Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Danielle Beaver
Though Bone Dry Roofing was founded as a roofing repair company, that is no longer the only thing we do. Bone Dry is now a general contractor and has many divisions that we consider ourselves experts in. One being our exterior division. Or, particularly, siding.
When the siding on your home starts to warp, crack, rot, or fall off choosing the best option can be complicated. Though most homes in the midwest are either brick or vinyl, there is also stucco, wood, and cement options.
Wood siding is typically made of cedar or redwood because they are most resistant to decay. Cedar and redwood are typically softwood which makes it easier for construction and insulation. Wood siding has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties so that you can leave your siding untreated without much maintenance. As long as your wood is stained annually or semi-annually warping, molding, and cracking shouldn’t be a problem.
Brick houses are still the number one pick of homes in the United States, however, it is more expensive and there are less color options. Brick is super low maintenance because it doesn’t rot or dent or need painted after installation. Brick also adds a form of protection. In storms, flying debris are less likely to damage the exterior and bricks are more noncombustible than other forms of siding in terms of fire. As an added bonus, brick is more eco-friendly than other siding options.
Fiber Cement siding is the fastest growing form of siding in the past couple of years because it looks like wood but it's even more low maintenance than wood itself and acts as a moisture barrier. Although fiber cement can cost more than stucco, it can outlast it by years because it resists common hazards like: fire, storms, wind, insects, critters, etc. Also, like stucco, it is mostly recommended for hot climates, but can resist the humidity a lot better.
Vinyl siding is made out of PVC plastic resin, which makes it incredibly strong (but not eco friendly). Vinyl siding doesn’t rot, rust, mold, or dent. It is supposedly so long lasting that it could last up to 40 years or more (if properly maintained).The only downside to vinyl siding is the occasional hole or crack (which means you have to replace the whole panel). Vinyl comes in a variety of designs and colors and is relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of siding.
Stucco siding is made from a combination of cement, sand, limestone, and water and provides a solid, durable, low maintenance exterior to your home. Stucco can be an insulator in both warm and cool weather but is typically found in warmer/drier climates because it doesn’t handle moisture as well as other sidings. However, if followed by a finish, stucco siding could easily last up to 50 years without replacement.
Here at Bone Dry we replace all forms of siding and use NAPCO and James Hardie products. In the infographic, we discuss the most popular forms of siding in the midwest, wood, brick, fiber cement, and vinyl.
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