Owning a home near the beach is a wonderful luxury during the summer months, when you can take a few steps out of your door and into the water. Maintaining a beach home presents its own specific issues and remodeling projects need to keep those issues in mind. Siding in particular can be a challenge as you want a material that will resist damage from the frequent sunshine and heat.
What are the most durable siding options for your beach home?
Vinyl siding is a versatile, durable, and low-maintenance siding option. The siding is durable against the humid beach air, easily spot-cleaned with a pressure washer, and resistant to sun damage.
You won't need to worry about the paint on your vinyl siding chipping or bleaching under the hot beach sun. That's because the color is added to the vinyl during production rather than painted on later. Various colors are available, though lighter shades will better help reflect the sunlight. You can also order the siding in a variety of shapes including scalloped or beam-style, which can both suit different architectural styles of beach homes.
A potential cosmetic downside to vinyl siding is that seams show between the pieces. The seams can be made less obvious with darker neutral colors, which can also help reduce the plastic appearance light vinyl can take on when newly installed and under direct sunlight.
Stucco is a composite cement material that is built up in layers over a metal or wood framework. The stucco material itself is dyed during the installation process, which allows you to create a custom color and keeps that color safe from the beating sun. Stucco, like vinyl, doesn't experience chipping or sun-bleached paint and therefore requires little maintenance to keep your beach home looking clean and fresh.
Stucco is resistant to mold and mildew, which can take hold due to the moist air from the beach. The thickness of the material helps keep the inside of your home more cooling efficient to keep your energy costs down during the summers. And the textured surface hides dirt or sand well and also cleans easily with a power washer.
The one potential downside of stucco is a higher installation cost. But the trade-off is that you receive a durable, custom-colored siding that doesn't have the seams of vinyl.
Ultimately, the choice between vinyl and stucco siding for your beach home comes down to personal preference in appearance as both materials are fairly durable. Still can't decide on a siding material? Contact a local siding contractor, such as Don Snider Roofing, to discuss options, see swatches, and even see a mock-up of your beach home with different siding styles attached.