Siding is one of the most widely recommended home improvement investments due to the massive impact it has on a home’s beauty, weather protection and comfort. Whether you’re installing wood, aluminum or vinyl siding, know that this home improvement add-on does more than improve your home’s look. Read on as V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding, Inc., your local siding contractor, discusses the critical role siding plays in your home.
Siding: A Weather Barrier
The primary role of siding is to serve as a secondary weather barrier that shields your exterior walls. Wall paint does this, too, but siding is a more permanent solution as it doesn’t require replication. It’s also better at resisting rain, snow, hail and ice.
To maximize the potential of your siding, you need to choose the right material. Wood may be the most attractive option, but it requires staining to protect it from moisture damage. Fiber cement, aluminum and vinyl siding are preferred choices due to their higher durability and better resilience to water damage.
Siding also secures the insulation in your home and will have a positive impact on your property’s energy efficiency. In the winter, siding helps keep heat where you want it–inside your home–while doing the opposite in the summer.
Insulated variants of vinyl siding can also directly improve the energy efficiency of your home. These are more expensive, but the added cost is worth it when you consider the significant, long-term energy savings you’ll enjoy.
Finally, installing siding can increase your property’s value in both aesthetics and utility. In terms of looks, siding gives your home a more cohesive feel and will make your exterior look crisp and clean. As for utility, you get added insulation and protection, qualities that are always welcome whether you plan to sell your home in the future or live in it for years to come.