There are different types of siding and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. When you’re choosing the type of siding for your home, home improvement contractors advise taking climate into account, as the success of your new siding depends largely on the kind of climate it is exposed to.
To better understand how your local climate can affect your siding, learn about how the most popular siding options perform.
Exterior vinyl siding is the most popular siding material in the U.S. Other materials are gaining traction, but vinyl still tops the list at 26 percent of new, single-family homes built in 2018.
You can get vinyl siding in different styles so whatever home design you have, you’re likely to find several vinyl siding options that can match its looks and give it more curb appeal. You can even get vinyl siding that mimics the looks of wood.
If you get good-quality, insulated vinyl siding, your home will have better protection in a wet and cold environment. Unlike wood, vinyl does not allow moisture penetration, is impervious to termites and other bugs and does not require much maintenance.
Vinyl, however, is less suited for excessively hot, sunny climates. Extreme heat can make vinyl siding fade over time. It can also make vinyl siding bend or bow, and vinyl does not return to its original form when it is deformed. Frequently fluctuating temperatures can cause bowing or bending, and even cracks.
Avoid cheap vinyl siding, as it will not last long. Exposure to heat and cold can cause it to fail prematurely.
Wood is a classic choice and it gives that rustic appeal to your home. It is, however, heavy on the maintenance requirements. You have to be vigilant in caring for it, repainting or staining it, cleaning it, and inspecting it for damage, such as termite attacks, rot, mold and mildew growth, and chipping.
Wood is excellent for keeping your home comfortable in a hot climate, but fading paint or stain means you have more work to do.
Wood siding does not perform very well in wet climates, as taking a beating from rain and snow can weaken the wood.
Fiber cement siding is made of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. It’s popular as an all-purpose option because it’s strong against rain, snow, and heat. It’s also fire-resistant. Fiber-cement is also known for being highly energy-efficient.
Masonry is a durable type of siding and it performs well in wet conditions. However, brick needs a good vapor barrier behind the brick veneer to make it waterproof.
Brick is perfect for homes in hot climates, as it provides added protection against heat transfer.
Whatever type of siding you are looking for, make sure to consult professional providers of siding and residential roofing services so you know which materials will perform best in your climate. Get in touch with Harmony Home Improvement. Call us at (860) 645-8899 or leave us a message here. We look forward to working with you in South Windsor, CT.