Exterior renovations can drastically increase the curb appeal of a home. When it comes to deciding what material should be used for exterior renovation, homeowners have many options to choose from including vinyl, wood, brick, stucco, stone, or stone veneer. The type of siding chosen for a home can be decided by considering several factors including the look a homeowner is trying to achieve, the home’s style, and renovation budget.
Vinyl Siding is Affordable and Offers Many Options
When considering exterior renovations, many homeowners are drawn to vinyl and for good reason. Vinyl siding is affordable, extremely versatile, installs quickly, easy to maintain over long periods of time, and available in many colors and styles.
Wood siding is a great option for use on the exterior of homes because it adds a rich look to homes. It is most popular on bungalows, cottages, and Cape Cods. Like vinyl, wood siding is durable but does require regular maintenance including staining. On average wood siding should be expected to last 10 to 100 years.
For years, bricks covered the exterior of homes all over the world. Today, brick siding is used much less often because it is expensive and labor intensive. However, owners of Colonials, Tudors, and English cottages can add an attractive and authentic look to a home by adding brick siding. When bricks are used on the exterior of the home, a homeowner can expect them to last the lifetime of the home.
Stucco siding is created with sand, lime, water, and Portland cement. Stucco can be applied to the exterior of any home, but is most often used on Mediterranean style homes, ranches, and Spanish-Mission exteriors. When created and applied by an experienced professional, stucco siding can be expected to last as long as the home does.
Stone or Stone Veneer Siding
Stone or stone veneer siding can be added to any home to increase visual interest and texture to the exterior. Contractors usually choose limestone or granite for this type of siding because it is extremely durable. Due to its expense, stone siding is better suited for new home construction than renovations. However, it is possible to add this type of siding if new exterior walls are created.
With the information above, any homeowner should be able to work with a professional contractor to add the type of exterior siding that will protect a home while making it visually appealing at the same time.