Whether vinyl siding or the increasingly popular fiber cement HardiePlank®, the experts at Advanced Roofing & Siding will have your home become the envy of all your neighbors and friends.
Introduced in the late 1950s, vinyl siding has improved tremendously since its’ early days and as such has become the material of choice for a huge percentage of homes in the U.S.
Costs: On average vinyl siding is often much cheaper per sq ft than most other siding options.
Maintenance: Very low maintenance needed, often with no more than a quick spray with a hose and wipe down with a clean cloth to maintain optimal appearance. No more worries about pests such as termites or rot, and due to the color embedded into the vinyl, paint is not required.
Durability: Depending on the quality and thickness, vinyl can last up to 40 years.
Installation: Installation is often very quick and easy when compared to other siding options, which will often bring the comparative costs even lower.
Damage: Depending on quality and thickness, vinyl siding can dent easily. Also in subzero temperatures, the vinyl can become brittle or crack easily with minimal effort.
Insulation: Vinyl by itself is not a great insulator. This can be alleviated with house wrap or other options.
Repairs: Due to the embedded colorants, after several decades the UV light from the sun will cause some fading. This usually isn’t noticeable until you try repair a damage section with new, unfaded vinyl siding. Besides painting (not always recommended with vinyl), a common option is to remove a section of faded undamaged siding from a hidden section of the house to make the repair and the new vinyl siding can then be installed in the hidden section.
Originally introduced as an alternative to Masonite siding, fiber cement HardiePlank® has becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners for many reasons.
Durability and Maintenance: While offering the look of real wood, HardiePlank will not rot or warp over time, nor is it susceptible to insect damage. If termite infestations are common in your area, fiber cement may be a great option to minimize the risk. Another, huge benefit is its’ incredible resistance to storm damage, whether high winds, driving rain, or even hail.
Longevity: Most HardiePlank products come with a 30-year, limited transferable warranty that even covers rot, insect or hail damage. See HERE for more details.
Temperature Extremes: Whether sub-zero temperatures or triple digits summer days, fiber cement stands up to the most extreme temperature that nature will throw at it. Even fire will have a hard time defeating HardiPlank, as it’s primarily made from sand and cement, with some cellulose fibers and few other ingredients depending on type and color.
Cost: HardiePlank will have a higher installation cost due to its composition and weight. For comparison, 100 square feet of HardiePlank may weigh upwards of 300 pounds whereas vinyl siding may only weigh 60-70 pounds. Due to this weight, more planning and a larger labor force will be needed to ensure everything is installed correctly.
Maintenance: While not as often as wood, it is recommended to repaint fiber cement periodically. Hardie does provide a limited 15 year warranty for its’ ColorPlus technology and you can find more details HERE.
For further information on other types of siding, read our article HERE.