If you are going to get new siding for your house, you want to make sure that you are going to get the one that will work best for your house and your needs. Just because you see a style of roofing that you like doesn't mean that it's going to be the best one for your house. There are a number of variables that you should consider before you make your final decision. You don't want to get your new siding installed and then realize that you picked the wrong thing. So, what are some of the things that you need to think about when you are choosing residential siding?
If you live in an area that is really prone to wildfires or brush fires, finding a siding that is fire resistant can help keep your house from catching on fire from sparks that would come from the fires. A fire-resistant siding material can help keep those sparks from getting a foothold on your house, especially when paired with fire-resistant roofing material. Materials like metal, stone, brick, and fiber cement work really well in this case.
Another thing that you want to think about is whether or not you have a lot of insects that could destroy your house around. It's not like you can completely get rid of all insects, but you might have a termite problem that you keep trying to keep under control but are having a hard time with. In that case, you might want to think about using a siding material that is resistant to all kinds of insects. You might not realize that you can get wooden siding that is resistant to insects. Woods like cedar and redwood are both insect resistant, and they will age and weather nicely. If you have a strong rustic aesthetic, cedar or redwood can really fit in with that aesthetic, especially as it ages, because they both tend to age to a silvery gray color. Of course, if you want to, you can stain or paint them as well, so that they maintain their original look.
Before you buy your new siding, make sure that you spend some time considering everything that might influence what will work best for you and your house. If you still aren't sure, then you can talk to a siding contractor and see if they can help you.