If you’re thinking about renovating the outside of your house, new siding is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. After all, siding takes up the most space on the exterior of any residence and, in most cases, makes the biggest visual impact on passersby (and, of course, on you and your family when you come home every day)!
If it’s been awhile since you had siding installed on your house, though, you might find yourself feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all of the options that are on the market today. As a matter of fact, there might even be some siding materials that didn’t even exist last time you invested in exterior cladding! Here, we dive into some of the most attractive types of residential siding that are sure to give your Carolina home’s curb appeal an instant boost.
Vinyl lap siding – For homeowners in North Carolina, South Carolina, and throughout the United States, vinyl siding is the most popular choice when it comes to residential cladding. But, if it’s been years since you last purchased this sort of siding, you’re in for a surprise when you start shopping! There are now more styles and colors than ever before. You can even get insulated vinyl siding that is designed to increase your home’s energy efficiency, saving you money on utility bills all year round.
Brick – Brick cladding is the “All-American” choice, and is often ideal for Carolina homeowners who have to abide by strict standards in historic neighborhoods, but it can be costly. One option is to use brick veneer instead of full bricks if you love this look, but can’t justify the expense. Another great choice is to combine materials and only use brick on part of your home. Your installer should have suggestions for how to best do this.
Wood siding – Again, wood siding is a great choice for those who have to abide by homeowners’ association bylaws in historic areas. Since this siding material has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, it should meet all requirements. The biggest problem with wood siding is that it requires a great deal of upkeep — it must be regularly painted and treated to prevent rot, for example — but it does provide a beautiful and classic look for North Carolina and South Carolina residents who are willing to take-on the additional maintenance.
Fiber cement siding – The newest player in the siding game, James Hardie brand fiber cement siding is the creme de la creme of the cladding world. This sort of siding is wind-resistant (even for hurricane-force winds), fire resistant, and fade resistant. In other words, it offers nearly every feature a Carolina homeowner could ask for — and it doesn’t cost significantly more than traditional siding options like vinyl!
If you have questions about which type of siding is best for your family and your budget, give the Hatch Homes office a call today. Our expert crew is here to help you every step of the way and we look forward to working with you on your upcoming project!