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How To Choose The Right Siding For Your Home

Take a look at this before & after photo. The results are dramatic. Replacing the siding on your home can make a huge difference in curb appeal.

Before & After - City of Rochester Home Receives New Siding & Roof

This Rochester, NY home features Mastic Carvedwood siding with a .044 – Hang double 4” vinyl clapboard siding including all cornice, corner, door and window trim. We installed insulation over the entire surface area of the home and seal tape to all seams before siding to prevent air infiltration. The color was chosen by the homeowner. The home also received a new roof!

But how do you know which type of siding to go with? The Rochester weather can wreak havoc on our homes so you want to be sure you choose the right siding for your house. The decision can be based on affordability, style, durability and more. Here at Trinity, our experience in the field has led us to become experts on all types of siding and their pros and cons.

Vinyl Siding

One of the more traditional choices, vinyl siding is a great fit for many homeowners. It is relatively inexpensive, requires minimal maintenance and is overall quite durable. The nice thing is that vinyl siding now also comes in a style that mimics wood siding! Because you won’t be dealing with natural wood, you’ll never have to deal with insect or pest damage.

Vinyl siding never needs painting, doesn’t show scratches, doesn’t dent, peel or rot, and is not affected by snow, salt, cold or rain.

One “con” to vinyl siding is that it can’t be painted over. So, be sure to choose your vinyl siding color wisely. Also, it can become susceptible to the sun over time and may fade (over many years).

Aluminum Siding

While more expensive than vinyl siding, aluminum siding is still more economical per square foot when compared to other types of siding. Aluminum siding expands and contracts much less than vinyl. The main disadvantage to aluminum siding is that it can be easily dented or damaged. However, overall it is durable, can be painted and is low maintenance.

Wood Siding

If you’re looking for something a bit higher end (but with more maintenance and a higher cost), wood siding might work for you. Your home will look more unique and will have a distinct appearance to it. Wood siding tends to have more of a warm and classic look to it. The value of your house when you go to sell it will undoubtedly be higher with wood siding.

There are a few negatives to be aware of, however. Wood siding needs to be painted or stained and you’ll need to keep up with maintenance of that over time. Not only can this maintenance be a bit costly, but it is time consuming as well. Furthermore, if you fail to maintain the siding properly, it may rot or otherwise fall into disrepair.

Cement Fiber Siding

Cement fiber siding is a new development in residential siding. It’s quite durable, very low maintenance, made from recyclable materials (so it’s “green”) and it’s beautiful as well. It is more fire resistant than wood or vinyl, it can be painted, and it may be more cost effective than wood siding.

Cons: More expensive than vinyl; Takes longer to install.

Getting Help With The Choice

Still confused? Aren’t sure which option is right for you? There are even more options for siding your house than are listed here. Contact us and we can help guide you in the right direction. Remember, we proudly offer complimentary consultations on all projects!



John Hoagland, owner and founder of Trinity Home Renovations in Rochester, NY, has 20+ years experience working with clients on various home renovation, remodeling roofing and siding projects. His Webster, NY based company has seen tremendous growth in recent years. He's well respected by his colleagues and customers alike for his down-to-earth, friendly approach as well as his never ending dedication to customer service and satisfaction.
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