What material should be used to finish the exterior of the house? Many people probably ask this question.
After all, everyone can see the house from the outside. It is the outer surface of the walls or the facade that people pay attention to. They meet, as they say, by clothes. And many rightly want their home to make a good impression.
We will now consider such a process as covering the facade with siding. Let’s figure out what siding is useful for, and why you should pay attention to it at all.
Features of siding
Siding is special facing panels made of standard materials. They were invented in the middle of the last century, when a huge amount of money and time and builders went into the invention of new building materials.
Siding has differences from standard facing with plaster or stone. It is made in the form of panels. The sheathing process is carried out according to strict technology, every element of the frame is involved, as part of a large designer.
Moreover, the siding can be made in different variations. Siding is available:
Metal siding is made of aluminum alloys. These are light-facing panels coated with anti-corrosion compounds. This material is strong, easy to mount and, in general, very stable.
But the cost of metal is quite high, and it is not so easy to protect it from all external influences. Sooner or later problems may begin.
The second and probably the most popular option is vinyl siding. Covering the cottage with vinyl siding is a great solution. And all because at a relatively low price and exceptional ease of installation on the wall surface, vinyl siding can withstand serious loads.
And any type of load. Of course, the panel will not be able to withstand significant physical pressure, here it is in any case inferior to the metal one. But everything that concerns the corrosion of the owner of a wooden or brick house sheathed with siding will not worry at all.
Vinyl is a polymer, and from this it follows that it does not react to water, moisture, aggressive environment. The service life of vinyl siding is tens of years.
Wooden siding is another solution, but it already belongs to a rather expensive category. The selection of expensive wood as raw material is characteristic of wooden siding.
It is carefully processed, creating unique and very beautiful facing structures. In terms of installation and operation, there is almost no difference.
Necessity of insulation
First of all, we note that if you are going to sheathe the house with siding, then you will need to finish the walls with insulation.
This is a very important point. Any house in itself needs insulation, but as a rule, bare walls that are not even plastered are sheathed with siding. Therefore, in this case, wall insulation is the only correct solution that will allow you to cope with the move.
In addition, the siding panels are mounted in the frame. And this frame is perfect for being filled with insulation. That is you will also save money. After all, it will not be necessary to perform additional insulation due to the installation of separate structures.
The price of work
How much does it cost to sheathe a house with siding? This is another popular and very important question that many ask themselves.
And indeed, most buyers use siding precisely to save money on exterior finishing.
This does not mean that finishing the walls with siding is a bad or cheap solution. Simply laying it is much easier, it costs less, and the result can be even better than if you used standard processing methods.
It is worth understanding that the cost of cladding is influenced by many factors, even the installation technology, and it can exert its influence, although not so significantly. Also, the price depends on which siding company will install the siding for you.
First of all, the cost of the siding itself is taken into account. Yes, 1 m2 of metal panels will cost you 6-7 dollars. Quality vinyl costs $4-5.
Well, the value of wooden samples is difficult to estimate, since here the highest limit can be very far. It will only be correct to point out that the average price of wooden siding is almost always more than similar samples made of metal or vinyl, and the difference can reach serious values.
But not only the cost of the material will have to be satisfied. Wall insulation and its price are also taken into account. You will also have to tinker with the same insulation, and pay a hefty sum for it. Sometimes the cost of insulating materials even outweighs the cost of the panels themselves.
Cladding with siding in this regard is much more profitable than the same cladding with plaster with insulation.
It is advisable to choose the material that will be used for insulation in advance. Most often, the siding is insulated with:
- mineral wool;
Any option is suitable, since you can easily assemble a stable and reliable frame from panels of this type, under which an insulating film is easily mounted.
And don’t forget about the price for the work either. On average, builders charge from 7 dollars per 1m2 for sheathing external walls with insulation. But here everything depends on specific decisions and provisions.
However, let’s not forget that it is quite easy to install siding. If you wish, you can cope with such a task yourself, and the saved funds can be used for something more useful.