Weather matters when installing vinyl siding

Weather matters when installing vinyl siding

Just as you would choose clothes to protect yourself against the harsh weather outside, you should consider weather conditions in your area when determining the proper vinyl siding type for your house.

Beyond the brink for extreme weather

If you live in a colder climate, you may want to choose a higher gauge siding, of .44 or higher, so it doesn't expand and contract as much in extreme cold-weather conditions. Higher gauges (or thickness) also help in extreme heats, keeping your house's exterior from cracking.

In addition, if you live in an area that experiences high winds, consider a vinyl siding that has been tested and approved for such conditions. One option may be the Durabuilt 440 Series Double 4" Traditional Lap Vinyl Siding available at Lowes for $9.44 per square, which comes in 13 colors.

The cost of weather resistance

While a higher gauge usually means more expensive siding, it is not the only factor for cost. Siding can cost as little as $0.45 per square foot if you do it yourself, or around $7 per square foot if you hire a professional to install the vinyl siding.

However, siding choices now come in a larger variety than ever before. The colors alone come in a large wheel of choices from earth to eccentric tones, but they also comes in stucco, wood, stone, brick, and fiber cement options.

You can also choose to have the siding installed vertically, for a different look. Of course, the option can cost between $2 to $10 more per square foot, depending on what you want.

Trendy looks for a new house makeover

Because vinyl siding doesn't require the maintenance of wood and gives you a larger field of options than brick, vinyl siding installation is on the rise. Even some older homes that are made of brick or wood are converting to vinyl siding, which, in some cases, can improve the value of the house.

Whether you choose to hire a professional or to tackle this project yourself, pick a siding that is right for the climate in which you live.

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