When choosing the type of siding for your home, you are not only choosing something that looks good. While you may want to design your home your way, you need to keep in mind aspects such as durability, environmental impact, and siding maintenance. Here are a few things to know about your options before you start choosing the right siding for you.
- Stucco siding
Plaster siding is durable and requires little maintenance. In addition, stucco is popular due to the fact that it can be applied directly to most other materials, such as brick, concrete, metal, and wood
Due to its durability, stucco siding requires little maintenance and should last a long time. Don’t paint old stucco, as it will need frequent touch-ups – instead, get the stucco color you want and apply it the first time.
Typically, stucco siding is made from building sand, Portland cement, lime, and water. The production process of Portland cement is associated with CO2 emissions, which negatively affect the environment. However, new compositions have now appeared that use earth and lime.
2. Vinyl siding
Vinyl siding is the most commonly installed outdoor siding for homes. This is due to its low cost, durability, and many design options. Vinyl siding is low maintenance as it can be hosed down and does not need to be repainted or repainted.
The durability of vinyl siding is one of its strengths. Chips and scratches are rare, and the light weight makes it easy to install. Vinyl siding is also a solid option for when you want to cover up old siding as it can be simply installed over it. Most of the bay area siding is an inextricable plane that remains impenetrable even with heavy precipitation and strong winds. In this regard, the considered materials also have the functionality of their premises, such as wind protection and increasing the energy efficiency of building buildings in the cold season.
Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride, which is what makes it so durable. The reason for its strength is also that it won’t break down easily in landfills. If the vinyl siding on your home is going to last a lifetime, the only downside is that unless it’s demolished, repurposed, or reused, it’ll sit in a landfill for a very long time.
- Hardie Board Siding
Hardie Board siding is one of the most popular options for homeowners across Canada. This type of siding is another low-maintenance and environmentally friendly option.
Hardie Board is a kind of chameleon. Made from a mixture of wood pulp, cement, clay, and sand, it can be styled like wood, stucco, or masonry. It is easy to paint and has much design and finish options. Another plus is that due to its material composition, it does not expand or contract, which is especially good for our harsh Saskatchewan weather.
Due to the fact that the Hardie Board is significantly heavier than its vinyl counterparts, this significantly increases the cost of labor. The materials and processes involved in building the Hardie Board itself are also expensive, which are then borne by the homeowner, who pays these increased costs.
If you still decide to use vinyl siding for decoration, then do not strive for cheapness. You don’t want a siding that cracks from hammer blows during installation, bursts in the cold in the first winter, and fades in the first summer? So buy the one that costs more. PVC siding in bright colors will quickly change its color and not for the better, so choose soft colors.