Have you been thinking about replacing your exterior siding, or are you considering adding an addition to your home, but are unsure of which siding product to choose?
Knowing the pros and cons of exterior siding options can be an invaluable resource when it comes time to make that decision! Take a look below to see which exterior siding choice is best for your home remodel!
1. Hardie Plank
Hardie Plank is the preferred siding in residential remodeling and construction due to its durability and style. Hardie plank is made of cement, sand and wood fibers. It is fire and bug resistant, and comes in a wide array of colors that can be installed primed (unpainted). This way a custom color can be achieved. There are also a variety of styles, from clapboard, to shaker, to board and batten.
It will eventually need to be repainted, but the typical time frame is 10-15 years. It is also more costly due to the weight of the product, thus requiring more labor and time to install the siding. This type of siding is ideal in areas that experience extreme weather fluctuations, as it is resistant to storm and flood damage.
Stucco consists of sand, cement and lime, which makes it a very hardy exterior siding choice. The application of stucco has come a long way in the past 30 years. It can be painted any color and requires less maintenance than it's predecessor. Stucco is known for use on homes that typically have a Southwestern style, but many homeowners are also choosing it for modern exterior applications.
Stucco installation costs can be higher than vinyl or wood siding, but it can last up to 50 years and is a wonderful insulator to reduce heating and cooling costs. Stucco is not impenetrable though, as it is not well suited for climates that have a lot of annual precipitation. Stucco is a porous material and if a side of your house does not receive much sun, you may need to power wash it every few years to remove mold and mildew. It's porous nature also makes it susceptible to dirt smudges.
Brick is the number one choice for Northern Virginia, as it is known for its durability. Brick siding is a wonderful insulator, as it will help reduce heating and cooling costs. It is low maintenance and doesn't require repainting every 10 years. Brick is also sourced from naturally occurring materials and is available in a wide array of colors and sizes.
Brick can cost more than wood or vinyl siding and will take longer to install because it is heavier and not as easy to transport. It is important to have a qualified masonry expert install your brick siding, as the composition of the mortar will determine the longevity and durability of this siding type. Similarly to stucco, brick is a porous material and if a side of your house does not receive much sun, you may need to power wash it every few years to remove mold and mildew.
Natural wood siding has some definite benefits in that is a renewable product and is less costly than manufactured products. It is light-weight and damaged boards can easily be replaced or repainted. Choosing a hardier wood, such as cedar or redwood, will last up to 10 years without having to be repainted or stained.
The downside of wood is that is susceptible to water and bug damage. Wood requires to be sealed and repainted, and should you have a leak or an opened gap in the exterior of your home, the water damage can turn catastrophic. It's important to be diligent in knowing if the maintenance of having wood siding is a right fit for your families lifestyle.
Vinyl siding is the most popular choice in residential siding installations for several reasons. Vinyl siding is the least expensive, the quickest to install because of it's weight and has a wide variety of colors available. It will not rot or warp like wood, and will not attract pests.
Vinyl has some downsides in that it looks like vinyl. Despite having a variety of colors and board widths, it's very easy to tell when an exterior has vinyl siding- which some owners find undesirable. While vinyl siding is resilient, it is not impenetrable. If you live in areas that receive high winds or have large trees, the vinyl siding can be damaged by the impaction of exterior forces. Also if you live in areas that experience extreme cold weather, vinyl siding may crack over time due to the fluctuation of temperatures. Vinyl siding does fade over time, but it takes about 5-10 years to show this. It's also important to power wash it annually, as it will collect mold and mildew.
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