Choosing The Right Home Siding

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Looking to add some curb appeal but not quite sure which siding type is the best fit for your home and budget? We're here to help. We'll help you decide how to side your home based on each type's advantages and disadvantages.

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Made from PVC, Vinyl Siding is the most common home siding method. It also happens to be the least expensive. Coincidence? We think not. It's tough to tell if Vinyl's popularity is based on its affordability or its ability to mimic other types of siding. That's right. Vinyl Siding can be designed to look just like shingles, natural wood, and scalloped panels to fit nearly any home style. It is highly water resistant and keeps the rain outside, where it belongs.

Want to leav your neighbors green with envy? Look nto Insulated Vinyl Siding. Here's how it works. Insulation is bonded to the back of your siding panels. This insulation will keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler on those hot summer days. With energy efficient Vinyl Siding, you'll be able to spend less money on your energy bills. Maybe even put a little of that money toward improving your golf swing.

Although Vinyl Siding is fairly simply and quickly installed, the replacement process can seem a little tricky. But with the help of a zip tool, your Vinyl Siding will look good as new in aroung 15 minutes. Unfortunately, because it can't be painted, Vinyl will also need replacing when it's time for a color change. So, give your color some extra thought before installing.

With Vinyl Siding, your home's exterior will become the most low-maintenance part of your home. It only needs to be cleaned once a year. Just a litte soap and water, and you're good to go!

Vinyl Siding Is Inexpensive And Leaves Your Home Leak Free!

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement Siding is a blend of wood fibers mixed together with sand and cement. Therefore, you get the look of wood siding with the durability of Portland cement. Cement is a good thing. Fiber Cement Siding is known for its minimal upkeep and its resistance to damage caused by rot, fire, termites, wind, and other pesky problems caused by Mother Nature. Like Vinyl Siding, Fiber Cement Siding is quite the chameleon. You get the carms of painted wooden clapboards, shingles, stone, and brick at a fraction of the price. And at that price you can also be environmentally conscious. Most brands of Fiber Cement Siding use at least 10% to 20% recycled materials.

If you're not a gambler, Fiber Cement is the siding option for you. It comes with very little risk to you. Just keep in mind that it is slightly more complicated to install than Vinyl because it is heavier than Vinyl Siding. Leave the installation to the professionals. And those professionals won't be at your home too often because the only maintenance Fiber Cement Siding requires is repainting once every 15 to 20 years.

Fiber Cement Siding Blends The Properties of Wood And Cement

Engineered Wood Siding

Think of it this way; Engineered Wood Siding is basically the high tech version of traditional real-wood siding. Engineers slaved away to make sure that this type of siding looks just like real wood but with the possibility of factory painting with custom colors, mor durability, easier installation, and less maintenance. Engineered Wood Siding won't get moldy like traditional wood siding because it's coated with a moisture-resistant formula. Installation is pretty simple. Also unlike wood, the engineered kind is much more low-maintenance and only needs to be repainted once every 5 to 10 years purely for weatherproofing purposes.

So you're trying to save the world. You're in luck. Engineered Wood Siding requires less lumber than wood siding and is made from recycled and waste wood.

Engineered Wood Siding Makes Wood Siding Low-Maintenance

The Breakdown

If you're looking for the most budget-friendly siding option, Vinyl is your friend. Just remember that it's the least fire-safe option of the three.

Fiber Cement Siding is your best best if your home is in need of weatherproofing. It stands strong against wind, hail, and other stormy weather. A Fiber Cement Siding install must be left to a siding professional in order to make sure the heavy material is installed carefully and correctly.

Turn to Engineered Wood Siding when you want the natural wood look minus the expensive price tag. To prevent moisture problems, this is another type of siding that should be left in the hands of professionals.

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