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Every home and building must be fitted with siding to protect it from water and weather damage, but siding also has the biggest effect on the aesthetic appeal of a building. Siding is made up of boards or shingles that can be fitted horizontally or vertically. The joints between the boards are loose enough for the siding to expand and contract with the building through changing temperatures and humidity. Siding is available in a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, masonry, and composite materials in a variety of styles and colors.

One popular choice of siding is wood siding. Wood siding is typically made of redwood and cedar because they are naturally weather resistant and most commonly made up of beveled boards which are thin on top and thicker at the bottom and installed in overlapping layers. Wood siding is versatile in style and color with simple repair and installation. However, wood siding requires extra maintenance that is unnecessary for other styles of siding. Wood siding needs to be treated every several years to extend the life of the wood and is also susceptible to termites and rotting. Plastic, or vinyl, siding has grown in popularity because it is lower maintenance and easier to install than wood. The color choices for plastic siding are infinite and come in many styles to imitate the appearance of wood. Composite siding, usually made of asphalt, asbestos, or aluminum, are also styled to imitate wood and masonry siding. Composite siding is normally less expensive than wood and brick and a good alternative in certain environments, but the installation, durability and maintenance can differ depending on the materials. In recent years, wood, vinyl, and composite siding has been installed with expanded polystyrene foam between the siding and home for insulation. Better insulation can greatly increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Aluminum has become the most common option for metal siding, especially in environments that can be harmful to steel. Steel is prone to rust and warping in areas with high moisture and salt concentrations. Aluminum protects itself by reacting with air to form a coating of aluminum oxide that prevents the aluminum from degrading. The advantage steel has over aluminum is its dent-resistance. Metal siding is available in many different metals, styles, and colors. The last choice for siding is brick or masonry siding. Masonry sidings are a variation of brick and stone that can come in many styles and color palettes. Masonry sidings are the most durable and require the least amount of maintenance but are also the most expensive because of the energy required to produce concrete and brick.

When considering new siding, there are certain factors you should keep in mind before making a decision. The material chosen should match what you can afford and make sense to your environment. If you live in an area with high moisture levels, wood and steel may not be your best choices because moisture can lead to rotting and rusting. Colors and styles are basically unlimited in most materials which allow you to be creative with your home's outward appearance. The variety of choices can make this decision overwhelming which is why professional installation companies provide consultation and estimates to help you with your decision. New siding is a great way to revamp the aesthetic appearance of your home just the way you envision it.