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The exterior of any home plays an important role in the function of the home in a number of ways. First of all, the exterior of the home is the first thing that visitors will see when they arrive, so aesthetic appeal is immensely important. However, an even more important role of the home's exterior is to serve as the first line of defense against the elements, and choosing the right siding will have a remarkable impact on the exterior of the home. Speaking with a Virginia Beach roofing professional will help simplify the decision making process.

When choosing the proper siding for a home, a number of factors should be considered, including durability, appearance, cost, architectural styling, maintenance and installation. Durability is important because the durability of the siding that is chosen will impact the overall cost, which includes maintenance and repairs that will occur in the future. Some natural products will have a tendency to rot, and products that are of substandard quality will have to be repaired more frequently. Additionally, vinyl siding has a tendency to fade in color over time. Durability is extremely important when considering the high risk of hurricane force winds on a seasonal basis.

When it comes to costs, there are two primary elements involved in determining the cost of siding: labor costs and material costs. It is important to consider both cost elements when making a decision concerning the best siding option for the home. For example, fiber cement siding has a higher material cost and is more difficult to install; however, this type of siding is highly durable, having a capacity to last for 50 years or more.

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It is also extremely important to evaluate the potential periodic maintenance costs. For instance, wood products will require a significant amount of maintenance, including painting and sealing on a regular basis, which means that it may be less expensive over the life of the product to install a more durable siding product. Higher quality materials might cost more initially but will end up costing less in maintenance costs.

Vinyl siding is the most common material used in North America. It has substantial aesthetic appeal and it is reasonably priced; however, it does have a tendency to fade in color over time. Steel siding is traditionally used on commercial buildings, but there are rare occasions in which it can be used in part or in full on residential homes. Pine and cedar still remain a popular choice, but real wood requires a great deal of maintenance over the life of the product. For the individual who prefers the look without the hassles associated with real wood, fiber cement is a viable option. Although it is more expensive on the front end, fiber cement has a lifespan of 50 years or more, and it requires very little maintenance.

The key to finding the siding that is best for a particular home is to combine the ideal look, durability and cost elements that are suitable for a specific project.

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