What Is The Best Siding For A Home?

Making the decision to put sidings on the walls of your home is not one that should be taken simply for décor purposes, although most modern siding materials can enhance the outward appearance and even the value of your home. Siding materials also offer protection to you and your home. There are various types of siding materials available, which sometimes makes the choice of material a difficult one.

Polymer sidings are the best siding materials for your home. Polymer sidings provide a greater choice in design and colors and offer superior durability and visual appeal. The low maintenance factor and their neutral chemical composition make them a better choice for your home and the environment!

Buying a family home is a long-term investment that is quite a substantial financial commitment. It makes sense to look after your investment as much as possible to ensure it remains in top condition. The changes and improvements you make to your home can be simply to preserve your investment, while others can help to improve the resale value of your home.

What Is The Purpose For Siding On A Home?

Sidings have multiple purposes for the homeowner and what it offers your home. The degree of these benefits will often be determined by the type of material that you choose for your siding, but we will get to that topic shortly.

Sidings provide the following enhancements to your home.

  • A fresh look for your home. Installing siding on your home can immediately give the exterior of your house a facelift that will make your home look fresh and new.
  • Protection from bad weather. Siding material is not only intended to improve the look of your home but also to offer protection to the walls of your home from the elements. Sun, rain, snow, wind, and cold weather can quickly cause the walls of your home to look old and worse for wear. Siding material not only protects your home but can offer the residents additional protection from heat and cold due to the additional insulation benefits that the siding material offers.
  • Wide range of designs. The broad range in the styles and design of siding material gives you the freedom to choose the particular look and texture that you want for your home siding.
  • Add value to your house. Adding a durable, good quality siding to your home can increase the value and, therefore, the resale value of your home. Of course, the amount of the value increase will be dependent on the siding material that is used.

What Is The Best Siding Material Choice For Your Home?

Traditionally, sidings were made of wood shingles or panels, or sometimes even stone. These natural materials have their beauty, but their lifespan and beauty fade very quickly and require frequent maintenance and upkeep to keep them looking good. The difficulty with stone, which is sometimes called cladding, is that it is expensive, difficult to work with, and heavy. 

Modern siding materials offer more durability, less maintenance, cheaper cost, and a wider range of choices with regards to design and texture.

When it comes to modern siding materials, your only really have two main choices that make sense, and out of the two, there is one that stands out as the obvious choice!

Vinyl and Polymer cladding are the most commonly available siding materials that most homeowners will choose between for their home.

From our perspective here at TNT Home Improvements, there is only one sensible choice for siding material, and that is polymer siding material. 

We have an article that details the specifics of why polymer is a better siding material than vinyl if you would like to read an in-depth comparison, but here is the summary of polymer siding benefits.

  • Durability. Polymer sidings offer greater durability.
  • Customizable. There is a greater choice in style and visual effect in polymer sidings.
  • Low Maintenance. Because of its durability, the level of maintenance required is low.
  • Greater visual or curb appeal. The wider range of design choice allows you to give your home a unique appeal.
  • Seamless joints. Polymer sidings have less visible seams than vinyl sidings, and the seams are more easily hidden.
  • Environmental awareness. Polymer is a more neutral substance, unlike vinyl, which has large amounts of chlorine in its makeup, which poses an environmental risk, especially in the event of a fire.

What Color Siding Provides The Best Resale Value?

As a rule of thumb, lighter, neutral color sidings offer substantially more resale value to your home than very dark or bright flashy colors.

This, however, is a general statement that is usually true to form, but there are other factors that could impact your color choice. You should consider these before choosing a siding color. These are some of those other factors of your home and your neighborhood that you should investigate before deciding on a siding color.

  • Neighborhood trends. If your neighborhood has other houses that are more brightly colored, and you go with plain, neutral colors, your home will not stand out. People looking to buy in a bright, colorful neighborhood will be looking for brighter colors on the home, which could jeopardize your sale options and resale value.
  • Location of your home. If your home is a coastal home, the general trend is either for brighter colors or pastel blues and greens. If you live in an inland area that has more trees around, the appropriate color choices would be more earthy, natural colors and styles.
  • Architectural style of your home. If your home is Victorian style or colonial style, the buyers for these homes usually have a particular color palette in mind when they go shopping for a new home. If your siding color scheme does not match the architecture, a potential buyer may not give your home a second look.
  • Homeowners Association regulations. Some neighborhoods have an H.O.A. that sets regulations to maintain a certain level of quality, style, and design of homes in order to help keep up the overall value of the homes in the area and to keep a certain look and feel across the neighborhood. Going outside these regulations could result in costly fines or the cost of changing the siding. If you have a homeowner’s association in your neighborhood, it would be worth your while to consult the regulations to find out if your color choice is acceptable before you go ahead with the project. 

If there is no real particular style or color trend in your neighborhood, then you are free to add the siding color of your choice to your home. Just be aware, before you go too wild, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you choose bold colors that appeal to you, the next potential buyer may not like the color combinations. 

For the purpose of retaining or improving resale value, it would be prudent to go with more traditional colors for your sidings.

What Color Siding Fades The Least?

Color is not only an important décor decision when choosing the siding color for your home, but also how good your home will look in years to come.

All cladding types will fade over time, but you can limit the visual effect that this will have on your home by making a wise color choice from the outset.

Dark colors are more susceptible to fading, and the fading becomes more apparent sooner than with lighter colored sidings. This is another reason that more delicate colors and gray colors are more popular color choices for sidings than black or other dark or bold colors.

Conclusion

Giving your home a facelift will not only make your home look good and save you on maintenance costs, but it has the potential to improve the desirability of your home and thus the resale value.

If you are still finding the question of siding choice, style, and color to be a bit of a minefield, then that is what we at TNT Home Improvements are here for. We can assist you with professional advice on the right color and style choice of siding for your home.

We have been helping homeowners make these choices since 2005, and our expertise can be a valuable asset in making the right decision to get the best siding for your home!