will appeal to potential home buyers in different ways; these quirks are one reason why the most expensive material may not necessarily be the ticket to selling your home at the most profit. Vinyl is a safe choice overall, though. Remodeling Magazine says that, with vinyl siding, you can easily recover around 80% of what you spent.
- Energy efficiency. Lower energy loads mean lower energy bills. There are several energy efficient siding materials available today, including:
- Engineered wood. Wood is a great insulator, although it has a low R-value. On the sustainability front, it scores well. Many wood siding products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means they came from forests that are well cared for.
- Most fiberglass is made from 60% sand, and 40% resin. Thus, it takes very little (if anything) away from the environment during production. It has the same insulating capacities as vinyl, but it does a better job of weathering the elements.
According to the surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, your siding should last for as long as your home does. Aluminum is expected to last up to 40 years. Stucco, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. And fiberglass, according to the surveys, can last a lifetime.
Those are just ballpark figures, however. How long your siding lasts will depend on a lot of factors, such as:
- Your climate zone
- Maintenance; and
- Proper installation
Speaking of installation, there are several considerations you should keep in mind if you want to make the most of your siding investment. Find out what they are in the closing segment of our blog.