The deteriorating condition of any type of siding is hard to ignore. When it is time to replace the siding there are several material options available for homeowners today. The most common choices for the house are Vinyl, Wood, Fiber Cement and Metal. These choices each offer different opportunities to add unique features and qualities to the home.
The use of vinyl siding is the most popular choice. This product has improved dramatically from its humble beginnings in the 1950s. There are now many brands of vinyl siding with different finishes, colours and profiles. The vinyl product is made to simulate wood. Vinyl siding will not rot, flake, peel, or deteriorate in a homeowner’s lifetime. However, as anything with colour, it will fade due to sun exposure over time. The only maintenance required is to occasionally wash it to remove dirt and algae. There will be a manufacturer limited lifetime warranty for vinyl siding, and it is usually transferable to a second owner.
When the desired look is a rustic one, wood siding is a popular choice. The material species is either oak or cedar, as they are the most durable against the exposure to the elements. The three traditional styles of wood siding are Shake, Plank, and Panel. The profile, or exposure, can vary and character details can be added with trim work. The wood material can be pre-finished or treated. It can also be painted or stained any colour after the siding construction is completed. The life expectancy of wood siding is reduced with exposure to moisture, so regular painting or staining is required maintenance for longevity. There is no real warranty for wood.
This product is designed to simulate oak or cedar wood with a solid structure and grain finish. It also has the same three traditional styles of wood siding that include Shake, Plank, and Panel. The fibre cement product can be ordered with a warranted pre-finished colour. If the homeowner prefers, it can be painted or stained after the siding construction is completed. Manufacturers of fibre cement siding offer long-term warranties that are transferable to a second owner.
The metal siding product was made famous due to the paint finish that could be made durable when applied with heat to the metal. So there was no more painting. However, metal siding fell out of favour due to its vulnerability to denting. The colour finish process for metal siding still has value in the form of aluminium coil stock. This is used to cover trim work, as it can be easily bent and folded to fit the many exposed areas on the house. The colours available match or contrast those of vinyl siding and are typically used with it. Manufacturers will provide warranty for the metal cover on trim work to match with that of the siding installed.
The Most Important Choice
When choosing a replacement siding, the homeowner should always choose to add insulation to the siding installation. The application of additional insulation will save on the costs of both heating and cooling.