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Is Vinyl Siding Right For Your Home?
You have probably heard a lot about vinyl siding and how it can help your home more maintenance friendly. For the experienced professional siding is easier to install than other materials, fairly durable, and comes in a wide range of colors. However, did you know that there are different kinds of siding, such as fiber cedar or cement, and what the pros and cons are for each kind of product?
Vinyl is a very popular choice with many homeowners because it can be a do it yourself project if you want it to be. Vinyl does not require too much maintenance over time, which is ideal for busy people. It should have annual maintenance such as washing and power scrubbing to remove dirt and mildew. In general vinyl tends to be cheaper than wood and fiber cement siding or Hardiplank siding.
Over time, the vinyl can tear and become worn. It may not be suitable for areas where there is harsh weather, such as frequent storms, as it may tear or puncture the vinyl more easily than other materials. Also, high winds can cause the panels to become undone.
If you consider yourself to be an environmentally friendly person, vinyl is probably not for you. This is because when vinyl burns, it releases toxic chemicals which are hazardous to the environment and to our health. Additionally, disposing of it is also hazardous to the environment.
Fiber cement siding is more expensive than vinyl, but cheaper than wood. It can be made to resemble any number of different materials, like stucco or wood. Additionally, this material is more durable than wood and fire resistant.
Many people choose fiber cement for their homes because of the added safety. Also, it is quite affordable when compared to the cost of wood and generally requires less maintenance. This type of siding can also be found under the names cement fiber siding and concrete siding.
Wood clapboard siding is known for giving homes a classic look and being very beautiful. However, this look does come at a cost because this type of siding is both expensive and high maintenance. However, the prices do range greatly amongst the different types of available woods.
Wood clapboard comes in tons of different finishes that can appeal to almost anyone. You can also paint it any color you desire. However, you will need to paint it regularly and apply a good finish to it in order to ensure it is always looking its best. Staining, rather than painting, the wood may help decrease the amount of regular maintenance that must be performed.
Choosing the right siding for your home is not an easy task. To help you narrow down the material choices contact us for a free consultation and estimate.
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