Deciding the type of exterior siding you want in your house is a difficult task. After all, nothing will impact the appearance and “first impression” of your home more than the look it has on the outside.
There are several options for exterior siding in the market and if you are still wondering which one will best fit your project, keep reading and I will show you which siding is the leader when it comes to great durability, outstanding appearance, lower maintenance and future resale value.
Vinyl is one of the least expensive types of siding. Vinyl requires no paint or stain. It can can be washed once a year if you like. The lifespan of vinyl siding will depend on a variety of factors including your local climate, extreme weather, and any maintenance issues that require frequent cleaning. For instance, if debris ends up cracking the siding and water penetrates through, you could end up having to replace the wall boards due to rot and mold growth.
Fiber Cement Siding
(aka Hardboard siding)
This type of siding is made of a combination of cellulose fibers. Fiber cement siding is considered a poor provider of thermal resistance. This means hot and cold air can penetrate inside through this material. It has moisture related problems like mold and rot in the sheathing or structural supports. The significant health risk associated with fiber cement siding are well documented in their own Material Safety Data Sheet. Asbestos fibers and silica dust are inevitably release during cutting and installation process and by long-term erosion of the materials exposed to atmospheric weathering and wind when cement degrades.
If you are looking for more natural looking types of siding, whether that means vertical or horizontal pieces, wood is the way to go. Wood is the favorite choice of siding in North America, and not even the latest technology can duplicate the unique characteristic of wood on this days.
Some of what you know about Redwood and Cedar is wrong
As builders we think we know all about wood, but even experts are mistaken sometimes. Not all siding made from Redwood, Cedar and other famous species known for their durability are in fact rot resistant. They require to be treated; stain or paint and they are easily damaged by woodpeckers, termites and other pests.
Let’s be realistic, large old-growth trees are a thing from the past, some of this species are slow growing trees like Cedar.
Most people that are thinking of investing in exterior siding realize that in a few years they will be doing this all over again because most products simply do not fare well when exposed to the elements. That’s why choosing siding made with Exotic Hardwood makes such good sense.
Exotic Hardwood Siding
Bring the beauty of the tropics to your home.
Exotic hardwood siding is long lasting and perfect for any climate. The initial investment made in exotic hardwood siding like Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa, and Tigerwood pays for itself because this is a purchase that truly only has to be made once in a lifetime. That is simply something that cannot be said for most exterior siding products.
Exotic hardwood siding is so durable due to the wood from which they are constructed. The trees themselves generally grow naturally straight grains. The grains are extremely tight, giving the wood incredible density, and with their high rating for insect and decay resistance you don’t have to worry about replacing your siding anytime soon.
To ensure that these beautiful and durable hardwoods will be available for generations to come, the extraction of these hardwoods is regulated by Federal Laws and by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA). Aggressive replanting programs are enforced to ensure that these Exotic Hardwoods are a truly renewable resource. We only supply wood that comes from managed forests that harvest wood in an ecologically responsible manner.
Beauty, durability and versatility are the characteristics of the Exotic Hardwood Siding sold by AdvantageLumber.com.