Siding Materials: Wood vs. Vinyl

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Sidings provide a major upgrade for any home’s exterior. That being said, it is hardly surprising to find that many homeowners are getting swept up by the craze. It should be stated here that sidings can give your home a distinct appearance while also positively complementing its other elements.

Of course, it may come as a surprise to most that there is actually a wide array of materials to choose from. The selection process itself should be enough to excite even the veteran home improvement enthusiasts out there. Just keep in mind that you will have a conundrum on your hands and there are a lot of things that must be taken into consideration.

Luckily, we have you covered in this regard. This article seeks to make the selection process significantly easier by providing a brief overview of both wood and vinyl sidings.

Vinyl Sidings

Vinyl is an extremely popular option for sidings. Not only are they extremely tough, they are also incredibly lightweight. In addition to this, they also come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Because of the material’s inherent characteristics, nicks and scratches rarely become a problem as they hardly become visible in the first place.

These siding materials are also popular for another important reason: they are incredibly easy to install.  In fact, in most cases, they can even be put directly over the existing sidings. Needless to say, this makes vinyl sidings a great retrofit option. In addition to this, it is also worth noting that vinyl is also distinctly low maintenance. For instance, these siding will never require a fresh coat of paint while any accumulated grime and dirt can simply be washed off.

Wood Sidings

Naming a building material that can even come close to the natural beauty and charm of wood is a challenge in of itself.  Of course, it is a pretty well-established fact that wood has so much more to offer other than its looks. The fact that it is so durable should be enough to convince anyone.

We are not exaggerating when we say that wood can last a very long time. In fact, with regular upkeep and maintenance, it can even last entire generations. Of course, this is a double-edged sword as wood sidings typically require the reapplication of clear finishes every couple of years, not to mention the regular staining and painting to keep it looking great.

This is just a short overview of the different siding materials available to you.