With all the home siding options out there, choosing which siding is best for your home can seem overwhelming at first. There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to each when considering your options. As with any decision, information is crucial, so here is a breakdown of the top 3 choices on today's market to help:
Vinyl Siding Earlier versions of vinyl siding were known to warp in extreme climates and to fade easily with exposure to the elements. This was especially evident here in the south, where UV rays are extreme and prolonged. So, after several years of wear and weathering, there were few options but to invest in siding replacement, again to maintain the home’s visual appeal. Today’s vinyl siding, however, has improved strength, weather resistance and can perfectly mimic the look of many types of cladding and architectural accents; including wood, stone, slate, shake and comes in a wide array of colors to better fit your style.
Insulated Siding Insulated siding is a vinyl product with the added benefit of insulation. Since its inception in the late 1990s, insulated siding has gained significant recognition for providing increased energy efficiency due to its ability to counteract the thermal bridging” effect in homes since the the insulation is made to fit the profile of the vinyl siding, and the two are bonded together.Using insulated siding helps erect a barrier to prevent heat loss (or gain) at the points where the studs contact the outer wall of the house and at other areas where thermal bridging commonly occurs.
Fiber Cement Siding Fiber cement comprises wood fibers mixed with sand and cement. The siding is much thicker than vinyl and has a better ability to withstand harsh weather such as strong wind or hail. The material is very stable and does not expand and contract at the same rate that true wood and vinyl siding do. This stability allows paint to last longer on its surface, so it does not require refreshingas often as wood siding. In addition, most fiber cement brands can be painted, so homeowners can change their design plans down the road without having to replace the siding itself.
No Matter which siding is best for your home, quality installation of your new siding is essential to maximizing the quality and benefits of your new investment. The team at Exterior Specialists has over 50 yrs of combined experience and knowledge to help you make an informed decision and partner with you to create the look and feel you want for your home! Feel free to give your local siding specialists a call or fill out our simple form and we will be in touch, soon!