What are the different types of siding?
The first step when it comes to siding replacement is knowing when you need it. Siding is like any other component of your home—it isn’t designed to last forever, and the cheaper the siding you buy, the faster it wears out. Siding is a crucial piece of your home protection, though. You don’t want to wait until you’ve suffered catastrophic damage, especially if your surrounding moisture membrane may have been punctured. Here are the most commonly used siding materials and their average lifespan.
What do you need to know about wood siding?
Wood siding lasts an average of 25 – 35 years. It’s got a beautiful look to it and shakes change color according to where they were cut and when. This provides a gorgeous uniform array of colors on your home’s exterior.
What are the downsides of wood?
This is an incredibly demanding material. If you choose wood siding, you’re going to have to work to keep it up. Wood siding typically needs refinishing every 5 years. That’s not all. You must remain constantly vigilant for any signs of damage. Wet wood is particularly attractive to termites and ants.
What do you need to know about metal siding?
Metal siding lasts an average of 60 – 70 years. Aluminum siding is the metal most commonly used on homes. This is a strong material but can pit and stain over time. You’ll get great protection, but if beauty is a concern, metal isn’t the best choice.
What are the downsides of metal?
In addition to pitting, metal is coated in enamel. That coating wears over time and the color fades. That makes a color match nearly impossible if you need any siding repairs. Aluminum siding typically must be repainted every 15 years or so as well.
What do you need to know about vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding lasts between 20 – 40 years. It’s made of plastic, is quite light, and can go up very quickly. Vinyl doesn’t lose its color and is very affordable. It doesn’t mold well, though. If you don’t mind a flat matte siding, vinyl can be a great choice.
What are the downsides of vinyl?
The biggest downside to vinyl is the way it looks. It looks as good as it costs, and doesn’t add to a home’s exterior in any way. If looks are your lowest priority, consider vinyl.
What do you need to know about fiber cement siding?
Fiber cement lasts an average of 50 years. It is water resistant, rot resistant, and pest resistant. That makes it an excellent choice for tougher climates like those in the Northwest. It is heavier and requires additional support. Fiber cement can be molded and colored to look like nearly any other material. That makes it great when style and strength matter.
What are the downsides of fiber cement?
Because fiber cement requires additional support it needs to be properly anchored to a home. This adds additional time to the installation process.
Now that you know what siding you have to choose from, do you know if your current siding should be replaced? Talk to High Performance Homes to learn more.