When deciding on the material to use for the siding on your home, there are a few factors to consider. First, which material is in your price range? Second, which material is best for my climate, particularly taking seasonal temperature changes, water resistance, and energy efficiency into account? Third, your siding is a major factor in your curb appeal. Do you like the way it looks? Keep these questions in mind as you explore some of the siding options available for your home.
RISE Synthetic Fiber Siding – Environmentally Tough & Friendly
RISE Siding is a breakthrough synthetic siding product that looks and works just like real wood, and is second to none in aesthetics and durability. RISE Siding, featuring RISE™ Technology, is the only exterior siding product available in a 20′ length, which means there are minimal seams, and significantly less jobsite waste. It also contains 94% of recyclable materials and unlike wood, the synthetic construction process protects from moisture, freeze / thaw cycles, and decay.
Wood shingles may come in a variety of wood species but the most common are red cedar and redwood. They are available with a fire-retardant treatment that is important to areas prone to wildfires. While wood shingle siding is very attractive, it does require more maintenance than some other materials including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
Vinyl is the most popular siding material due to its price point, versatility, and low maintenance requirements. Vinyl isn’t only the most affordable siding material but also the cheapest to install. Also, because vinyl siding comes in almost any color and style, including panels, shingles, and lap designs to name a few, it is suitable for any architectural style and the only routine maintenance required is an occasional wash.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is a durable, lightweight, and inexpensive alternative to wood shingles. It can be cut and applied just like wood siding. Like vinyl, it comes in a variety of styles and colors though, unlike vinyl it must be painted to protect against weather damage. If properly installed and maintained, this product can last you 20-30 years.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding comes in textures that most closely mimic those of natural wood though, unlike wood, this product is termite- and water-resistant, and non-flammable. The price point for fiber cement siding typically falls between vinyl and natural wood siding.
There are many options when it comes to choosing siding for your home. When you are ready to see material samples and learn more about the pros and cons of each type, speak to an expert at your local Fairview Millwork and Kitchens.