Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home: Function and Aesthetics

September 18, 2016 / Author: Colin Gibson

Siding is responsible for keeping your home safe from the elements while also making up a significant portion of your house’s aesthetic presence, making it one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior.

Good siding will prevent water from entering your home, provide adaquate insulation, and will compliment your windows, door, and roof. Bad siding will cause a host of problems, be costly to maintain, and represent an eyesore for years to come.

There are 3 main types of siding to choose from. When installed properly, each of them will function as a guard against the elements, leaving your choice down to budget, look, and maintenance.

Skip the Imitators; Get the Real Thing with Wood Siding

There’s a reason most other forms of siding are judged by how well they imitate the look of wood. Wood siding is beautiful to look at and provides a feeling of authenticity that can’t be beat.

However, there are a number of reasons that the popularity of wood siding has declined. Wood requires regular maintenance (chalking, painting, staining) to prevent weather damage, and as other forms of siding like vinyl and fiber cement become better at imitating wood, the appeal of wood siding diminishes.

Vinyl: The Most Popular Siding Material for a Reason

By far the most popular choice in York Region, vinyl siding is durable, cost effective, and comes in a dizzying array of colours and styles, making it the perfect choice for most home owners.

Most vinyl siding comes with a lifetime warranty and is maintenance-free. Unlike other economical forms of siding, such as aluminum, vinyl siding won’t corrode and is much less likely to dent.

The most varied, siding manufacturers offer a wide range of styles that come in almost any colour you can think of. Gentek, the vinyl siding manufacturer used by Edmunds, offers 8 unique styles of vinyl siding, each with a range of colours to choose from. Gentek siding comes backed by a Lifetime Limited, Non-Prorated, Transferrable Warranty with hail protection and lifetime fade coverage.

Fiber Cement: A Low-Maintenance Alterative to Wood, Stucco, or Masonry

Fiber Cement siding is often offered as an alternative to wood siding. Requiring less maintenance than wood with a similar look and feel, fiber cement offers great protection from the elements with the look and feel of wood. Fiber cement can also replicate the look of stucco and masonry in a way that vinyl often can’t.

Beyond the more rigid durability and stucco/masonry look and feel, there aren’t many advantages of choosing fiber cement over vinyl. Although it appears more durable, it hasn’t been shown to perform any better than vinyl equivalents. Further, fiber cement often requires maintenance in the form of repainting and caulking.

When compared to wood, fiber cement is priced similarly, low maintenance, flame-retardant, and termite resistant. For these reasons, we recommend it over wood. In most circumstances, however, vinyl siding will provide all of the benefits of fiber cement at a fraction of the cost.

 

Still not sure which type of siding is right for you? Come visit our showroom to see samples. We can also recommend homes that you can view where the products you are interested in have been installed. For more information or to get a free estimate, call Edmunds at 905 472 0276.