When working with a custom home builder, your goal is to design the perfect home for you so that you can live in it trouble-free indefinitely. This will require a close look at your desired lifestyle. For instance, is sustainability your top priority, or is low maintenance more important to you?
Answering these questions will help you choose the best materials for your situation, such as the ideal roofing, flooring, and window materials. The siding your custom home builder uses for your house can be important too. Here are some considerations on choosing your custom home's siding based on your priorities in life.
Eco-friendly priorities: Insulated, low-impact siding
If your priority is to develop an eco-friendly lifestyle and build a house that's ideal for green living, you'll need to consider three things: insulation value, manufacturing process, and end-of-lifetime. The higher the insulation value, the more the siding will help your house conserve energy, which is a big part of green living. So you'll want to look for a well-insulated type of siding.
You'll also want to consider the manufacturing process: for example, was your siding made out of recycled materials? Metal products are often made with high recycled content, or you could find a reclaimed wood product to make your siding out of.
And finally, the longer your siding lasts and the more eco-friendly its disposal method, the more environmentally friendly it is overall. For example, metal siding can likely be recycled again at the end of its lifespan.
Low-maintenance priorities: vinyl or metal siding
While wood can be an eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing option, you won't want to select wood siding if you prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle. Both vinyl siding and metal siding can have very low maintenance needs when compared to wood siding, so you may prefer one of those options instead.
Aesthetics priorities: high-quality cedar siding
If money is no object and you don't mind putting in some work on maintenance, then the logical conclusion is that you should go with whichever type of siding offers the luxurious feel and authentic aesthetic you love. For instance, cedar siding can provide a unique and gorgeous authentic natural wood look, while requiring a bit of extra expense and care.
As you can see, there is no one universally best option when it comes to choosing siding for custom homes. Instead, your custom home builder can help you shop for siding products and find a style and material that are ideally suited to you and to your custom home.
For more information, talk to a custom home builder.