Siding has come a long way in the last 70 years and Beckworth LLC is helping for all kinds of siding Vienna options. House siding was originally wood or stone that was available on the land where it was built, usually by the homeowner.
Over time, siding became more decorative as well as functional. Natural wood looked elegant, but it’s very high maintenance, needing paint every few years and susceptible to rotting and pests. From the original aluminum siding in the 1940’s, there is now a wide variety of sidings available to update the look and comfort of your home.
The purpose of siding Vienna, of course, is to cover the outside of the home, protect it from the elements, as well as embellish it.
- Aluminum—one of the first forms of modern siding for homes, it’s strong, durable, stands up to weather and keeps its shape. While aluminum siding requires painting every 5 years or so, it’s easy to change the siding’s color with a coat or two of paint. However, aluminum siding is susceptible to dents, dings and scratches, requiring the replacement of the panel itself. Aluminum also insulates your home better than vinyl, and is usually lighter weight.
While aluminum isn’t quite as popular as it once was, there are many advantages:
- It’s waterproof, and protects your home from the elements
- Made in vertical and horizontal formats
- Completely insect-proof
- Doesn’t absorb moisture
- Resistant to mold and mildew (easy to clean off)
- Cleans easily with a pressure washer
- Recyclable when the time comes to replace it
- Vinyl—it’s cost effective, durable, lasts and looks new for many years. The early versions were not as durable, but improvements in development have led to a better, stronger and longer lasting product. Today, vinyl siding comes in a wide range of colors and textures that are made to look like real wood. Its colors don’t fade, chip or peel, and only require an occasional cleaning to keep its finished new look. Insulated vinyl siding can also increase the energy efficiency of your home, helping you use less energy for heating and cooling.
Vinyl siding is built and tested to:
- Withstand sun and rain
- Stand up to winds of 100+mph
- Lay straight without buckling
- Resist damage from impact
- Provide moisture drainage
- Avoid shrinkage from heat
- Fiber Cement—one of the newest types of siding Vienna, the initial expense pays dividends later in durability. Made of cement, sand, and wood pulp, it’s more difficult to install than aluminum or vinyl. Since it’s a lot heavier than aluminum or vinyl, the installation is best left to professionals.
Fiber cement comes in a range of colors and textures to give you the look you want for your house’s exterior. Whether you like the look of wood clapboard, stone, brick or shingles, fiber cement siding will keep its looks for many years. You can also paint it after installation if you prefer a custom paint color.
Nearly 15% of new homes in the US wear fiber cement siding, and its popularity keeps growing. More than just flat sheets, fiber cement can also be customized for specific design elements.
What’s so great about it? Fiber cement siding is:
- Water resistant
- Rot resistant
- Resistant to termites and other pests
- Weather resistant (doesn’t shrink and expand, stable in high winds)
- Suitable for every climate
- Keeps its color longer than wood
- Over its lifetime, fiber cement will just need an occasional cleaning to remove dirt. Unlike other types of siding, it won’t need frequent painting, repair or replacement. Depending on the manufacturer, your warranty could be 25 years to “limited lifetime,” and with a 15 year warranty on factory finishes. It’s ideal for homes in Virginia, and offers a higher return on investment.
- Wood—the original siding that’s lightweight, cuts easily, and gives a warm, comfortable look to your home. The different types of wood and styles available can give your home a variety of different looks. Whatever style you chose, wood siding is higher maintenance than vinyl, aluminum or fiber cement. This includes sealing before installation and painting regularly. Even the best wood siding is vulnerable to pests, rotting, weather damage, and other pitfalls, and doesn’t insulate as well. Wood is also time-consuming and labor-intensive to install and maintain. Even with the best treatments, wood siding must be replaced every few years, making it a more expensive option for your home.