Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing home, it is important to consider materials. From roofing to windows to siding, decisions on materials are one of the most important parts of the renovation and construction. When working with siding there are a few main options to choose from. Vinyl, wood, and fiber cement are all very popular options for both new developments and updating your current siding.
Pros & Cons To Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is known for being the most affordable siding option. You can expect to pay less than ten dollars per square foot for vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is also very low maintenance after it is installed. Vinyl siding does not provide great insulation on its own and has some durability concerns. Vinyl will hold up against strong winds and rain, but it can be damaged by hail and ice. Vinyl also offers more variety in design options because it comes in so many different colors. However, vinyl siding’s colors will fade over time.
Pros & Cons to Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement may cost more than vinyl siding, but it is more durable. On average, fiber cement costs two to three more dollars per square foot than vinyl siding. Fiber cement is rated higher for its durability. Fiber cement can also be painted, adding more design options for homeowners. Fiber Cement is not easy to repair compared to Vinyl Siding, mainly because it is very heavy in comparison. Fortunately, fiber cement’s durable nature makes repairs few and far between.
Pros & Cons to Wood Siding
Wood siding has a natural beauty to it. Many homeowners that use wood siding use it for its unique aesthetic charm. Wood siding is more expensive compared to vinyl and fiber cement. It is relatively durable but requires a higher degree of maintenance comparatively. Wood siding requires regular coats of finish to be applied every few years. Repainting will also need to be redone more often than with vinyl or fiber cement. Wood siding is also more environmentally conscious comparatively as wood is highly sustainable and breaks down easily in landfills.
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Own a property in Massachusetts. Let Novus Exteriors Inc. help you find the right siding option for your renovation or construction project. Contact our team to learn more about siding options and get a cost estimate.