Your home’s exterior is more than just the roof. From siding to soffit, fascia, and eavestroughs, there are a lot of things to consider when looking to build a new home or renovate a loved one. Here are some places to start.
Choosing A Type of Siding
One of the most popular types of siding in Grande Prairie and northern Alberta is vinyl siding. Yet, several other reliable options exist for siding.
Considering our often windy and cold climate, your first need is to choose siding that is both durable and efficient. This means it lasts our whole winter without falling apart while remaining efficient enough to avoid spikes in your energy bill. Some of our favourites that check these categories include vinyl siding, metal siding, and fibre-cement board (also known as Hardie board or HardiePlank).
Vinyl siding is a durable option at a lower initial cost than fibre-cement board siding or metal. It’s also low maintenance and comes in a variety of colours, textures, and profiles. It will last a long time – provided you choose a quality brand and install it correctly. In fact, vinyl siding has been known to last up to 25 years when managed properly.
Though vinyl siding can be durable, it is more susceptible to certain elements. Heat can warp it and cold temperatures do increase the risk of cracking or peeling.
Fibre-Cement (Hardie Board) Siding
Fibre-cement has a more expensive initial cost but is considered to be more durable than vinyl siding. Hardie Board has been known to last 50 years and beyond – even throughout the coldest, harshest Alberta winters.
Because it’s made from fibre cement, Hardie Board is less susceptible to warping or peeling with extreme temperatures. It can, however, crack upon a large impact. Fibre-cement board siding, unlike vinyl siding, can require new paint after a while, as the colour may fade with time.
Metal siding is less common for homes, but it is a convenient option for industrial, commercial, and other buildings. Metal siding – generally made from aluminum or steel – is durable, low maintenance, and strong. It’s resistant to bugs and other pests and it’s recyclable – a greener option for when it eventually exceeds its lifespan.
Due to the nature of metal, aluminum and steel siding do pose a problem when completing repairs as it can be both costly and difficult to match the colours. It also doesn’t provide as much insulation, which makes it a trickier option for homes in a northern climate. Metal siding –especially high-quality metal siding – can also be a more expensive choice of siding.
Remember The Details: Soffit, Fascia & Eavestroughs
The exterior of your home includes soffit, fascia, and eavestroughs. Each has its own place in the structural integrity of your home and, just like siding, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Soffit is an extension of the siding that covers the overhang of your roof. Since its main purpose is to protect your roof from water, pests, and the cold.
Traditionally, soffit was constructed from either wood or aluminum. Today, we offer soffit in a variety of materials, including synthetic and composite materials such as UPVC and vinyl. These materials are more durable than wood, which has the potential for warping and rotting.
A greater number of choices in materials have also increased the number of design options available. This allows you to make a more customized choice to complement the architecture of your home.
Fascia is the exposed band you can see connected to the soffit, and it acts as the support for your home’s eavestroughs. Since it’s more exposed than soffit, it’s more easily viewed from the street and can add to the aesthetic of your home.
Given its visibility from street-level, fascia comes in a couple of materials and many designs. As with the soffit on your home, making choices about the colour and design of fascia can complement the architecture of your house.
Eavestroughs & Gutters
Eavestroughs or gutters collect rainwater, and melted snow, and carry this water off your roof to prevent water damage. They’re a necessary and functional aspect of the exterior of your home.
While choosing eavestroughs may seem straightforward, technology has brought home and business owners several options for eavestrough systems. For materials, you can choose between copper, vinyl, aluminum, or steel gutters.
When choosing materials, keep the following in mind:
- Steel gutters are incredibly durable, but they also require regular maintenance to avoid rusting.
- Aluminum eavestroughs are also popular as they’re one of the more affordable options. They do lack durability and still require maintenance.
Making The Right Decision For Your Home Or Business Exterior
Designing and renovating the exterior of your home yields a variety of options in siding, soffit, fascia, and eavestroughs. While some of these decisions may be easy for you to make, the difficulty often comes with the details.
The most efficient course of action is to talk to your contractor. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and give you personalized advice to fit your home or business.
Want to chat with one of our exterior installation experts? Contact us today for a free quote.