Choose the Right Cladding for Your Home
Cladding or siding is the outside layer to your house, that protects against the weather and provides a nice look to your home. Your options will mainly include wood, stone, vinyl siding, or maybe even palliside cladding. Each one has its own benefits and may or may not be the right choice for your home.
The natural look of wood has a lot of classic appeal with homeowners, and is a very popular choice for house cladding. You can get various styles, such as clapboard or shingles, and it can be painted or stained in any color you could think of. It’s also a very easy material to find and it’s easy to work with when installing. Wood is a very tough material and will withstand knocks and any accidental impacts.
Unfortunately, it’s the natural aspect of wood that is also its downfall. Insect and weather damage are the biggest downfalls of using wood siding though regular coats of paint or stain can help protect it for years. So unlike vinyl or palliside, you will have some maintenance and upkeep to deal with if you go with wood.
For the budget-conscious, vinyl is most definitely the way to go. It’s the cheapest cladding for your house and also quite easy to install. You’re a little more limited with color options, but modern vinyl siding usually comes in hundreds of colors, so you can still make design choices for shades you like.
It’s a very light-weight product which does make it great for DIY projects but it’s not as durable as other materials. Cracks can be a problem, due to rough impacts or even just harsh weather. Strong sunlight will also fade vinyl over time, though higher quality materials can last many years before this starts to happen. Water can also get in behind or between vinyl strips so you need to install a moisture barrier underneath the siding itself. As a product, it’s not perfect but works just fine when you don’t have a lot of money spend.
This is a newer material that is starting to gain popularity as a cladding option. Palliside is similar to vinyl except it is thicker, more durable and will last much longer. It also doesn’t fade, keeping your original color over the years. It provides a prefect combination of wood’s strength and vinyl’s wear-resistance. The small downside to Palliside is that it’s a newer product and may not be available in your area. Your color choices will also be limited to a smaller range of neutral colors.
Stone and Brick
Your house doesn’t necessarily have to be built with stone or brick to get that lovely historic look. A layer of cladding outside can work just as well, at a fraction of the cost of actually building in stone. That’s not to say it’s cheaper than the other side options though. It requires more specialized skill to install a stone cladding layer and the materials are more expensive too. On the plus side, it looks fantastic and can add a very durable and weather-resistant layer to your home’s exterior.