Your home’s siding plays an important part in both the protection and the appearance of your home. Siding is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, stopping the wind, rain, and snow from getting into your home. At the same time, siding is also responsible for helping give your home its finished appearance, since its style and a lot of its design can come from the siding. Considering that a big part of your home’s curb appeal – and therefore value – comes from your siding and the condition that it’s in, it makes sense that people will want to keep their siding in the best condition possible at all times.
Many types of siding, however, require regular upkeep in order to look their best and to continue protecting your home. On average, the cost to repaint your home is close to $2,500, and you need to repaint every 3 – 7 years. Add in additional costs for repairs as the siding cracks or rots, and having a high-maintenance siding on your home can result in significant ongoing costs.
That’s why investing in low maintenance house siding can be such a great idea. Low maintenance siding will not only help your home maintain its curb appeal, it will also save you a significant amount of money over the lifespan of your home.
The Problems with Traditional Siding
The reason most homeowners look for a low-maintenance siding is most likely because they’ve encountered traditional siding already and know how much work it is. Most homes are clad in wood siding, which requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep over its lifetime. Wood can absorb water, swell, buckle, or crack if it isn’t protected from the elements, and any paint or stain that you apply to its surface won’t stay there forever. It will begin to crack and peel after a year and by the 3 – 4 year mark, it’s beginning to detract from the value of your home.
At the same time, peeling and cracking siding leaves your home vulnerable to the elements. Rain, snow, and insects can more easily access your siding, which can lead to issues such as warping and wood rot. That’s why many homeowners find that when the time comes to repaint their siding, they often have to replace a few boards at the same time.
Previous Low-Maintenance Siding Options
Wood siding has long been a high-maintenance problem, and many homeowners have searched for a solution over the years. This has led to a rise in products that claim to be no-maintenance siding or low-maintenance siding, but that don’t actually perform well in the long-term.
Masonite, modified woods, and vinyl siding have all been presented as low- maintenance siding options. Unfortunately, none of them are truly as low- maintenance as people have wanted. Masonite and modified woods still require painting and eventually develop problems with moisture and rot.
Vinyl siding doesn’t require painting and it isn’t affected by moisture so it won’t rot, but it doesn’t handle extreme hot or cold temperatures well. This can lead to melting and warping in the sun and brittle siding that can easily crack in the cold. So while you don’t have to paint it, you do have to replace sections of it frequently.
The Best Low Maintenance Siding
The best low maintenance siding is steel siding from TruLog. Steel siding is an incredibly durable material that isn’t susceptible to moisture, insect activity, heat, or cold. It doesn’t swell or warp, and it doesn’t crack or become brittle with time. This makes steel siding the most durable siding material available today.
The world-class paint coating is designed not to fade, peel, or crack over time, so you won’t need to paint your home every few years. Your home will keep its good looks year after year without the need to scrape, sand, and paint or replace planks. This makes steel siding an investment that will pay off over time in the money that you’ll save on maintenance.
Other Benefits of Steel Siding
In addition to being low maintenance, steel siding has other benefits to consider as well. The surface has a wood grain with patented hew lines and a defined chink link to simulate an authentic wood appearance. It’s available in several designer finishes that allow you to complement any style of home.TruLog steel siding has a limited lifetime warranty which provides 30-year paint protection for the exterior of your home.
Steel siding is also fully recyclable, which combined with the fact that you won’t need to paint or replace it every few years means that it’s also a more environmentally-friendly building option. Log-look steel siding is also backed with insulation that can make the interior of the home more energy friendly.
Steel siding is also flame retardant, which makes it a good option for homes located in areas affected by wildfires, with the siding helping to protect your home in the event of a fire. Combined with its resistance to moisture and other elements, steel siding can offer your home protection from a variety of nature’s threats.
Get a Truly Low Maintenance House Siding
With steel siding from TruLog, you can get a truly low maintenance siding that will complement your home and last for years. Durable steel siding can help protect your home from the elements and will help you save money on maintenance and repairs over the lifetime of your home. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance siding material that will truly stand the test of time, consider installing TruLog steel siding on the exterior of your home.