Whether you’re building a new home or replacing your existing siding, selecting the appropriate materials is no easy decision. Your siding is one of the first things onlookers notice about your home; you certainly want to leave the best impression, so carefully planning your exterior details is key. At Keyprime Roofing, we’re here to help you get the greatest functionality out of your home’s exterior and to provide guidance on choosing the products that best fit your individual needs and tastes. To help you make an informed siding decision, we’ve put together this overview of what you should consider when selecting your new siding material. Take a look!
Which Products Fit Within Your Budget?
With such a wide variety of siding options, there’s a style to suit any budget. Vinyl tends to err on the very affordable side, and because it’s low maintenance, it’s been the most popular choice for decades. However, vinyl also tends to require replacement more frequently than other siding materials. You should always consider replacement frequency when calculating the lifetime expense of the material you select. Engineered wood siding also falls on the very affordable end of the cost spectrum, and with proper maintenance, it can last for several decades.
Steel siding sits relatively in the center of the cost spectrum, and because it lasts several decades, it typically offers higher lifetime cost savings. Fiber cement errs toward the upper-mid range of the cost spectrum, but since it typically lasts a lifetime, it may offer the highest lifetime cost savings—with proper maintenance, of course.
How Durable Are the Materials?
What kind of lifespan are you looking for in your siding? Depending on the material you select, your siding may last anywhere from 10 to 60 years—that’s a pretty large range, so you’ll need to think about how often you’re willing to update your home’s exterior. Here are the average life spans of the materials we offer at Keyprime Roofing:
● Vinyl. Vinyl siding will protect your home for an average of 60 years; however, it’s possible that it will remain intact for up to 100 years.
● Fiber cement. Fiber cement will protect your home for the duration of its life.
● Engineered wood. With proper maintenance, engineered wood can protect your home for the duration of its life.
● Steel. With proper maintenance, steel siding will protect your home for approximately 50 years.
What Kind of Aesthetic Are You Looking to Create?
Since your siding will be one of the first things you and others see when viewing your home, it’s important to consider which materials will make the best first impression. Of course, you’ll want to select materials that complement the exterior design of your home, but you’ll also want to make sure they’ll stand up to the elements. It’s best to choose lower-maintenance siding options if you don’t have the time or desire to perform exterior upkeep.
What Level of Maintenance Are You Willing to Undertake?
Your home’s siding is its first line of defense against harsh environmental conditions, making proper maintenance critical. Certain siding materials require far less maintenance than others, so you’ll need to decide how much time you want to commit to upkeep. Low maintenance siding options include:
● Fiber cement
Two of the three—cement and steel—do not show chips and cracks as wood or wood composite might. Vinyl is susceptible to cracking in very cold temperatures, but overall, it tends to require the least maintenance of any siding material. Steel is impervious to UV rays, so you’ll hardly need to worry about sunlight fading your chosen color over time. Plus, it is dent-resistant and will not rot or warp due to its water-resistant nature.
One thing to note: fiber cement siding does have larger, visible seams that can warp slightly with prolonged exposure to water. However, skilled siding installers—like our team at Keyprime Roofing—provide precise fiber cement installation to ensure seams are watertight and hardly visible.
Do the Materials Improve Energy-Efficiency?
In Minnesota, keeping a home warm during the winter is of paramount concern. Did you know the type of siding you select can play a major role in keeping your winter energy costs within a reasonable range? It’s true—certain materials provide better insulation than others, so if energy efficiency is at the top of your list, consider these siding options:
● Fiber cement siding. Cement siding is incredibly durable and insulating; it also prevents air leakage as no other siding can. It stands up to even the toughest weather conditions, plus it’s fire, water, and heat resistant. One major perk of cement siding is its longevity: it can last up to four times as long as other siding materials.
● Insulated vinyl siding. This type of siding isn't just energy-efficient, it’s recyclable, too. Insulated vinyl will cost a bit more than regular vinyl siding, but the improved R-value can help mitigate energy costs, potentially evening out the cost over the long run.
● Steel siding. Because steel siding can be seamless, it can help prevent air leakage, which can cut down on energy costs, especially during winter. Steel is also recyclable, so you’ll reduce your environmental impact, too.
Which Materials Will Contribute to Resale Value?
Whether your home is still under construction or you’re upgrading your existing exterior, resale value should be top-of-mind. It’s always important to consider whether the siding materials you select will augment or detract from your future asking price. Not only does your material choice matter here, but so does the color you select, as well as the visual design.
As far as materials are concerned, vinyl is—and has been—the most popular home siding choice for decades. Due to its low-maintenance nature, vinyl siding is typically an attractive feature for future buyers, so that may be something to take into consideration. Neutral colors also augment resale value, so unless you're dead-set on canary yellow or electric blue, try to stick to lighter colors like wheat, beige, grey, off-white, etc.
Contact Keyprime Roofing For Your Siding Needs
At Keyprime Roofing, our goal is to deliver the exterior aesthetic you desire using quality, durable materials, and expert installation. We pride ourselves on providing superior customer service, reliability, quality workmanship, and efficiency to homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. When you need guidance on your siding selection and high-quality installation, our knowledgeable and experienced team is here to serve you. For more information about our products and services, give us a call at 952-426-0132. Or, contact us to schedule your consultation appointment.