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Comparison of Siding Materials

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Comparison of Siding Materials

Siding adds to the beauty of a house while helping appreciate its value significantly in the real estate market. Besides these, siding also helps protect the house from damage by the elements of nature and improves the insulation of your residence to a great extent. When installing siding, early summer is a prudent time to begin so you have plenty of time to complete this chapter before the rain begins to fall.

 

The first thing you will have to decide on is the kind of material you want for the siding. There are many choices in the market including aluminum, fiber cement, vinyl, wood, and stone veneer.

 
  1. 1.Siding Materials Need to be Checked Out and/or Considered

    Understanding the pros and cons of each siding option available will enable you to make the right decision. The cost of siding materials can vary greatly as does the style and finish available.

    A permit from the local building authority is necessary before you can proceed with any kind of siding installation. Local zoning rules will determine the type of siding you can install and other related things. These include the type of surface the siding can be installed over and the necessity of a water-resistant barrier under the siding.

     

    Understanding the pros and cons of each siding option available will enable you to make the right decision. The cost of siding materials can vary greatly as does the style and finish available.

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  3. 2.Aluminum Siding Material Pros and Cons

    Aluminum siding is available in panels of different sizes and can cost anywhere between $1.50 and $2.50 per square foot. They are available in large sheets which are painted and machine-pressed. They are commonly available in clapboard style and can be painted in various colors. The aluminum panels can be trimmed as per the required size when installing. They are durable because they are immune to fire, rot, and termites. They are also suitable for cold climates and places where strong winds are commonly seen because they can be fastened securely to the house and do not expand or contract.

     

    Aluminum siding requires minimum maintenance since dirt and mildew can be cleaned with just sponge and a mild cleaner. The disadvantages are few and include possibility of developing dents under high impact as well as moisture penetrating through the seams. Poor insulation, fading, and scratches are the other cons.

  4. 3.Fiber Cement Siding Material Pros and Cons

    This is a mixture of cement, sand, wood fiber, and clay in clapboard and shingles style which can be painted in different colors. This type of siding is very durable and can withstand cold climates and harsh winds. The maintenance required is priming and painting every 15 to 20 years while power washers can be used to remove stains and mildew. If small cracks or dings start appearing, these can be repaired with some compound. The cons are that it is very heavy which makes it difficult to cut. The cutting of fiber cement panels can create a some dust, small slices, that you should clean up and the panels can shatter on impact.

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  6. 4.Vinyl Siding Material Pros and Cons

    Vinyl sidings are chosen for their versatility and durability. They cannot be painted but are available in a wide range of colors and faux wood finishes. They can have foam backing which helps insulate your home and can also help in sound proofing. Even if any scratches are caused, they are not visible on vinyl. The maintenance is next to none and just washing with some soapy water can do away with any dirt. If the siding fades over a period of time, then a vinyl-color restoration agent can be used to restore it. The major disadvantage is that vinyl tends to burn or melt if exposed to any high heat. It can also crack and fade after a few years.

  7. 5.Wood Siding Material Pros and Cons

    Wood is perhaps the most expensive siding material and Western red cedar is the most popular choice followed closely by pine, cypress, and spruce. They can be trimmed during the installation process to ensure that no seams are visible. Wood siding can hold paint well and it can be bought factory-primed to ensure maximum resistance to moisture.

     

    Aluminum siding requires minimum maintenance since dirt and mildew can be cleaned with just sponge and a mild cleaner. The disadvantages are few and include possibility of developing dents under high impact as well as moisture penetrating through the seams. Poor insulation, fading, and scratches are the other cons.

  8. 6.Instrumental Points to Know

    Once you choose the siding you want, you should have a professional to complete the installing project for you. This is tough work and involves some skill. It is important to know your limitations. Proper installation can extend the lifetime of your siding.

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