Vinyl siding is the most popular and common type of siding used. It was first introduced in the 1960s and eventually grew in popularity because of its versatility and maintenance benefits. Recent improvements to vinyl had begun chipping away at the bad reputation for being a cheap material that warps with the weather, and now it stands as an inexpensive material and a top contender when it comes to proper siding.
Vinyl siding is an affordable material that saves money during the easy installation process and requires little to no maintenance. Dirt and grime can be washed away with just a bit of water, and since it won’t absorb moisture, there’s no risk of mildew or mold buildup which can be potentially dangerous. You also won’t get termites or carpenter ant infestations, and it’s completely weatherproof. Some forms of vinyl siding are so durable that they can withstand tornado-force winds.
Vinyl siding is energy-saving, repels heat, helps keep your home cool in the summer, and holds onto heat when the weather is chilly. And when it comes to customizing your vinyl’s appearance, you can pick and choose precisely what you want your home’s siding to look like. You can emulate wood, stucco, brick, and stone in virtually any color under the sun. Similarly, you can have the vinyl easily cut into the exact sizes you want, whether you’re going for long planks or small squares.
Though more expensive than vinyl, metal is very hard to damage and has a much longer life expectancy. It’s highly resistant to both water and fire damage and is extremely low maintenance compared to other types of material. Metal doesn’t promote mold or fungus growth and doesn’t absorb or retain moisture, not to mention that it’s not insect-friendly.
Metal is able to resist damage from almost anything and stand up well to the tests of time. It can improve your home’s comfort level while lowering the heating and cooling bills. Metal has highly reflective qualities, meaning it will reflect the sun’s UV rays rather than absorb them and save you money on running your air conditioner in the summer months!
LP Smart Side siding offers the beauty of traditional wood and the durability of engineered wood. Superior exterior-grade resins help to create a very strong bond that can withstand extreme heat, cold, rainfall, and humidity. With LP SmartSide, you’re choosing beautiful cost-effective materials that are cheaper than real wood and quicker to install.
While LP SmartSide looks like real wood, it’s a lot more water-resistant and long-lasting. LP SmartSide doesn’t run the risk of being infested with termites and carpenter ants or decay at the first signs of water damage. It is designed to endure harsh weather conditions and is completely waterproof, protecting your home from harsh elements. LP SmartSide siding comes in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles guaranteed to get the exterior look you’re after.
Hardie Board Siding
An engineered product similar to LP, James Hardie siding, or Hardie board, is almost five times thicker than vinyl and resistant to hail damage. It can also withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour. It uses a composition of cement fibers instead of wood. It is completely resistant to fire, impact, rot, wind, hail, rain, snow, and sun. Hardie board can be fully customized to resemble a wide variety of materials without the burden of sourcing a natural product. Additionally, while many people invest in siding that must be replaced every few years, Hardie board allows you to keep your siding for the lifetime of your home. In using building materials that last longer than a decade, Hardie board provides an excellent way to stay environmentally responsible.