How your home or business looks is important. Whether we admit it or not, looks are a big deal in first impressions and first impressions matter, especially if you run a business. Many people will judge your business by its appearance: are the sidewalks clean? Is the building clean and new looking with a fresh coat of paint? Does the roof look stable? Five seconds your eye takes in this information and processes it, leaving you with a gut feeling before you even leave your car. If you’re a homeowner, you like your home to be beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. Curb appeal matters to future buyers and, if you live in a neighborhood, you may be required to keep up your home’s appearance.
PRN Roofing, a local roofing contractor in Tuscaloosa, specializes in commercial roof installation as well as residential roof installation. We also install siding, which can be an important complement to your home. In this blog post, we’ll review how siding complements your roof.
HOW SIDING COMPLEMENTS YOUR ROOF
Siding, like any material your home is built from, is a covering designed to protect your home from the elements, including sun, rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, and extreme temperatures. Siding is available in a wide range of materials and styles to suit your needs, from vinyl, wood, stucco, brick, synthetic stonework, cement, or any artificial varieties of these materials. Most siding comes in pieces, which is placed on the building to allow for expansion and contraction.
Siding is nothing new and has evolved with time. In the Middle Ages, thatch siding was popular due to it being readily-available and cheap for the majority of the population. Wood is perhaps the most traditional variety, popular when Americans first began to settle the land since wood was plentiful everywhere. To modern times, where traditional materials have not necessarily changed, but there are more options, such as synthetic materials. Below, are the five most popular types of siding today.
THE 5 MOST POPULAR TYPES OF SIDING
- Wood. One of the oldest types of siding, wood still holds it’s authentic charm and aesthetic appeal. Wood has a very natural look with cedar, pine, spruce, and redwood being the most popular. Wood siding can be left natural or stained to many different shades and hues. You can further choose your profile as well, such as shingles or clapboards. Logs themselves are still commonly used, especially for second homes in a rustic setting. The main downfall to wood is termites, rot, and woodpeckers, and wood burns, leading to extra precautions, especially if you live in a hot, dry climate.
- Vinyl. Vinyl siding is extremely popular due to its low cost and low maintenance. Vinyl is synthetic and durable and can be made to mimic other natural materials, such as stone or shingles. Vinyl is also versatile, coming in dozens of different styles and energy-efficient. Its main drawbacks are easily damaged in extreme elements, such as high winds or extreme temperatures, and the material itself is not biodegradable, leading to huge concerns for landfills since you cannot change the color of your siding once chosen. Vinyl may replace wood as the most popular siding type very soon.
- Metal. Metal siding is energy-efficient and durable, holding up to extreme changes in weather. No worries about pests here or rot, and metal siding does not fade. Steel siding is expensive material and expensive to install. It does require repainting every few years. Steel siding will last longer than aluminum siding, and both are low maintenance. Finally, metal siding is eco-friendly and fire resistant. Metal siding is a good investment for long-term gains.
- Brick. Brick has been around since 8000 BC when the people in the ancient city of Jericho left clay in the sun to dry. The Mesopotamians decided to speed up this process by placing their straw and mud in a kiln to bake. The result was stronger material, which can still be seen in the ancient ruins of Babylon. The Romans brought bricks to England, but the “technology” of brick-making was lost in the Middle Ages, only to be re-discovered in the early nineteenth century. Brick siding today is long-lasting and low maintenance. However, brick is an expensive material and costly to install, much like metal. But with its classic look, durability, fire-resistance, weather-resistant, and bug-resistant, brick siding continues to be a good option today.
- Stone. Before brick, there was stone, as can be exhibited by the world to see in the Great Pyramids of Giza. Pioneered by the ancient Egyptians who first devised a mechanical way to work stone, stone was the most common building material of the ancient world. Like brick and metal, stone is expensive to buy and install, but has similar pros: long-lasting, beautiful to behold, durable to the weather and pests, and 100 percent resistant to moisture, eliminating any problems with mold or mildew. Stone veneer is a viable, cheaper alternative, but you will be sacrificing many of the benefits of actual stone itself.
PRN Roofing, the best commercial roofer in Tuscaloosa, specializes in siding installation for both residential and commercial buildings. We always start with an estimate and offer up recommendations for which siding will complement the exterior of your home the best, including your roof. Making a good first impression, whether it’s your extended family at Thanksgiving or it’s your customers who use your products or services every day, is important. You’ll want to put your best foot forward, and having PRN Roofing help with your siding installation will go a long way in achieving your goals. Contact us today for your free siding estimate!