Siding is crucial for any property because it protects against weather and other outdoor elements. Quality siding prevents extreme heat and cold from affecting your indoor comfort, and at the same time, it boosts curb appeal. Dark siding is an excellent choice if you want your property to stand out since a dark facade is an unconventional look for homes.
Here are a few things to consider if you plan on installing dark siding.
Vinyl siding doesn’t have a truly dark black color, but you can find dark shades that might look dark from afar and actually have a lighter shade upon closer inspection. Vinyl is an affordable siding material, so it’s a great choice if you’re on a budget.
Wood siding is durable if it’s cured – which protects it from rotting. However, cured dark wood siding is prone to warping because it absorbs more ultraviolet (UV) rays and moisture.
Acrylic latex paint is the best way to coat fiber cement if you want it to be as dark as possible. However, dark colors tend to absorb more heat, increasing the siding material’s temperature. Furthermore, fiber cement could still warp even if it uses highly reflective acrylic latex paint.
Dark metal cladding has a higher temperature than its light-colored counterparts because it absorbs more heat. A siding contractor will recommend ventilation gaps and drywall ventilation to dissipate metal siding temperatures and reduce the heat it absorbs into the property.
Composite siding is made of composite material that has been processed and treated to look like real wood or stone. This can be done using synthetic materials or reclaimed wood, which is far cheaper than wood or fiber cement. Composite siding can be made to look like stone, brick, slate or cedar shakes.
You can easily find a dark-colored composite siding material with exceptional heat resistance and UV reflection properties. However, consult siding manufacturers and contractors to ensure the siding material is suitable to your local climate.
Find the best siding installation services at Bradford Xteriors. We have a team of experienced, knowledgeable and well-equipped professionals to handle your project. Contact us at (614) 483-6215, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.