Siding

If you want to improve the look of your house, you might want to consider replacing your siding. Siding comes in different options and can make or break the aesthetic of your home. In order to choose well, you have to understand the pros and cons of each type.

  • Fiber Cement
  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass
  • Insulated
Fiber Cement

The type of siding is made from Portland cement, sand, wooden fibers, and a variety of additives, with great stability and strength that make it last. Another good thing is its ability to accept paint. Depending on what you want, choose from many available forms, such as shingles, boards, and panels. You can buy painted or pre-primed versions, and some styling resembles natural wood. Dimensionally, it is stable, resists any fire incidence, and can serve for more than fifty years.

Vinyl

Another type of siding is vinyl, a cheaper material designed from PVC. Be careful when buying vinyl because it comes in different levels of grades and quality. You have the choice of shakes, stone veneers, and shingles. This type of exterior siding can be lasting and affordable, depending on the grade you have chosen. It is also low maintenance, and comes in different colors and forms. It is ideal for insulating the house during the winter.

Fiberglass

Fiber cement siding is among the latest technology on the market. It is different from the typical fiberglass you know, in that it is rigid and offers strength that makes it last. It is ideal for use in residential homes. Its primary benefit is its ability to offer a variety of different looks.

Insulated

Insulated siding can improve a home’s energy efficiency. Most exterior walls have insulation in between the wall studs, but allow significant energy loss through the studs themselves. Wall studs, both wood and metal, are poor insulators — when they come in contact with the exterior cladding, they allow heat to pass through them (which is called a thermal bridge). Because these studs represent up to 25 percent of the wall surface of an average home, it’s like having an entire exterior wall with no insulation at all.

Insulated siding improves energy efficiency by reducing thermal bridging — like a blanket, it is continuous insulation over the studs, which helps homes stay cool in summer and warm in winter.

While many homeowners are familiar with ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances and energy efficient windows, they may be surprised to learn that insulated siding can also improve a home’s energy performance. Insulated siding is now accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs — including the checklist of building products or methodologies that can help meet the requirements to qualify under ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes.

Insulated siding is also available as a single course and in several deep reveals for exceptional aesthetics. Its rigid foam insulation is laminated or permanently attached to the panel.