Almost every type of residential siding on the market tries to imitate the look of real wood. Why? Because real wood has a timeless, classic look that simply makes humans feel secure and grounded. It is almost as if the look, the feel, even the smell of real wood is somehow imprinted on human DNA. Real wood siding comes in a wide variety of wood types and styles, enough to fill the needs of virtually any homeowner.
Fiber Cement Residential Siding
Fiber cement residential siding comes in an array of textures that give the appearance of actual types of wood. It is more durable than wood since it is termite-resistant, water-resistant, nonflammable, and guaranteed to last up to 50 years (depending on the manufacturer).
Fiber cement residential siding is typically more expensive than vinyl but less than wood siding and can be painted any color.
Vinyl Residential Siding
Since its introduction in the 1960s, vinyl has become the No. 1 residential siding in the United States because of cost, versatility, and low maintenance. Hundreds of color choices are available in profiles that include horizontal and vertical panels, shakes, shingles, fish scales, lap, and beaded designs. When it comes to siding, vinyl is about as low maintenance as it gets. Since it resists pests such as termites and blights such as rot, it will keep its original qualities for many years, giving you your money’s worth. Also, you’ll never need to paint your home — a simple cleaning once a year or so is more than adequate to maintain its original good looks. Once your vinyl siding is installed, you won’t have to tax your budget with unexpected costs to keep it looking great.
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is made with wood castoffs, such as sawdust, and bonding agents. It is a strong, lightweight product that is less expensive than real wood. Engineered wood comes in an array of typical wood siding styles. It does need to be painted for weatherproofing purposes, but factory-applied finishes are available. The standard life expectancy, if installed properly and maintained, is about 20-30 years.
Wood Shakes and Shingles
Shakes are thicker than shingles and less uniform in appearance and thickness, but they do last longer. Wood shingles are sawn for a smooth and consistent look and can be cut into an array of shapes to create visual interest. Both come from a variety of woods but most common are Western red cedar and redwood.
Shake and shingle siding require periodic maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
The durability, light maintenance, and appearance of brick siding make it popular with homeowners. Made of fired clay, brick comes in many different colors, textures, and sizes. Due to the cost of installation and materials, brick is at the high end of the siding costs scale. However, under normal conditions, brick siding will last the life of the building, with nothing more than the occasional washing.
Whether the metal is aluminum, or one of the various types of steel, the beauty of metals is that they can be formed to meet required shapes, curves, and edges. The strength and the longevity of metals surpass most of the common siding materials currently on the market.
Wood Siding: Clapboard or Lap Siding
Wood siding is popular because of its natural beauty and appearance. Wood also provides some insulation value, is easy to paint or stain, and is typically easy to install. Some consumers also appreciate the fact that wood is a renewable resource and many consider it to be the more environmentally friendly among common siding materials.
Clapboard or lap siding is one of the oldest forms of exterior cladding used on homes. It can be made from many different species of wood.
Lap wood siding is installed horizontally with the upper piece overlapping the lower. All wood siding requires ongoing maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
Siding is a great way to add color and add character to your home. We hope you’ll contact us to schedule a consultation or just to ask a few questions about our many siding options.
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