The outer layer of your home does more than look nice, it also helps protect your home structurally. But not all siding installation options are created equal. With the variety of materials and production techniques, house siding installation options are almost as varied as ice cream flavors — and we all know how difficult a choice that is! There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the colors and materials available. Start with this handy guide to help you decide, or contact the siding pros at Chriswell Home Improvements, Inc. for advice personalized to your Sacramento-area home.
If you’re looking for a durable and affordable option, vinyl siding is a great one for a few different reasons. One of the biggest pros of vinyl siding is that it is durable, which means little to no maintenance is needed to keep it looking like new. Modern coating technologies like Ti-Shield™ also provide protection against fading, chipping, and other outer damage so your vinyl siding can last longer. Adding an insulating underlayment like ClimaShield® can further improve your home’s energy efficiency, too.
Wood is a somewhat more complex siding choice. Even when sealed properly, it is more prone to the effects of weather, both wet and dry. Wood siding and shake shingles require regular checks and maintenance to ensure they don’t split or otherwise leave room for leaks. However, with modern coating options, wood siding can be made to last longer. We recommend TEX-COTE® COOLWALL® coating because it is fade and chip resistant, reflects UV rays, has a Class A fire rating, and is thick enough that it fills in and protects against external water infiltration. In addition, engineered wood siding offers the look of natural wood — because it is made from natural wood — that has been specially treated for improved durability against the elements.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding may make you think of bland, boring, plain boards, but that’s not the case at all! Some impressive advancements have been made in recent years to make this siding option one of the best out there. Take the James Hardie siding options as a good example. The colors are imbued into the boards with ColorPlus® technology, rather than coated on top, so they will hold their color for years to come. Fiber cement siding can also be stamped into a range of different patterns and textures, so you can get a wood, brick, or rock siding appearance without the maintenance hassles that those other siding options bring. Hardie siding in particular is long-lasting, durable, lighter, and easier to work with, which ultimately means your siding will last longer and the installation will be easier.
There are more differences and benefits, so if you need help choosing house siding, let the local professionals help you out. Contact Chriswell Home Improvements, Inc. for siding installation and assistance in Sacramento or the surrounding area. We will bring sample products and explain the differences so you can make a decision based on what is best for your house and your budget. Schedule your consultation today!