Wanting a new look for your home’s exterior? Having brand new siding installed is the most obvious way to give your home’s curb appeal a major boost and to eliminate any problems that old or damaged siding is causing your home.
Two of the best options for a home exterior makeover today are vinyl siding and steel siding. Both offer a number of benefits to the homeowner, and it’s just a matter of comparison and weighing the pros and cons for your situation.
Vinyl Siding – Today’s Most Popular Home Exterior Covering
Just take a look around you and you’ll quickly notice that vinyl siding is an extremely common home exterior option. Why is it so popular? What is its appeal?
First of all, vinyl is more affordable than most other home exterior coverings and than just about any other siding material. But it also owes its popularity to its great diversity of colors and styles. You can easily find vinyl siding that will fit in with virtually any home exterior style.
Additionally, vinyl adds insulating power to your home, lowers energy bills, is easy to install and repair, can be easily cleaned or power-washed, it won’t rot, mold, or get eaten by termites like wood siding can, and will not dent the way aluminum siding can. The best part is, it can last 20-40 years or more.
Every material, however, has some drawbacks. Vinyl can crack, especially if it is nearing the end of its useful life or if it gets hit by a bad hail storm. Vinyl can eventually fade in color, and doesn’t last as long as some other materials, including steel.
Steel Siding – A Strong, Beautiful, & Durable Choice!
Steel siding is about the opposite of vinyl in many ways. Steel siding is less common than vinyl largely because it costs more. However, its value is higher and it lasts longer. In other words, you get what you pay for.
Steel siding is like armor for your house. It doesn’t crack, ding, break, or dent easily. It isn’t likely to be much affected by hail. It is fire-resistant and wind-resistant and doesn’t fade much, if at all.
Another big plus for steel is it is not only recyclable (vinyl is too,) but it is so valuable that it is almost always going to be recycled at some point, making it much better for the environment.
There aren’t as many color options with steel siding, but it can be painted. It costs more and takes a little longer to install. But really, there aren’t many cons with steel, it’s just a matter of it requiring a bigger initial investment.
To learn more about our siding options, or for a free no-obligation quote on your very own siding installation, contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today!