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Siding for homes which is durable, low maintenance and insulated, yet inexpensive, can these days be categorized into two major groups; vinyl siding, and aluminum siding. All things being perfect, both can last quite a few decades. Both are inexpensive, and both are very easy to clean and quite simple to maintain. However, there may be reasons, depending upon your individual needs, to choose one over other. Let’s take a general look at some of the pros and cons of each…

Aluminum Siding…

Aluminum siding, which is usually about .019” thick, is very rigid and durable, and rarely ever is affected by temperature changes, as even in extreme cases, it maintains the same properties. It doesn’t expand or contract from extreme temperature changes as much as vinyl does. Coming in a variety of colours, aluminum siding has the color baked on. This can prove to be quite a durable color-fastness, though if the siding is ever scraped or scratched, it will leave a shiny streak. Carefully repainting scratches fixes this. Aluminum siding installation is simple, and can be done quickly. This material may be bent to conform to certain contours. Aluminum siding can last up to 40 years or more.

Vinyl Siding…

Vinyl siding, which generally comes in about a .04”-.046” thickness, is about twice the thickness of aluminum siding, and is therefore more durable and more insulated. Coming in a vast array of colours, it never needs repainting because the colour is throughout the material completely. Due to this feature, the colour also never fades, even from exposure to the hot sun. The ease of wrapping vinyl siding around a house makes short work of the task. However, vinyl siding can expand and contract in extreme temperature changes, becoming brittle in extreme winter climates, though one option which is sometimes available is to have insulated vinyl siding, where the siding is backed with full insulation, which minimizes this. This option also makes this material a little more rigid, and helps keep the siding from ripping off in gale-force winter storm winds in harsh weather areas. This material however, backed or not, may be too rigid to bend in order to conform to certain contours. Vinyl siding installation is very simple and easy. Vinyl siding can last up to 50 years or more.

The Best of Both Worlds, Aluminum Siding and Vinyl Siding…

It’s increasingly common practice among home owners to use both aluminum siding and vinyl siding to utilize the best properties of each. That is to say, a typical home siding project may have the main areas sided with insulated vinyl siding easily wrapped around the house. Aluminum siding is then used to cap off all the ends, corners, and trim around edges such as windows, doors and vents, as the rigidity of aluminum siding supports the vinyl siding in this way, as well as the fact that aluminum siding can bend and form around the different types of contours and shapes in these specific areas where otherwise vinyl siding can not.

Shutters

provide a homey appeal to a house, even raising the value of a property by doing so, as well as being functional, and there are those which also provide security… whether for a commercial building to close up shop, or to guard against theft, whether the property be a commercial one or residential, or to guard against harsh weather conditions – or both. This type can also be pleasing to the eye.

Window Shutters…

Window shutters, as mentioned above, can beautify a home while also being functional. Wooden shutters are a common choice, and of these, those made of certain woods such as cedar are often used not only for the beautiful look of the wood, but due to the properties of guarding against insects and decay, and also its weather-ability. Wooden shutters can be coloured with various stains or paints, and thus can conform to the aesthetic needs of any individual tastes and preferences.

Louvered Shutters…

Louvered shutters have quite a few advantages, some of which are: when you have these types of shutters on your windows, and they are closed, you can have the privacy of not being seen through your windows from the road and still be able to see outside, while also being able to let natural light into the house; there is often no need for carpentry skills to install them, as many models come complete in their own frame, and installation is merely a matter of a few small screws; they are esthetically pleasing to the eye, suggestive of an older style of living, and allow the home to breathe while the windows are “shut”, both with the incoming breeze, as well as thermally with the incoming sunlight.

Roller Shutters…

Roller shutters are the variety which can roll up and out of view when not in in use, and roll out to secure the area being closed.

While this type may call to mind an image of bolting things down, or “battening down the hatches” so to speak, such as when a commercial property is “closing up shop”, this type of shutter is not only used in this kind of instance necessarily.

Many homes on fact use this kind of shutter system, whether to protect windows and doors from harsh weather conditions, or even to lock things down tightly and guard against break-ins, vandalism, burglaries and theft while the family is away on vacation. At the same time, these are manufactured for eye appeal as well, so as not to make a home or business appear like a fort – although the added security may make a home or business as good as one.