There are lots of options for your house siding. Each material differs not only in appearance, but also installation price, weather resistance and ongoing maintenance cost. Choosing a low-maintenance siding that looks great and fits your budget can seem like an overwhelming job.
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For an economical siding that installs quickly, look no further than vinyl. Not only will you save money on the installation, it never needs painting, so you will save in maintenance costs also. The newer generations of vinyl are less prone to fading and available in a variety of faux finishes that mimic real wood grain. It is available in many different durability levels, and high-quality vinyl siding can easily cost twice as much as a lower grade one.
Fiber Cement Siding (Hardie Plank)
James Hardie is currently the most popular brand of fiber cement board siding in America; well know manufacturers also include GAF and Certainteed. It can mimic the look of wood, wood shake and shingles and its unique combination of materials are also fire resistant, windproof, termite proof, and rot proof. HardiePlank is available primed and ready for paint or prefinished with ColorPlus® technology. Fiber cement siding typically costs somewhat more than vinyl siding.
Fiberglass is a relative newcomer to the home siding market. APEX®, the main product, produced by an affiliate of the Marvin Windows and Doors company. The APEX system uses a pultruded fiberglass material developed by Marvin called Ultrex®. Pultruded fiberglass has already proved its mettle in residential windows, and its overall durability and inherent material properties offer a very long-lasting performance.
Engineered Wood Siding
Most homeowners looking for an engineered wood siding are simply looking for something that will give them the look and feel of real wood without all of the maintenance. Engineered siding is the perfect choice for homeowners looking for the beauty of wood without all of the expense and upkeep. Engineered wood siding employs a manufacturing process that improves upon nature because this siding is actually stronger than natural wood.
Wood Siding (Cedar)
Prized for its natural beauty and ease to work with, wood siding can also be the most expensive option depending on the grade and style you choose. The downside is the time-consuming and costly maintenance required to keep it free from damage. It requires repainting, restraining or refinishing every few years and you will also need to invest in a pest-control product to keep termites away.
Log siding is a preferred choice for those who want to give their homes a rustic and natural look. Natural log siding is commonly used in cedar and pine, and vinyl log siding is available for those looking for a more economical alternative to the expense of real wood. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, and cedar log siding also requires frequent cleaning and treatment to prevent rot and pest attacks. It will also need to be stained and painted to provide it with the appropriate weather protection.
Masonite® Siding is widely known as hardboard or clapboard. It is made from wood fiber, wax and resin. Masonite siding is distributed both in lapboard and panels, each available in various external textures that are designed to look like conventional lumber siding. The biggest benefit to Masonite® siding is its low price. During the 1980s and 90s, there were some problems with the siding, which included rot, discoloration, blistering and deterioration. The popularity of the hardboard has not recovered after a massive recall.
Not many homeowners are aware that there are a lot of different stucco siding options; from inexpensive and less durable one-coat mixes to three coat systems and commercial systems. There is also EIFS—synthetic stucco and other products that mimic stucco. The major disadvantage of stucco construction is material susceptibility to moisture. Without the proper barriers in place moisture can penetrate and move up the stucco finish. This can cause premature peeling, especially in the lower portions of the stucco material. Stucco is brittle and does not flex with your house quite as well as vinyl or fiber cement siding does. This results in crack development and high maintenance cost.
Seamless Choice works with the leading siding manufacturers in the industry like Quality Edge, Crane, Alside, GAF, Variform, Certainteed and James Hardie. When it’s time to build your next home or remodel your current residence, our professional and reliable staff is available to assist you from start to finish with your project. As a licensed home siding contractor, we can handle the installation of your new vinyl siding, fiber cement, hardie board siding by James Hardie and more. Call (719) 445-7888 to speak to one of our home improvement specialists to find out more today.