So you’re getting ready to put new siding on your house? Will you be installing the same material or are you ready to explore your options? As you plan your siding replacement job, consider how your existing siding performed over the years and whether a different material might serve your home better.
To help you make the best decision for your home, your design goals, and your budget, the siding contractors at Keyprime Roofing share tips for selecting siding materials below.
If you’re looking for a material that’s both affordable and long-lasting, vinyl siding will serve you well. Not only is it long-lasting and cost effective, but vinyl is also highly versatile in terms of its design possibilities.
If you love the look of wood siding, you can replicate wood grain with vinyl. If you like wood shake, you can replicate that too. And, because its color is baked into the material, vinyl siding won’t fade significantly with long-term sun exposure. When you choose vinyl for your siding replacement, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits, including:
● Low cost. Vinyl is the most affordable siding material on the market, so if your siding replacement project has a tight budget, vinyl can fit within it.
● Impressive durability. Vinyl siding withstands high winds and UV radiation. It’s also slow to ignite in the event of a fire and is resistant to mold, mildew, pests, moisture, and rot.
● Low maintenance. Vinyl is one of the lowest-maintenance siding materials around. It only requires periodic cleaning for routine maintenance.
● Easy installation. Vinyl cladding is one of the easiest materials for siding contractors to install. Because it’s lightweight and installation is relatively quick, your siding replacement project will likely require less time than it would with other siding materials.
Steel siding is an excellent choice if you’re looking for superior durability. However, if you’re replacing your siding on a budget, it may not be the right choice for you. Steel is one of the most expensive siding materials on the market, but its incredible durability and longevity justify its price point.
When you choose steel for your siding replacement, it’ll last for 40 years or longer with proper maintenance. Plus, it’s naturally wind, fire, pest, rot, moisture, and mold resistant, which means you won’t need to perform extensive maintenance to keep it in good condition.
Check out our blog on the benefits and drawbacks of steel siding for more information.
Engineered Wood Siding
If you love the look and feel of wood siding but aren’t thrilled with its maintenance requirements, engineered wood is an excellent option. Not only is engineered wood siding more cost effective than its solid wood counterpart, but it’s also more durable, long-lasting, and energy efficient.
Engineered wood is fashioned from composite wood materials bound together by resin. The manufacturing process, which involves considerable heat, pressure, and heavy-duty adhesives, essentially creates a solid piece of wood from a collection of wood fibers. Once it’s made into siding boards, engineered wood is then treated with a moisture-resistant overlay that helps protect the cladding from water-related damage.
To give an authentic appearance of real wood, the siding boards are also embossed with a wood-grain pattern during manufacturing. Should you choose this type of cladding for your siding replacement, the final product will look virtually identical to solid wood siding.
As a result of its manufacturing process, engineered wood siding offers a number of benefits over traditional wood, including:
● Longer lifespan. On average, engineered wood siding lasts twice as long as real wood.
● More affordable. Typically, engineered wood costs about 30% less than solid wood siding.
● Insect resistance. Because it contains resins, binders, and moisture treatments, insects are much less likely to make a meal out of engineered wood.
● Easier installation. Because engineered wood is lighter than solid wood, it’s easier for siding contractors to handle and install. Because of the ease of installation, your siding project may take less time when you choose engineered wood.
Cement siding, also referred to as fiber cement, is another excellent siding material for homeowners who are looking for superior durability and longevity. Like steel, fiber cement siding is pricey, but again, it’s performance more than justifies its cost.
When you choose fiber cement for your siding replacement, just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:
● Design versatility. Fiber cement siding is incredibly versatile when it comes to design. It can be manufactured to look like wood clapboards, shake or shingles, stucco, stone, brick — the possibilities are virtually endless.
● Long lifespan. Fiber cement siding typically lasts a minimum of 50 years. With proper maintenance, it can last even longer.
● Resilience. As a result of its manufacturing process, fiber cement siding is resistant to heat, fire, moisture, rot, warping, wind, and insects.
Still not sure what type of siding is best for your home? Contact Keyprime Roofing today to discuss your design goals and any budget constraints you might have. We’d be happy to help you find the right type of siding for your needs!
Schedule Your Twin Cities Siding Replacement With Keyprime Roofing
If your house is due for siding replacement, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing for superior-quality cladding and unmatched siding installation services. We strive to provide Twin Cities homeowners with cost-effective and lasting home renovations that add value and appeal to their properties and have proudly served the metro area for over a decade.
To learn more about your siding options or schedule an appointment, give us a call at 952-426-0132, request a free quote, or send us a message for more information.