Top 5 Material Options for Replacing Your Siding After a Storm
When choosing the siding for your home, it’s important to pick based on the weather you experience in your area. We’ve rounded up five different siding options with some facts about each to help you choose the best siding option for your home.
There are a few things to consider:
Water Resistance: how well the siding holds up in the presence of water or moisture. Maybe not as important in sunny Arizona but certainly a consideration in New Jersey, especially near the coast.
Energy Efficiency: the level of thermal insulation each option offers, not just from howling winter winds but from summer heat, too.
Durability and Versatility: how well each type will hold up before it must be replaced, repaired or maintained, as well as how the structure of your home plays into the type of siding you should choose.
Vinyl siding is weather resistant and insect proof, making it an excellent choice for most homeowners. It is fade resistant, non-porous, and non-absorbent. Its durability is pretty low – the material tends to get damaged by hail. If no storms roll through, vinyl siding is long lasting and easy maintain. Vinyl siding by itself is not very energy efficient, although there are insulated versions available.
Aluminum siding is weather-resistant, fire-proof, and protects from insect damage. Large hail storms have the potential to damage it. Aluminum siding is also energy efficient during warmer months, as it reflects sunlight and keeps a house cool. However, aluminum is not energy efficient by itself during colder months, as it does not retain heat – be sure to insulate underneath.
Wood siding, when property treated, is moisture-resistant but not as resistant to fire or insects. If treated properly with stain or paint, wood siding is extremely durable for many years. By itself, wood is energy efficient. Wood siding is also quite durable, and can withstand many thunder and hail storms.
Brick siding is weather-resistant, fire-resistant, and insect-resistant, making it a durable and classic siding option. It is also energy efficient without needing to add additional insulation. Brick is very durable and can withstand most weather; however, brick is the most difficult to repair if it does sustain damage.
Stucco siding gives your home a tight seal against moisture and will last 50 years with proper maintenance. This type of siding can be damaged easily by hail and debris, so it’s a recommended siding option for southwestern US states. In that area of the country, stucco is an excellent material for energy efficiency.