Siding has been around for many years as a way to protect and beautify your home. But there have been technological advances with siding recently that should keep it as a forerunner in homeowner’s minds when they are considering re-siding their homes.
Advancements in siding:
Insulated vinyl siding
Relatively new to the market, insulated vinyl siding features a layer of expanded polystyrene foam, providing an insulating value of R-2 to R-6. Insulated vinyl is on the checklist of items that can help a house achieve Energy Star qualification. Expect to pay about 15 percent more for insulated versions of vinyl siding than regular. (Source: http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/buyers-guide-for-exterior-siding/index.html)
The current darling of the siding industry, fiber cement has earned a reputation for stability and low maintenance. It’s made from a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay and sand, and it can be molded to mimic wood clapboard, shingles, stucco and masonry. It readily accepts paint, and most manufacturers offer an array of factory-applied finishes. Fiber-cement siding resists expanding and contracting with changes in humidity and temperature, so caulk and paint really hold up. It’s fire-resistant, termite-proof and it won’t rot. A 30-year warranty is the norm. (Source: http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/buyers-guide-for-exterior-siding/index.html)
Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding is made of wood fibers and exterior-grade resins. It’s tough, strong and can stand up to extreme weather conditions. It comes in a variety of styles and textures, including beaded lap, rough-sawn clapboard and look-alike wood shingles. It comes ready-to-paint, primed or with factory finishes. Engineered wood siding positions itself as a cheaper alternative to fiber cement and real wood, but with similar durability. Some brands provide 50-year warranties. Borate compounds added to the mixture make engineered wood siding impervious to insects. It’s half the cost of real wood siding. However, although now backed by serious R&D and warranties, early versions of engineered wood siding experienced failures due to moisture problems, resulting in class-action lawsuits. Newer varieties haven’t been on the market long enough to prove their longevity claims. (Source: http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/buyers-guide-for-exterior-siding/index.html)