When it comes to siding, options are plentiful and each has its own set of advantages. Whether it’s stone, wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, siding completes the look and appeal of a home, and emphasizes its identity.
Each choice has its advantages. Which one will work for your project?
Fiber cement is a highly durable material that resists insects, moisture, and fire. It is offered in a variety of textures and styles, some that can mimic the beauty found in cedar. Fiber cement siding is usually primed at the factory and then painted once installed, however it can also be purchased pre-finished. While fiber cement has a higher price point than vinyl, its solid constitution and intrinsic R Value makes it worth the extra expense.
This siding is a great choice if you’re looking for a fiber cement alternative, and would like to capture the beauty and detail of natural wood. Generally, wood strands are coated and compressed to create its extremely durable constitution. It is less expensive per square, easier to install, and features advantages such as resistance to insects and rot. It is available primed or pre-finished, in an extensive palette of colors to match any desired look.
Panels, shingles, and tongue and groove lap are the main types of wood siding. It is an attractive option to many because of its natural beauty and ease of use (drilling and cutting), while it’s natural R Value insulates a home from some heat and cold. There is more maintenance involved with wood siding as it is more susceptible to the elements, but that may not be a deterrent if timeless appeal is what the homeowner craves.
Stone, Brick, and Natural Alternatives
Stone or brick can be stunning when applied to a home, and as a result, are the most utilized cladding in the United States. These products are durable, offer a consistent R Value, require very little maintenance, and often last the life of the home. While natural products are widely preferred, alternatives are available in cement-based, manufactured panelized products. Each alternative offers pros and cons, and we can give you all the facts to ensure you choose the right kind for your project.