Exterior Cladding Alternatives
When it comes to exterior cladding, vinyl siding is one of the best and most popular materials on the market. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees this is the right option, with many experts in the industry stating vinyl siding is out of date. In fact, some people will go as far as saying that vinyl siding is misleading and even inaccurate. Keep in mind that many people swear by vinyl siding but because controversy exists, we wanted to address the issue and provide you with some other alternatives.
For starters, the facts are that vinyl siding is in fact the number one choice when it comes to exterior cladding. In the United States, this particular material is used 50% more than any other exterior cladding material available. Although we do see a growing number of older, homes going with a makeover with vinyl siding, most often, this type of siding is installed on new, single family homes of $300,000 and up. Interestingly, the only other material that ranks ahead of vinyl siding is stucco. However, this material is typically only applied to homes of half a million dollars or more.
Okay, so why is this type of exterior cladding so valuable? Remember that vinyl is a strong and durable material that is designed to last. Because of this, a person can enhance the appearance of the home while also enjoying the benefits of a protective seal around the home. In addition, vinyl is usually one of the more affordable siding options. Finally, when installed by a professional, your home would have a seal that keeps cold and hot air out, as well as water, reducing your monthly utility bills.
Since some people do not care for vinyl siding, we wanted to talk about alternatives that you might consider if thinking about updating your home. For instance, cedar shingles, fiber cement, stucco, aluminum, stone, brick, engineered wood, and wood panels are also possibilities. With wood panels, also known as wood clapboard, you end up with a gorgeous finish with both pros and cons. However, some of the considerations specific to wood siding include rotting, cracking, fading, insect infestation, splitting, and cupping. Therefore, if you decide you want to go with wood siding in place of vinyl, just make sure you talk to the professionals and choose the recommended wood.
Of course, with wood siding, you want to choose a good grade and if possible go with clear grains. In addition, the installer should have the wood delivered to your home where it would sit to acclimate to environmental conditions. Otherwise, you will wind up with all types of problems. One of the more popular choices is pine, which is very affordable and beautiful. In addition, you will find that pine wood siding holds its finish extremely well, which could be stain or paint.
Another option for wood siding is spruce, which is actually a part of the pine family. This too is a type of softwood available in longer panels than you would find with pine. However, spruce generally carries many of the same characteristics of pine, which is again a very popular choice. Just remember, both pine and spruce are not naturally rot resistant so you would need to have the wood sealed. As you can see, while vinyl siding is a great choice, you do have a number of wonderful alternatives. Therefore, before you invest your hard-earned money, educate yourself on all the possibilities.