Siding 101: A Guide to Diverse Siding Types
If you live in your home long enough, you’ll start to notice signs of wear and tear when you look at it closely. Sometimes, this is purely cosmetic, while other times, it’s something that needs to be addressed. When your siding starts to look run down, it’s only a matter of time before you need to replace it. In that case, choosing the right siding material is key. With a variety of siding types available, it can be hard to decide which one makes the most sense for your needs.
Our experts are here to help make it easier for you.
Different Siding Types to Consider
Variety is the spice of life and there is no shortage of options when it comes to siding materials. While there are plenty of different options you might want to consider, here at C&W Roofing, Siding & Window Co, we install three high-quality materials from some of the top siding brands on the market.
As you plan your upcoming siding replacement, learn more about each of these options below so you can decide which one to choose for your exterior.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
One of the most popular siding options in the country is James Hardie fiber cement siding, and it’s for good reason! We have installed this siding material for countless local homeowners over the years, and it could be just the perfect choice for your exterior as well.
What Is James Hardie Siding?
James Hardie fiber cement siding is made from a unique blend of the following materials:
- Portland cement
- Cellulose fibers
The Portland cement, in particular, makes this an incredibly strong and durable material that can withstand almost any weather conditions. The cellulose fibers in the material help prevent moisture absorption, while the silica fibers give the material a high melting point so it can withstand high temperatures.
Pros of James Hardie Siding
There are plenty of reasons to love James Hardie siding. Let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages of choosing this material:
- It’s designed with durability in mind: Unlike some other types of siding, James Hardie is resistant to damage from hail, gusty winds, intense humidity, strong rain, and more.
- It’s resistant to water damage: Along those same lines, James Hardie siding won’t suffer from water damage, so you don’t have to worry about swelling, rotting, or warping.
- It’s beautiful and versatile: James Hardie siding is available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you can create the exterior of your dreams.
- It has a lasting color: If you choose one of James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology siding options, the color is baked onto the board, so it won’t fade over the years.
- It’s resistant to damage from pests: Pests like termites, carpenter ants, and woodpeckers leave fiber cement siding alone, so you don’t have to worry about damage from these critters.
- It’s backed by an excellent warranty: James Hardie siding has a 30-year, transferable, non-prorated warranty to give you the ultimate peace of mind.
- It’s low-maintenance: James Hardie siding is easy to care for, requiring only a gentle cleaning once or twice per year.
Cons of James Hardie Siding
Of course, there are downsides to every siding material. Before choosing James Hardie siding, consider some of the disadvantages of this option:
- It’s more expensive upfront: When budgeting for your siding replacement, keep in mind that James Hardie siding has a higher initial cost compared to some other siding materials. However, it usually requires fewer repairs over its lifespan, which can help balance the cost.
- It takes longer to install: James Hardie siding often takes longer to install compared to other materials, which can mean your project won’t be completed as quickly as if you chose a different option.
ASCEND Composite Cladding
Another popular option with our customers is ASCEND Composite Cladding by Alside. This has the look of natural wood, but it’s in a more durable package, so you get the best of both worlds.
What Is ASCEND Composite Cladding?
This non-vinyl, non-cement material is made from a glass-reinforced polymer composite, which results in a wood-like appearance that appeals to many local homeowners. Best of all, this durable product is available at a competitive price.
Pros of ASCEND Composite Cladding
If you choose this material for your exterior, there are plenty of benefits to love:
- It’s resistant to fading: This siding material will look bold and vibrant for years to come, as it’s resistant to fading over time.
- It’s a low-maintenance option: Unlike other siding materials, ASCEND Composite Cladding doesn’t require painting or scrubbing. Instead, simply rinse it with a garden hose a few times per year.
- It looks and feels like real wood: Not only does this siding option look like wood, but it feels like wood as well, giving your home a beautiful, rustic look that you’re sure to love.
- It’s a cost-effective material: Compared to some other siding materials, ASCEND Composite Cladding has a lower initial cost, making it a great alternative for budget-conscious homeowners.
Cons of ASCEND Composite Cladding
ASCEND Composite Cladding is still a relatively new material on the market. Before you choose it for your home, consider some of the disadvantages of this option:
- It has a higher moisture content: ASCEND Composite Cladding is made from wood fibers which have a high moisture content. As a result, it’s more susceptible to mold than other materials.
- It’s not as eco-friendly: Since this siding option is made from polymers and plastics, this material isn’t biodegradable or recyclable, which makes it a less sustainable choice.
Variform by PlyGem Vinyl Siding
The other siding option we install is Variform by PlyGem vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding materials across the country and Variform by PlyGem is one of the top manufacturers of it. If you want a beautiful and durable siding option for an affordable price, vinyl siding could be the perfect choice for your home.
What Is Variform by PlyGem Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, which results in a durable, thick material that’s ideal for many home exteriors. The final product features two layers of PVC, which are extruded together during the manufacturing process.
Pros of Variform by PlyGem Vinyl Siding
Many of our customers love Variform by PlyGem vinyl siding because of the following benefits of the material:
- It doesn’t need to be painted: Much like James Hardie siding, the color is baked in on this siding, so it won’t scratch off or chip away over time. As a result, you won’t have to repaint it after a few years of exposure to the elements.
- It’s a cost-effective option: Vinyl siding is usually the lowest-cost siding option, making it the perfect choice for those remodeling on a budget. For the best deal, pair this siding material with one of our helpful financing options so you can renovate your exterior in a wallet-friendly way.
- It’s low-maintenance: Similar to the other materials, it’s easy to care for vinyl siding. All you need to do is rinse it with a garden hose to remove dirt, debris, cobwebs, etc.
- It comes in a variety of styles: Variform by PlyGem vinyl siding comes in a number of beautiful options. No matter what kind of siding style you like, you’re sure to find an option that fits your aesthetic.
Cons of Variform by PlyGem Vinyl Siding
If you’re still trying to decide whether vinyl siding is the right choice consider these disadvantages before making your decision.
- It may not keep out moisture: Compared to other siding materials, vinyl siding is more susceptible to moisture damage beneath the surface.
- It’s not the most environmentally friendly option: Since recycling post-consumer PVC is difficult, this isn’t the greenest siding choice on the market.
Why Choose C&W Roofing, Siding & Window Co?
Our goal is to ensure that every one of our customers has an exceptional remodeling experience when they choose us for their project. When you hire us for your siding replacement, you can have peace of mind that we’ll treat you and your home with respect every step of the way.
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FAQs About Siding Types
What should I consider when choosing a siding material?
The most important factors to consider when making your decision are the following:
- The style of your home and neighborhood
- Your budget
- How much maintenance the material requires
- The available style options
- Any HOA restrictions, if applicable
Which siding type offers the best return on investment?
Here in South Carolina, vinyl siding has an average ROI of 98.5%, while fiber cement siding has an average ROI of 96.1%, so they are both excellent choices for your home!