Which Siding is best for your Home? (Continued)

Category: General Published on Feb 19

Here we will touch base on some more choices of siding that might just be the right one for your home.


Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is a mixture of wood fibers, sand and cement, built to look and feel like natural wood siding with less hassle from maintenance and cost. The Holy Grail of fiber cement comes from a company out of Australia, James Hardie Siding Manufacturer. With this type of siding you get the look of real wood without the cost of it, as well as without the wood insects. Fiber cement is extremely resistant to fire and easy to maintain, guaranteed for 15 years not to fade or chip. On the flipside, it is very heavy and requires special cutting tools to install. It is more expensive then vinyl siding and does have to be repainted about every 12 years.

 

Brick Siding

Brick siding can be a very attractive choice, due to its look but also the fact it’s said to last a lifetime. You can easily find houses and buildings today that are over 100 years old with brick siding still in good condition. Brick siding is also highly fire resistant and no termites or wood ants will be found inside of it. You will never have to repaint or finish your brick and it also weathers beautifully. Due to all the pros listed, home owner insurance is usually lower for brick siding homes. However, brick siding is one of the more expensive options, costing about $10 to $15 per square foot. It also is a long installation if you are doing it yourself and over time mortar joints may need to be replaced.

 

Stucco Siding

Stucco siding is made up of a lime mixture, sand and cement, typically a more traditional Spanish style. Stucco siding is durable and can last 50 to 100 years with little maintenance, and any damage done can be fixed at minimal cost. Stucco can be mixed to your specific color option and is very breathable which allows for quick drying. You also won’t have any insect or rotting problems with it. Alongside of the pros, the cons are that if a home’s foundation shifts the stucco can crack easily. Weathering and dirt show up quickly on stucco siding and heavy rainfall areas are not suitable for stucco. Not too big of a deal, but from a distance the stucco looks like a flat finish.

 

Stone Siding

Stone siding is considered as the granddaddy of siding and is the highest when it comes to cost. There are 2 options of stone siding which are real stone and veneer which is a concrete replica. Stone is unbothered by Mother Nature completely and will last a lifetime. If you choose stone veneer it is about half the cost but gives you the exact look of real stone. With real stone, there is zero maintenance and can be easily cleaned with a pressure washer, as well as it is resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures, insects, as well as fire. When it comes to the replica stone siding, it can have moisture problems and it does not adapt well to extreme temperatures. Installing natural stone is heavy labor and can drive the installation cost up very high.

 

You should take all things into consideration when choosing your siding. These are all possibilities for you really depending on how much you want to spend and how much you really want to keep up with the maintenance.

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