Positive first impressions of your home are important. Whether you are trying to sell your house, or looking to be proud of what you own, curb appeal plays a big part in this. The type of siding you have on your house, and the condition it is in often dictates this. If you have faded, dirty siding the curb appeal goes down, and vice versa. This is why it is important to make sure your siding is looking the best it can. This can be as simple as washing off any dirt, or even as complex as completely replacing any siding. At Let It Flow Exteriors we offer various siding types such as Vinyl, Aluminum, and James Hardie Board. Each of the options have their pro’s and con’s along with their associated costs, read below for a thorough breakdown of the pro’s and con’s of each siding type to help you understand the best siding type for your home in Stony Plain.
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding option available today, being used in most new homes built in the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove Region, and most renovations as well. It is available in many different styles such as Board and Batten, Dutchlap, and Horizontal, as well as many different colours.
Vinyl siding is the cheapest siding option available ranging from $4.00sqft – $6.50sqft.
- Low maintenance
Vinyl siding will never need to be painted and is extremely easy to clean as all you need is a hose.
- Wide variety of Colors
Vinyl siding comes in a range of colors to perfectly match your needs.
- Low return on investment
Compared to other siding options available, vinyl siding offers a lower return on investment
Aluminum siding is the least popular siding option available, popular in the 50’s-80’s aluminum siding is found on older homes. Often now only used as an accent or on higher end homes. It is available in horizontal and board and batten.
Aluminum siding is extremely durable depending on the thickness, only becoming damaged when faced with extreme impact
- Fire, water, rot, and insect resistant
Due to it being a metal, aluminum siding is extremely fire resistant, will not rust or rot, and will keep any creepy crawlers out of your walls.
Aluminum siding costs anywhere from $3.75sqft – $9.50sqft to install.
Aluminum siding is extremely susceptible to fading in the sun, although new technologies are helping eliminate this issue
James Hardie Board
Quickly becoming one of the most popular types of siding on the market, James Hardie fiber cement siding is being used on more and more homes. It is quite popular with high end home builders and is favored by house flipper’s as it offers the highest return on your investment out of all the siding types on the market.
Fibre Cement is much more durable than vinyl and aluminum siding, more resistant to fading, chips, and splitting.
- Realistic look
Due to the thickness of the material it allows for deeper grains in the board, giving it a more realistic wood look then other siding options, this means better curb appeal and a natural look.
- Fire, Moisture, Rot, and Insect Resistant
Fibre cement siding is fire resistant, meaning it won’t melt or warp when exposed to heat and won’t combust easily. It is also moisture resistant meaning it won’t swell or rot in humid climates. It is also resistant to insects and pests meaning you won’t have to worry about things like termites or other critters.
- Great Return on Investment
Fibre cement siding typically holds 70% of its cost when reselling your home, meaning if you spent $20,000 on reselling your home, it’ll add $14,000 to your home’s value, on top of the curb appeal.
Costing between $7sqft – $14.50sqft, fiber cement is the most expensive siding available on the market. This is due to the costs of material, along with the weight of it which typically requires two installers or special tools to install.
Each type of siding available has different pro’s and con’s to it. Some are cheaper, some are more durable, some offer more value to choosing it. As a homeowner, it is important to do your due diligence and research the product that is right for you. At Let It Flow Exteriors we offer expertise that can help you along in the process from choosing the type of siding for your home all the way to the final install. Serving Parkland County and surrounding areas we offer eavestrough, soffit and fascia, siding, and faux stone installation. Visit us at Let It Flow Exteriors, call 780-932-3810, or email us at [email protected] to get in touch and find out more.