Choosing Siding For Your Bergen County, NJ Home
Choosing siding for your Bergen County, NJ, home is one of the more important curb appeal decisions a homeowner will face when building a new or remodeling an existing home. With both classic and modern material options — there’s a lot to consider.
Many siding companies are combining traditional siding styles and/or materials with advanced new technologies in an effort to deliver the siding product homeowners can rely upon for many years. Of all the market options, vinyl siding with various styles, textures, and color options has become the most popular solution. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual home report, vinyl siding has been the top choice in new homes for over 25 years. And this type of siding has come a long way since first introduced in the 1950s, having advanced both its’ design and performance.
Here are the four key considerations necessary to determine which option will best meet durability, design, maintenance, and affordability goals.
Siding selection can be a one-time decision, so its’ durability is key. A homeowner must choose a siding option that is resistant to the elements, like rain, wind, and the sun. Nowadays, manufacturers offer products that resist the impact of the sun so a good siding product will preserve its color for the lifetime of a home.
Siding Design And Color
The toughest decision for a homeowner with so many siding options can be their style and/or color. The main siding options available to a homeowner include vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood, brick, fiber cement, stucco, and stone. In each case, there can be countless color and style options. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), there are more than 400 colors have been certified for color retention. So it might be a good idea to contact a siding specialist, maybe an experienced contractor or architect, for their ideas. They are likely experienced in color coordination based on a number of different factors.
A homeowner can also seek siding that is low maintenance. A solution that reduces or even eliminates the cost of upkeep, knowing that there was a time when care and maintenance were required. Vinyl, for instance, only requires periodic soap and water cleaning. No more painting, re-staining, or caulking! Wood, for instance, can require repainting or staining every five years. Stucco has to be repainted and sealed. Brick or stone will need the repointing of mortar. Durability, having been mentioned above, the selection can be the difference between time-consuming, costly repairs, maybe due to a storm, and none at all.
Doing some homework allows one to have a much more informed consultation with installers when gathering estimates that meet a budget. Not only does online offer a lot of costs and material information, but there are apps such as a ‘home visualizer with color selection’ that can help one test different colors and/or textures before making a decision.
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