What kind of siding is best? This is one of the things that Fort Saskatchewan homeowners ask themselves when they're building a home or installing new siding on their existing home. There are many different siding options and they're not all created equal. Understanding the advantages of each type of siding can help you decide which type is right for you.
Brick or Stone
Brick and stone veneer siding look just like traditional brick. Homeowners like brick and stone veneer because it lasts for generations and requires little maintenance. These siding materials do not need to be sealed or painted. Only the occasional cleaning is necessary to keep them in good condition.
When having brick or stone veneer installed on a home, it's important to work with a contractor who understands how these materials are installed. Brick and stone veneer siding is breathable and porous, which means that water will soak into the surface. If the brick or stone veneer is improperly installed, this moisture can cause damage to the home's structure. It's important to work with a contractor who understands the special flashing, weep holes, wall ties and other features that make this siding functional.
Vinyl siding is the siding of choice for many homeowners because it's long-lasting, attractive, durable, easy to install, affordable, and easy to maintain. Vinyl mimics the look of real wood, which gives it a classic appeal. Many homeowners like that they never have to paint their vinyl, but only clean it occasionally. Unlike some other siding materials, vinyl is so popular that it's not hard to find a contractor who has experience with the material, and who is qualified to perform the installation.
Cedar shakes are generally installed in overlapping vertical planks, giving the home a unique texture that some people like. Cedar shakes have a golden red color that eventually turns silver when exposed to the elements. To bring back the golden red hue, homeowners must power wash their siding. Cedar shakes can last for a hundred years or more when properly installed and maintained, but they require far more maintenance than many other types of siding.
Cedar is not the most budget-friendly type of siding. Homeowners who install cedar are generally attracted to the material because of its natural beauty and are willing to maintain it for this reason. Homeowners who are not prepared to paint or seal their home regularly should not install cedar shakes on their home.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is made from a combination of Portland cement and wood pulp. Fiber cement can be formed to mimic the look of real wood planks, similar to vinyl siding. This material is quickly rising in popularity.
Homeowners who install fiber cement siding on their home should be aware that this material does need to be painted occasionally. However, the paint finish on fiber cement is often longer lasting than paint that is applied to wood. Fiber cement is often seen as an alternative to vinyl siding. Homeowners often prefer this material to vinyl siding because it's stronger, fire-resistant, more durable, and it does not warp when exposed to heat.
Work With an Experienced Contractor
If you're a homeowner who is installing new siding on your home, or if you're building a new construction home, it's important to work with an experienced contractor who has good references. Check licensure requirements for your area and then hire a contractor who meets those requirements. Improperly installed siding can do lasting damage to your home's structure. Hiring a contractor who follows the laws can help protect you. A licensed professional may be more likely to follow building codes and do the job right.
By Justin Havre