Which siding option is right for you?
There are 3 key siding options for homeowners looking to replace their old or damaged siding in Western MA. As you may know damaged siding is not just a cosmetic issue it can cause problems for homeowners including water, air, dirt, and pests getting inside of your house. New siding will not only add to the curb appeal of your home but will also increase the energy efficiency. Today with all of the different siding options out there you want to make sure you choose the option that is right for you. Vinyl siding, cedar shakes, and fiber cement siding all have their pros and cons and should be studied before you make your decision.
Vinyl Siding Options
Low cost; vinyl siding is less expensive option than the other siding alternatives. Vinyl is a cheaper material and easier to work with, which keeps labor costs down. It is also easy to maintain, the only real maintenance is regular power washing to get rid of dirt and mildew. Many vinyl siding options now are insulated which helps to increase energy efficiency.
Look and feel of vinyl. For many historic houses in New England vinyl siding is not a great option. No matter how closely vinyl resembles wood, it is still plastic and will diminish the historical authenticity of your home. The strength and durability of vinyl is also a concern. While it is not vulnerable to insects or weather, vinyl is very thin and can be cracked very easily when struck.
Cedar Shakes Siding Options
Wood siding is unmatched for its looks and authenticity when dealing with the historical homes in New England. It is easy to install and repair, comes in a wide variety of finishes, it will last a long time, and can even be available with fire-retardant treatments.
Maintenance and cost. Wood siding must be painted or stained very 4-5 years. Costs to install is similar to other types of siding but labor cost will be increased due to the fact it must be painted or stained.
Fiber Cement Siding Options
The biggest advantage for fiber cement siding is the fact that it is fire resistant, it has a zero flame-spread index. It is also very durable, it won’t warp, crack or rot. It is Eco-friendly and provides a great return on investment. It will be the last siding you will ever need.
Price; fiber cement will be more expensive than all the other siding options but it will never need to be replaced.
Whether you are deciding which siding is right for a new home or you need to replace your old siding it is important to go over all of the options carefully. Your local builder or remodeler works with these siding options a great deal and can answer many of the questions you may have.