What is the Best Type of Siding for Your Home?
As we deal with various weather conditions, we need to equip our houses with the most efficient, durable materials possible. Typically, we recommend fiber cement siding or vinyl siding.
Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding
- Durable. With the intense weather, you need a siding that can handle it. People have been using fiber cement siding because it’s tough and requires little maintenance. Cement fiber siding is durable, very low-maintenance, and resource-efficient, as it’s made from recyclable materials. Warranties of 50 years and even longer are standard.
- Efficient. Fiber cement siding is good at sealing gaps to prevent your house from being exposed to the outside elements or losing hot/cold air. It’s a great way to keep your bills from rising.
- Moisture Repellant. You don’t have to worry about fiber cement siding, as it doesn’t absorb moisture, which means it can’t expand and warp as it comes in contact with water.
- Heat Resistant. Sunshine can cause some sidings to melt or swell, but fiber cement siding won’t change no matter how hot or bright it is.
What is Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding has gotten quite a bad reputation over the years, but today it has become much more reliable, cost-effective, easy to maintain, and strong. It’s resistant to rotting, cracking, expanding, swelling, and warping. Vinyl siding is also weather and insect resistant, making it one of the most durable siding materials. You’ll even end up saving money because it’s very energy efficient.
Types of Vinyl Siding
Horizontal Vinyl Siding
Horizontal vinyl siding is also referred to as Clapboard Siding or “traditional lap” siding. This type of vinyl siding runs across the house horizontally from end to end.
Horizontal siding will never be outdated; it is the cheapest and easiest to install and is available in different styles, including the Dutch Lap, Beaded, the Traditional Lap, Clapboard, and Log-style Siding, providing more design variety. However, it is more vulnerable to rainwater damage over time, but this rarely applies to vinyl, as it’s most common with horizontal wood siding. Wood siding is also more susceptible to splintering, mold, and insects.
Vertical Vinyl Siding
Vertical vinyl siding is also referred to as Clapboard siding. This type of vinyl siding runs up and down or vertically in different widths. With its board and batten design, vertical siding offers an elegant flair. When compared to horizontal siding, however, the installation is a bit more time-consuming as it requires more prep work.
Shake/Shingle Vinyl Siding
Vinyl cedar shake mimics real wood without the high cost and high maintenance.
These vinyl shakes and shingles are arranged vertically and come in several forms, including half-rounded, hand-splint, or staggered edges. Also, they have a low-gloss finish, mimicking the appearance of the real thing. But unlike cedar shingles, vinyl gives homeowners the desired look without the challenges associated with uneven weathering, expensive maintenance, and high installation costs.
How Vinyl Siding Compares to Other Siding Options
Vinyl siding vs. Wood
With vinyl, you can achieve the look of natural wood without the high maintenance that comes with wood siding and for half the price.
Vinyl siding vs. Fiber Cement
Fiber cement will last longer than vinyl; however, vinyl only requires low-maintenance cleaning while fiber cement will need to be caulked and painted regularly over its 30-50-year lifespan depending on the weather.
Vinyl siding vs. Brick and Stone
Both vinyl and brick and stone are relatively low-maintenance and provide good installation and resistance to outside noise, but vinyl is cheaper.
Vinyl siding vs. Stucco
Stucco is both fire and insect-proof and can last up to 100 years, but can cost 3x what vinyl is worth.
Vinyl siding vs. Metal Siding
Metal siding (aluminum and steel) has a powder-coated finish that eventually wears off, making it more high-maintenance. Although metal can last a bit longer, vinyl still offers better value.