Your home’s exterior is its first line of defense against the elements. The siding also might be the most important factor in determining whether your home has curb appeal. Choosing what kind of siding to use is critical. The climate in the surrounding area will play a big role in determining which siding is best.
Read on to find out about the best siding for hot and cold climates.
What type of siding is best for hot climates?
Fiber cement siding is often considered the best for hot climates. Wood is a particularly poor choice in hot climates because it’s liable to expand and shrink. Plastic vinyl could melt if the temperatures become hot enough.
Fiber cement (made of sand and cellulose fibers) is capable of dealing with heat and humidity well. It can be installed over insulation so that your home stays cool even during the scorching hot sun of summer.
What type of siding is best for cold climates?
Steel siding is one of the best choices for cold climates. Its structural integrity means it can last through brutal freeze-and-thaw cycles. It’s an energy-efficient form of siding that’s easy to insulate. Steel is also resistant to dents and dings, which are more likely when icy weather rolls in.
Fiber cement is, again, a good choice for cold climates as well. It is somewhat more difficult to install than steel and not quite as energy efficient. On the other hand, it resists thermal expansion, so the caulking tends to last for a long time. Fiber cement is durable and won’t split or crack even in extreme cold temperatures.
Which type of siding is best for your home?
Let’s look at a few common types of siding and see which could be a good choice for you. Vinyl siding is very popular among homeowners. This is because it’s affordable, easy to clean and highly customizable. Vinyl is also a material that many homeowners have an existing familiarity with. On the other hand, it’s not the most durable option. Vinyl may suffer damage due to hail or debris like branches striking the home. Insulated vinyl siding does improve the durability somewhat.
Homeowners choose natural wood because of its classic look. It’s easy to stain wood so that it matches your exact specifications; however, wood is more expensive and requires a good deal of maintenance. For example, it’s necessary to stain the wood once every five to seven years. On top of that, excess moisture in the air can lead to wood rot. Some homeowners go for the less expensive, easier-to-maintain option—manufactured wood siding. It’s not the real thing, but it gets the job done.
Are you looking to replace the siding on your home? It’s amazing how much siding can make a difference both with your home’s appeal and your energy bills. Rhino Exteriors is here as your expert for vinyl and wood siding. We handle any job no matter how big or small. Give us a call today, and ask for a free estimate.