A new siding project is certainly something to be excited about. We at Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors are right there with you! As Sauk Rapids’ top-quality siding company, the thrill of renovating a client’s entire exterior to match their style while safeguarding their home to boot—it never gets old.
It’s exciting, sure, but you’ve got a big decision to make. What sort of siding is the right fit for your home? Certainly, there are aesthetic concerns; such a large investment is going to be sticking around for quite a while, especially if it’s made of the sturdy stuff our brands sell. There too exist more practical matters. If you fall in love with a given look, will the material fit well into your maintenance schedule and climate?
It’s a lot to consider, but relax—you’re in good hands. Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors is here to help. Below, you’ll learn how to navigate the siding-choosing process simply and stress-free.
What Material Is Best?
Plenty of siding materials are doing well on the market today. There is one no universally “best” siding type; each one of them has been successful due to its satisfying a certain niche that others do not. Thus we can’t tell you what siding type is the perfect fit for you in a blog post—but we can tell you how they perform, and further your understanding of them in a consultation.
Steel Siding: When Durability Is Paramount
Steel’s got a tough reputation, and we mean that in terms of durability. When your house needs unquestionable protection from absolutely anything that comes its way, steel siding is perfect for you. It’s available in two styles, seamed and seamless, both of which offer supreme strength and long-lasting good looks.
Engineered Wood Siding: When Weather Flexibility Is a Must
Engineered wood siding is partially made of real wood, but it’s made—”engineered”—to have additional strength and longevity with the help of other, brand-specific materials.
Sure, it’s a sturdy and attractive siding type, but where it really shines is in its flexibility. LP Siding, the brand of engineered wood siding which we stock, has been constructed to resist both extreme heat and cold, both of which, it could be said, plague Minnesota regularly. It’s a great choice if you want a worry-free exterior.
Vinyl Siding: When You Want it All on a Budget
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding type for a reason—it’s a wonderful all-around performer in terms of weather resistance, durability, and looks. As a bonus, it’s remarkably affordable, so getting the exterior renovations you need won’t break the bank.
A Few Words on Looks
If you’re looking to see what specifically is available, we’ve got plenty of siding types, from seamless steel to engineered wood, and we’d be happy to provide you with sample looks upon consultation. Rest assured that before anything goes onto your house, you’ll be able to get a good look at it!
However, if you’re just brainstorming right now, keep this in mind: Many siding types can be made to look like others. This means that even falling in love with a certain look isn’t necessarily constraining you to one material. You can, for example, have the style of real wood without all the hassle of paint and waterproofing.
You might, then, find the selection process easier if you were to look at the practical benefits of a siding material first, then choose the look you like. Many siding types can be made to look like one another, sure, but different materials can’t necessarily emulate one another as such.
Considering Your Home’s Archetype (Or Lack Thereof)
Many homes today don’t fit one architectural movement—and if yours does, your furniture and all the clutter that accumulates with day-to-day life might not! We think you should feel free to choose your favorite siding regardless of your home’s style. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating a truly unique look.
However, if you’re concerned about style and want to create a unified image, stick with timeless looks and colors, such as wood-look textures and browns. These tend to look fitting with a variety of designs and inspirations. You also should take inspiration from social media sites and siding contractor galleries. Even if you can’t quite name what style your home’s design is, you’ll probably find many that look just like it—and many you can imitate.
Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors: Here for You, No Matter the Project
Whether you’re looking for siding, roofing, decking, or any number of exterior jobs, our team is ready to tackle it with all the professionalism and expertise you’d expect from a decades-old company like us. Give our Sauk Rapids office a call today at 320-252-9086.