First let’s define the term; a surface forming the outside of or bounding a thing. In this case the “thing” is a house. Now that is a fairly simple definition and does not emphasize the importance of what house siding actually does. Siding is meant to protect a building from the adverse effects of weather. It is essential to keeping out moisture and extreme temperatures and to maintaining the longevity of the house. Not only is siding vital to the integrity of the house but it is so important in the overall “curb appeal” as well. We all know how valuable curb appeal is when selling a house. The first thing potential buyers will see is the exterior siding. I can tell you from experience, if buyers pull up and see an ugly exterior, it won’t matter how nice the inside is.
Exterior House Siding Material Selection
House siding comes in a variety of styles and shapes. Here is a list of the most common:
As you can see there are many different types of exterior siding material. The final selection, more times than not, will be determined by region and price.
Exterior House Siding Terms and Definitions
These are the key terms that you will use most often when talking about exterior siding: