Vinyl Siding and other siding options for your home


17 Aug 2010

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Selecting siding for your home can be a confusing process. Many homeowners believe their only options are either aluminum siding or wood siding. But there are many options on the market today, some are high-end and/or high-tech options, and it is hard to know which is best for you and your home.

Each type of siding has benefits and disadvantages so it is important to do a little research in order to learn about the differences between the types of siding. By picking the siding that's most compatible with your needs, you'll end up with a beautifully sided home which fits your needs and you budget and eliminate potential issues down the road.

Vinyl Siding
Most home owners know about vinyl siding since it has been on the market for decades. 62% of homes in North America have vinyl siding because vinyl has a low-maintenance appeal, it will not dent or rot, and never needs to be painted. Vinyl comes in many colors with coordinating trims and soffits creating a beautiful, finished look which will never fade. Many of the vinyl products today are molded with grain lines to look like wood and it is available in board and shake style.

Cement Fiber Siding
This is a relatively new product that many consumers do not know much about so they tend to shy away from it. However, the popularity of cement fiber siding is growing because of its durability and extended life span. Cement fiber is actually made from compressed layers of concrete making it very strong and maintenance free while looking very similar to wood siding. The appearance is as attractive as wood, but it will never rot, peel, or develop insect problems. Cement fiber siding comes in an assortment of colors and finishes. Initially, cement fiber is more expensive than vinyl, more affordable than brick, but the low-maintenance and long life span of cement fiber makes it a great value!

Insulated Vinyl Siding
Insulated vinyl is one of the latest trends in home exteriors and is a step above traditional vinyl siding. It combines all of the benefits of traditional vinyl with built-in insulation. The most obvious benefit is that the added insulation decreases draftiness, reduces energy costs, and makes your home quieter by decreasing exterior noise. Additionally, it is more rigid than traditional vinyl siding, reinforcing your home and making your home more resistant to soccer balls, baseball and anything else that may hit your home!