Choosing siding is an exciting time, but it can be stressful as well. There are so many options to choose from and different manufacturers, not to mention the color choices you have to pick from as well, it can all get very overwhelming. When you choose your new siding, there are a number of things to consider. Read on for some helpful information to use as a guide to help you narrow down your options and make a decision.
When you choose your siding, there are a number of styles, including lap styles, the thickness of the laps, and even board and batten or shake siding. If you want a simple look, you can choose a plain lap siding, If you want to break up some of the siding with different styles, you can add shake and board and batten to your home as well. This can add dimension and variety to your home so it doesn't look quite so plain.
There are different material types to choose from as well, including vinyl, wood, or engineered wood siding. Vinyl is very versatile, as it can mimic wood, or even cedar shake if you prefer this look. Vinyl is durable, long-lasting, and budget-friendly. Engineered wood siding is a great option as well, as it's very durable and long-lasting, although you will need to paint it every so often. Wood is a classic look, but it needs proper maintenance and can be costly.
When choosing a color for your siding, it's best to take a drive around to see what colors look like on an actual home, not just on a tiny sample from the siding manufacturer. Seeing it in person and on a large scale can be very helpful. Some colors may not appear as dark when you see it on a swatch, but when you see it in person, it may be much darker than you thought. Seeing the color in person will help you narrow down your choices and may help you consider colors you never thought you would have liked before. Take color samples with you to help you color match.
If you are getting new siding installed on your home, you have a major decision to make. It's something you're going to have to live with for a while, so make it how you want it and be sure it's the color and style you love. Talk to your installer about other helpful information to help you make a decision on your siding material, color, and style.