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Siding, or cladding as it is sometimes called, comes in a wide variety of materials. Materials include natural materials such as stone, brick, and wood, as well as an extensive list of man-made materials including steel, aluminum, fiber cement, engineered wood, and vinyl, to name few. When choosing the materials that are right for your home, there are a few things you should consider: budget, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic appeal. Learn a bit more about the different material options below.
Many consider natural wood siding to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the claddings in the market. Many of the man-made claddings strive to imitate its look. It's very easy to spot repair if needed, but there are a few drawbacks to consider. Wood is the highest maintenance cladding in the market, requiring paint or stain every 4-9 years. It is also susceptible to ants, termites, and wood peckers. Wood cladding and install is priced mid to high, depending on the species and style.
NATURAL MATERIALS (BRICK/STONE)
With a life expectancy of 100+ years, stone is one of the most durable and timeless cladding options available. It's also fairly low maintenance, simply requiring regular upkeep to the softer mortar joints throughout its lifetime. For many, the major drawback to stone cladding is price. Brick and stone are some of the most costly cladding materials in today’s market, due to the labor-intensive installation process.
Engineered wood products have a more natural and realistic wood look than other man-made cladding materials, backed by manufacturer warranties on the product as well as the paint, if selecting apre-finished option. It requires less maintenance than natural wood siding and, like fiber cement, comes in a variety of different board sizes to emulate the look of wood. It is priced similar to natural wood cladding, plus the price of painting or staining.
Vinyl comes in wide variety of preselected colors and requires low to no maintenance - just an occasional power washing, if desired. In most cases, vinyl siding is the least expensive siding option on the market. The main drawback to vinyl siding is, despite its best effort to look like natural wood siding, it often looks least like wood compared to other man-made claddings. During installation, a strong water-resistant underlayment is required.
FIBER CEMENT COMPOSITE
Fiber cement has a more natural and realistic wood look than other manufactured options, and comes in a variety of different board sizes similar to wood. Most brands offer a manufacturer warranty, with an optional warranty on paint when selecting a prefinished product. A major benefit to fiber cement composite is that it is fire retardant and a good natural insulator. However, it is difficult to install and requires specialty cutting tools to reduce dust, making it one of the more expensive options available.
MAN MADE MATERIALS
Steel and aluminum siding options are low maintenance, come prefinished in select colors, and have a long life expectancy of 50+ years. Upkeep is quite simple, requiring paint after about 20 years or so. While it does last a long time, metal siding is unrepairable and difficult to replace damaged panels. Metal siding is quite susceptible to dings and dents from hail or other things it may come in contact with. Due to current market values of raw materials, metal siding is priced moderate to fairly high, depending on the selection.
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