What is Siding?A Beginners Guide

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Siding or Wall Cladding is the protective material attached to the exterior side of a wall of a house or building. Depending on the region you live in, you will see that there are various siding types that adorn houses and buildings, while it may be slightly different if you visit another part of the country.

Siding protects your house from inclement weather such as rain, snow and wind; while also helping to keep your home properly insulated. It is important to have a well-insulated home in order to keep the heat inside during the cold months, or the cold air inside during the hot days. The second function and purpose of siding is to give your house great curb appeal, which is very important if you plan on selling your home in the future.

There are several types of siding such as;

  • Vinyl

  • Brick

  • Stucco

  • Wood

  • Fiber Cement

  • Metal

  • Stone

All of which make any building look beautiful. Siding types can be mixed together to create a custom look. The price varies between each material. In fact, vinyl siding is the most cost effective option in the market.

Which one is the most popular? Vinyl Siding! Vinyl Siding has become the most popular option in the United States for siding due to its low cost, versatility, and easy maintenance. It also comes in a variety of colors, textures, and styles.

Although Vinyl siding is America’s most popular siding option, fiber cement siding is quickly growing in popularity due to its longevity, durability, and fire resistant properties. It is on the higher end but it also comes in different styles, colors and textures; giving you the ability to create a long-lasting, low maintenance and stunning curb appeal.

Care should always be taken into account to properly protect your home’s structure. Depending on the siding your house has, you should carefully follow the care and maintenance guidelines for that siding type.

When you notice significant wear such as cracks, holes, warping, mold, color fading, etc then you should look into getting it quickly repaired or replaced before it leads to water damage if water enters beneath the siding.

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