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Understanding Popular Siding Options for Your Home


Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
Categories: Siding

There are several modern siding options from which to choose when building or remodeling your home or business. But which is best for you? Multiple variables including durability and longevity, maintenance, aesthetics based on comparative architecture, practicality based on location and climate, common annual weather events, and price all factor into the final decision. Here’s a breakdown that should help you narrow down which is best for you and your application.


For many homeowners, wood is the real thing and nothing less will do. Almost every other type of siding on the market tries to imitate the look of real wood because real wood has a timeless, classic look. While wood remains one of the most popular siding options for many homes, it can be extremely difficult to maintain, which is why so many homeowners look for alternative siding options such as vinyl and fiber cement. After all, siding plays a huge role in a home’s curb appeal, so siding that peels, cracks, warps, or breaks can be a major drawback.


Vinyl siding like the many verities produced by Certainteed Corporation, is extremely popular for a variety of reasons including its cost effectiveness. Unlike wood, it won’t warp, rot, or chip. It is rain, sun, and wind resistant (to moderate levels). It is not adversely affected by humidity or air pollution and won’t attract termites or pests. Unlike aluminum or wood, vinyl siding installation is quick, easy, and undemanding, which also helps to reduce the overall price of the product. Although vinyl is relatively durable, it is not impenetrable, especially in cold temperatures. If it is grazed by a lawn mower, snow blower, or baseball, it will get chewed up and crack. If there are high winds and the paneling isn’t fully secured (usually due to a faulty install), it will blow off. 


Engineered wood siding products like LP SmartSide Trim and Siding give you the warm look and deep texture of cedar backed with exceptional durability. LP SmartSide products feature industrial-grade binders and resins to help resist damage from impacts like hail and stand up to intense heat and freeze/thaw cycles. They are treated with LP’s proprietary SmartGuard® process to help resist damage from termites and fungal decay. This helps provide the toughness to keep your home looking beautiful for many years to come. They are engineered to stand up to harsh climates including extreme heat, cold and humidity.


Solid color-through PVC siding like Celect® Cellular Composite Siding by Royal® provides all of the beauty of freshly-painted wood siding, and none of the maintenance issues of wood or even fiber cement. Its interlocking joints keep moisture out and almost completely eliminate seams, which means it not only looks authentic, it’ll never warp, buckle or shift like wood. With Celect, you can forget about mold, deterioration, scrubbing and messy maintenance crews. You can also forget about painting, repainting, caulking, re-caulking and delaminating like fiber cement is famous for. Celect is all about virtually maintenance-free great looks that never quit. Additionally, It is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and greener all year long. In addition to being completely re-usable and 100% recyclable, it provides an R-value that’s twice the thermal value of any other comparable material in the market. It is moisture resistant, durable, and doesn’t degrade in the face of wind, sun, time and pesky termites.


In every consideration except cost, HardiePlank and most quality fiber-cement boards are the clear winner over most other siding options. HardiePlank is composed of cement-like materials and will not burn, is more durable and withstands higher wind conditions, holds paint better, will not warp, crack, split or twist; withstands temperature extremes better, and more. They test their products to better withstand worst-case scenarios: hurricanes, UV rays, snowstorms, and more. But it’s not only extremes that break down siding—the change of seasons does a number on materials such as vinyl (which may crack in the cold) and wood products (which expand and contract with changes in moisture and humidity). Only James Hardie products are Engineered for Climate®. Some of the reported cons of fiber cement siding is that it is heavier to work with and can break easily during installation if not handled properly. One must also take care when cutting as it can produce significant cement dust when using power tools. It also requires touch up and repainting eventually.

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