Siding Materials

There is no doubt that siding can be very beautiful and an ideal exterior finish for a home. The siding material you choose for your house will depend on the look you want to achieve, as well as factors like cost, durability, ease of maintenance and resistance to weathering. There are many different types of siding materials available today, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. The most commonly used materials include vinyl, wood, aluminum and fiber cement siding. Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of some popular options.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin that comes in rolls or sheets which have an specific texture of wood grain. It is a lightweight material, which makes it easy to handle when attaching it to your home and unlike aluminum siding, there are no sharp edges or corners that can cut you. Vinyl is durable and low maintenance, but it doesn’t have any insulation value because of the hollow spaces between panels. Also, if you choose white vinyl siding for your house, make sure that you take extra care to protect it from the sun’s rays as this will cause fading over time.

Wood Siding

You probably know that wood siding is much more attractive than vinyl when properly painted and finished with weather-resistant materials. Wood has an aesthetic appeal that lasts longer than any other type of siding available today. However, this is not a material that most contractors recommend installing yourself because of the high risk of moisture damage. Also, while it’s easy to clean wood siding, you may find it more difficult to replace them when they are damaged in some way as opposed to vinyl or aluminum siding.

Metal Siding

Aluminum is another popular type of siding material used for homes today. It has become increasingly popular over the past few decades because of its unique look and resistance to rusting and rotting. Like vinyl, this material will also create less mess around your house since there are no shards or splinters when you need to fix a problem. However, make sure that you check the warranty of your aluminum siding to determine the best way to remove it if you ever decide to take it down.

Fiber Cement Siding

Lastly, fiber cement siding is also another popular option for homeowners these days because of this material’s excellent durability and superior insulation value. It is lightweight and relatively easy to work with as opposed to wood or metal siding but one more drawback associated with fiber cement siding is that they are less resistant to moisture damage, making them a bad choice for homes in extremely wet areas. Fiber cement panels come in blocks which need to be attached directly onto your home’s structure using special adhesive. They are also permeable to air and hence, they don’t act as good insulators. As such you may need to use additional insulation materials in some areas of your house.

Hardie Board Siding:

This is a type of fiber cement siding which comes with a warranty for 25 years. It can be painted in any color you want and also has the ability to resist insects, mold and mildew. Hence this type of hardie board will last longer than other types of siding materials like wood or vinyl while being easy to install and maintain.

Everlast Composite Siding:

If you are looking for a material that looks similar to wood but lasts longer, then Everlast composite siding is an excellent choice. This product comes in the form of panels and has been designed to be resistant against damage from insects and weathering. However, it isn’t always easy to find installers who can work on this type of siding since many contractors are unfamiliar with how they should be attached onto houses.

Wood Fiber Siding: 

This type of siding material also called as fiber cement offers great durability and resistance to fire as well as wear and tear caused by severe weather conditions like hurricanes or tornadoes. There are basically two types of wood fiber board available today – hardwood fiber board which has been made using sawdust of hardwood trees and soft wood fiber board which is made using sawdust of pine, fir or other softwoods. This type of siding material doesn’t require paint but you need to seal it with a special water based polyurethane coating if you want to prevent surface decay from moisture damage.

Growstones Siding:

The Growstones Company specializes in production and marketing of stone veneer panels for both exterior and interior design applications. The company’s products can be directly installed onto walls and floors without the need for contractors or additional tools like hammers or nails. Produced from natural materials, this type of siding offers high resistance to fire as well as wear and tear caused by extreme weather conditions like hurricanes. However, you need to seal Growstones’ stone veneer panels with a special water based polyurethane coating if you want to prevent surface decay from moisture damage.

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