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Is this Siding Worth the Price?

Posted by Rachel Karl

Feb 3, 2015

 

Siding comes in all colors and types. There is vinyl siding, wood siding, fiber cement siding, and even stone or brick used as siding. Where there is variety in any product, there is the question “is this item worth the cost - and why?”Contrasting Siding

Fortunately, we specialize in siding installation, so we are uniquely suited to taking an in-depth look at siding products and answering the above questions. Here are the various factors to look at when considering siding which will help you decide which product will give you the best bang for your buck:

Durability

The last thing you want to do is get siding that will become damaged as soon as it is installed. Luckily, high quality fiber cement or vinyl siding are often created with the chosen color throughout the material. This insures that nicks and scratches don’t show as time wears on.  Additionally, these two materials can last for decades. In the case of fiber cement, a 30 year materials warranty can be expected.

Wood siding easily degrades if not properly finished and maintained. However, if old-growth timber is used and the material is preserved properly, clapboard and other wood siding can last for generations.

Engineered wood siding is created from wood fibers and exterior-grade resin. This leaves one with a tough, long-lasting siding product. They can come ready-to-paint or in a factory finish. Some engineered wood siding brands provide a 50 year materials warranty.Cultured stone siding

Stone or brick are both very long-lasting options. Additionally, there is now engineered stone siding available that are often used to accent homes. Some manufactures offer up to a 75 year warranty for their synthetic stone.

Beauty

Fiber cement gets the jump on vinyl when it comes to loveliness. Because it is made with a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand, it can be created to mimic wooden clapboard. This gives it a distinct look from the obvious seams created by vinyl. Wood and engineered wood siding have the same advantages.

There are many, many color varieties available in vinyl, wood, engineered wood, and fiber cement. This means a homeowner can create a long-lasting look for their home.

Stone, brick, and synthetic stone can add a lot of beauty to a home. Often, stone isn’t used to cover the entire home but instead to accent a patio, lower floor of the house, or the chimney. No matter how they are used, these products can create a gorgeous look.

Energy Efficiency

Siding can make a home more energy efficient and either be recycled or have the ability to degrade in the landfills within a reasonable period of time. Here is each type of siding with a look at how “green” it is:Wood siding

Vinyl, when installed, can help insulate a home and lower heating and air conditioning costs. On the downside, it is created of PVC, which lasts for decades or longer in landfills and is toxic to produce. While it can be recycled, vinyl siding rarely is recycled.

Fiber cement is also a great insulator and is created from natural products. This makes it both energy efficient and a sustainable product.

Engineered wood, like any other siding, is good for insulation. Additionally, wood scraps and entire trees can be used in the manufacturing of engineered wood, making that process a low-waste one.

Wood itself is a renewable resource which breaks down in landfills. It’s also a great insulator. However, the best grades of wood are made from old-growth timber and chemicals are used every two to five years to preserve your wood siding. This can all add up. To make sure you get the most sustainable wood, ask for wood siding that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Synthetic stone is more renewable than regular stone because it doesn’t strip quarries. Additionally, just like real stone, synthetic stone is an excellent insulator. All in all, this is a sustainable material.

When deciding on a siding type, there is more to think of than the price per square foot. There is how much money the siding will be able to save you as insulation for your home. Additionally, there is the environmental factor to think about. Siding can help you lower your carbon footprint, creating a better world for all of us.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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