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New England weather is known for being fairly unpredictable; so in a climate where your home will have to suffer through blizzards, hurricanes, and intense heat– your siding material matters. You need a siding material that can protect your home without breaking the bank, or breaking your back with upkeep! If you’re considering what types of siding are available for your re-siding project that fit your needs and your budget– here are a few great options to compare: vinyl, composite, fiber cement, and natural wood.
NATURAL WOOD / CEDAR SIDING
If you’ve been for a drive around New England then you’ve surely noticed some natural wood houses– especially in coastal areas like Boston, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard. Cedar siding has been a staple for New England homes for decades, having first made its appearance in colonial times. The resurgence of shingle-style homes was due to more than the exterior materials used, it introduced the concept of organicism to home’s exteriors. Natural siding allows houses to blend into their environmental surroundings, embracing a natural look and style.
PROS of Cedar Siding
CONS of Cedar Siding
If you want the look of wood, without the headache of maintaining traditional wood siding, then composite siding may be the answer. Composite siding is a manufactured material that is made out of scrap wood that’s compressed and bonded together with resins. Traditional wood siding requires regular maintenance and is vulnerable to water damage, but composite siding can last 20-30 years, give you the look of wood, and has little-to-no regular maintenance requirements.
CONS of Composite Siding in New England
Vinyl has been popular since the late 1960s when it became widely available to homeowners. Today, nearly one-third of all homes in the United States have a form of vinyl siding due to its low cost and low maintenance. It’s also available in a variety of styles and colors which makes it a great option for homeowners who don’t want to be limited in their design options. However, the saying ‘you get what you pay for rings true with vinyl siding– it’s low cost because it’s made out of plastic, which comes with its own disadvantages.
If you’re not familiar with Hardie board or fiber cement siding, it’s a super durable siding product from the James Hardie company that was released in the mid-1980s. So while it may be ‘newer’, it’s been tried and tested for decades! In the early 1990’s it became a staple for American homes because of its resilience to pretty much anything mother nature can throw at your home! It’s made out of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers which make a durable and attractive siding material that can protect your home. For a safe, and low-maintenance siding option, fiber cement siding is the way to go!
Which type of siding is best?
There is no clear answer to this question. Each material has its own significant downfalls and benefits that can affect homeowners in different ways. Whether you’re operating with a limited budget or looking for something that will last you years without much maintenance requirements there is a siding option that will best suit your home’s needs. Contact a Project Consultant at Tom Curren Companies today to discuss your project today!