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Identifying the Differences in Siding

By The Bassford Team on September 24, 2020

While you’re in the process of searching for a new home, you are going to spend a lot of time looking at different houses and assessing them for quality, durability, hominess, etc. During this process, one of the first parts of any home you are going to notice is the siding that surrounds it from top to bottom. You might have noticed that different homes have different types of siding, and you might have wondered what exactly makes the difference. Are some better than others? To help you answer these questions, we are going to write about some of the more popular types of siding as well as offer you useful information when it comes to assessing the condition of any siding you see.

Wood Siding

A fairly simple type of siding to notice, wood is one of the oldest types of siding there is and comes in a wild array of types, shapes, and tree varieties. Wood siding can be stained or painted and will develop unique character as it ages. Splintering or splitting wood siding is not uncommon and is also not necessarily a sign that the siding is in poor shape.

Wood siding is frequently beautiful, although it is also expensive and does require a fair amount of maintenance in order to remain in good condition. The positive of this is that well-maintained wood siding can last several lifetimes.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has a plasticine texture and is very easy to bend, making it fairly durable and easy to work with. Vinyl is versatile and can be installed over pre-existing siding. It is also one of the cheaper siding materials on the market, which explains why it is so commonly seen.

While the siding can take a fair amount of wear and tear, if a problem does result with one or more pieces of siding it can be difficult to get them replaced. This is in part due to the fact that a strip of siding, unlike a strip of wood, is dyed in the factory rather than painted on site. Because of this, getting an exact match on your vinyl siding color can be something of a challenge.

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