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Comparing Options for Siding
When the opportunity comes to choose the “skin” of a house, the siding, whether for new construction or re-surfacing, you might think that the main factor would be personal preference for its look. But, there are other important matters to consider, namely its cost, energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, and its impact on home resale value.
Whether it’s brick, stone, wood siding, stucco, vinyl, fiber-cement (also known as “Hardie-board,” named after its inventor), or a combination of two or more of those possibilities, our approach to new siding demands some study, especially since there are so many options from which to choose.
Our choices today might further be influenced by the region of the country we hail from or, for that matter, the neighborhood of our youth or a certain ideal that sets itself in our minds.
I remember when my family moved from a brick attached row home in Philadelphia to the south, my parents sought a brick home simply because that is what they were used to. When they were told, however, that their new home was merely “brick veneer,” they somehow felt cheated that it was not to be built of solid brick! And having attended college in ... more

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