Siding your home
There are many house siding materials available today, including aluminum, vinyl, and wood, but these aren’t the best materials for a cold climate. The winters in New Jersey have a freeze and thaw and refreeze and rethaw cycle that can damage a home. So, the house siding you chose needs to be able to withstand that cycle and protect your home.
Wood house siding is porous which allows moisture to seep in and becomes vulnerable to the freeze, thaw, refreeze, rethaw cycle. Any moisture that is trapped behind it will damage it, and by spring, you have wood rot to deal with – a lot of it! Wood siding also requires regular scraping and painting, usually an annual event.
- It doesn’t absorb moisture.
- It doesn’t get brittle in extreme cold temperatures.
- It doesn’t crack.
- It doesn’t split.
- Cleaning and maintenance is minimal in the spring.
- Pairs easily with additional insulation making it more energy efficient.
Use of a foam insulation with fiber cement house siding eliminates air gaps in between the insulation and the house siding, making installation a better fit and provides a smooth install process.
What are the different types of siding for a house?
Vinyl House Siding – available in several colors, styles, and textures, including horizontal and vertical panels, even wood shake style. A low cost and its longevity makes it popular among many homeowners.
Wood House Siding – available in several finishes, styles, and textures and comes at a moderate cost, but painting or staining is required on a regular basis. It does absorb moisture which can lead to wood rot.
Metal House Siding – available in several panel styles, vertical strips, and shingles. The lost cost and minimal maintenance makes it appealing for homeowners, but dents easily.
Fiber Cement House Siding – looks like wood and with professional installation, a durable material at a decent price point. Insect and rot resistant with low maintenance required.
Insulated House Siding – a vinyl type siding that includes a layer of expanded foam insulation that makes it more energy efficient.
Is vinyl siding better than wood?
Wood house siding has proven to be a longer lasting siding and with an oil-based staining, can hold up in any climate and environment better than vinyl house siding. Over time, the wood house siding will look better than a vinyl house siding material.
How do you calculate square footage for siding?
Can house siding be painted?
With house siding, while it looks good and can last for 20 to 30 years, even longer, knowing when to replace house siding is important. So, just how long does siding on a house last? Vinyl house siding of quality material and installed by an experienced contractor can last up to 60 years.