WHAT IS SIDING?
Siding is a protective material attached to the exterior of a house or other similar structure, such as a multifamily dwelling. On a house, siding is what helps defend against weather, impacts and other intrusive elements, such as insects. It also adds curb appeal and can help homeowners express their personal home style.
Here, we’ll explore more about siding’s meaning, discover different types of siding, see which siding is most durable, and learn how siding adds value to a home.
Siding is intended to provide an initial line of defense against any exterior elements that might threaten a structure. For example, siding can help prevent damage from insects like termites. It can also provide protection against weather issues, such as hail, wind, excessive moisture, and even extreme heat and cold temperatures.
Siding also offers defense against impacts, whether from storm debris or everyday objects, such as baseballs or material kicked up while mowing the lawn. Beyond protection, siding enhances the home’s exterior aesthetic with style elements such as color and texture.
Siding can be made from many different materials. Here, we’ll examine the most common types of siding along with their benefits and drawbacks so you can decide what kind of siding is best for you.
If you’re wondering whether siding is good for your home, the answer is a resounding yes. Besides giving a home its unique look and feel, siding helps maintain a home’s structural integrity. Siding, especially engineered wood siding, adds value in many climates over other materials, such as stucco. For example, stucco can be prone to cracking in cold climates, but engineered wood siding resists freeze/thaw cycles.
Because siding is so critical, it’s important to choose a material that is proven to perform in even the toughest conditions. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is one of the most durable siding solutions on the market, and it can help you achieve the look you want for your home without sacrificing the durability you need. When you’re weighing house siding options and cost, think beyond the basics and try engineered wood siding, such as LP SmartSide siding, which gives you the beauty and strength your home needs.
Learn more about the durability and weatherability of LP SmartSide siding.
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