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Various Types and Benefits of Siding Materials

Siding is an important part of your house and comes in several materials.
Siding is an important part of your house and comes in several materials.

There are several material options available to you if you are considering re-siding your home. Below is an explanation of the qualities of some of the most common types of siding to help you decide which one to choose for your home.

Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most popular materials available and comes in almost every conceivable color and texture, including finishes that look just like real wood. One of the benefits when re-siding is that vinyl, which is lightweight, can be installed over existing materials. Newer vinyl products can help improve the energy efficiency of your home because they have a layer of insulation. Vinyl is water resistant and works well in almost any environment needing relatively little maintenance and it is cost effective.

Natural Wood

There are usually comes two styles of wood siding: clapboard (long horizontal strips) and shingles (smaller pieces of overlapping wood). The most widely used woods for shingles are cedar and redwood, both of which are used for their resilience. Wood siding needs more maintenance than other materials on the market. Irrespective of the color, the wooden siding looks better and lasts longer when sealed with a varnish, paint or semi-transparent stain. Depending on your local environment and the material, the finish will have to be redone every 3-7 years. Wood siding can last for many years with careful maintenance and repairs. If you are willing to invest in time and money, this siding delivers a desirable warmth and appeal that can’t be duplicated easily.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is composed of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand. Very little maintenance is required, and it can be manufactured to look like wood, stonework, brick work, or stucco. Modern fiber cement is a safe and long-lasting material that does not contain asbestos. It is also fire resistant and does not rot which makes it suitable for most climates. However, installation is more complex because fiber cement is quite heavy, and it is also more expensive.

Metal

Metal is another low maintenance siding material requiring minimal upkeep. It does well in areas of the country that experience extreme weather such as frost, snow, wind, ice and sleet. Metal protects the inner structure of your home because it does not absorb moisture. Metal siding is available in various thicknesses and the siding’s durability and energy efficiency are influenced by both the type of metal used and the thickness. Metal siding can be manufactured in many different colors and finishes. Metal sidings are less suitable to coastal regions where there is salt spray and humidity, as it is prone to rust when exposed to the elements. Although aluminum siding does not rust, it does not hold its color well and is less durable.

We recognize the advantages of good siding, and we are committed to choosing the best match for your house. Contact Asset Roofing if your home needs a new siding, to get your free estimation and learn all about the siding choices that are available to you.