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Looking to add a little something to the exterior of your home to bring some pizzaz? Nothing transforms a home more than the perfect exterior. With all the different options out there, these days, how do you pick the right one? First, you must not only look at what attracts you, but you have to also consider what exterior siding suits your house.

Here are the most popular choices of exterior siding you can find on the market today:

Stucco Siding - Traditional stucco is cement combined with water and combines materials such as sand and lime. Many homes built after the 1950s use a variety of synthetic materials that resemble stucco. Some synthetic stucco have been prone to problems. However, a quality synthetic stucco will prove durable. Tint the stucco the colour you want, and you may never need to paint.

Stone Veneer Siding - If you think of ancient monuments and temples, you know that stone is the most durable of all building materials. Granite, limestone, slate, and other types of stone are beautiful and nearly impervious to the weather. Unfortunately, they are also extremely expensive. Precast stone veneers and facings are more affordable. Some stone veneers look quite genuine, while others are clearly artificial.

Cement Fibre Siding - Fibre cement siding can have the appearance of wood, stucco, or masonry. If you want the look of authentic wood with a bit less maintenance, cement fibre is a good option. Fibre cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and may have a warranty up to fifty years.

Wood Clapboard Siding - Modern science has given us many synthetic wood-look products, and yet solid wood (usually cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, cypress, or Douglas fir) remain favourite choices for finer homes. With periodic care, wood siding will outlast vinyl and other pretenders. As with cedar shingle siding, wood clapboards can be stained rather than painted. Many wood frame houses built centuries ago still look beautiful today.

Brick - Made of fired clay, brick comes in a wide variety of earthy, eye-pleasing colours. Although it is expensive, brick is desirable because it can last centuries and probably won't need any patching or repairs for the first twenty-five years.

Vinyl Siding - Vinyl is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. Unlike wood or cedar, it won't rot or flake. Vinyl is usually less expensive to purchase and install than most other siding materials. There are, however, drawbacks. Vinyl can crack, fade, or grow dingy over time. Vinyl is also controversial because of environmental concerns.

Before choosing your exterior siding, take into consideration your environment, as well. Certain climates can put more wear on your home than others. When in doubt – call your a local general contractor!

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