Fiber Cement Siding
Sand, cement and wood fiber are the basis of the fiber cement siding and it is much thicker than vinyl, making it more weather proof than vinyl sidings. Due to the stability of the components, it does not expand or contract with weather changes. And it can stay painted for a longer time. There are numerous cities that have made it mandatory to utilize fiber cement siding in case the homeowner needs replacement siding. With low maintenance and weather resistance features, getting a new cladding is easy and affordable.
Engineered Wood Siding
The latest replacement cladding is the engineered wood siding that is manufactured by the use of bonding wood shavings, sawdust and other bonding agents to create a wood like look. But due to the inherent features of strength and wooden finish, the material can be factory painted and is highly weather resistant. It needs to be painted every 5 to 10 years and that enhances the integrity of the engineered wooden sidings. It has a wood like feel but is stronger and has a longer life expectancy than natural wood. And it comes with a 50-years manufacturer’s warranty against defects and rot.
The vinyl siding that most people prefer is crafted out of PVC and is one of the most commonly used siding utilized in single family home. Though during the early days, vinyl siding used to warp in extreme heat and cold due to prolonged exposure, the new technology has rendered it durable and can mimic natural wood, slate and stone textures without any damage in extreme climatic conditions. The only downside of using vinyl siding is that you’ll need to replace the whole section and you just cannot paint them over. But these are inexpensive and come with lifetime warranty.
With a benefit of insulation, it is crafted to fit the vinyl sidings and glued inside. However another type of vinyl siding is bonded with a foam core and has the expanded polystyrene as insulation material. It creates a heat barrier and prevents heat loss. It lays better than traditional siding and is good for irregular walls. Due to insulation, heat loss is minimized and energy bills are lower. But you need to be aware that it is more expensive than vinyl sidings.