To protect your home from the elements and other outdoor dangers, it needs strong, protective siding. The most popular siding materials are vinyl and fiber cement as they are sturdy and durable, and require less maintenance than other types. Ideally, you want the system to not only look good, but also to work well without too much upkeep, all without burning a hole in your pocket. Twin Cities Siding Professionals gives you a closer look at these two materials.
Both vinyl and fiber cement siding come in a variety of options that replicate the look of other materials such as stone, wood, logs and other materials. If you require a more “premium” look and feel however, fiber cement is the way to go. When used as a substitute for wood-based products, fiber cement gives off a better embossed look and feel that vinyl can’t quite replicate due to its lack of thickness.
Both vinyl and fiber cement siding come in a variety of colors, so choose what best suits your taste. Also, remember that painting entails additional costs, so picking a color that you want would save you more money in the long run.
Fiber cement is basically a combination of wood pulp and Portland cement, which makes it extremely durable and resistant to pests (such as termites), fire and harsh weather conditions. In fact, it can even withstand hail and flying debris. It does have one disadvantage as it absorbs moisture and needs to be repainted every 5 to 10 years to not only keep it looking fresh, but also to keep moisture at bay.
Vinyl siding is water-resistant, but keep in mind it is not waterproof, which makes it less than ideal for areas that are subject to a good deal of precipitation throughout the year. While vinyl is a durable material, it is more susceptible to damage from wind and debris compared to fiber cement. Constant exposure to the sun can also cause vinyl to become more brittle, which further exacerbates its vulnerability.
Call Twin Cities Siding Professionals today at 651-571-9557, or fill out our contact form so we can inspect your home and help you decide which material to use on your project. We serve clients in Minneapolis and surrounding areas.