Choosing the right material for your home’s siding is a simple decision if you familiarize yourself with the benefits of each of the three most commonly used types: wood, Fiber cement and vinyl.
Wood siding has been used for centuries because it is aesthetically pleasing and readily available. One advantage wood siding has over other materials it that if a problem arises with one board or section, it easy to replace the section without having to reside the entire structure. Wood does provide some insulation value and may help lower your energy costs. Because it comes from a renewable resource and is 100% biodegradable, it is an excellent option for those preferring to live a green life. It does require more maintenance than most other siding type and owners will probably have to repaint every 5 to 10 years. It is subject to termite infestation and is more flammable than other siding materials.
Cement fiber siding is a composite material made of sand, cement and one of several possible fibers. It can be made to simulate wood, shingles, brick and a variety of textures. It has a long life expectancy of 50 or more years, only needs to be repainted every 7 to 15 years and is fire and termite resistant. It doesn’t shrink and expand so paint doesn’t crack and peel. Thicker sizes of the material are resistant to denting, too. Fiber cement siding doesn’t rot and requires virtually no maintenance to retain its original appearance.
Vinyl siding is versatile because it comes in a variety of textures mimicking other siding materials but a considerably lower price. It is available in a variety of colors and that color is consistent throughout the thickness of the piece meaning a surface scratch won’t reveal a different color beneath. Under normal circumstances, it does not dent and any indentations will flex and return to their normal shape. It requires no painting and lasts 20 or more years. It is an excellent barrier against moisture and prevents mold and other allergens from entering the structure. Though not impervious to fire, it is less flammable than plywood, wood shakes and other wood sidings.