What Are The Pros And Cons Of Each Type Of Siding?

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Our previous blog article in our series on Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home, focused on the importance of replacing or re-staining the siding on your home. More than simply improving your home’s curb appeal, we saw that siding improves your home’s insulation and protects it from adverse weather conditions. It goes without saying that your home’s siding plays a significant role in influencing your home’s architectural style.  This article will dig a little bit deeper on the kinds of siding materials you should use and breaks down the benefits and weaknesses of each. So sit back, buckle up and relax as we cruise you through a sea of information on your home’s siding. Types of House Siding: Wood Wood siding has been used for centuries. Most people not only like it for its beauty, but also for the natural look that it brings to their homes. The naturally changing tones and colors of wood make a home feel inviting. Wood siding can be from different tree species such as cedar, redwood, fir, pine, and spruce. An advantage of wood siding is that it can easily be stained. Other than stain color and species, you can further tailor your home’s overall look by selecting a profile that is most applicable to you. Some of the most popular profiles for wood are board and batten, shakes or shingles, bevel or clapboards, and engineered wood like vertical boards and wooden sheet siding. The cheapest option is clapboard while the most expensive option is shingles due to its classic look. Pros – If damaged, you can replace wood siding in small quantities. Other types of siding need sides and whole panel replacement in case of damage. – Without a doubt, wood siding is the ‘greenest’ siding on the market. – With wood siding, there is infinite customizability; there are no boundaries to the types of stains that can be applied on wood. – The insulation R-value of wood siding is higher compared to other types of siding, meaning it is more energy efficient. – It is easier and faster to install. Cons – Although wood siding has infinite customizability, maintenance is a must; there are no shortcuts. – Wood can easily be damaged by water or wood eating insects such as termites. – Maintenance cost always add up: staining is required every 3-4 years, and repainting is needed every 5-6 years. – It’s not suitable in dry areas since it isn’t fire resistant.   Fiber Cement Fiber cement is one of the most popular siding options because of its low maintenance and resistance to insects. It is a mixture of cement, sand, and fibers. Australia’s James Hardie is the most popular brand. Many homeowners prefer fiber cement because it is a low-cost wood alternative that is durable.   Pros – Fiber cement has a look and feel of wood, and it is not susceptible to wood insects. – Fiber cement has a class 1A fire rating, meaning it… Read more »