Siding not only gives the exterior of your house a particular appearance by harmonizing the structure’s different external elements, it also protects your home from damaging weather conditions. There are many kinds of siding to choose from, but the more common types of siding include cedar, wood composites, brick, stucco and aluminum. Recent trends in siding reveal that vinyl and concrete board (also known as fiber concrete) are becoming more popular because they last longer and tend to be more economical than other traditional siding choices.
Wood siding can be produced from trees like cedar or wood composites that are made of recycled materials. The wood or wood composite is fashioned into shake, clapboard, shingle or lap panels. The panels are then applied horizontally or vertically. Wood siding is usually installed over a moisture barrier to prevent leakage that might create problems such as rot or mold. Before being installed, the back and sides of the wood or wood composite panels are often primed to stop water from seeping into the surface. Again, to protect the wood from the damaging effects of water, finishes include stains, paint and sealants.
As a material for siding, brick has been known to last a century. Made from fired clay, brick siding will not rot or susceptible to fire. When brick is not part of the original structure, the siding installed is typically brick veneer, which is a panel of half brick blocks. To maintain brick siding made of individual bricks, mortar, the material that holds the bricks in place, must be renewed from time to time. When brick veneer siding becomes worn or damaged, it might be necessary to replace the panel.
Stucco is commonly made from sand and lime then mixed with water and other ingredients like cement. It is usually applied in layers over some kind of support structure such as wire mesh, wood slats, paper lining or some other kid of sheathing. Stucco siding must be water tight; should water seep beneath the stucco, it will separate, leaving a gap between the siding and the house. To repair stucco siding, it can be re-stuccoed.
Aluminum siding is light-weight, durable and cost-efficient. It is prone to fading and can be dented by weather conditions such as severe hail. In areas subject to fluctuating temperatures, aluminum siding tends to expand and contract. In need of repair, the damage area will need to be replaced in sections.
Vinyl siding, made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a highly popular choice as a siding material because it has the appearance of aluminum siding but is much cheaper and more durable. Vinyl siding also expands and contracts in hot and cold weather, but not to the degree that aluminum siding. It is available in a wide range of colours and is typically easy to maintain because it’s manufactured from a versatile material that doesn’t need painting.
Concrete Board Siding or Fiber Cement
Concrete board, also known as concrete fiber or fiber cement, is gaining in popularity due to its versatility. It can be textured to appear like wood grain, stone or cedar shakes. Concrete board has a longer life span than vinyl or aluminum and is exceptionally strong. It is notably cheaper than other types of siding especially brick and stone.