Types Of Siding Available
Siding comes in a large array of materials, colors and textures. The more you know more about the most popular types of siding materials, the more informed you decision process will be. We’d love to help you with some information about the various choices you have with siding your Chattanooga area home.
Vinyl’s durability, versatility and ease of maintenance gave rise to its popularity after vinyl was first introduced back in the 1960s. The popularity is backed by its natural impact resistance, rigidity and strength.
This popular siding comes in a wide range of colors that is complemented by a somewhat limited range of patterns. The different varieties of vinyl are both horizontal and vertical panels, shingles, shakes, fishscales, scallops, traditional lap, Dutch lap and beaded designs that have various widths.
Time and whether usually mean the end to siding, but not for vinyl; vinyl can withstand and is certified for up to 110 mph or higher winds and has a composition that can resist heat, cold and moisture. The biggest benefit many people see in vinyl siding is that the color stays true and no painting is ever needed. Vinyl is so versatile that the only maintenance that is needed is washing it with a soft cloth and garden hose.
The drawback for vinyl siding is that if you used the low-grade vinyl, your home was not insulated as well as other siding materials offered. Now vinyl has an improved backing that is able to better insulate your home that adds another layer of protection for your home.
Shakes, also known as wood shingles, or clapboard is seen as the most traditional wood for your siding material. For hundreds of years, wood was the prime choice for siding on people’s homes but has somewhat declined in popularity in recent years, mostly due to the maintenance required. Wood siding is mainly made from softwoods like cedar and redwood, rather than the older and harder woods like yellow popular, red oak, hickory, beech, sycamore, and soft maple. Regular maintenance is required for wood siding like scraping and painting, which is increased when they are in areas with high moisture levels and extreme temperatures; all of this is offset by the attractiveness that can’t be matched on many more traditional styled homes.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding gets its strength and dimensional stability for the composition of cement, sand and cellulose that is cured by pressurized steam. It is able to resist cracking by the fiber within the siding that is reinforcing it. Rot, wind and insects are not able to affect you home because of this versatile siding material. There is a vast array of finishing styles in fiber cement siding such as embossed wood grain texture, stucco or smooth.
The lack of expanding and contracting over time means that fiber cement can be painted with any water-based acrylic paint and won’t start to peel over time compared to other siding materials like wood. 15 years is the average lifespan of paint on this type of siding.
The popularity faded fast for aluminum siding when newer and more modern siding materials started to come into the market. The main drawback was that it could easily be dented and faded eventually; this was offset though by its inability to crack. The wide range of styles and colors was bolstered by how it is fireproof and does not rot.
Over the course of hundreds of years many people have used stucco siding because of the wide range of ways to apply it and to formulate it. Stucco’s variety of style like course, raked or swirled was usually seen in Mission or Spanish-style architecture. This siding material tends to made up of sand, lime or pebbles. A different type of cement was used in the stucco mixture to give it the desired texture along with kind of climate it would have to endure.
The high degree of energy efficiency, low maintenance and fire resistance are just some of the advantages of a natural stucco siding. Stucco also has minimal cracking because of the ability to expand and contract naturally with weather. Along with natural stucco, there is synthetic stucco that is able to overcome moisture issues. The drawback of stucco as a siding option is that it typically needs to be painted every ten years.
While not yet as common as other siding options, fiberglass is gaining popularity because of how innovative and durable it is compared to other options. This virtually maintenance free siding option gives all of the look and feel of other siding options like wood but without the stress of scraping and painting needed for other options. Fiberglass can be done in a wide array of colors and in different lengths; this gives this siding option a clean and crisp lines that do not overlap but rather are tight together for a nice and finished look.
Let the Chattanooga siding experts from Affordable Roofing help you to choose the best siding material for your home.