When it comes time to choose siding for your home, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of materials, colors and textures now available. Here are some benefits of the most popular siding materials installed on today’s homes.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is composed of a mixture of cement, sand and wood fiber that is cured with pressurized steam to increase its strength and dimensional stability. It can be molded to look like genuine wood planks, yet is completely resistant to rot, fire, wind and insects.
Because fiber cement does not expand and contract like wood, it holds paint very well. Most fiber cement comes primed and ready to finish, and is also available with factory-finished paint backed by a warranty. Fiber cement siding may be painted using water-based acrylic paint, which typically lasts up to 15 years. Stains may also be applied to fiber cement.
Because of the variety of ways to apply and formulate it, stucco siding has been utilized for hundreds of years. Typically seen in Mission or Spanish-style architecture, stucco can be smooth or coarse, raked or swirled. It can contain sand, lime or pebbles. Depending upon the climate and the desired texture, different types of cement are used in the stucco mix.
Advantages of natural stucco include fire resistance, a high degree of energy efficiency and low maintenance. It also expands and contracts with the temperature, which minimizes cracking.
Wood is a traditional siding material, either in shake or clapboard form. Because wood siding requires frequent maintenance, particularly in regions with extremes of moisture and temperature, it has lost ground to low-maintenance siding materials in recent decades.
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