Siding is just what the word sounds like, the outer covering of a home or building. It protects and can add beauty and value as well. Siding can be adhered horizontally or vertically, and comes in many different materials, such as wood, metal, vinyl, insulated, stone, brick and composite.
Wood siding can be made of weatherboard materials, or real wood such as redwood, cedar, pine, spruce, cypress or Douglas Fir. It is very versatile for different styles of homes and buildings and comes in almost all colors. It is very easy to install, but requires more maintenance and up keep than other types of siding due to ants, termites and the need for it to be re-treated every few years. Wood siding can provide some insulation, but not much. It can also be environmentally friendly, but some of the paints and stains that are used can be toxic to the environment and the people in the home or building. There are paints and stains that are safe, so choose wisely.
There are many types of metal sidings that come in many styles and colors, but metal siding is not really seen in the residential area. It is used in more modern architectural buildings. If you choose to use metal siding, make sure that the type of metal you choose fits the climate and weather for your region. For example, if you live in the coastal areas, aluminum siding is a good choice because it is resistant to rusting. On the other hand, if you live in an area that is highly vulnerable to hail, steel is going to your best choice due to its resistance to denting.
Vinyl siding is not as aesthetically pleasing, not environmentally friendly, and provides no insulation. They can be made to resemble wood clapboard, shingle or shake, but the difference can be noticeable. This siding is also extremely sensitive to heat such as the heat from grills, barbeques or fire.
A newer type of siding is insulated siding. It is much better than vinyl, can reduce energy usage by 20%, is very durable (up to 50years), and is ding, rot, mold and mildew resistant.
Stone, brick and stucco siding is a great choice if you are looking more towards the aesthetics of a home or building. They can be colored to match almost any palate, and they are also extremely durable (100 years-depending on the material used and location of the home or building) and require little to no maintenance (which saves money in the long run). Just remember that this type of siding can be very costly up front.
Composite siding is another option, and comes in many styles and can be made to look like many of the other options discussed previously. They are great for creating a certain look that would not otherwise be easily achieved in specific weather conditions, and are provided at a more affordable price than stone, brick, stucco or wood. Composite siding can be very durable depending on the materials used.
The choice of which siding to use really comes down to a couple of variables-location, price, durability, and maintenance. If you need help deciding which one is best for your home or business, we at Berryman Roofing would be glad to assist you with this choice and the installation of the materials.
Windows and Skylights
These days everybody is trying to find ways to cut back on expenses. One way is to lower your energy costs in your home or business. Choosing the right type of window or skylight will do just that. The amount of savings depends on the type of window or skylight you choose. The right window or skylight can improve the comfort of your home or business by keeping the heat out during summer weather and keeping heat in during the winter. With the correct window for your region you can let the light in when you want without increasing your electricity bill due to heat influx with the light. The valuables inside your home or business, such as carpet, furniture, painting, etc, will also be protected from fading due to this ultra violet light. Although these energy efficient windows can bit a bit more expensive, the cost can be taken away due to lower heating and cooling system costs. The lower the energy needs, the smaller HVAC unit needed. The smaller the unit needed to cool the home or business, the cheaper the system. There is a very helpful window selection tool on the Efficient Windows Collaborative along with more information at www.efficientwindows.org.
Gutters can be an important part of a roofing system, but in many cases they can be an unnecessary component and maintenance hassle. They can hold water and debris that can damage the outside of the roof. Berryman Roofing will be the first to let you know if you do not need a gutter system, and if if would be better for the integrity of your roof to let the water run off and away from the wooden roof edge.
If however, you do find you need a gutter system, there are many choices out there. Gutters can be made of many types of materials, such as copper, steel, aluminum, zinc, vinyl and plastic. The pricing is dependent on the type of material used, with copper being the most expensive and vinyl/plastic being the lease expensive.
Gutters come in various styles (K-style, fascia, half round, seamless, and sectional) and colors. K-style gutters are just that, gutters that resemble crown molding. They are the most popular and least expensive of the three shapes because they fit most homes. Fascia gutters are more expensive and are really used for homes that need a more specific look, such as a home with a tiled roof or a Spanish-style home. Half round gutters are becoming more popular, but are also more expensive that the K-style gutters. Seamless gutters are made to fit each home specifically. They are made on site for the exact length of the home. They do, however, have seams where the straight ends connect with the cornered ends. Sectional gutters come in pre-cut lengths and will be the ones found at any chain stores. When it comes to sectional gutters, they are quick and easy to get a hold of, but you may be limited on option as far as color and shape. They only come in three sizes, 5”, 6”, and 7”. Five and six inch gutters are the most widely used, but every now an then a home or business calls for 7”.