Belleville, IL Construction: What are the pros and cons of each siding material?
The outside of your house is all that most people ever see of it, and every homeowner wants their home to look good. Exterior siding covers your house’s walls and is largely responsible for your home’s appearance. You have your choice of siding materials, and it can be hard to choose since each has its pros and cons.
Vinyl siding is very popular in Belleville, IL. It’s not hard to see why. Vinyl siding is affordable for most homeowners, and it barely takes maintenance to stay looking great. The synthetic PVC material can be cast in almost any color, and that color fully permeates the material, so small scratches don’t really show. Vinyl is also termite-proof and easy to work with, which keeps installation costs down.
One reason vinyl siding is so easy to install is that it comes in 12-foot strips that only need a standard installation technique. This can be a drawback if you have a long wall and don’t want seams to show. You can order longer sections, but that usually inflates the price by up to 30 percent.
Wood, Natural and Engineered
Wood — both paneling and shingles — is the gold standard for exterior siding material. It’s rich and homey-looking, and the natural feel of it helps create a welcoming environment for the house you live in. It’s also versatile; both natural and engineered wood can be stained, and both take a coat of paint beautifully.
Wood is really susceptible to moisture in a damp climate, however. While a lot of really good sealants are on the market, typical wood siding has to be repaired and/or replaced in places every few years. Also, early engineered wood siding was terribly vulnerable to water damage. Things are better now, but it’s still a concern, as are termites and fire.
Fiber cement solves wood’s problems, without sacrificing the natural look. This textured cement siding material is virtually termite-proof and very flame resistant. Water barely affects it, so long-term maintenance is minimal.
This material can be pretty heavy. Working with it often requires special training and equipment, and many siding contractors charge extra per hour to work with it.
Stucco is durable and versatile. Almost immune to water, the epoxy it’s made from can be stained throughout to hide scratches and chips. Modern stucco mixes have flexible putty additives, which make the product softer and less likely to chip at all.
The major drawback of stucco is that it takes a lot of prep work on the house, which makes it dubious for refits and renovations. Your contractor might not even work with stucco, since it calls for special handling and skills.
Stone houses convey a feeling of quiet, gentlemanly hospitality. Synthetic stone gets close to that effect at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Synthetic stone is made by injecting cement into molds with various admixtures to mimic granite, limestone, marble, or any other desired effect.
While synthetic stone is markedly cheaper than real stone blocks, it’s still pricey by exterior siding material standards. Expect to pay about double for this siding material what you would for any other option.
Consult a siding expert at Square One Contractors to decide which type of siding material is best for your home!