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Different Types of Sidings

One of the most important thing you need to consider especially when you are building your own house is the siding. The siding serves as the first thing to defend your house against any harmful factors and also serve as an important part of assembling the wall. Furthermore, it serves as the ‘skin’ of your house that people will have to see first which could play a vital role in your house’s aesthetics. However, it could necessarily take up some budget.

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The siding industry is big and will have to offer you with differing options such as vinyl, fiber cement, PVC, some kinds of wood, brick and many more. Thus, it is very important to determine what kind of material is best for your home as well as your budget.

There are a lot of home builders who prefer vinyl over the others. However, the other options also have their own benefits. In order to help you decide which is which, here are some of the characteristics as well as benefits of each type of siding.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most loved types of siding because it is very affordable and it offers a range of options as well as accessories. Moreover, vinyl siding is relatively easier to install and it also requires little maintenance.

The vinyl industry has changed over the past decades. That is, most vinyl sidings nowadays come in radiant colors, a number of profiles and also an added factor such as UV protection to make it more durable. One of the most apparent enhancements that vinyl siding has to offer are its accents as well as decorative value.

 

Brick

Brick is also one of the most famous materials in terms of creating sidings. Bricks are popular for sidings because it will not rot and it will doesn’t require any painting. Another good factor to consider in choosing brick as a material for siding is that it couldn’t be torn or eaten by termites.

 

Furthermore, experts say that a genuine brick is a good material in order to protect your home from strong winds, moisture as well as resisting your house from earthquakes. Also, brick provides sustainable protection to houses. However, the downside of brick siding is that it costs more than the previous type. This is precisely the reason why most homeowners especially those who are in a tight budget would go to vinyl over brick.

 

Plaster

One amazing benefit you could get out of siding made from plaster is that the material is versatile at best, especially when protecting your house from a harsh climate. It could also be applied to any kind of surface whether it is flat or curved in any particular structure, such as your home. It has also been popular because of its utility, affordable price and least need of maintenance.

Most synthetic plasters offer the same benefits to that of the traditional one. Plaster siding could also make your home energy efficient, especially when it reduces moisture in the air that would lessen that humid environment inside your house. A big saving in your air conditioning system!

 

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is made out of the mixture of sand, cellulose and of course, cement through pressurized steam. This is perfect for those homeowners that would want to have a wood-looking siding but just without the same amount of costs and maintenance. One of the features of fiber cement is that it is more durable than wood, it is water and moisture resistant and it couldn’t be penetrated by termites.

More and more builders choose fiber cement than the other options mentioned above because it’s relatively cheaper. Although it’s cheap, fiber cement offer a clean and modern look to your house which is everything especially when choosing the right material for siding.

 

Wood

Wood has been popular in the past as a material for siding but has been declining ever since. However, holdouts, custom builders and artistic architects still use wood as a material for siding because of the aesthetic effect it gives to buildings and structures.

The benefits offered by wood includes the classic architecture it gives to your home as well as creating an energy efficient building. Moreover, wood material is very durable in terms of protecting your house from harmful factors such as weather, earthquakes and other dilemmas.

 

However, the downside of wood material is that it isn’t termite-resistant and termites could be the cause for the instability of the siding. Moreover, wood is combustible and is dangerous when caught with fire. Although the material is relatively cheap among the other types of sidings mentioned above, the sustainability it provides is not as impressive and could even damage your home’s walls in the long run.

 

Choosing the right material for siding is a very crucial task. This is precisely the reason why you need to determine the needs of your home as well as the extent of your budget in order to choose the perfect type of siding to use.

 

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Benefits of Vinyl Siding

One of the most effective material used in order to create a stylish yet stable siding is vinyl. Before, manufactured vinyl had bad reputation in terms of the siding’s stability because of the tendency for it to sag and crack. However, times have changed and technologies have forwarded, thus, with a modern manufacturing technique and high-tech combination of plastic and vinyl, vinyl sidings nowadays are the most sought after sidings of most home builders.

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If you aren’t convinced yet, about thirty (30) percent of American homes choose vinyl over other materials in constructing sidings. This demographic is expected to rise over time. Moreover, vinyl is known to be very versatile and offer the best kind of protection for your house.

Still, if you haven’t been convinced with the contentions above, here are some reasons why vinyl is the perfect material to use as siding.

Cost Efficient

One of the reasons why vinyl has been very popular for homeowners is that it is very affordable. According to studies, when you professionally install a vinyl siding, it could only cost you for about two thousand (2,000) dollars for a 1250 sq. ft. Moreover, if you are planning to install the siding all by yourself, the cost would only be a thousand dollars for every 1250 sq. ft. Vinyl sidings are not only affordable, but are very durable as well making it one of the most famous choice of home builders.

Versatility

Vinyl materials of today comes in many colors, profiles as well as textures in order to give you a wide variety of choice. Moreover, if you are the type of homeowner who wishes to have an exterior that looks like it’s made out of cedar shakes but wants to have the qualities of vinyl, there are available vinyl replacements that looks very original, it fools even the keenest eyes. If you want to achieve a

Victorian scallop look, there are tons of options of inexpensive vinyl in order to imitate that, too. Thus, if you are looking for a material that is very versatile in order to suffice your taste, vinyl is the one to die for.

Durability

One of the most amazing qualities that vinyl siding has is that it is very durable. Durability of sidings is determined when there is a strong wind or a great impact from hail that somehow attacks your house. Vinyl is a very stable material that could protect your home from these factors.

Moreover, vinyl sidings are moisture-resistant and it is very important to note that moisture is one of the key reasons why a siding loses its stability.  Meaning, your vinyl siding won’t rot or corrode and could withstand the harshness of the environment and time.

Maintenance-free

One of the reasons why vinyl is a very popular choice among home builders is that it offers a low maintenance cost. Because it is termite and pest-resistant, it will keep its original form for a long time, maximizing the amount of money you pay.

Moreover, a vinyl siding is not necessarily paint-dependent and you could do some simple cleaning on it at least once a year. Keeping it great is not a hassle at all because maintaining it won’t be a problem.

Energy Efficient

One amazing thing about vinyl siding is that it prevents heat loss especially between wall studs in the outside surface of the wall. This phenomenon is called thermal bridging. Most houses have insulation in between studs of the wall, these studs in itself give off heat especially when in contact with the siding. However, vinyl sidings offer a protective coat for the studs, which makes your home warmer in the days of winter or cooler in summer. This will help you reduce your costing in air conditioning units.

These benefits offered by vinyl is very much helpful for you to decide what kind of siding you are going to get for your home. What are you waiting for? Contact your contractor now and see the difference today.