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!

What is Polymer Siding?

Do you see shake and shingle claddings with cedar patterns on different houses? These are usually polymer siding. Made from polypropylene resin, polymer siding enhances the beauty of your home’s exterior by giving it a unique rustic look. 

They are made using an injection molding process that gives the final siding a three-dimensional pattern in various styles and sizes. The experts inject the molten compound inside the mold and then heat it at a high temperature. Once the molten compound takes shape inside the mold, the experts will cool the mold before taking the siding out.

Polymer molding came into the market in 1990 and became instantly popular because of its designs and low cost. They offer a wide range of color and design options; much more than what other siding materials can provide. Some of the most common types of polymer siding designs include half-round shingles, rough-split shakes, sawmill shingle, and traditional shingles. 

Polymer Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

Many people confuse polymer siding with vinyl siding because they look similar. The main difference between polymer and vinyl siding is the material. 

The primary difference is that Vinyl consists of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin while Polymer siding contains polypropylene resin. Vinyl is a type of plastic polymer. Polypropylene resin has two essential elements: hydrogen and carbon, making the plastic more neutral. 

On the other hand, PVC resin consists of 30% chlorine. This means vinyl siding is not good for the environment because chlorine produces toxins when incinerated. 

Most vinyl siding is vertical or horizontal. Now, you can make similar-looking polymer siding also, but where Polymer really shines is in making custom molded shapes that emulate other building types like shingle cladding or shake cladding styles.

Another difference between polymer and vinyl siding is their making process. Polymer follows an injection molding process that can turn to three-dimensional designs with different textures, styles, colors, and sizes. Vinyl only makes vertical or horizontal siding.

One of the reasons why people choose polymer siding over vinyl siding is because of their durability. The polypropylene resin used to make the siding lasts for years without requiring monthly maintenance. They are easy to clean and don’t require frequent sealing, repainting, or re-caulking. 

Benefits of polymer siding

Polymer siding not only enhances the beauty of your house but also offers several other benefits:

    • Durable – Polypropylene resin hardens once it cools down. Once a professional finishes installing polymer siding, you can expect it to last for years or even decades. Polypropylene resin is one of the hardest materials in the industry, making polymer siding the toughest and most durable. They don’t crack, chip, peel, warp, or fade away with time. Most importantly, they are suitable for extreme weather conditions and can resist impacts like hailstorms.

    • Customizable – You can ask the expert to customize the polymer siding according to the design of your doors and windows. Or maybe some other design that you have in mind. These siding are customizable because you can mold them into any shape you want. Experts can even mimic the appearance of wood or stone to give a natural look to the siding without compromising the durability or quality. 

    • Low maintenance – The color of polymer siding gets baked at the time of making the siding. This ensures that the color stays for years without requiring repainting or frequent cleaning. It also ensures that the siding looks freshly painted without any regular upkeep. The monsoon rain usually washes away accumulated dust and debris from the siding, thus making sure that you don’t have to invest time in cleaning them manually.

    • Curb Appeal – Polymer siding more closely emulates actual wood because it’s basically a 3d cast created from a mold and then painted to put on those finishing wood-like touches on. Because of the look it can give your house, whether used everywhere or just as an accent piece, it can really up your curb appeal.

    • Seamless – Vinyl siding is very easy to spot by it’s lack of texture and especially by it’s seams. Unlike vinyl siding that is overlapped at different staggered joints, Polymer siding panels are usually designed to but up against each other usually continuing a pattern and/or texture making it very hard to find the seam.

Polymer siding ideas

The exterior of your house is equally important as your interiors and the foundation. You should select siding designs that complement your home’s aesthetics. Since you can customize polymer siding, you can discuss the designs with a professional after showing him pictures of your house. This would not only help to decide the style but also the colors. Contrasting colors may not suit the look of your house when it comes to polymer siding. Therefore, you need to select something that improves the look of your home’s exterior.

But what are some of the designs that you can implement with polymer siding? Here are a few ideas that you can keep in mind.

1. Cool and classical

Sometimes, less is more for your dream home. You don’t need to be colorful with polymer siding. Just stick to two colors, preferably white and dark grey, to make them stand out and make your house look beautiful from a distance. Too many colors may reduce the focus of your home’s exterior color and that’s not what you would want if you have guests coming or maybe buyers who want to buy your house. Keep the colors simple to make your house look classy.

2. Charming and traditional

Horizontal polymer siding won’t look good on narrow, vertical windows. And if you are selecting narrow, vertical siding, then make sure you follow the same patterns for your doors also. A traditional look means following similar patterns to make your house look charming. For this type of style, it’s best to select the same color for your polymer siding as your home’s exterior. 

3. White on white

There is something unique about white exteriors with white siding. Once the professional finishes installing the siding, you will start appreciating the beauty of this combination. Houses with arched windows and doorways are suitable for dome-shaped siding. This is another combination that makes your house look traditional. 

4. Textural elements

Does your house have a stone or brick-designed exterior? If yes, you can go for textural elements in your polymer siding. This will give the siding a similar look to your home’s exterior. It balances the aesthetics, provided you choose similar colors. 

With so many designs available, it won’t be hard to find a polymer siding that fits your house. Just make sure it adds to the aesthetics and doesn’t make your house look odd from a distance. Buyers may not approve of the color or design of the siding if you make the wrong choice. And therefore, always take help from professionals while choosing siding.

If you need high-quality polymer siding, get in touch with us. We can show you some unique designs and colors that would make your home look incredible. Click here to learn more about our siding installation services.

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Proper Siding Installation Can Greatly Enhance the Exteriors of a Home

This is home siding

When you are looking for ways to improve your home, you will look at painting walls, adding new windows, redoing the kitchen and bathrooms and even improving the landscape. One way you can give your home an absolutely new look is with siding installation that can completely change its external appearance. There are a wide variety of options available, nowadays, and you can choose from vinyl, metal, wood or stucco. Your choice can depend on your personal preference, budget and your neighborhood homes, but any material that you choose must be easy to install and maintain. A properly carried out installation can last for years and always have your home looking fresh and neat.

Vinyl siding has improved vastly over the years and you can now get siding with different configurations and shapes, colors and finishes. You can have it looking just like wood, and it is quite easy to fit vinyl siding over any old siding or even over plain plastered walls. It is a siding that never requires being painted as any color that it has is throughout the material. It resists the sun, rain, high humidity, and air pollution. It has a great durability and these sidings have been known to last as long as 40 years. Installed with a proper backing, vinyl siding can also add to the insulation of a home and help to reduce heating and cooling bills.

Metal sidings can be made from steel or aluminum and can even be made to look just like wood. They may be more expensive than vinyl siding, but this siding installation will be better able to resist any fire. Most metal siding can be given permanent coatings that will never require any repainting. Wood siding gives a home a more traditional look but requires careful attention to prevention of rot, termites and may require constant maintenance over the years. Stucco siding is applied over a lath base and makes for siding that is durable and seamless. It is a material that also naturally resists fire.

It is essential that before you start any siding installation, you ensure that your exterior wall surfaces are even and any cracks or defects in it are repaired. You need to take proper care to applying flashing for all openings where water is likely to penetrate. A proper framework or strapping also called furring, is essential to give the siding, immaterial of the chosen material, a proper and firm base on which it can be fixed. Wood strapping is made from a minimum 1″X3″ section and fixed at approximately 16-inch centers. Vertical siding must have the strapping fixed horizontally, while horizontal siding will do better with strapping running vertically. You will require such strapping on all the sides of an opening. It can be a good idea to fill the gap between strapping with some insulation material so that it adds to the insulation value of the walls and thus helps you to reduce utility bills for heating and cooling.

While installing siding is a job that you can undertake if you have the right tools and sufficient DIY skills, it is always advisable to give the work to an experienced contractor, as they will also have the proper equipment and know the various points that have to be taken into consideration during siding installation. This has to take into consideration likely expansion, especially for metal siding, weatherproofing joints, ensuring proper junctions with foundations and roof eaves and many other small points that will give the completed installation durability and make it free of any problems for maintenance. Give us a call and we can advise you on the right material for your home, depending on your requirements and budget.

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