Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

If you've owned your house for several years, you know inevitably you'll have to make cosmetic repairs to the exterior. Once every decade, perhaps your neighbors lug out the ladder and paint cans and get to work, and maybe you've done the same thing. If you've considered a different look altogether, though, having vinyl siding installed over the surface of your home provides a drastic yet attractive change that weathers any storm and add value to your property. All you need to do to get started is figure out how you want to side your home.

Vinyl siding, when installed by a professional contractor, look beautiful and is fairly easy to clean. Because of the insulation benefits that go along with it, homeowners may also expect a nice reduction in heating and cooling costs, as well as endless options for color and style. Akin to choosing paint or wallpaper, the process of selecting the right vinyl siding for your home can turn tedious and frustrating if you reach an impasse with your spouse. However, since what you select is what should stay on your house for many years to come, it's important to make the right decision.

How do you choose which siding is best? Take into consideration the physical size of your home - how many stories, if it is split level, and if there are dormers or gables. Note, too, the current exterior of your property to determine if the entire surface will be sided or if some parts of brick or wood will be left exposed. If so, the color you choose should complement your current home.

Horizontal siding is the more common style used on homes, with the vertical "tile" style used often on historical remodel jobs to restore an authentic look. Depending on where you live, the siding you choose will affect the overall environment - so if you plan to sell in the future you may be advised to keep a design consistent with your neighbors. If you live near the beach, you'll want a siding that is not apt to corrode in the corresponding weather conditions, but if you are in a remote location you have more freedom to decide your color scheme.

Vinyl siding offers heavy duty protection from the elements, and an attractive new look to your home. From earthy tones to subtle pastels, there is a color and style perfect for your exterior.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Norfolk vinyl siding and Virginia Beach handyman services.