Depending on the style and materials that best fit your home’s exterior, replacing its siding may present several options for replacement. Wood and vinyl are two popular choices that offer durability and beauty with low maintenance costs.
Fiber cement siding is an elegant, versatile material that comes in various styles and colors to fit your aesthetic and protect you against fire, wind and insect infestation.
Fiber cement siding
Fiber cement siding has become an increasingly popular choice for home exteriors, offering style, durability, affordability, and value all-in-one solution. Fiber cement can also add value and decrease maintenance costs compared to alternative solutions; its installation comes in various styles while resisting fire, termites, and rot as well as water infiltration; additionally it withstands extreme weather conditions while being water-resistant allowing homeowners to customize the look of their home with colors for customized branding options. Additionally, homeowners have the freedom to paint this versatile option to personalize and customize the look of their home’s exterior facade for customized branding possibilities!
One of the greatest advantages of vinyl siding is its ability to mimic other home materials, like wood shingles or planks. This makes it perfect for anyone trying to decide on the ideal siding choice and needs something that complements other features of their house. Plus, vinyl can come in various colors so it can easily match other aspects of their house!
Another advantage of this material is its resistance to insects, rot and salt damage. Additionally, it can withstand heavy winds without succumbing to wear-and-tear and is extremely durable – ideal for coastal homes! Furthermore, mold- and mildew resistance help lower allergens while also inhibiting fungal growth preventing allergen build-up as well.
When estimating the costs associated with fiber cement siding installation or repair, it is essential to factor both labor and material costs into your equation. Fiber cement can be quite heavy and requires additional time and labor for installation or repair; however, due to long-term savings it makes the extra expense worth its while.
Vinyl siding has quickly become one of the most sought-after solutions for modern homes, as it offers numerous aesthetic benefits and installation ease. Not only can vinyl help lower energy costs; its material won’t rot, rust or attract insects – plus it can easily be cleaned with water and vinegar mixtures!
Vinyl siding is durable and affordable, while being virtually maintenance-free. A high quality vinyl can last 20-40 years with little upkeep needed – unlike wood which requires painting every few years to look its best! Additionally, its weather resistance ensures it won’t be damaged by hail or ice and dirt and grime build-up can easily be removed by wiping down with a damp cloth.
Some homeowners prefer traditional clapboard or shiplap siding while others favor shakes or shingle profiles. Shakes and shingles feature vertical layouts with different textures and staggered edges, often used on historic buildings for an unmistakably unique style.
No matter the type of siding you select, it is crucial to hire a qualified contractor. Installation mistakes can cause warping, leaks and moisture issues if not installed correctly. Also avoid contractors who arrive late, make a mess, challenge you when asked questions and challenge with defensive replies – these could all be telltale signs they are not reliable contractors.
Cedar wood siding
Cedar wood siding is an attractive, eco-friendly choice that is also durable. However, regular maintenance must be performed to protect it against moisture damage that could potentially reduce resale value significantly and save costs for both homeowner and future buyers. There are various solutions available to you which could mitigate this issue.
One solution for cedar wood maintenance is staining every three to five years with stain, which will preserve its color while protecting against rot and mold growth. Staining is relatively affordable and can be performed either professionally or by an owner themselves on site.
An alternative solution is using sanding sealer. This product can be applied in two coats and will extend the lifespan of siding. However, please remember that stain opacity will impact how long its protection will last; so always consult the manufacturer about available solutions.
Some people opt to leave their cedar untreated and allow it to weather naturally, creating an attractive look while also being practical or economical. Unfortunately, its natural tannins may stain iron surfaces or water fixtures which will require the wood be sanded down and re-staining as necessary – however a tongue and groove (T&G) pattern would greatly reduce this process.
Aluminum siding has become an attractive option for homeowners looking to add value to their homes, offering easy care, insulation, and aesthetic value. While aluminum can look beautiful when painted to suit any decor scheme, its exposed surface can easily sustain dent marks and scratches which detract from its beauty, while severe weather damage could further deteriorate it over time.
Homeowners can help prevent this damage by using 53-gauge panels or adding a protective layer of stucco to their siding. Furthermore, homeowners should have their aluminum siding repainted every 10 years to keep its appearance looking its best; although factory finish fading may prove challenging to restore over time, an exact color match for new paint should usually be available.
Aluminum siding is not only fire-resistant but waterproof as well. Made of non-organic material, aluminum won’t rot or serve as food for termites. Furthermore, its metal composition provides resistance against extreme temperatures – many home insurance providers offer discounts to homeowners using aluminum for their siding needs.
Sheathing used under aluminum siding typically consists of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), made by compressing and bonding strands of wood together under pressure. While not subject to mold or rot growth, OD SB does absorb moisture which must be treated chemically; additionally, an air barrier should be installed between it and exterior walls for added protection.