Siding is a solid investment in terms of value and livelihood. Not only is siding your house’s first defense against elements and pests, but siding is also one of your first selling points. Proper installation of siding increases curb appeal as well as the value of your home almost instantly. When you replace your siding with a professional contractor such as McKinnis, you are looking at a minimum of 70 percent return on investment (ROI). At McKinnis, we offer multiple siding options and work with several manufacturers to provide high-quality siding products. McKinnis is ever so familiar with the weather patterns of Nebraska as well as what homeowners want. Here is a quick synopsis of our top four requested siding product types.
Top Siding Types in Omaha, NE
A top-tier option, steel (metal) siding has many advantages. Steel siding is one of the most economical, durable, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly siding materials for houses on the market today. One major benefit of steel siding is that it is low maintenance. Steel siding requires minimal cleaning (spot cleaning if applicable with warm soapy water and a rag is all you need).
Mold, fungus, water, fire, and pests don’t stand a chance with steel siding. Ants, bees, termites, and birds have no desire to make their home within steel siding. Being a metal, steel siding does not absorb or retain moisture. As a result, you do not have to worry about rotting or pesky growths.
Steel siding is one of the toughest types of siding materials on the market. Its durability withstands wind, hail, heat, and cold; all conditions we are far too familiar with here in Nebraska. Just because it is durable, doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish too! There are countless finishes, colors, and profiles to choose from, making it your tasteful design.
Lastly, steel is environmentally friendly! Steel siding can be recycled and is often made out of recycled metals. Steel siding can get you credits on your insurance such as LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design). When you choose steel siding, you are making a long-lasting, stylish eco-friendly upgrade to your home.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is built to last! The composition of fiber cement is a combination of water, sand, wood pulp, silicas, and cement. This compound creates a material that is nonflammable as well as resistant to warp, rot, and pests. Fiber cement siding does not crack easily and can last for years. The biggest selling point for this type of siding is the resistance to elements. In fact, fiber cement siding can withstand great impacts from hail and flying debris from strong winds.
Fiber cement is also moisture resistant, making it a great option for drenching rains and humid summers. Fiber cement siding offers warranties on both its paint and product, making it a fantastic long-term investment. When it comes to upkeep, any product that can lessen the load is a major plus. Fiber cement is one of those materials.
Homeowners should inspect their siding annually and clean areas with dish soap water, rags, and rinse; that’s it! Fiber cement siding pieces mimic the natural look of wood grains and come in a variety of colors. If you are looking for the welcoming look of wood but extra defense, fiber cement may be the best siding choice for you.
Composite siding is a highly sought-after type of siding that combines science and nature to create a great product. This type of siding consists of compressed wood with binders including wax and zinc. This treated engineering creates a premium look with a combative toughness. Although the primary ingredient in composite siding is wood, this product is exceptionally stable against extreme weather, expansion/contraction, and water absorption due to the addition of resins and glues. Composite sidings do not saturate with water even under heavy rain. As a result, composite siding maintains its stability in even the worst conditions. Similar to fiber cement siding, this type of siding is often patterned with natural looks. However, most composite sidings have to be painted and do often come pre-primed.
Since its introduction in the 1950s, vinyl siding has been one of the most cost-effective siding types for homes. Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is a top choice for homeowners due to its availability, cost, and ease of installation. Nonetheless, vinyl siding is not quite as impact-resistant as other siding options and can dent or scratch easily. However, vinyl siding is much easier to repair, which makes it more appealing for the average do-it-yourself (DIY) Nebraskan.
Since vinyl is a type of plastic (PVC), it is water-resistant and insect resistant. On the other hand, vinyl sidings are more susceptible to expansion and contraction as a result of seasonal weather changes. This can cause a warping appearance years after installation. If you are looking for an easy-to-install, cost-effective, shorter-term upgrade, vinyl siding is an excellent choice.
Other Types of Siding
- Wood Siding
- Stucco Siding
- Aluminum Siding
- Natural Stone Siding
- Brick Siding
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