If you’re here, you’re probably interested in siding for your home. There are many choices of siding for your house that all provide different benefits and values. We have a full suite of choices that will work within your budget and tastes. The bottom line is that Lakewood Roof Repair will help you choose a siding solution that is low maintenance and lasts for years.
When you are talking about your home, you should ensure your investment is protected. That’s why C&T Roof Repair recommends you read all the information on this page. We’ve gathered some important information to assist you in making the choice for your job.
Evaluating the best choice for materials with your siding project will require some basic knowledge. There are many material options to choose from. We’ll look at many of the most common options and the benefits and disadvantages of each. First, let’s look at your material options:
The advantages of aluminum siding are plenty, but there may be better options. Particularly, aluminum siding is – in ideal conditions – very resistant to weather and water conditions. It can possibly last a very long time, when it isn’t damaged by hail first. It is also less expensive than other siding choices. Aluminum siding can also hold paint (which vinyl siding cannot).
The primary disadvantage of aluminum siding is its tendency to be damaged very easily by hail, this cannot be understated enough. Aluminum may be the most easily damaged siding material because the metal is very soft. Furthermore, replacement of a single dented panel is very difficult. It can also be nearly impossible to match colors after a few years of ownership due to natural variation in color from the sun and manufacturers discontinuing lines or colors.
People choose cedar siding typically because they place a very high value on aesthetics and particularly enjoy the rustic, natural look of cedar. Some may choose cedar due to it’s exceptional green nature. Cedar is considered carbon neutral due to the replenishment of forests used to produce cedar for consumer use. Cedar is a natural mold and fungus repellent and is unlikely to warp or crack.
As far as disadvantages, cedar siding is typically 40%-60% more expensive than fiber cement siding. It also is not as impervious to fire as some other siding choices making it less than ideal in high risk areas such as temperate forests and grass lands.
The advantages of Fiber Cement siding are many. In particular, there are many styles and looks that are available for fiber cement siding. There are a lot of different textures you can choose when purchasing fiber cement sidings. You can also do color matching for your satisfaction. Aside from its appearance, it also comes in different shapes and sizes. These include wood shake, vertical siding, lap siding and more. Fiber cement is also class A fire rated, typically and the color and shape do not easily warp or fade. Fiber cement siding holds paint 2-5 times longer than other surfaces such as composite wood grains. Fiber cement is less expensive than natural stone, cedar, wood siding or hardboard siding.
Fiber cement siding is, however, more expensive than some types of siding including aluminum. Painting is still required on fiber cement siding, where it is not on metal and vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding is a uniquely diverse option for siding. Vinyl siding is probably the most affordable option listed here, but it provides immense benefits over older technology. Vinyl siding is easy to install and repair. It is light and fast and panels can easily be swapped out if there is a problem. Vinyl siding doesn’t require paint and often lasts over 20 years with warranties that extend to lifetimes. Vinyl siding comes in economy through deluxe, high dollar options.
The main drawbacks to vinyl siding are its inflexibility. It cannot be painted and it can be damaged by large hail. Some people do not like the relatively synthetic look of vinyl siding. In case of a fire, vinyl siding can give off toxic fumes. Vinyl siding is not biodegradable and is not ‘green’. Vinyl siding is not as effective of a vapor barrier as all the other listed siding choices on this list, except possibly aluminum.
The importance of proper installation cannot be understated. Protect your home from long lasting and cost consequences by ensuring your contractor supplies you with labor warranties that protect you from improper application of siding. Here are some signs of incorrectly installed siding: