Here Are Several Pros and Cons of Different Residential Siding Options
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The Costs, Advantages, and Disadvantages
Fortunately, you do have several different choices to meet your needs. There are a few different types of siding options: aluminum, vinyl, premium vinyl, cement board or natural wood. Below, you will find the advantages and disadvantages of each of these siding choices.
Aluminum siding is out of date and really has no advantages in today’s market. It dents, it’s difficult to keep clean, and it’s hard to update it once it’s installed. Aluminum siding is not recommended, and most professional contractors won’t even install it.
Today’s mainstream siding material is vinyl. It is the most economical type of siding.
Available in a wide variety of colors, vinyl siding not only protects your home, it can make a statement. You can choose from whites, ivories, grays, browns, reds, greens and even blues - there’s a color for everyone.
In addition, vinyl is a complete self-flushing water-exclusion system. It is made to be water repellent and durable in any kind of weather. Its lightweight footprint makes it easy to install, which minimizes expenses.
Vinyl is low-maintenance and requires only periodic cleaning with a power washer every few years – more if you want it to really shine.
03. Premium Vinyl
A step up from regular vinyl, premium vinyl gives you a more wood-like appearance. It’s usually a thicker vinyl that looks more rigid because it has no oil canning, as lighter vinyl does.
The upgrade to premium gives you more strength and longer lifespan. Many premium vinyl sidings also have integrated insulation or r-values (insulation grade) of 5 to 6.
Premium vinyl cost is generally higher than vinyl per square foot. Premium vinyl also comes in a rainbow of colors for customization and personalization
04. Natural Wood
Wood siding provides a more rustic look for your home, with a more customized result.
The siding can be in long horizontal pieces or it can be shaped to suit your individual design needs. That’s the beauty of wood. You may want the look of clapboard – overlapping pieces of wood installed horizontally - or shingles - smaller pieces of wood overlapping like a shingled roof. Wood siding is a good choice for this facade.
Both strong and natural looking, the most common woods for siding are western red cedar and redwood, because of their durability. While wood siding is available in a variety of colors, we’d recommend choosing lighter over dark, to achieve a better expansion counter - that is, dark colors will expand and contract more than light colors will with the weather.
Wood siding needs quite a bit of maintenance to keep it looking its best. It should initially be finished using a clear sealer, paint or a semi-transparent stain. Your choice of finish will determine the maintenance schedule.
It’s usually recommended that clear finishes be reapplied every two to five years. Semi-transparent stains should be reapplied every three years, and using paint can stretch the timing to five to seven years. The higher cost of wood siding - from $7-14 per square foot - will be an incentive to maintain the investment. It’s worth maintaining, though, because a complete refinishing of wood siding can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more.
05. Fiber Cement Siding
Finally, you may hear about fiber cement siding. Today’s version is a combination of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand. It can be made to look like wood siding, and it is installed and wears much like wood siding.
This is different from the fiber cement siding that was used in homes built prior to the late 1980s. Those older sidings contain asbestos, and any work with them should be done by a specialized asbestos-removal professional. Today’s fiber cement siding is safer and longer-lasting, if you’re willing to pay the price.
Fiber cement siding can be ordered pre-colored, eliminating the need to paint the siding. If you prefer to paint it, that is still an option, because the material does accept paint rather easily. Fiber cement siding requires a periodic re caulk of butt joints at trim terminations, which is a little more maintenance than a vinyl siding.
When Should You Replace Your Siding?
It should be replaced if it has any kind of water damage, mold or rotting. If it hasn’t been properly maintained, it might be time for new siding. And, of course, if you simply want a new look, new siding can be a side show for the neighborhood.
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