Your home needs good siding to protect it from the rain, wind, and other elements, so if yours has aged or shows signs of wear and tear, you may want to consider new siding. While you have many options from which to choose, many require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking good.
Luckily, however, you also have many low-maintenance options, so check out these four options to determine the right one for you.
Vinyl siding is one of the easiest to maintain because it is resistant to most of the elements, including rain. The siding is not prone to rot or decay, and you don’t need to worry about pest infestation. Vinyl siding doesn’t need to be painted to protect it. In fact, it can’t hold paint well, which can be a problem if the color fades from UV rays.
Vinyl is great because it is also very affordable, but it can be molded to look like more expensive siding materials, such as wood. Moss and debris may collect on the siding, but you can easily clean those with household cleaners. With minimal maintenance, your vinyl siding may last 20 to 30 years or even longer.
2. Fiber Cement
Fiber cement siding is also a lower-maintenance siding option, and like vinyl, the board can come in various styles, and the siding can look like more expensive forms of siding. As the name suggests, cement helps with crafting this siding, but sand and cellulose fibers are also part of the mixture.
It is also extremely resistant to rot, decay, and infestation, and it can withstand the elements well. Fiber cement siding is a little more expensive than vinyl but can last around 35 to 50 years. You can paint the siding, but because the siding doesn’t expand or shrink much as the weather changes, you may not need to paint often. If dirt or other debris collects, simply use a pressure washer to clean it.
3. Brick and Stone
Brick and stone are one of the most expensive siding options, but they are also extremely low-maintenance, and with good care, your siding may last over 100 years.
Brick and stone siding comes in veneer and full natural stone.
Veneer is less expensive. This siding is also less durable, so you shouldn’t use a pressure washer for cleaning. Instead, use a mixture of bleach and water.
If you have full stone or full brick, it should be strong enough to be cleaned with a pressure washer, but don’t put too much force on the mortar. If the mortar starts to crumble, remove it and replace it to prevent serious damage. Full natural brick can cost $6.00 to $10.00 per square foot and full natural stone can cost $14.00 to $18.00 per square foot.
If you don’t want to put much effort into maintaining your home’s siding, you need a low-maintenance option to prevent unwanted wear and tear and expensive repairs. If you would like to know more about siding options, contact us at Amenity Roofing, Siding & Gutters LLC, today.