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July 6, 2020

Siding Selection: How to Choose the Best Siding for Your Home

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see. Whether you’re building the house of your dreams or just looking to upgrade your look to something more modern, let your siding make a good first impression. But it’s not just about what you see, you also need to make sure you’re choosing materials that last. Here are a few tips for how to choose the best siding to compliment your home:

Material Matters

From vinyl, wood, brick, fiber cement and more, there are so many different options when choosing siding for your home. However, when it comes to materials, there are a few things to consider. Depending on your location, you may want to look into more durable or water-resistant options to keep wind, water, heat and other elements at bay. Keep in mind that the more durable the material, the longer it lasts. If you’re installing the siding yourself, consider ease of installation as well as the time and tools you have available.

Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Did you know the type of siding you choose could affect your home’s energy efficiency? Re-siding your home can seal any potential air leaks and insulate your home to keep cool or warm air in. Energy efficiency is determined by a siding’s R-vale rating, which measures its resistance to heat flow. When it comes to efficiency, choosing insulated vinyl can get your home to ENERGY STAR qualification, putting more money in your pocket. Other options, such as stucco are great at stopping air leakage, but require a little more upkeep.

Consider the Latest Color Trends

Wanting to freshen up your home’s exterior? When it comes to siding, along with personal preference, homeowners are determining their outdoor appearance based on popular siding trends. In 2020, these trends include incorporating darker colors, greens and even mixing styles to create a unique look. Before finalizing your choice, keep in mind your home’s location and neighborhood.

Work with Your Budget

Finally, when looking into siding for your home, it’s always best to consider your budget. Vinyl tends to be the cheapest option. Along with easy installation, most come with a lifetime warranty meaning you won’t have to keep up with its maintenance. Wood siding tends to last the longest, but quality wood can be expensive and requires a lot of upkeep to ensure its appearance and performance, which can add up quickly. The same can be said for stone, which lasts for years as long as it’s properly maintained.

Need more assistance when it comes to choosing siding for your home? At Fischer Lumber Company, our knowledgeable associates can help you with any project. Whether its materials, tools or just a second opinion, we’re here to make any home renovation project a success. Visit or call us today! 618.259.7434