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Curb Appeal 101: Enhance Your House with Siding

Wood siding has to be maintained. Before you repaint it, you usually have to wash and prime the surface. If you skip these steps and otherwise do not properly maintain your wood siding, your house could be damaged by mold, insects, algae, and mildew, especially in a wet climate. Nevertheless, wood siding lasts for years and years and maintains its natural beauty. request a cost, price quote >>

One major problem with wood siding is that there is a shortage of wood in the United States. It is particularly hard to find suitable knot-free pieces. For this reason, many homeowners are turning to composite woods. These blends of wood, pulp and resin failed in the past because they absorbed moisture and split or delaminated after cycles of freezing and thawing.

There are a few other choices in home siding for those who can't afford wood and do not like vinyl.

Fiber cement is an old material that is made up of 90% sand and cement and 10% cellulose fiber. You can paint fiber cement siding any color you want. However, it costs a lot to install because it is heavy to transport and because you must caulk at the joints. If fiber cement siding is not properly installed, it can break and crack off.

Finally, you can choose metal siding, either steel or aluminum. Metal siding is more expensive than vinyl but less costly than wood products. Steel siding holds up in severely cold weather, hail and high winds. It can bend and nick but it usually does not break off. However, it can be costly to repair scratches and nicks. Aluminum siding holds up very well in the salty air near oceans.

Metal siding can be painted a variety of colors, but needs to be repainted if you choose to a painted surface. Metal sidings will conduct heat so you have to be careful if you install over wood. You can cause rot when heat causes water condensation under the metal siding in contact with wood materials.

It is often a good idea to consult with an architect when you consider re-cladding your house. He or she can give you ideas on which materials will bring out the natural beauty of your home and best enhance its architectural style. Many homeowners not only replace their siding but also porches, trims and windows to give their houses an entirely new look.

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