Aluminum sidingIf you're planning to upgrade your home or build a house from the ground up, then you have to look carefully at the several materials you'll need. This includes the siding.

It can be a big decision for you to replace or change the siding of your exteriors, from vinyl to composite for example, but don't fret. Knowing which type of siding will suit your Salt Lake City home's requirement can do the trick. Consult your construction engineer and some design experts to get the right one for your home. Here's a guide to help you:

Understand what will be suitable

First, look at your home and research what type of siding will suit it and the region you live in. Talk to your local builders, look at neighboring homes, and consult an architect to know what they've been using and recommending.

If you're building a new home, then consult the building engineers and decide on the best siding for your needs. Don't argue with them if you never did your research. Trust their expertise. If you hired the right people, you won't regret leaving the job to them.

Pick the right material of siding

It's important to consider the maintenance your new siding will need.

  • Plastic resembling cedar looks good and requires no upkeep, but you might find them more costly than vinyl siding.
  • Vinyl is easy to install, doesn't twist or warp, and is inexpensive.
  • Fiber cement and brick are resistant to pests and fire, but is susceptible to water damage.
  • Wood will require maintenance and painting often.

Consider the finish you're aiming before choosing the appropriate siding. If insulation is necessary, then make provisions for that and pick the siding accordingly.

Know the price beforehand

Find out how much siding you will need. You can also measure on your own and get a rough estimate. Siding is sold in squares, with square meaning 100 square feet. This will help you buy the required quantity of siding and not under or overestimate your budget.

Choosing the right siding for your home may or may not be challenging. This depends if you do your research and hire the right people for help.