Your St. Louis Siding Options.
Siding your home is a great investment. But the choices in siding materials can be overwhelming. Lakeside Exteriors will help you make the best siding choice for your home’s décor and budget. Let’s take a look at the features and benefits of the different types of siding materials:
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding was recently named the best home remodeling investment by a national study. It is beautiful, durable and low maintenance.
Fiber cement siding is composed of cement, sand and cellulose fiber that has been cured with pressurized steam to increase its strength and dimensional stability. The fiber reinforces the product and prevents cracking. This siding product will protect your home from rot, fire, wind and insects.
For those who want the appearance of wood siding without the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber cement siding is a good choice. Available in a variety of textures, fiber cement siding is more durable than wood. It’s also termite-resistant, water-resistant, and non-combustible and warranted to last fifty years.
Vinyl is one of the most popular maintenance-free siding materials. It delivers the warm, quality appearance of wood without the costly, time-consuming maintenance and repairs. Vinyl siding resembles wood, but it is considerably more affordable. Vinyl also won’t split, peel or rot. And because its color goes clear through the panel, it never needs to be scraped, stained or painted.
Vinyl siding is extremely popular with homeowners for several reasons. Vinyl siding’s benefits include low maintenance, a variety of styles and colors, and lower cost of installation. Durability is another great quality of vinyl. Vinyl siding can be extremely rigid, strong and resistant to damage. It is made from polyvinyl chloride, a very durable material.
And vinyl siding never needs paint! The only maintenance it requires is a simple wash with a soft cloth and garden hose.
Wood is a traditional siding material, either in shakes (shingles) or clapboard form. While it isn’t as common in recent years, wood siding was used on houses for hundreds of years. While attractive to look at, wood siding generally comes without a warranty, requires frequent scraping and painting, and regular maintenance, particularly in regions with extremes of moisture and temperature. Other issues associated with wood include: warping, chipping, sanding, termites, rotting, moisture damage, flammability, and limited insulation value.
Once the “king” of replacement siding, aluminum has rapidly lost ground to more modern materials. Aluminum siding doesn’t rot, offers low maintenance, and it’s relatively easy to keep clean. But it can dent and fade.