Types of sidings

Siding is a decorous way of presenting your home and making it attractive and appealing. It is becoming increasingly popular amongst home owners. There is a variety of types of sidings to choose from. Some of the common and popular ones are discussed here for you to refer to.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is basically a PVC or polyvinyl product. Recently, it is found to be the most popular siding used by individual families, previously it was despised, though. Due to its low resistance it was not preferred. But due to its technical advancement, the last decade has seen a refined product. This type of siding imitates wood, slate, stone and brick. It is now an improved and weather improvised product.

It is durable, easily accessible and quite cheap compared to other sidings. Most of the brands also give a lifetime warranty. It is also eco-friendly as it is usually produced through re-cycling processes. But it has its disadvantages too like it cannot be painted and the styles available are not many in number. It is also flammable and release toxins when burned.  To get it clean, you need to wash it once a year with soap and water; high-pressure washing is discouraged, though.
Insulated Siding

Insulated siding is a branch of vinyl siding itself with the addition of insulation. The difference is just that the insulation is in conjunction with the inside of the siding. There is another variation of this found in which the insulation are left unbounded. The foam core insulation is cut to be the size of the siding. The most common insulating material used in Expanded polystyrene (EPS).
Insulated sliding is known significantly for its capability to counteract the thermal bridging effect in homes. On one hand insulates siding is known for its ability to flatter the conventional siding, making it effective on irregular walls, for reducing noise and for reducing the amount of heat lost or gained from the house, on the other, its costs are considered to be higher than vinyl sidings. The cleansing method is same as the vinyl side and is totally a “green” product.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding, made out of wood fibers and sand-cement mixture, is thicker compared to vinyl, having an ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. It is very rigid and doesn’t go through expansion and contraction at the same rate, unlike wood and vinyl. Most fiber brands can be repainted, allowing amendments to the house easy in future.
These are very durable, excel in quality, have long warranties and are attractive. It is also termite repellent, is water proof, incombustible, holds paint well and has a variety of selections. Though the installation is complicated and quite costly, it is maintenance free if repairs are made after every 15 to 20 years. It contains 10-20 percent recycled materials.

Engineered Wood Siding

This is the latest style of siding produced by combining wooden leftovers like saw dust and wood shavings with bonding agents. This leads to a hybrid variety containing the aesthetic features of wood but much stronger in resistance.
This type of wood can be factory painted and needs the painting every 5 to 10 years. Developers hope to see this product rising among consumers in the coming years.
This is light, easy to install and more resistant due to infused resins. Though this product can create moisture related problems if not installed properly, it is made out of products like recycled wood. The cleaning of it involves painting for weatherproofing, pre treatment with bleach or vinegar and washing with mild detergent and sand.

Before taking your final decision, reader are advised to weigh all the options and choose according to their needs.

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