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What type of siding works best for your home?

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Did you know that there are multiple siding solutions for your home? Each type of siding has different benefits and drawbacks, but all can provide the “curb appeal,” that homeowners seek, as siding is an excellent solution to upgrading your home.

KTM Exteriors & Recycling are experts in two types of siding: vinyl and fiber cement. Thanks to our partnerships with two of the industry’s top siding manufacturers, we can deliver both the upgraded look you seek and superior service. Check out the difference types of siding below and let’s figure out which material is best for your home:

Fiber Cement: The latest development in siding technology, fiber cement can provide the look of wood or masonry at a substantially lower cost than the real thing. Oftentimes, this type of siding can be virtually indistinguishable from actual wood siding! There are a variety of styles and textures.

Fiber cement siding is low maintenance and termite resistant, however there have been reported problems with moisture–that’s why we work with James Hardie. They have worked on their products for over 30 years and dedicated millions of dollars to refining their product into the best fiber cement siding in the industry.

Vinyl: Arguably one of the most popular siding choices for homeowners, vinyl siding is a great low cost and low maintenance option for your home. Like fiber cement siding, vinyl siding offers substantial versatility in terms of colors and textures. The one major caveat with vinyl siding is that it can be prone to cracking and buckling under cold temperatures if not installed properly–that’s why we work closely with CertainTeed, the best vinyl siding manufacturers in the industry, to provide both the quality and service you seek.

Wood: Most would say this type of siding has the greatest “curb appeal”: with a variety of colors, textures, and finishes, your home can get a stunning look with wood siding. However, there are a few drawbacks: because of all the variation, there is a greater range of costs, from both installation and maintenance, as an exterior finish is required and must be occasionally serviced. Wood siding is much more susceptible to weather, rotting, and insects/rodents.

Metal: Metal siding is typically made up of aluminum or steel. Often this siding is used as “retrofit” siding, meaning applied over wood siding that is worn out or damaged. If installed properly, there are typically no issues with moisture or unwanted insects/rodents. This type of siding offers both horizontal or vertical styles, and comes in a variety of colors. The major drawbacks to this type of siding can be prone to dents or fading over time, thus requiring specialized coating at additional cost.

Stucco: Stucco siding provides a very distinct, stylish look to your home. This type of siding is incredibly durable and has very little maintenance required for upkeep and keeping insects/rodents at bay. However, similar to metal siding, this type of siding can often fade and unless in decent condition, you will not be able to repaint. If your home is older, stucco siding can begin to crack if you have foundation movements. If you live in an area with heavy moisture/rainfall, we would not recommend this type of siding.

Not sure what type of siding is best for your home? We love questions! Give us a call today and let’s talk about how we boost your home’s “curb appeal.”

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Photo courtesy of CertainTeed.